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Ala. scientists warn of major loss in biodiversity, a message that's not popular

The biggest challenge for Alabama's natural resource specialists lies not with the state's 137 endangered and threatened species -- the third-highest number among the states -- or the fragile ecosystems those animals and plants inhabit. It rests squarely in the capital, Montgomery, and the economic hubs of Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, where the state's leaders have determined that climate change, arguably the world's most pressing environmental concern, does not much apply to the Heart of Dixie.

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