Harvard Environmental Law Review
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As we move further into the era of climate change, we often find ourselves looking in unlikely places for tools with which to combat global warming. The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) was enacted in 1973 for the singular purpose of protecting endangered and threatened species of animals and plants. The ESA has attacked this problem with all its might, and has been a strong force for ensuring the survival of many species. Now, with climate change threatening species and their habitats, the ESA has a new danger to deal with. Is it up to the task?