Madness: climate ‘projections’ can now be used as evidence to list endangered species

Watts Up With That?

From the Center for Biological Diversity and the “data, we don’t need no steekin data!” department:

Appeals Court Reinstates Endangered Species Act Protections for Bearded Seals

Judges Cite Loss of Sea Ice, Predictions by ‘Overwhelming Majority of World’s Climate Scientists’

Bearded Seal pup (Erignathus barbatus) Photo: NOAA Bearded Seal pup (Erignathus barbatus) Photo: NOAA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal appeals court today upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to protect bearded seals in Alaska as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a 2014 lower court decision that rejected the listing as speculative, but the judges today said the listing is supported by sound science predicting steady loss of the Arctic sea ice bearded seals need to survive.

Today’s decision offers bearded seals the protections they truly need, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned to list the species in 2008 and intervened in the case to defend the…

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