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Joshua trees might be a threatened species




Joshua trees in bloom at Joshua Tree National Park on April 6, 2013.
Joshua trees in bloom at Joshua Tree National Park on April 6, 2013.
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Climate change is dramatically affecting the future of Joshua trees, the iconic plants that are spread across the Mojave Desert.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it's starting a yearlong review to study whether Joshua trees should be designated "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

Take Two talks with Taylor Jones, endangered species advocate at Wild Earth Guardians which successfully petitioned the Service to study this.