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American bumblebee could be officially declared endangered

Live Science: “The American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) population has plummeted by 89% over the past 20 years, and an “endangered species” listing could be imminent, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency will conduct a one-year review, after which the species could become protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which provides a legal framework for safeguarding imperiled species from extinction. The announcement comes in response to an August 2021 petition in support of the listing made by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and an Albany Law School student group called Bombus Pollinator Association of Law Students.

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