Press Releases

Buscan la protección del tiburón mako y pepino de mar en México

January 21, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó una petición hoy con la que se busca la protección del tiburón mako de aleta corta y el pepino de mar verrugoso bajo la Norma de México NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, que enlista las especies en riesgo. La industria pesquera mexicana captura miles de ambas especies cada año.

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Shortfin Mako Shark, Warty Sea Cucumber Protection Sought in Mexico

January 21, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today seeking protection for the shortfin mako shark and warty sea cucumber under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, the nation’s list of species at risk. The Mexican fishing industry catches thousands of both species every year.

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Biden Administration Announces Major Steps to Protect Climate, Wildlife

January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— As President Joe Biden takes office today, his administration announced a series of steps aimed at combating the climate crisis and protecting wildlife from extinction. These include reentering the Paris Agreement, cancelling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and imposing a moratorium on oil leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

January 19, 2021

TACOMA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Ecology denied permits today for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol Kalama Methanol Refinery. The department nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have a significant negative impact on the climate, Washington’s shorelines and the public interest.

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Lawsuit Launched to Secure Critical Habitat for Rare Southeast Minnow

January 19, 2021

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to designate critical habitat for the Pearl darter.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Gutting of Federal Protection for Migratory Birds

January 19, 2021

NEW YORK— National environmental groups filed a lawsuit today in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump administration’s reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which eliminated longstanding, vital protections for more than 1,000 species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Rare L.A. Fish Known for Elaborate Mating Rituals

January 18, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect Southern California’s unarmored threespine stickleback, a tiny scaleless fish known for its elaborate mating rituals.

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Oregon Officials Petitioned to Add Farmed Mink to State Prohibited Species List

January 15, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a rulemaking petition today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to add mink to the state’s prohibited species list.

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Legal Filing Responds to Tejon Ranchcorp’s Effort to Stifle Public Dissent

January 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a response today to Tejon Ranchcorp’s legal effort to seek $347,000 in fees from Center attorneys after the nonprofit organization and tribal groups challenged a plan to build a luxury resort on thousands of acres of critical habitat for the California condor.

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Lawsuit Launched to Finalize Endangered Species Act Protection for Sierra Nevada Red Fox, Hermes Copper Butterfly, Two Southwestern Plants

January 15, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect four imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Cut Airplane Climate Pollution

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups sued the Trump administration today over its finalization of the nation’s first-ever airplane climate emissions standards, which don’t actually reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight Trump EPA’s Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require adequate pollution controls for the oil and methane gas industry in Chicago and six areas of California — together home to more than 26 million people. Many of these areas already have some of the worst air quality in the country.

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Trump Administration Flouts Law to Push Utah Highway Through Protected Conservation Lands

January 14, 2021

ST. GEORGE, Utah— The Trump administration issued a decision today to allow construction of the Northern Corridor Highway, a controversial four-lane highway through the protected Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in southwest Utah.

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Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration’s Latest Assaults on Endangered Species Act

January 14, 2021

HONOLULU— Earthjustice filed two lawsuits today in the District of Hawai‘i in response to the outgoing administration’s most recent attacks on the Endangered Species Act, the law that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction.

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Earthjustice Sues on Behalf of Conservation Groups to Stop EPA Rubber-stamping Florida Wetlands Destruction

January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— Earthjustice filed suit today to stop an attempt by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow Florida to fast-track wetlands permits for construction projects that will degrade and ruin Florida’s natural landscape, all in violation of federal environmental laws.

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Letter to Forest Service: Stop Cutting Down Centuries-old Trees on Grand Canyon’s North Rim

January 14, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity called on the U.S. Forest Service today to stop cutting down old-growth trees on northern Arizona’s Kaibab Plateau, an antiquated practice that worsens climate change, increases wildfire risk and damages forest ecosystems. In recent months commercial logging companies have felled hundreds of ancient, yellow-barked ponderosa pines on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Over Gray Wolf Delisting

January 14, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Six environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration’s rule that removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower-48 states (except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made its decision despite the science that concludes wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental United States.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Endangered Whales in California Shipping Lanes

January 14, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect endangered whales from being struck by ships using ports in California. Ship strikes are a leading cause of death for blue, fin and humpback whales off California’s coast.

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New Congress Called on to Fix Public Records Delays, Political Manipulation

January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than a dozen conservation and transparency groups called on the new Congress today to fix systemic issues and close loopholes that allow federal agencies to delay releases of public records under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Center for Biological Diversity Joins IUCN as Member

January 14, 2021

GENEVA, Switzerland— The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) admitted the Center for Biological Diversity as an official member this week. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. There are currently more than 1,400 government and nongovernmental IUCN members from more than 170 nations.

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Judge Blocks Los Angeles Development That Threatens Local Mountain Lions

January 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES— In a victory against a destructive project threatening local mountain lions, a judge issued a ruling Monday blocking the 1,300-acre Northlake development. Proposed on fire-prone wildlands in northern Los Angeles County, the development would have imperiled rare wildlife and paved over a pristine stream that flows into the Santa Clara River.

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Feds Dramatically Cut Northern Spotted Owl Protected Habitat

January 13, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a final revised critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl that excludes nearly 3.5 million acres, mostly in Oregon, from federal protections. This is a massive increase from the 204,653 acres in Oregon the Service proposed to exclude in August.

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Trump EPA Approves Treating Citrus With Dangerous Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Nations, Medically Important Antibiotic

January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency has approved use of the dangerous, previously-cancelled pesticide aldicarb and the medically important antibiotic streptomycin on citrus.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Fish From Drilling, Fracking in Nevada

January 13, 2021

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity issued a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect the endangered Railroad Valley springfish from oil drilling and fracking in central Nevada.

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Feds Sued to Force Them to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales From Vessel Strikes

January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to respond to two rulemaking petitions to protect critically endangered right whales from being run over and killed by ships and boats in U.S. waters. The groups are calling for more speed limits to reduce the number of vessel strikes.

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600 Groups Urge Biden to Halt Water, Electricity, Broadband Shutoffs With Emergency Executive Order on First Day

January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 600 utility-justice, environmental, racial justice, labor and faith groups delivered a letter today to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris urging their administration to halt utility shutoffs nationwide to protect public health.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Develop Recovery Plans for Two Critically Imperiled Salamanders

January 13, 2021

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration today for failing to issue recovery plans for the critically endangered reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders.

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Federal Court Rejects Bid by EPA, Pesticide Industry to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide Sulfoxaflor on Market Despite Risks to Endangered Species

January 12, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s request to allow farmers to continue using the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor while the agency assessed the pesticide’s harm to endangered species.

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Trump Administration Refuses to Address Significant Flaws in Greater Sage-grouse Plans

January 12, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— The Bureau of Land Management announced Monday that it is standing by its 2019 greater sage grouse land-use plans for seven western states, making no changes to the plans after reanalyzing them in supplemental environmental impact statements.

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Groups Challenge Trump Administration’s Sale of 58,000 Acres for Drilling in Montana, North Dakota

January 12, 2021

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A coalition of groups today challenged five Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sales encompassing 112 parcels and 58,297 acres of federal public lands in Montana and North Dakota. The lawsuit claims the agency failed to fully assess the potential harm oil and gas extraction would have on the area’s groundwater and ignored cumulative climate impacts.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Plan to Accelerate Clearcutting, Herbicide Spraying, Fuel Breaks Across Six Western States

January 12, 2021

RENO, Nev.— Conservation groups filed formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for violations of the Endangered Species Act stemming from two last-minute decisions authorizing widespread clearcutting, herbicide spraying, grazing, plowing and prescribed fire across 223 million acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands in the Great Basin.

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Instan a México a oponerse al muro de Trump y ayudar a restaurar los recursos naturales y culturales

January 12, 2021

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO— Grupos conservacionistas mexicanos, científicos y los líderes tradicionales O'odham de México instaron hoy al gobierno mexicano a oponerse a que se siga construyendo el muro fronterizo, condenar la destrucción ambiental y trabajar con la administración Biden para reabrir los corredores de vida silvestre cortados por el muro de Trump.

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Letter Urges Mexico to Oppose Trump’s Wall, Help Restore Natural, Cultural Resources

January 12, 2021

MEXICO CITY— Mexican conservation groups, scientists and the Traditional O’odham Leaders of Mexico today urged the Mexican government to oppose further border-wall construction, condemn the wall’s environmental destruction, and work with the Biden administration to reopen wildlife corridors severed by Trump’s wall.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect American Burying Beetle From Extinction

January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for downlisting the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened. The Service reduced the species’ level of federal protection despite its own admission that climate change and habitat destruction have put it on the brink of extinction.

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Interior Least Tern Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the interior least tern, a small bird that nests along major rivers in the midwestern and southern United States, has fully recovered and can be removed from the endangered species list.

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Lawsuit Launched to Secure Critical Habitat for Florida Freshwater Mussel

January 12, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to designate critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, found in north Florida.

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$5,000 Reward Offered for Info on ‘TRUMP’ Writing on Florida Manatee’s Back

January 11, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity today announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in an incident involving a threatened Florida manatee in north Florida’s Homosassa River. A statement issued late today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicates that someone apparently scratched the word TRUMP into algae on the animal's back.

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Feds to Be Sued for Weakening Sea Turtle Protections

January 11, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups issued a formal notice today of their intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for drastically weakening rules that prevent sea turtles from dying in shrimp trawl nets.

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Scientists, Conservation Groups, Politicians Urge Biden Administration to Immediately Protect Tiehm’s Buckwheat

January 11, 2021

LAS VEGAS— More than 100 scientists, 15 conservation and botany groups, and three prominent Nevada politicians urged the incoming Biden administration today to immediately protect the rare wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat under the Endangered Species Act.

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Feds Launch New Assault on Endangered Species, Public Lands

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed a rule today that would cripple protections for endangered species on public lands across the country.

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Trump Administration Rushes to Trade Sacred Oak Flat to Rio Tinto for Massive Arizona Copper Mine

January 7, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Forest Service has announced it will release a final version of its environmental analysis of the proposed Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange on Jan. 15, a year ahead of schedule. The proposed mine site is on Apache sacred ground in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.

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Lawsuit Challenges Colorado’s Rubber-stamping of Air Pollution Permits for Oil, Fracked Gas Wells

January 7, 2021

DENVER— Conservation and social-justice groups sued the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division today for issuing an air-pollution permit that will potentially allow thousands of oil and fracked gas wells throughout the state.

