Since President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act in 1973, 99% of the 1,600 species identified in the act remain alive on the earth today. On the other hand, despite some high-profile success stories such as the Bald Eagle, less than 1% of the species protected by the act have recovered significantly enough to become delisted. Under the Trump Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced a series of regulatory rollbacks that will consider economic considerations before listing a species, and will end protections for species considered “threatened,” instead of the higher “endangered.” Olivia Sanderfoot received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. She joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on August 19, 2019.
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