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NJ Daily / HILL BRIEFS

Outdoors Groups Lament Effects Of Global Warming

April 10, 2008

Environment. Hunting and fishing groups released a report and introduced a Web site today detailing what it called the adverse impacts of global warming on fish and wildlife. Compiled by the Wildlife Management Institute and eight hunting and fishing groups, the report found that up to 42 percent of trout and salmon habitat will be lost before the end of the century. It also forecast large population declines of saltwater fish, as well as lost Western habitat for elk and mule deer because of higher temperatures, which cause trees and shrubs to overwhelm sagebrush. House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, who is working on his committee’s bill to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program, joined the groups in releasing the study. The Web site they unveiled is seasonsend.org. The report is funded by the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was created last year by former Senate Democratic and Republican leaders.

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