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Habitat Protections Proposed for Ringed, Bearded Seals Dependent on Arctic Ice

January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced two proposed rules today to designate critical habitat protections for Arctic ice seals in Alaska. The new rules for ringed seals and bearded seals were prompted by a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued to force the long-overdue protections.

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Florida Legislature Proposes to Strip First Amendment Rights of Protestors

January 7, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Identical bills proposed by the Florida Senate and House would dramatically curtail free speech and the right to assembly and slash legal protections for protestors while increasing penalties for damaging a “memorial.”

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Firefly, Bees, Poppy Under Endangered Species Act

January 7, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect four imperiled insects and one plant under the Endangered Species Act.

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Arctic Refuge Oil Lease Sale Compromises Vital Alaska Wilderness

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority emerged as the apparent high bidder in the Trump administration's illegal oil and gas lease sale as part of its Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Legal Agreement Blocks Fracking on 53 Oil Leases, Requires Climate Review for Management of 2 Million Acres in Colorado

January 6, 2021

DENVER— Conservation groups finalized an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management today that blocks drilling on more than 45,000 acres of oil and gas leases until officials revise land-management plans governing approximately 2 million acres of public lands in western Colorado.

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EPA Report: Gas Mileage Down, Pollution Up

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— Major automakers are failing to meet fuel-efficiency standards critical to reducing climate pollution from cars and trucks, according to the Automotive Trends Report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Report: Cattle Destroying Threatened Frog Habitat in Four Arizona Forests

January 6, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— Cattle have caused immense damage to critical habitat designated to help threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs recover throughout four national forests in Arizona, based on field surveys by the Center for Biological Diversity that show few sites still support frogs.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Eight Florida Plants Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Development

January 6, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to designate critical habitat for eight Florida plants, including one called the Everglades bully and a flowering shrub found only in the lower Florida Keys.

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Court Orders Trump’s EPA to Redo Approval of Colorado’s Flawed Plan to Reduce Smog, Acid Rain

January 5, 2021

DENVER— A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to redo its approval of Colorado’s flawed plan to protect people and the state’s treasured natural areas from smog and acid rain.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect 11 Species Kept on Waiting List by Trump Administration

January 5, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue outgoing Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for delaying protection for 11 species that have been identified as warranting endangered status but placed on a candidate list instead.

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593 Florida Manatees Died in 2020, Including At Least 90 From Boat Strikes

December 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Florida wildlife officials have proposed new boating safety education requirements after another year of accidents and collisions took a deadly toll on people and the state’s imperiled manatees. At least 593 Florida manatees died in 2020, including 90 from boat strikes, according to records obtained from state officials.

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Feds Propose Rule to Reduce North Atlantic Right Whale Entanglements in Fishing Gear

December 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service today released a proposed rule to reduce the number of North Atlantic right whales killed in lobster and other fishing gear off New England.

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New California Law Protecting Animals From Super-toxic Rat Poisons Takes Effect in 2021

December 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Increased safeguards to protect California’s native wildlife and domestic animals from super-toxic rat poisons will begin on January 1, 2021. The California Ecosystems Protection Act (A.B. 1788) places important restrictions on the use of super-toxic rodenticides, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, to protect the state’s animals.

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Groups Step Up Efforts to Protect San Francisco Bay Wetlands After Court Setback

December 28, 2020

NEWARK, Calif.— In response to the Alameda County Superior Court’s disappointing denial late last week of a lawsuit challenging the city of Newark’s approval of the Sanctuary West luxury housing development, environmental groups are escalating their campaign to protect more than 500 acres of restorable wetlands in South San Francisco Bay. The groups are calling on state regulators to step in and stop developers from paving over Newark “Area 4.”

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Trump Administration Finalizes Do-nothing ‘Standards’ for Airplane Climate Emissions

December 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration announced today that it finalized new regulations of airplane climate emissions that fail to force greenhouse gas reductions through either technology or operations changes.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Gut Tongass National Forest Protections

December 23, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska— A wide-ranging coalition of Indigenous communities from Southeast Alaska, businesses and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today targeting the Trump administration’s rollback of the federal Roadless Rule that protected the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest, sometimes called America’s Amazon.

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Feds Agree to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

December 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— As a result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and Miami Waterkeeper, the National Marine Fisheries Service agreed today to protect critical habitat for the Nassau grouper.

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Court Blocks Drilling Set to Begin in Newly Designated Utah Wilderness

December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal judge today enjoined the Trump administration’s approval of a plan to punch a helium well into the heart of the Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness in Utah just two days before Christmas. Road construction was set to begin Wednesday.

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Colorado Officials Admit State’s Smog-reduction Plan Already Failed to Protect Colorado From Deadly Pollution, Then Approve It Anyway

December 22, 2020

DENVER— The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission has approved a plan that was supposed to reduce smog in the North Front Range by this past summer, even though state officials knew the plan had already failed to deliver the required pollution reductions.

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Study: Unbridled Farmland Expansion on Pace to Destroy at Least 25% of Habitat for 1,300 Species Within Next 30 Years

December 22, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Nearly 90% of the world’s birds, amphibians and mammals will lose habitat to farm expansions by 2050, according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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Mountain Lion Photographed in Wildlife Corridor Threatened by Los Angeles Development

December 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today urging it to reconsider the controversial Northlake development after a mountain lion was photographed using a wildlife corridor that will be blocked by the development site.

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Farmers, Conservation Groups Challenge EPA’s Unlawful Re-approval of Dangerous, Drift-Prone Dicamba Pesticide

December 21, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO-- Four public interest groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s rushed re-approval of products containing the dangerous, drift-prone dicamba pesticide.

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Lawsuit Challenges Large Fossil Fuel Project Proposed in Alaska’s Arctic

December 21, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a massive oil and gas project known as the Willow Master Development Plan in Alaska’s Western Arctic. Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

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Inspector General Urged to Reopen Investigation Into Secretary Bernhardt’s Role in Delaying Protections for Endangered Species From Pesticides

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— Citing newly obtained documents revealing that the White House worked with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to stall protections for 1,400 endangered species from pesticides, the Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the Inspector General reopen a 2019 investigation into whether the delays were appropriate.

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Biden Urged to Sign Executive Order to End Extinction Crisis

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 135 groups today called on president-elect Joe Biden to take immediate action to confront the extinction crisis by signing an executive order that would declare the extinction crisis to be a national emergency, among other steps.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Permitting for Helium Drilling in Newly Designated Utah Wilderness

December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups have sued the Bureau of Land Management to challenge its illegal leasing of 1,400 acres for helium extraction within the newly designated Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness in southeastern Utah. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity and Living Rivers filed suit Monday in federal district court.

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New Documents: New Mexico Rancher Who Pleaded Guilty to Bludgeoning Endangered Wolf Admitted Trapping, Beating One More

December 18, 2020

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— New documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity show that a New Mexico rancher confessed to trapping and beating at least one other endangered Mexican gray wolf in 2015. In 2018 rancher Craig Thiessen pleaded guilty to brutalizing a wolf he had trapped in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Washington Finalizes Rules to Better Protect Orcas From Vessel Noise

December 18, 2020

SEATTLE— Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to finalize new rules that will apply to the state’s commercial whale-watching vessels. While the rules seek to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel noise and disturbance from whale-watching boats, they still allow for watching during the summer months when the whales are foraging in the Salish Sea.

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Diamondback Terrapin Among 10 Species Threatened by Wildlife Trade

December 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Wildlife trafficking and unsustainable trade are driving species’ decline and, in some cases, posing a threat to human health, according to a report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Approval of Radioactive Roads

December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Environmental, public health and union groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving the use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads. The groups also petitioned the agency to reconsider its Oct. 20 approval.

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Leading Progressive Groups Launch Public Pressure Campaign for Biden to Address Fossil Fuel Pollution, Climate Crisis

December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— Organizations representing millions of environmental, racial and economic justice advocates across the country launched a new campaign today to hold President-elect Joe Biden accountable on his promises for bold climate action. The Build Back Fossil Free campaign includes 25 crucial executive actions Biden must take the moment he enters office to prevent climate chaos, end fossil fuel racism and improve well-being for millions of people.

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In Gift to Frackers, Gov. Polis Refuses to Push for Speedier Smog Protections

December 17, 2020

DENVER— Gov. Jared Polis has announced he will not urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act swiftly to protect the Denver Metro/North Front Range area by raising the smog protection level from serious to severe.

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Lawsuit Challenges More Sprawl Development in San Diego County

December 17, 2020

SAN DIEGO— Conservation organizations sued San Diego County today for approving Otay Ranch Resort Village 13, a massive sprawl development in the ecologically rich Jamul mountain region. The project would locate thousands of new residents in a wildfire-prone area that is currently home to endangered and threatened wildlife species.

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Trump Administration Further Limits Habitat Protections for Endangered Species

December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— Just two days after the Trump administration finalized a rule limiting the government’s ability to protect habitat that endangered species need to survive and recover, the administration today finalized yet another rule that will deprive even more imperiled species of protections for the places they live.

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California Must Set Clean Car Mandate to 2030 to Meet Climate Goals: Report

December 17, 2020

LOS ANGELES— California Gov. Gavin Newsom must move up his target for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales to meet crucial state climate goals, according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Petition Seeks USMCA Review of Mexico’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths

December 17, 2020

MONTREAL— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda) filed a petition today under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement over the government of Mexico’s failure to protect endangered north Pacific loggerhead sea turtles from fishing gear entanglements.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Minnesota’s Rare Lynx From Trapping

December 17, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today for permitting trapping that harms Canada lynx.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for Critically Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas today issued a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for refusing to designate critical habitat for the highly endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Administration for Terminating Plan to Recover North Cascades Grizzly Bears

December 16, 2020

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s recent termination of a program aimed at restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. In the past decade, biologists have documented only four grizzly bears in the region.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Stalled Habitat Protection for Endangered West Coast Orcas

December 16, 2020

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government today for its failure to finalize expanded habitat protections for critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales, whose population has dipped to just 74 orcas.

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Lawsuit Launched Against EPA to Protect Endangered Aquatic Species From Cadmium Pollution

December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to assess harms to endangered species before nearly tripling the levels of dangerous cadmium pollution that are allowed in U.S. waters.

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Clemson Ornithologist Named 2020 E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Award Recipient

December 16, 2020

CLEMSON, S.C.— Dr. J. Drew Lanham, a Clemson ornithologist who has worked tirelessly to make conservation science more compelling, relevant and inclusive, is the 2020 recipient of the Center for Biological Diversity’s annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation.

