Scientists’ relocation of wildlife endangered by climate change is controversial

Desperate to save Hawaii’s seabird species from rising ocean waters, scientists are transporting the chicks to a new island hundreds of miles away.

Relocating species to save them—once considered taboo—is rapidly gaining momentum as climate change upends habitats. Similar transfers are suggested for birds, lizards, butterflies and even flowers.

There are still concerns that the new practice could cause unintended harm in the same way that invasive plants and animals have wreaked havoc on native species.

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