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Endangered animals in the U.S. will have trouble adapting to the climate crisis, study finds

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The climate crisis is already linked to so many animals becoming endangered and extinct — and according to a study published on Monday, Nov. 18, rates are on track to get worse in the U.S. The study, which examined endangered species sensitivity across the U.S., found that agency plans are not sufficient enough to conserve the country's 459 endangered species from the climate crisis.

The paper, titled "Agency plans are inadequate to conserve US endangered species under climate change," was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change. The study's authors found that out of the 459 animal species currently protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, 458 of them are sensitive to one or more of eight climate change sensitivity factors. The factors are as follows: temperature, hydrology, disturbance, isolation, injurious species, chemistry, phenology, and obligate relationships.