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Biden Urged to Sign Climate Emergency Executive Order

December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 380 groups today called on President-elect Joe Biden to sign an executive order to confront the climate emergency with the full power of the executive branch as soon as he takes office.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop New Oil Well, Pipeline in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

December 15, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.― Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to reverse its approval of what would be the first new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument since it was established in 2001.

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Monarch Butterflies Put on Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Protection

December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act is warranted but precluded. This puts the imperiled butterfly on a waiting list for listing but confers no protection in the meantime.

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500 Groups Urge Biden to Order Fossil Fuel Leasing Ban

December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— Hundreds of conservation, Native American, religious and business groups today sent President-elect Joe Biden text for a proposed executive order to ban new fossil fuel leasing and permitting on federal public lands and waters.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Rule Limiting Habitat Protections for Endangered Species

December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a rule today that severely limits the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants like grizzly bears and whooping cranes will need to survive and recover.

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Conservation Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Protect Wolverines

December 14, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— A coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states, where no more than 300 wolverines remain. Without the new conservation efforts that would be triggered by the Endangered Species Act listing, wolverines face localized extinction as a result of climate change, habitat fragmentation and low genetic diversity.

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Federal Judge Rejects Approval of Federal Oil, Gas Leases in Utah

December 11, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge overturned the Trump administration’s plan to lease more than 60,000 acres of public land for fracking in northern Utah’s Uintah Basin, including areas near Dinosaur National Monument, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law by refusing to consider alternatives to leasing all 59 parcels.

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Updated ‘Redlist:’ 20 Frogs and Fish Declared Extinct

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— An updated assessment released today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature found that 28% of evaluated species of plants and animals around the globe are now at risk of extinction.

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Trump Administration Auctions Off California Public Lands for Oil, Gas

December 10, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Trump administration opened bidding today in the first auction of California federal public lands to oil companies in eight years. Despite community opposition and ongoing legal disputes, the Bureau of Land Management put over 4,000 acres in Kern County up for sale for oil drilling and fracking.

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EPA to Consider Reapproving Previously Banned Use of Extremely Toxic Pesticide Aldicarb on Citrus Trees in Florida, Texas

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— In what will likely be the first major pesticide decision under the Biden Environmental Protection Agency, the agency will consider allowing use of the dangerous, previously cancelled pesticide aldicarb on citrus trees in Florida and Texas.

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Trump Administration Allows Oil Companies to Harm, Harass Whales Nearly 9 Million Times with Seismic Blasts in Gulf of Mexico

December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service has broadly authorized seismic airgun oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The long-awaited final rule comes in response to a court-ordered settlement of a lawsuit brought by environmental groups.

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Trump Revives Climate-hostile Tar Sands Push in Utah

December 9, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— The Trump administration pushed forward today with leasing tar sands across 2,100 acres of public lands in northeastern Utah near the Green River, updating a plan from 2013 just weeks before leaving office. Producing fuel from tar sands generates up to twice the climate pollution and requires vastly more water than doing so from conventional oil.

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550 grupos piden a Biden que resuelva la crisis de la contaminación del plástico con ocho acciones ejecutivas

December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON- Una coalición de más de 550 organizaciones comunitarias y de conservación publicó hoy su Plan de Acción Presidencial sobre Plásticos, instando al presidente electo Joe Biden a tomar ocho medidas ejecutivas clave para resolver la crisis de la contaminación por plásticos.

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550 Groups Ask Biden to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis With Eight Executive Actions

December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— A coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations today released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging President-elect Joe Biden to take eight key executive actions to solve the plastic pollution crisis.

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Legal Appeal Filed to Block Massive Expansion of Colorado’s Colowyo Coal Mine

December 8, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups filed an appeal today of a district court ruling allowing an approximately 2,000-acre expansion of the Colowyo coal mine in northwestern Colorado.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Drops Two Timber Sales, Inches Toward Habitat Conservation Plan

December 8, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— As part of ongoing litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and partners, the Oregon Department of Forestry has dropped two timber sales in exchange for the case being stayed through July 15, 2021.

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Legal Filing Challenges EPA, Pesticide Industry Push to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide on Market

December 8, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed an opposition brief late Monday in their ongoing litigation challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor.

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Federal Court Rejects Trump’s Approval of Offshore Oil-drilling Project in Arctic

December 7, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today rejected the Trump administration’s approval of the first offshore oil-drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Colorado’s Critically Imperiled Gunnison Sage Grouse

December 7, 2020

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project today sued the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the Gunnison sage grouse from harmful livestock grazing in the Gunnison Basin, where the largest surviving population has been in steep decline.

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Conferencia de prensa en línea para lanzar el Plan de Acción Presidencial sobre el Plástico el 8 de diciembre

December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON- Una coalición de más de 500 organizaciones comunitarias y de conservación planea lanzar públicamente su Plan de Acción Presidencial de Plástico el 8 de diciembre. El plan insta al Presidente electo Biden a abordar la crisis de la contaminación de los plásticos con una serie de órdenes ejecutivas poco después de asumir el cargo. En una conferencia de prensa virtual en la que se discutirá el plan se incluirán prominentes expertos y defensores de la justicia ambiental, políticos, legales y académicos.

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Online Press Conference to Launch Presidential Plastics Action Plan on Dec. 8

December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — A coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations plans to publicly release its Presidential Plastic Action Plan on Dec. 8. The plan urges President-elect Biden to address the plastic pollution crisis with a series of executive orders shortly after taking office. A virtual press conference discussing the plan will include prominent environmental justice, political, science, legal and academic experts and advocates.

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Trump Administration Dodges Environmental Review on Liquefied Methane

December 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today finalized a rule making it easier to export superpolluting methane gas without environmental review. The Department of Energy rule moves to “categorically exclude” its authorizations of liquefied methane export and any associated ship transportation from review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Light Projections, Press Conference Launch Presidential Plastics Action Plan

December 4, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Local advocates for federal action to address the plastic pollution crisis will be projecting anti-plastic messages onto the Embarcadero Pier 39 Public Parking Garage on Monday night, Dec. 8, starting at 6 p.m., to help promote the Presidential Plastic Action Plan that’s being released the next day. They’ll be joined by similar displays in New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Final Defense Bill Denies Military Request to Expand Nevada Bombing Ranges

December 3, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Congress today moved to deny the Defense Department’s request to seize more than 1.7 million acres of public land in Nevada for bombing ranges, following a five-year grassroots campaign by public lands advocates to stop the land grab.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Oregon Wildflower

December 3, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Native Plant Society of Oregon submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the tall western penstemon (Penstemon hesperius) under the Endangered Species Act. The species is one of the rarest vascular plants in the Pacific Northwest and is threatened by development, habitat degradation, climate change and competition from non-native species.

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Report: 50 Critical Environmental Reforms President Biden Can Enact Without Congress

December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released transition recommendations today detailing key actions the incoming Biden administration can take to address the extinction crisis and climate change without waiting on a divided Congress.

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Thursday Webinar: Major U.S. Climate Coalition Calculates America’s ‘Fair Share’ of Climate Action

December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— A new analysis finds that the United States would need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to 195% of its 2005 emissions levels by 2030 in order for the U.S. to contribute its “fair share” to global action on climate change.

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Congress Urged to Provide $100 Million for Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 55 organizations urged leaders of Congress today to provide $100 million in emergency funding for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Right whales are one of the most endangered species on the planet, with about 360 individuals remaining, of which only about 70 are breeding females.

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Nevada Releases Flawed Climate Strategy

December 2, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Climate Initiative released the state’s climate strategy late Tuesday. This is an important milestone in the state’s march toward decarbonization, as mandated by 2019’s Senate Bill 254.

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Trump Administration Denies Protection to Imperiled Northern California Fish

December 2, 2020

CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Endangered Species Act protections for the Clear Lake hitch, a large minnow found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake and its tributaries, are not warranted.

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Oregon Officials Urged to Stop Withholding Information Critical to Protecting Public Health After COVID-19 Outbreak at Oregon Mink Operation

December 2, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority urging the release of information on a November outbreak of COVID-19 at a 12,000-animal mink-fur farming operation in Oregon.

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Emergency Petition Seeks to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales From Fishing Gear

December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation and wildlife-protection groups today filed an emergency rulemaking petition to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming entangled in commercial fishing gear.

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Whitebark Pine Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

December 1, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed threatened species protection today for the whitebark pine. The pine occurs at high elevations across seven western states, including Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada, making it the most widely distributed tree to gain protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over Federal Failure to Update Marine Mammal Assessments

December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice of its intent to sue the Trump administration today for failing to update population analyses for polar bears, walruses, sea otters and manatees, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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Second Lawsuit Aims to Finalize Endangered Species Protection for North Carolina Catfish, Salamander

December 1, 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the second time for failing to protect two imperiled aquatic species in eastern North Carolina under the Endangered Species Act.

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Disappearing Great Plains Fish Proposed for Federal Protection

November 30, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the peppered chub, a once-widespread fish in the Arkansas River and its tributaries, as an endangered species. The Service plans to designate 1,068 river miles in four stretches that flow through grasslands in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma as critical habitat for the fish.

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Lawsuit Targets Feds’ Failure to Protect Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrel Habitat

November 30, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect habitat essential to the survival and recovery of southeast Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrels.

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San Francisco Bay Oil Tanker Dredging Project Shelved

November 30, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will withdraw plans to dredge a 13-mile stretch of San Francisco Bay and adjacent waters in a project that would have allowed larger oil tankers to access local oil refineries.

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Hawai‘i Court Rules Commercial Aquarium Collection Without Environmental Review Illegal

November 30, 2020

HONOLULU— Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources violated the law by allowing the aquarium trade to continue extracting hundreds of thousands of marine animals from Hawaiʻi’s reefs without first reviewing the environmental and cultural impacts, the state’s environmental court ruled Friday. The ruling shuts a loophole the agency created after a landmark 2017 decision by the Hawai‘i Supreme Court mandated public disclosure and analysis of the aquarium pet trade’s effects in Hawai‘i.

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Audit Finds California Oil Regulator’s Rampant Legal Violations

November 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the California Department of Finance released a damning audit detailing repeated violations of oil and gas regulations. Today’s report shows that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulators repeatedly skipped required reviews when approving hundreds of oil and gas wells last year.

