Rising sea levels driven by climate change pose a danger to 233 endangered coastal species, a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity says. A total of 17 percent -- or one in six -- of U.S. threatened or endangered species is at risk as well.
Among the important species vulnerable to rising seas are the loggerhead sea turtle, Western snowy plover, key deer and Hawaiian monk seal, the report says.
What's more, the Center has sent a letter accompanying the new research to both the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, pointing out that the nation's existing wildlife policies come up short when it comes to strategies for protecting endangered species from sea level rise.