One of the nation's most biodiverse states has taken the Bush administration to court  to reverse last-minute changes by the Department of Interior to the Endangered Species Act. The changes to the law went into effect on 16 December. They would eliminate mandatory scientific reviews  by Fish and Wildlife Service officials of decisions that agencies make related to endangered species. The Administration of President-elect Barack Obama is expected to reverse the changes, but the involvement of the state, which is joining several environmental organizations that have already sued over the rule changes, could boost the chances that the rules will be tossed out by a judge.
California Sues Over Endangered Species