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Feds Propose More Than 6,000 Square Miles of Coral Habitat Protections in Florida, Caribbean, Pacific

November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced two proposed rules today to designate more than 6,000 square miles of critical habitat protections for 12 threatened coral species off Florida, in the Caribbean and in the Pacific Ocean. The rules were prompted by a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued to force the urgent, long-overdue protections.

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EPA Finds Glyphosate Is Likely to Injure or Kill 93% of Endangered Species

November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biological evaluation today finding that glyphosate is likely to injure or kill 93% of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Court Strikes Down Limits on Fighting Dirty Power Plants

November 25, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A California appeals court has struck down unconstitutional limits on the rights of citizens to challenge the location of power plants in their communities.

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Formosa Plastics Opponents Ask Feds to Expand Environmental Justice Analysis of Suspended Permit, Hold Hearing

November 24, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— Following the Army Corps of Engineers’ recent suspension of its permit for Formosa Plastics’ proposed Louisiana plant, plaintiff groups in the federal lawsuit that sparked that decision asked today for a public hearing and expanded analysis of the plant’s environmental justice, wetlands and pollution impacts.

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Federal Court Rejects Permits for Kalama Methanol Refinery

November 23, 2020

TACOMA, Wash.— A federal district court today vacated the federal permits required for the Kalama Methanol Refinery, sending the proposed fracked gas-to-methanol project back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a full and transparent environmental review.

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Appeal Challenges Approval of Puget Sound Fish Farm

November 23, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation and environmental groups today appealed a ruling by the King County Superior Court to uphold a state permit allowing Cooke Aquaculture to raise domesticated steelhead in its Puget Sound net pens.

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Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Dam Project in California’s Stanislaus County

November 20, 2020

PATTERSON, Calif.— A broad coalition of conservation groups sued the Del Puerto Water District today for approving construction of a new dam on Del Puerto Creek in the Central Valley.

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Lawsuit Filed to Save Endangered Nevada Butterfly From Ski Resort Expansion

November 19, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save a rare Nevada butterfly from extinction. The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is threatened by the agencies’ approval of a major ski area expansion.

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New Website Provides Tips to Simplify the Holidays

November 19, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.– This holiday season, the Center for Biological Diversity is encouraging Americans to simplify the holidays with the launch of a new website that focuses on building traditions that have more meaning and require less stuff.

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Trump Administration Recycles Slashing of Sage-grouse Protections, Opening Habitat to Drilling, Fracking Across Seven Western States

November 19, 2020

WASHINGTONꟷ The Trump administration unveiled its final analysis today to justify its 2019 land-management plans that slashed protections for the imperiled greater sage grouse across 51 million acres of the western United States.

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Trump Administration Proposes Rolling Back Arctic Offshore Drilling Safety Rules

November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today announced a rule to weaken offshore drilling safety rules specially designed for the Arctic’s hazardous, remote waters. It’s the administration’s third major rollback of offshore safety regulations created by the Obama administration after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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EPA Petitioned to Rescind Industry-friendly Guidance Document That OKs Ignoring Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species

November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to withdraw a 2004 guidance document that allows the agency to ignore pesticides’ harms to the nation’s most endangered animals and plants.

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Legal Protest Blasts Trump Administration Plan for 47,000 Acres of Fracking Leases in Colorado

November 18, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups filed a protest today challenging the Trump administration’s plan to auction fracking leases across more than 47,000 acres of public lands in Colorado. Fracking those leases would destroy habitat for a tenuous population of greater sage grouse, worsen deadly air pollution in the Denver metro area and cause up to 1.2 million tons of climate pollution.

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Outgoing San Diego County Board Members Approve More Sprawl Development

November 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO— In a 4-to-1 vote on Wednesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a massive new sprawl development in the county’s ecologically rich Proctor Valley. The Otay Ranch Village 13 project will bring thousands of new residents to a wildfire-prone area that is home to endangered and threatened wildlife species.

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Utah Rejects Massive Water Grab Threatening Utah's Green River, Endangered Fish

November 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— Following legal protests from the Center for Biological Diversity and dozens of other non-governmental and governmental organizations, Utah’s state engineer last night rejected a water-rights application from Water Horse Resources to pump nearly 18 billion gallons of water each year from Utah’s Green River over the Rocky Mountains to Colorado’s Front Range.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Ensuring Smog-reduction in California, Colorado

November 18, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Frecklebelly Madtom Fish Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protections in Georgia, Tennessee

November 18, 2020

ATLANTA— In response to a 2010 petition and 2015 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect a population of the frecklebelly madtom in the upper Coosa River of Georgia and Tennessee as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also proposed to designate 134 miles of the Etowah and Conasauga Rivers as protected critical habitat.

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Legal Protest Challenges Trump Administration Plan to Clearcut Old-growth Forest, Grizzly Habitat in Northwest Montana

November 16, 2020

YAAK, Mont.ꟷ Conservation groups filed a legal protest late Friday challenging a massive logging project that would clearcut thousands of acres, including old growth trees, and threaten an imperiled population of grizzly bears and protected Canada lynx habitat on the Montana-Canada border under the guise of restoration.

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Video Interview Series Draws Attention to Men’s Crucial Role in Family Planning

November 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Nov. 20 is World Vasectomy Day, a global movement to support male engagement in sexual and reproductive health. As human population grows exponentially, crowding out the plants and animals with which we share the planet, the Center for Biological Diversity is throwing support behind this underutilized piece of the family planning puzzle by launching a video interview series called Contraception Conversations.

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Legal Protest Blasts Plan for 430 Square Miles of Fracking Leases in Wyoming

November 16, 2020

DENVER— Citing harm to wildlife, clean air and the climate, conservation groups filed a legal protest over the weekend challenging a Trump administration plan approving the sale of fracking leases on 275,000 acres of public lands in Wyoming. Fracking those leases would destroy habitat for greater sage-grouse, worsen air quality and cause up to 43 million tons of climate pollution — as much as a coal-fired power plant emits in 11 years.

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Trump Administration Invites Oil Industry to Desecrate Sacred Arctic Refuge

November 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Amid a global public health crisis and with oil prices at extreme lows, the lame-duck Trump administration is issuing a “request for nominations,” asking oil companies to identify their preferences on areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain to lease for oil drilling.

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Oregon Rejects Proposal to Ban Beaver Trapping, Hunting on Federal Lands

November 13, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today rejected a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, scientists, and other conservation groups to permanently close commercial and recreational beaver trapping and hunting on the state’s federally managed public lands. Beavers are Oregon’s official state animal, but they can be legally hunted and trapped with few limits.

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$10,000 Reward Offered for Information on Illegal Killing of Mother Grizzly Bear, Cub in Montana

November 13, 2020

BOZEMAN, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally killing a sow grizzly bear and her cub and dumping their bodies on Bear Creek Road near Bigfork, Montana. This marks the third confirmed grizzly bear poaching incident in Montana this year, with several other deaths under investigation.

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State Funding to Assist Families With Rent, Utilities During Covid Runs Out Today

November 12, 2020

RALEIGH. N.C.— As of 6 p.m. today, the roughly $175 million allocated for Gov. Roy Cooper’s HOPE program — which has provided financial relief for renters unable to pay their rent or utility bills — will have run out after less than a month since being announced. To date the program has received nearly 40,000 applications to help households maintain electric, gas and water service and make rent payments.

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Navy’s Pacific Northwest Training Plan to Harass Endangered Whales

November 12, 2020

SEATTLE— The Trump administration published a final rule today allowing the U.S. Navy to harm and harass endangered whales and other marine mammals 1.7 million times during military training exercises in the Pacific Northwest over the next seven years.

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Survey: Most Americans Believe Human Population Is Driving Wildlife Extinctions

November 12, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— A newly released survey of the American public conducted by the Center for Biological Diversity has found that 73% of respondents think the world’s population is growing too fast and nearly three-fourths agree human population growth is driving other animals to extinction.

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Sickle Darter Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in Tennessee, Virginia

November 10, 2020

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a 2010 petition and 2015 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the sickle darter under the Endangered Species Act.

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Senate Republicans Ignore Extinction Crisis, Pandemic in Funding Legislation

November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee today released a partisan funding bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior that continues to underfund endangered species conservation and ignores the wildlife extinction crisis happening around the world.

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Federal Court Suspends Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

November 9, 2020

RICHMOND, Va.— The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today sided with conservation groups and issued an immediate stay of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s stream and wetland crossing permits in southern West Virginia and Virginia.

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Legal Protest Fights First Federal Oil-lease Sale in California in 8 Years

November 9, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— On behalf of 10 conservation, environmental justice, health and community groups today, the Center for Biological Diversity filed protest comments against the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to lease California federal public land to oil and gas companies for the first time in eight years.

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Lawsuit Challenges Energy Department’s Failure to Update 25 Overdue Efficiency Standards

November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— Six environmental and consumer groups are suing the U.S. Department of Energy for failing to review and update energy efficiency standards for more than two dozen categories of consumer and commercial appliances and equipment, including large energy users like refrigerators and water heaters. The 25 overdue standards — the most under any administration — could cost U.S. consumers and businesses billions of dollars and significantly increase climate pollution.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Oregon Coast Tiger Beetle

November 9, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a petition today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle.

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Oregon Officials Urged to Investigate Risks of COVID-19 Outbreaks, Potential Mutations at Mink Farms

November 6, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter today urging the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority to investigate the threat of COVID-19 outbreaks and viral mutations at the state’s mink-fur farming operations.

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EPA: Widely Used Pesticide Atrazine Likely Harms More Than 1,000 Endangered Species

November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment today finding that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine is likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

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Colorado Voters Approve Reintroduction of Gray Wolves

November 5, 2020

DENVER— An unprecedented state ballot initiative requiring wildlife officials to reintroduce endangered gray wolves in Colorado passed Tuesday’s election with a 20,000-vote majority and hundreds of pro-wolf precincts left to be counted. Opponents conceded today that the measure has passed.

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Legal Step Challenges Trump Administration’s Removal of Gray Wolf Protection

November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— A coalition of wildlife conservation groups today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to file a lawsuit challenging the recent decision to strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protection across nearly all the lower 48 states.

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Deschutes River Conservation Plan Fails to Restore River, Fish, Frogs

November 5, 2020

BEND, Ore.— A final habitat conservation plan and environmental impact statement announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Upper Deschutes River, Whychus Creek and Crooked River largely preserves existing management of the river in the near term and fails to adequately help threatened bull trout, steelhead and Oregon spotted frogs.

