05 January 2011 It’s Getting Hot in the Greater Everglades Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: Just one day before the start of the 26th annual Everglades Coalition conference, Renewal of Life for the Everglades: Moving Forward Together, Defenders and other groups that make up the Endangered Species Coalition have named the Greater Everglades Ecosystem as one of the top 10 places to save in the United States for wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction in a new report. It’s Getting Hot Out There: Top 10 Places to Save for Endangered Species in a Warming World examines how the changing climate is increasing the risk of extinction for imperiled fish, plants and wildlife, and the importance of protecting key ecosystems. According to the report, the Greater Everglades region is one place where action to address the impacts of climate change is critical. With projected rises in sea level of three feet or more over the next century, much of the low-lying Everglades ecoregion is at risk of being submerged under water. For iconic Florida species like the panther, whose diminished population already struggles with increased development and habitat loss, such an impact could prove devastating. Learn more: Other places to save for endangered species span the country – read the full report here. Defenders of Wildlife is a cosponsor for the 26th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference. The conference focuses this year on wildlife, wildlife habitat and renewing productive partnerships among the governmental, scientific, private and nonprofit sectors. Click here to learn more. Stay tuned for more on Renewal of Life for the Everglades: Moving Forward Together. One Response to “It’s Getting Hot in the Greater Everglades” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.