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Wildlife May Vanish 

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Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to wildlife—changing, shrinking and destroying habitat, forcing wildlife to migrate or adapt, or even threatening their very existence.

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change warns that if we don’t address global warming soon, 20- to 30 percent of the world’s plant and animal species will be at increased risk of extinction by 2050.

Fortunately, there is something that can be done. Legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are triggering climate change and take steps to safeguard natural resources and wildlife is currently in the U.S. Senate.

However, any comprehensive legislation must dedicate 5 percent of the funding generated to safeguarding fish and wildlife and the natural resources on which we all rely. Our senators should know that their constituents expect nothing less.

Gene Ulmer
Salt Lake City

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