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$7,600 Reward Offered for Info on Wolf Poaching in Eastern Oregon

November 4, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups are boosting by $7,300 the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the poaching of a 1.5-year-old female wolf in Baker County around Oct. 29. This is the second known wolf poaching in Baker County and the Wallowa Whitman National Forest in the past five weeks.

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Army Corps Suspends Permit for Formosa Plastics’ Controversial Louisiana Plant

November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans today to suspend its permit for Formosa Plastics’ proposed plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The move comes just before a Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of permits in a federal lawsuit filed by project opponents. The agency has asked the federal court to stay proceedings in the case.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Rollback of Limits on Toxic Water Pollution From Power Plants

November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— Nine conservation groups representing millions of people sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its decision to drastically weaken national standards limiting toxic water pollution, including arsenic and selenium, from coal-fired power plants.

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Alabama Mussel Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection, Protected Critical Habitat

November 2, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— In response to a petition and 2016 lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the Canoe Creek clubshell under the Endangered Species Act, with 36 river miles of proposed critical habitat in St. Clair and Etowah counties.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Reapproval of Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine

October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— Public-interest groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its decision to reapprove atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world.

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California Approves Regulations to Reduce Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear

October 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif — California state officials have released a final rule to reduce the risk that endangered whales and sea turtles will get entangled in commercial Dungeness crab gear. The new regulations, which go into effect Nov. 1, were prompted by steep annual increases in reported whale entanglements and a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Endangered Species Act Protections Stripped From Gray Wolves

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule today that removes protection from all gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The Service made its decision despite the fact that wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental United States.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s $16 Billion Move to Fund Delta Tunnel Project

October 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds.

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International Report Calls Out United States for Driving Wildlife Trade

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— A panel of international experts today linked zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 to “unsustainable exploitation of the environment,” including the wildlife trade and land-use change. The new findings echo a recent Center for Biological Diversity report.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Snowy Plovers From Off-road Vehicles at Oceano Dunes

October 29, 2020

OCEANO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Parks and Recreation today for continuing to allow motorized vehicle use that kills protected snowy plovers at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

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Feds Plan Drilling Project in Utah’s Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness

October 29, 2020

MOAB, Utah— The Bureau of Land Management released a plan last week allowing helium exploration and development in the recently designated Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness. The public has until Nov. 4 to comment on the impacts of this industrial development on lands set aside for permanent protection.

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Lawsuit Filed Against EPA to Protect People in Seven States From Asthma-causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to meet congressionally mandated deadlines for enforcing reductions in dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution, which is largely caused by burning fossil fuels.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Coal-mining Construction in Protected Roadless Forest in Colorado

October 29, 2020

DENVER— A federal appeals court today blocked construction for a coal-mine expansion in the Sunset roadless area of Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest. The injunction from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prevents Mountain Coal, a subsidiary of Arch Resources, from further destruction of the roadless forest at the base of Mount Gunnison in the West Elk Mountains until a challenge from conservation groups is resolved.

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California-born Wolf Disperses to Oregon for First Time

October 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has reported that a subadult male member of the state’s only known wolf family, the Lassen pack, has dispersed into Oregon. This is the first confirmed instance of a wolf born in California dispersing to Oregon.

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Massive California Warehouse Project Dealt Another Legal Setback

October 28, 2020

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.— Environmental justice and conservation groups declared victory today and chose to let stand an appeals court tentative ruling dismissing an appeal to a 2015 legal challenge to the World Logistics Center. The court said the case is moot because the developer already abandoned its efforts to evade responsibility for the project’s greenhouse gas pollution.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Feds to Update Recovery Plan for Endangered California Fish

October 28, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to update an inadequate, 35-year-old recovery plan for a tiny, scaleless fish called the unarmored threespine stickleback. These critically endangered fish are only found in a few Southern California streams in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties.

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Lawsuit Aims to Save Leopards From Import to U.S. as Hunting Trophies

October 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection groups filed a lawsuit today challenging decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that authorize leopard trophy imports from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia into the United States.

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EPA Reapproves Dangerous, Drift-prone Dicamba Pesticides Recently Banned by Federal Court for Causing Widespread Economic Harm to Farmers

October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today the reapproval of three products containing the drift-prone, herbicide dicamba for use on Monsanto’s genetically engineered, dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.

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Court Invalidates Use of Bait, Hounds by Private Hunters to Kill Washington’s Bears on Timberlands

October 27, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, an appellate court ruled today that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife can no longer issue permits to private hunters to use bait and hounds to kill black bears on timberlands.

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Lawsuit Challenges Pendley Over 1.7 Million-Acre Fossil Fuel Plan in Colorado

October 27, 2020

DENVER— Climate groups filed new legal claims today challenging the federal government’s 1.7 million-acre resource-management plan to expand fossil fuel development in southwestern Colorado, saying it should be overturned because it was approved during William Perry Pendley’s unlawful tenure directing the Bureau of Land Management.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Damaging Hunting Practices From Killing Endangered Wildlife on Refuges

October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s new rule expanding hunting and fishing on 2.3 million acres, in 147 wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries across the United States. The rule authorizes damaging practices like the use of lead ammunition and killing of ecologically important top predators such as mountain lions.

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Legal Agreement Protects California Wildlife Corridor for Santa Ana Mountain Lions

October 26, 2020

TEMECULA, Calif.— Conservation groups approved a legal agreement today that will protect a critical wildlife corridor for local mountain lions and other wildlife, fund restoration efforts and ensure implementation of a regional conservation plan. The agreement comes after a judge issued a ruling this spring against the proposed 270-acre Altair development in Western Riverside County in California.

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$6,150 Reward Offered for Info on Wolf Poaching in Eastern Oregon

October 23, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are offering a $6,150 reward for information concerning the poaching of a male radio-collared wolf in Baker County on or around Sept. 24.

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Proposal Filed With Federal Court to Ensure U.S. Army Corps Addresses Harm to Endangered Species From Toxic Lake Okeechobee Discharges

October 23, 2020

FORT PIERCE, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a proposal in federal court today to ensure that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ discharges from Lake Okeechobee don’t harm protected wildlife.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Dangerous New Fungicide

October 23, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a toxic new fungicide without fully addressing its lethal effects on endangered wildlife.

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Reward Increased to $25,000 for Info on Killings of Six Endangered Florida Sawfish

October 22, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased to $25,000 the reward for information leading to a conviction for the illegal killing of six critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in Everglades City, Florida.

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EPA Reapproves Dozens of Ultra-toxic Pesticides

October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved dozens of toxic pesticides today that are known to cause serious harm to people, wildlife and the environment.

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Court Denies UNC’s Request to Dismiss Claims That University’s Power Plant Burned More Coal Than Permitted

October 22, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— A federal district court judge has denied a motion by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to dismiss claims that its power plant burned more coal than permitted.

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Youth Leader Nalleli Cobo Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism

October 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity has awarded the 2020 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to Nalleli Cobo.

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EPA Agrees to Crack Down on Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in Eight States

October 22, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal court has approved an agreement between conservation groups and the Environmental Protection Agency requiring the agency to ensure reductions in asthma-causing smog from oil and fracked gas extraction across portions of eight states.

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South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Wild Turtles From Poaching, Trade

October 22, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C.— Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill that bans the commercial trade of native turtles in South Carolina. Following advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Survival Alliance, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and South Carolina residents, this bipartisan measure will end years of extensive poaching, which was a particular threat to freshwater turtles due to the state’s weak conservation laws.

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Lawsuit Challenges Southern California Sprawl Development

October 21, 2020

SAN DIEGO— Conservation groups sued the city of Santee today for approving Fanita Ranch, a 2,600-acre housing development that would put about 3,000 homes in highly fire-prone wildlands where numerous threatened and endangered species thrive.

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Report: Funds to Clean Up California Oil Wells Dangerously Low, Records Show

October 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A new report by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals that California’s largest oil producers have set aside only a miniscule fraction of the money that would be required to properly plug their oil and gas wells.

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Lawsuit Challenges Inadequate Federal Review of Gulf of Mexico Endangered Species

October 21, 2020

GREENBELT, Md.— Four conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the federal government’s failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act in its assessment of the harm the offshore oil industry inflicts on endangered and threatened marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. This long-overdue assessment was triggered by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy and took a decade to complete.

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Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act Would End Offshore Oil Leasing, Protect Marine Habitat

October 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— Legislation to end the federal offshore oil-leasing program and pursue other oceans-related solutions to the climate change crisis was introduced today by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Snake-like Central California Lizard

October 20, 2020

McKITTRICK, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition today to protect the Temblor legless lizard under the Endangered Species Act. The lizard is a rare sand-swimming reptile that occupies a very small area of habitat near the Temblor Range in Kern County, California, and is jeopardized by oil and gas development.

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Efficient, Electric: Report Offers Path to U.S. Aviation Climate Pollution Cuts

October 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Planet-warming pollution from U.S. aviation could be cut by three-quarters or more in the next 20 years, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. The report challenges airplane emissions standards recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency as weak and ineffective.

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Judge Denies Motion, Opening Door to Lawsuits Challenging Pendley Decisions Spanning 30 Million Acres of Public Land

October 16, 2020

HELENA, Mont.— A federal judge denied a motion from conservation groups today to support a lawsuit involving William Perry Pendley’s unlawful tenure as acting director of the Bureau of Land Monument, opening the door to new lawsuits challenging Pendley’s decisions on land management plans and other policies. The plans allow fossil fuel extraction, mining and other industrialization across millions of acres of public lands in 11 states, including within the former boundaries of Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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‘March for Black Lives’ to Say No to Louisiana’s Amendment 5, Formosa Plastics

October 15, 2020

GRAMERCY, La.— Opponents of the massive proposed petrochemical complex that Formosa Plastics seeks to build in Louisiana are planning a “March for Black Lives: No on Amendment 5” for this Saturday.

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Lawsuit Seeks Department of Energy Documents on Industry Influence Over Grid Resilience Model

October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Energy today for failing to release records about the agency’s collaboration with utility companies and the fossil fuel industry on an important, publicly funded study about the reliability and resiliency of North America’s power grid.

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Legal Action Initiated to Speed Endangered Species Act Protections for Giraffes

October 14, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to consider Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population.

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Legal Action Supports North Carolina’s Denial of Water Permit for Destructive Southgate Gas Pipeline

October 14, 2020

RICHMOND, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Appalachian Voices and Sierra Club filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of a key water permit for a major fracked gas pipeline.

