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WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government on Monday unveiled the rollback in the enforcement of a law to protect endangered species, drawing criticism since it may cause the extinction of more animals.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has overhauled the way the federal government handles protections for plants and animals at risk of extinction, clearing the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling in areas where protected species live.

The enforcement rule of the decades-old Endangered Species Act allows the federal authorities, for the first time, to take into account the economic cost of protecting a particular species, which makes it harder to consider the effect of climate change on wildlife.

"The revisions finalized with this rulemaking fit squarely within the President's mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species' protection and recovery goals," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement.

The new rule has drawn criticism from the country's conservationists and environmentalists.

Noah Greenwald, the Center for Biological Diversity's endangered species director, said in a statement that these changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act's lifesaving protections for America's most vulnerable wildlife.

"Threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants in our national parks already face habitat changes and impacts of a climate crisis that is accelerating every year," said Bart Melton, Wildlife Program Director of National Parks Conservation Association, in a statement.

"The Trump Administration is reinterpreting the Endangered Species Act to weaken the protections," said Melton.

The rule "would weaken endangered species protections by allowing agencies to rely on empty promises of vague or uncertain steps to minimize harm to listed species in order to justify taking actions that harm endangered species," said Drew Caputo, Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans.

"We'll see the Trump administration in court," said Caputo. Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

A United Nations report published in May warned that more than one million plants and animals globally face extinction due to human development, climate change and other threats.