Nov 18, 2009 7:59 AM by Associated Press

Conference spotlights climate change, carnivores

An official with a national wildlife group says the effect of climate change on wildlife and their habitat looms as "the conservation challenge of our generation."

Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife, said Tuesday that climate change is affecting species from the Arctic north to the deserts of the Southwest. Clark headed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for four years during the Clinton administration.

A four-day Defenders of Wildlife conference that runs through Wednesday in Denver is looking at the effect of environmental changes on wolves and other carnivores.

Clark said Defenders of Wildlife and other groups are looking at a proposed federal law to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are changing the climate. She said it's also necessary to reduce the impacts of changes already occurring.




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