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Judge Rejects Challenge to Critical Habitat for New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mice

October 13, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by two cattlemen’s associations that sought to overturn the designation of critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Critical Habitat for Threatened Hawaiian Forest Bird

October 13, 2020

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to designate critical habitat and develop a recovery plan for the threatened ‘i‘iwi, the best known of Hawai‘i’s imperiled honeycreepers.

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Public Records Sought Over Delays in National Climate Report

October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking records relating to delays in preparing the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The request for records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comes amid government delays in recruiting the dozens of scientists needed to produce the report. The next version is due in 2022, but the agency’s website indicates it is already behind schedule.

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Court Denies UNC’s Request to Dismiss Claims of Clean Air Act Violations at University’s Coal-fired Power Plant

October 12, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— A federal district court judge has denied a motion by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to dismiss nine of 10 allegations of Clean Air Act violations at the university’s coal-fired power plant.

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Forest Service Review Would Greenlight Extreme Sports in Rare Nevada Butterfly Habitat

October 12, 2020

LAS VEGAS— A final environmental impact statement released by the U.S. Forest Service claims that a proposed Lee Canyon Ski Area expansion is “likely to be beneficial” for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly despite crisscrossing its most important habitat with a network of high-speed downhill mountain biking trails and a mountain coaster.

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Governors Band Together for Salmon, Orcas After Federal Plan Falls Flat

October 12, 2020

SEATTLE— The governors of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana have announced a regional collaboration on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin that includes strategies for the states to engage with tribal nations and federal agencies and address the concerns of communities who depend on the river.

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Puerto Rican Harlequin Butterfly Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

October 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal to list the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and to designate 41,266 acres of critical habitat.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Jump-start Work to Clean Up Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Guam

October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will ensure that parts of Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and Guam have plans for cleaning up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto Proposes Massive Public Lands Seizure for Bombing Range, Development

October 8, 2020

RENO, Nev.— Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has proposed legislation to transfer approximately half a million acres of public land to the U.S. Navy to expand the Fallon Naval Air Station bombing range in central Nevada. The bill, to be wrapped into the National Defense Authorization Act, would also sell or give away hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for development.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Refusal to Protect Wolverines

October 8, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection today to the rare and elusive wolverine under the Endangered Species Act, prompting a coalition of conservation groups to announce their intention to file a notice of intent to sue as soon as the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

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Regulators Warned of Champlain Hudson Power Express Project’s Environmental Impact

October 8, 2020

NEW YORK— Conservation and social justice groups and First Nations today filed a formal notice letter with the U.S. Department of Energy over its failure to fully address the environmental impacts of the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express Canadian hydropower transmission corridor.

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Lawsuit Targets Feds’ Failure to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19

October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— Labor unions representing healthcare workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to sue the federal government over its failure to provide adequate reusable respirators, N95 masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers.

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Lawsuit Seeks Documents Tied to Cover-up of Groundwater Pumping at Arizona Army Base

October 7, 2020

TUCSON― The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Army, Fort Huachuca and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to release public records relating to the base’s coverup of a 2010 report showing groundwater pumping was harming the San Pedro River. The lawsuit also seeks documents related to the base’s new attempt to thwart river and endangered species protections.

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Agriculture Department’s ‘Wildlife Services’ Killed Approximately 1.2 Million Native Animals in 2019

October 7, 2020

WASHINGTON— The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed approximately 1.2 million native animals in 2019, according to new data released by the program this week.

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Rare, Elusive Marsh Bird Receives Endangered Species Protections

October 7, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the eastern black rail will receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Rare Nevada Fish One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

October 6, 2020

RENO, Nev.— As a result of legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide by Nov. 30, 2020 whether an isolated population of relict dace — a small, minnow-like fish that lives only in springs in eastern Nevada — warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Victory Secures New Recovery Plan for Endangered Red Wolves

October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must update its plan for saving critically endangered red wolves in the next two and a half years, according to a legal agreement reached as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity. Red wolves, which are native to the southeastern United States, have dwindled to just nine known individuals in the wild, living in the eastern part of North Carolina.

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Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ Louisiana Plant Move to Overturn Federal Approval

October 2, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ plan to build one of the world’s largest plastic plants in St. James Parish, Louisiana have filed a motion seeking a judgment in their lawsuit challenging the project’s federal approval.

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EPA OKs First Finfish Farm in Federal Waters

October 1, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Environmental Protection Agency has authorized a permit to discharge 80,000 pounds of fish farm waste directly into the Gulf of Mexico from the first finfish farm ever authorized in federal waters. The Velella Epsilon experimental fish farm off Florida’s west coast received the permit late yesterday, the EPA announced today.

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Seismic Blasting Efforts Halted in Atlantic Ocean

October 1, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C.— A status conference on seismic litigation revealed today the industry will not pursue efforts to employ seismic blasting to search the Atlantic Ocean for offshore petroleum deposits this year, and possibly for several years.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Failure to Protect Panama City Crayfish

October 1, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for the Panama City crayfish. Today’s lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

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Lawsuit Aims to Compel Fish and Wildlife Service to Protect Bi-state Sage Grouse

September 29, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO― Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect the imperiled bi-state sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines.

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Lawsuit Seeks Emergency Protections for Rare Nevada Wildflower

September 29, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management today seeking protection for the rare Nevada wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat.

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Sens. Cornyn, Booker Introduce Landmark Bill to End U.S. Live Wildlife Markets, Curb Trade

September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— As COVID-19 continues to kill thousands of Americans a week, Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation today that would prohibit the import and export of live wildlife for human consumption or medicine.

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Coastal California Sunflower Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

September 29, 2020

EUREKA, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to change the Endangered Species Act status of beach layia, a small sunflower that grows only in California’s coastal dunes, from endangered to threatened.

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Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Protecting Wild Animals from Super-toxic Rat Poisons

September 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the California Ecosystems Protection Act (AB 1788) into law today, placing greater restrictions — with limited exceptions — on the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides to protect the state’s native wildlife.

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Trispot Darter Fish Gains Protected Critical Habitat in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee

September 29, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated just over 175 river miles, including 9,924 acres, as protected critical habitat for the threatened trispot darter in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

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Rare Flower in New Mexico’s High Desert Proposed for Federal Protection

September 28, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect Wright’s marsh thistle, an imperiled wetland plant in New Mexico, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and to designate 159 acres as protected critical habitat.

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Two Eastern Freshwater Mussels Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

September 28, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the round hickorynut and longsolid freshwater mussels under the Endangered Species Act, with more than 2,000 river miles of proposed critical habitat from Pennsylvania to Mississippi.

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Report: America’s Massive Wildlife Imports Fuel Global Pandemic Risks

September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— The United States imported almost 23 million whole animals, parts, samples and products made from bats, primates and rodents over a recent five-year period, according to a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Rodents, bats and primates harbor 75% of known zoonotic viruses — pathogens that spread from animals to people.

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the red-cockaded woodpecker has recovered enough to be downlisted from endangered to threatened. The bird once occurred across much of the southeastern United States in long-leaf pine forests but was federally protected as endangered in 1970.

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Thousands Oppose First Federal Oil Lease Sale in California in Eight Years

September 25, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— More than 85 conservation, environmental justice, public health and community groups submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management today opposing the Bureau’s first oil and gas lease sale of federal public lands in California in eight years.

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U.S. Forest Service Plan Guts Protections, Allows Clearcut Logging of Old-growth Trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Forest Service announced a final plan today to eliminate roadless-rule protections in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, opening vast swaths of irreplaceable old-growth temperate rainforest to clearcut logging.

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Legal Petition Seeks to Close California Forest Carbon Loophole

September 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation and environmental justice groups filed a legal petition today that demands the California Public Utilities Commission stop letting carbon-polluting biomass projects take advantage of programs meant to benefit clean energy.

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Documents: Powerful Pro-pesticide Groups Shaped U.S. Push to Weaken International Oversight of Medically Important Antibiotics

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— U.S. efforts to weaken international guidelines on the use of medically important antibiotics in food production were heavily influenced by powerful agribusiness trade groups like CropLife America that advocate for use of antibiotics as pesticides, according to public records obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Petition Aims to Protect Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake Under Endangered Species Act

September 24, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today again petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Tucson shovel-nosed snake as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Gov. Newsom’s Climate Initiative Omits Key Actions on Oil Drilling, Fracking

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif— Gov. Gavin Newsom announced steps today that California will take to accelerate climate action, but he failed to include ambitious actions to curb oil drilling and ban fracking. Today’s measures include an executive order directing the California Air Resources Board to require 100% zero-emissions vehicle sales for passenger cars, pickups and SUVs by 2035.

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Advocates Demand Regulation of Toxic Neonic-treated Seeds

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A group of health and environmental organizations filed a legal petition today calling upon the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to regulate the planting of crop seeds coated with neurotoxic neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) and close a loophole that allows the unchecked use of neonic-treated seeds in California’s farms. The petition follows a scientific report released today finding these seeds may result in the use of over half a million pounds of unregulated pesticides per year in the state.

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Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine to Be Banned in Hawaii, Five U.S. Territories, Prohibited on Conifers, Roadsides

September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine will be banned in Hawaii and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the North Mariana Islands.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Colorado’s Critically Imperiled Gunnison Sage Grouse

September 23, 2020

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project notified the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Parks Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue over the agencies’ failure to adequately protect the Gunnison sage grouse in the Gunnison Basin, where the majority of remaining birds survive.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Failure to Protect Caribbean Lizards as Endangered

September 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect eight rare species of skink, a type of lizard, under the Endangered Species Act. The skinks are found only on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and face extinction because of introduced predators, habitat destruction and climate change.

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California Commission OKs Petition Protecting Joshua Trees Under State’s Endangered Species Act

September 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission agreed today to accept a petition protecting western Joshua trees under the state’s Endangered Species Act, granting legal protection to the iconic trees for at least a year.

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Fate of Puget Sound Commercial Fish Farms to Be Decided at Thursday’s Virtual Hearing

September 22, 2020

SEATTLE— A challenge to permits allowing continued commercial fish farming in Puget Sound will be heard via Zoom on Thursday in King County Superior Court. The complaint, filed in February by four conservation groups, demands the repeal of the permits and robust environmental review of this harmful practice. The decision could potentially affect seven commercial fish farms.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee at Minnetonka’s Lone Lake Park

September 22, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Minnetonka have reached an agreement to protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee at Lone Lake Park, the site of a planned multi-use mountain-bike trail. Under the agreement, the city will implement numerous conservation measures, including creation of habitat for the bees and other pollinators.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Approval of Alaska LNG Project

September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the federal government today for approving the Alaska LNG project, which would export U.S. liquefied natural gas to Asia. The lawsuit challenges the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s May 21 approval of the project and refusal to grant a June 23 request for rehearing.

