Global warming, explained CBS' Daniel Sieberg, is heating the wetland habitat for many species of amphibians. The warmer water allows a fatal fungus known as chytridiomycosis to grow more rapidly, threatening mass extinctions of 40% of species of frogs and newts and toads and salamanders. Enter the Endangered Species Act to cool down the wetlands to prevent the fungus from spreading, right? Well, not exactly. Sieberg reported that the Department of Interior is proposing amendments to the act to "eliminate the need for independent scientific review" of many federal projects. The Interior Department says it is necessary to prevent the act from "being used as a back door to regulate gases blamed for global warming.'
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