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Gov. Newsom Faces Lawsuit Over California’s Illegal Oil-well Permits

September 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified Gov. Gavin Newsom today of its intent to file a lawsuit to halt illegal permitting of oil and gas wells in California. In a letter to the governor, the group says giving out such permits causes unacceptable climate and health harms and that the permits are being issued illegally, without the review required under the California Environmental Quality Act.

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EPA Scraps Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved the pesticide atrazine today, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people.

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Park Service Finalizes Disastrous Point Reyes Plan to Kill Native Wildlife, Prioritize Commercial Livestock Grazing

September 18, 2020

POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service released a management plan amendment today for Point Reyes National Seashore that would enshrine commercial cattle ranching in the California park at the expense of native wildlife and natural habitat. It also calls for the killing of native tule elk and would authorize new agricultural uses that will put other wildlife at risk.

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Colorado Agency Caves to U.S. Forest Service, OKs More Bulldozing of Roadless Forest

September 18, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups urged a federal court today to halt further construction in a protected roadless area of the Gunnison National Forest. Today’s motion for expedited consideration came after Colorado officials modified an order late yesterday to no longer prevent Mountain Coal Company from using an illegally bulldozed road and carving more drill pads into the roadless area.

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Students, Orange County Commissioner Marcoplos to Host Tuesday Rally at UNC to Protest University’s Ongoing Use of Coal-fired Power Plant

September 18, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Students, Orange County commissioner Mark Marcoplos and conservation advocates will host a rally on Tuesday to protest the University of North Carolina’s ongoing use of a dirty, coal-fired power plant at its Chapel Hill campus.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Arizona’s Verde River From Ravages of Illegal Grazing

September 17, 2020

PHOENIX― The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to stop widespread damage from cattle grazing along the Verde River, its tributaries and streambanks.

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EPA Airplane Pollution Rule Blasted for Failing to Help Climate

September 17, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today offered live testimony opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for aircraft. The Center argued at a public hearing that the rules, which mirror those adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, are too weak to address the severity of the climate crisis.

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Administration Sued for Records Detailing U.S. Role on Behalf of Glyphosate-maker Bayer in Pressuring Thailand to Reverse Plan to Ban Pesticide

September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the administration for public records detailing the U.S. government’s efforts on behalf of Bayer, the maker of the herbicide glyphosate, to convince Thailand last year to reverse its planned ban of the cancer-linked chemical.

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El Festival de Cine Virtual destaca el vínculo entre la justicia alimentaria y la justicia ambiental

September 17, 2020

TUCSON, Arizona—El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica será el anfitrión de un Festival de Cine de Justicia Alimentaria virtual y gratuita del 24 al 27 de septiembre, que presentará las premiadas películas Gather, The Invisible Vegan, Dolores y Urban Roots. Cada película explora los vínculos entre la justicia ambiental, el cambio climático, la inseguridad alimentaria y la supremacía blanca.

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Federal Protection Proposed for Two Missouri Crayfishes, Colorado Flower

September 16, 2020

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect a rare plant in southwestern Colorado and two crayfishes in a single watershed in Missouri as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Seek New Critical Habitat for Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrels

September 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand critical habitat for Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrels.

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Environmental Justice

September 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host a free virtual Food Justice Film Festival Sept. 24-27 featuring the award-winning films Gather, The Invisible Vegan, Dolores and Urban Roots. Each film explores the links between environmental justice, climate change, food insecurity and white supremacy.

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Legal Victory Puts Keys Lizard Back on Track for Endangered Species Protection

September 16, 2020

MIAMI— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge found today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017 denial of Endangered Species Act protection to the Florida Keys mole skink was arbitrary and unlawful.

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More Than 17,000 Rare Nevada Wildflowers Destroyed

September 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Conservationists discovered over the weekend that someone had dug up and destroyed more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare Nevada wildflower the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this summer may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern California Redwoods

September 15, 2020

GUALALA, Calif.— Conservation groups filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit today against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a logging project in a redwood forest near Northern California’s Gualala River.

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More Than 1,500 Acres of Critical Habitat Proposed for Two Central Texas Salamanders

September 14, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— Following a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed 1,519 acres in the Austin area as protected critical habitat for the Georgetown and Salado Springs salamanders.

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Millions Demand Congressional Action on COVID Relief Measure

September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON— Dozens of organizations, representing millions of people across the United States, called on Congress today to urgently pass a COVID relief package to prevent unnecessary suffering across the country and to ensure voting rights.

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Idaho Documents Reveal Weeks-old Wolf Pups Among 570 Maimed, Slaughtered Wolves

September 11, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that the removal of wolves from Endangered Species Act protection nationwide is “very imminent,” new data from Idaho show the ugly face of state wolf-management there.

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Washington Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests

September 11, 2020

SEATTLE— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to ban wildlife-killing contests, making it the seventh state to enact such a measure.

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Oregon Urged to End Beaver Trapping, Hunting on Federal Lands

September 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to permanently close commercial and recreational beaver trapping and hunting on the state’s federally managed public lands and the waters that flow through them. Beavers are Oregon’s official state animal, but they can be legally hunted and trapped with few limits.

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Thousands of Californians Call on Governor to Sign Bill That Protects Wildlife From Toxic Rat Poisons

September 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups delivered more than 10,000 California signatures to Gov. Gavin Newsom today asking him to sign a bill that would ban highly toxic rodenticides until state agencies develop common-sense safeguards to protect wildlife from the dangerous, long-lasting poisons.

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Killing of Three Wolves Dims Hopes for New Colorado Population

September 10, 2020

DENVER— At least half of the six wolves spotted moving into northwestern Colorado earlier this year were recently shot and killed just over the border in Wyoming. The remaining wolves’ status and whereabouts are uncertain.

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Survey Finds Subsidies Don’t Decrease Ranchers’ Hostility to Mexican Gray Wolves

September 10, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new survey of Arizona ranchers finds that government subsidies to compensate for livestock losses caused by Mexican gray wolves do little to change the broad dislike for the predators within the industry. Further, the survey showed that the strongest antipathy is held by those ranchers who have never lost stock to wolves.

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Congress Urged to Provide Immediate Pandemic Relief to U.S Food, Farm, Fish Systems

September 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— While the U.S. Senate was out on recess, a broad coalition of over 160 organizations warned in a letter addressed to congressional leaders of dire consequences for the American food, farm, and fish systems — and the historically underserved communities that make them work — unless Congress acts now to provide immediate pandemic relief.

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Airplane Pollution Standards Lag 10 Years Behind Technology: Report

September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— International airplane standards for planet-warming pollution lag behind industry advances by about a decade, according to a report released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

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Gov. Inslee Orders Rework of Washington’s Wolf-killing Policies

September 4, 2020

SEATTLE— In a win for wolf advocates, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. This action reverses the commission’s denial of a petition filed by advocates in May that called for reforms of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lethal wolf-management policies.

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Trump Administration Launches New Assault on Alaska’s Tongass Old-growth Forest

September 4, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska— The Trump administration announced plans today for a massive timber sale that would destroy more than 5,100 acres of critical old-growth habitat in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

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Piden ambientalistas al Tribunal Supremo de Ecuador que proteja Los Cedros y haga cumplir los 'Derechos de la Naturaleza'

September 4, 2020

QUITO, Ecuador— Grupos ambientalistas presentaron hoy un testimonio legal instando a la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador a detener todas las concesiones mineras en el bosque protector Los Cedros, un “Área Clave para la Biodiversidad” global. El documento cita preocupaciones de la famosa primatóloga Jane Goodall y más de 1,200 científicos destacados.

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Environmental Groups Ask Ecuador´s Highest Court to Protect Los Cedros, Enforce Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’

September 4, 2020

QUITO, Ecuador— Environmental groups filed a legal brief today urging the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to halt all mining concessions in the Los Cedros protected forest, a global “Key Biodiversity Area.” The brief cites concerns from famed primatologist Jane Goodall and more than 1,200 other prominent scientists.

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American Burying Beetle Loses Endangered Status Despite Major Threats From Oil Development, Climate Change

September 4, 2020

TULSA, Okla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the downlisting of the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened despite the absence of the beetle from most of its range, ongoing habitat destruction from the oil and gas industry, and new information that climate change is decimating the species in the southern Plains.

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Trump Administration Further Weakens Habitat Protection for Endangered Species

September 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed new regulations today that radically alter the existing process for deciding when to exclude a particular area from a critical habitat designation for wildlife or plants protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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Judge Allows Conservation Groups to Defend Ventura County Wildlife Connectivity From Industry Legal Challenge

September 3, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.—In a ruling this week, a judge formally granted permission to four conservation organizations to help defend Ventura County’s innovative wildlife connectivity ordinances — the first of their kind in California.

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Analysis: Proposed Washington Methanol Refinery Would Produce Massive Pollution

September 2, 2020

LACEY, Wash.— A new environmental analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology of the proposed fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington found the plant would rank as one of the state’s largest sources of climate pollution if constructed.

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Trump Administration Hastening Review to Expedite Sprawl in Florida

September 2, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a presidential executive order, the Department of the Interior is considering sidestepping key conservation laws to fast-track a Collier County development that threatens to destroy 45,000 acres of essential Florida panther habitat, according to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Documents: Trump Administration Waiving Rules for Oil Drilling, Mining

September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— Documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity show that a presidential executive order has prompted the Department of the Interior to consider exemptions to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for more than 50 major projects.

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Humboldt Martens Receive Long-awaited Endangered Species Act Protection

September 1, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Humboldt marten will receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes after two conservation groups sued the Trump administration for its long delay in finalizing protections for this rare species.

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Officials Urged to Strengthen ‘Connect SoCal’ Plan to Protect Mountain Lions, Discourage Development in Fire-prone Areas

September 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Conservation and housing groups today urged the Southern California Association of Governments to amend a land-use plan covering six Southern California counties to better safeguard connectivity for imperiled mountain lions, meet the state’s climate goals, and discourage development in fire-prone areas.

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Wildlife From Super-toxic Rat Poisons

September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California legislature has passed a bill that would place a moratorium on super-toxic rodenticides until state agencies can develop better safeguards to protect wildlife from the dangerous, long-lasting poisons.

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SEC Complaint Charges Misleading Claims by Australian Company Over Nevada Mine

September 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today asserting that the Australian mining company Ioneer provided materially misleading statements to investors.

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Lawsuit Launched to Challenge Seattle Harbor Expansion’s Threats to Orcas

September 1, 2020

SEATTLE— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to consider how ship traffic harms critically endangered orcas when it approved plans to expand Seattle Harbor, the Center for Biological Diversity said today in a notice of its intent to sue the agency. This declining population of orcas is down to just 72 individuals.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

September 1, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sued the federal government today for failing to protect the nearshore habitat of the Nassau grouper, which faces threats from pollution and climate change impacts such as sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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Forest Service Plan Would Fast-track Fracking on National Forests, Grasslands

August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Forest Service released a proposal today that would fast-track fracking and drilling across the country’s 192 million acres of national forests and grasslands.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA Decision to Dismiss Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species

August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Revised Methods” for assessing pesticide risks to endangered species.

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National Park Service Pressed to Tear Down Elk Barrier, Ensure Water Supply for Point Reyes Elk

August 31, 2020

POINT REYES, Calif.— In response to reports of tule elk dying amid an ongoing drought, the Center for Biological Diversity and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic today demanded that the National Park Service remove a fence from Tomales Point in northern Point Reyes National Seashore that confines elk on a peninsula with inadequate water.

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Lawsuit Challenges Luxury Development in Big Bear Valley

August 28, 2020

FAWNSKIN, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today for approving the controversial Moon Camp development on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The planned development would bring 50 high-end custom homes to the lakefront property, which has rare and world-renowned pebble plains as well as habitat for wildlife, including a pair of bald eagles with a worldwide following that lives year-round in Big Bear Valley.

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Lawsuit Targets Forest Service Failure to Protect Endangered Mouse, Streamside Meadow Areas in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains

August 27, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service today to challenge its failure to protect streamside meadows in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains from cattle. The areas are critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Lawsuit: Trump Administration’s Massive Powder River Basin Coal Plan Violates Court Order

August 27, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge a massive Powder River Basin coal-mining plan the groups say ignores alternatives to coal, oil and gas leasing and fails to publicly acknowledge the harms from coal combustion, violating federal law and a 2018 court order.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Delay in Ensuring That Rules to Reduce Smog Are in Place for California, Colorado

August 27, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Trump Administration Proposes First Oil Lease Sale in California in Eight Years

August 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it intends to hold the first federal oil and gas lease sale in California since 2012.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Fort Lauderdale Hilton for Harming Sea Turtles

August 27, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center and Hilton Hotels for lighting practices that harm nesting and hatchling sea turtles.

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Emergency Legal Petition Filed With USDA to End Cruel Farm ‘Depopulation’ Methods

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— A coalition led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an emergency petition today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent COVID-19 relief funds, resources and any other forms of support from facilitating or compensating for the costs of ventilation shutdown or water-based foam “depopulation” — the mass killing of animals on factory farms. It also asks the agency to withhold COVID-19 relief funds, resources, and any other forms of support from integrators, processors, and meatpackers that order or permit ventilation shutdown or water-based foam depopulation.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Protection for Wolves, Grizzly Bears on Alaska’s National Preserves

August 26, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Thirteen groups filed a federal lawsuit today to restore Obama-era protections for Alaska’s wildlife on national preserves managed by the National Park Service.

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Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 350,000 pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides were sprayed on more than 363,000 acres of crops on America’s national wildlife refuges in 2018, a 34% increase over the acreage sprayed in 2016, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis released today.

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TC Energy Warned That Construction of Keystone XL Poses Unlawful Harm to Endangered Species

August 25, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed a supplemental notice letter today warning TC Energy that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline must not continue while analysis of the harm to imperiled wildlife remains incomplete.

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Lawsuit Fights Trump Administration Plan to Open 18 Million Acres of Western Arctic to Oil and Gas Drilling

August 25, 2020

ANCHORAGE — Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration over its plan to allow oil and gas drilling on 18.7 million acres of the Western Arctic, known as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

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Rare Virgin Islands Flower Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

August 25, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed listing the marrón bacora, a plant native to the Virgin Islands, as endangered and identified 2,549 acres of potential critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Petition Demands Tennessee Valley Authority Halt Electricity Shutoffs, Fund Debt Relief

August 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— Dozens of climate-justice organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to immediately impose a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and fund debt relief for its customers.

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California Senate Bill May Shield Oil Companies From Cleanup Costs

August 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Last-minute amendments to Senate Bill 1012 in the California legislature threaten to shift massive oil-industry well-cleanup costs to taxpayers. S.B. 1012, introduced by Sen. Melissa Hurtado, would make changes to the California Public Resources Code that could make it harder for the state to recoup well-remediation costs from oil companies.

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Lawsuit Aims to Block Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

August 24, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging the Trump administration’s decision to allow oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for drilling in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge would cause irreparable damage to one of the world’s most important wild places and takes the United States in exactly the wrong direction on combating climate change, the suit says.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Clean Up Ventura County Smog

August 24, 2020

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require reductions of asthma-causing smog pollution in California’s Ventura County, which is home to more than 850,000 people.

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Lawsuit Challenges Mega-Resort in Northern California’s Fire-prone Guenoc Valley

August 21, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif.— As wildfires rage across Northern California, the Center for Biological Diversity sued Lake County today for approving a sprawling new luxury resort and residential development in fire-prone Guenoc Valley, just north of Napa County.

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Judge OKs Millions in Executive Payouts for Bankrupt California Oil Giant

August 21, 2020

HOUSTON— A federal judge in Houston late yesterday approved an incentive package worth up to $57 million for top executives as part of bankruptcy proceedings for oil giant California Resources Corporation.

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Nation’s First Public Database Launched Featuring Research on Links Between Human Population Growth, Extinction Crisis

August 21, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today launched the nation’s first public database featuring research documenting the links between human population growth and the escalating wildlife extinction crisis.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save Rare Southern Nevada Butterfly

August 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit today to block a proposed ski-resort expansion in southern Nevada that could drive the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly to extinction.

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Federal Government Agrees to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat

August 20, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service must designate protected critical habitat for green sea turtles under a new legal agreement with conservation groups. Sea-level rise, plastic pollution and global warming threaten green sea turtle habitat.

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Legal Action Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Giant California Fly

August 20, 2020

FRESNO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for improperly denying Endangered Species Act protection to the critically imperiled San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly.

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Judge Orders Deadline for New North Atlantic Right Whale Protections

August 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— As a result of a successful lawsuit by several environmental and animal organizations, a federal judge today ordered federal fishery managers to issue a new rule for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales no later than May 31, 2021.

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California Moves to Protect Declining Leatherback Sea Turtles

August 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 today to advance leatherback sea turtles to candidacy under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The vote follows a June 2020 recommendation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that increased protections may be warranted. The action came in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Fossil Fuel Plan in Colorado ‘Climate Hot Spot’

August 19, 2020

DENVER— Climate groups sued the Trump administration today over its plan to expand drilling, fracking and mining across 1.7 million acres of public lands in southwestern Colorado, one of the fastest-warming regions in the nation.

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Federal Agency Revokes Protections for Wildlife on Scores of National Wildlife Refuges Across Country

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today approved the single-largest expansion ever of hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges, including allowing bears, mountain lions and other top predators to be killed in more places.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of pollution monitoring and reporting requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. Agrees to Decide Pangolin Protections

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Under a new legal agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, should be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Protect California Spotted Owl

August 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for refusing to protect California spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act.

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Animal, Environmental Organizations Call on White House to Support G20 Ban on Wildlife Trade

August 17, 2020

NEW YORK— Advocacy organizations today urged Thomas Storch, White House senior trade advisor and G20 Sherpa, to support and champion a permanent ban on wild-animal markets that could become sources for future pandemics.

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Washington State Kills Last Two Members of Wedge Wolf Pack

August 17, 2020

SEATTLE— Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today that it killed the remaining two members of the Wedge wolf pack Aug. 13. The killing comes after another summer fraught with livestock-wolf conflict and public outcry over the need for changes in how the agency manages this state endangered species.

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Ban on Collecting Hawaii Reef Fish for Aquarium Trade Upheld

August 14, 2020

HONOLULU— The state of Hawaii’s Environmental Council has upheld the Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to maintain the ban on collecting fish for the aquarium pet trade off the west coast of Hawaii Island and to reject an environmental impact statement aimed at restarting the destructive practice.

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ExxonMobil Oil Trucking Plan Jeopardized by Refinery Shutdown, County Staff Opposition to Using Dangerous Route 166

August 13, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – ExxonMobil’s plans to restart its offshore drilling platforms in Santa Barbara County and truck that oil through California have been undermined by two unrelated announcements. Opponents responded today by calling on the company to abandon the project and decommission its offshore operations.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Methane Pollution Rules for Oil, Gas Industry

August 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized two rules today that will roll back regulation of the oil and gas industry, allowing the release of hundreds of thousands of tons of methane and other harmful air pollutants over the coming years.

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Gov. Inslee Urged to Act After Washington Wolf Advisor’s Removal

August 13, 2020

SEATTLE— Environmental groups called on Gov. Jay Inslee today to reform wolf management in Washington after the sudden removal of conservationist Tim Coleman from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wolf Advisory Group.

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Court Overturns Trump Administration Policy That Sharply Curtailed Protections for Migratory Birds

August 11, 2020

NEW YORK— A federal court today overturned a Trump administration reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that had upended decades of enforcement and let industry polluters entirely off the hook for killing birds.

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Alachua County Says No to Florida Plan for Huge Toll Roads

August 11, 2020

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously today to oppose a plan to build new toll roads through some of Florida’s last wild places.

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Lawsuit Launched Against EPA to Combat Asthma-causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Eight States

August 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to meet congressionally mandated deadlines for enforcing reductions in dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Labor, Environmental Groups Urge Emergency Action to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19

August 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Labor unions representing health care workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to demand that the Trump administration take emergency action to provide adequate masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers.

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Department of Energy Inaction Will Cost Consumers at Least $22 Billion, Spew at Least 80 Million Tons of Carbon Into Air

August 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— Six environmental and consumer groups warned the U.S. Department of Energy today that they will sue the agency if it does not meet its legal responsibility to review and update overdue energy-efficiency standards for an unprecedented 26 consumer and commercial products within 60 days. These products include some of the largest energy users, such as air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators and clothes dryers.

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Feds: High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations

August 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— A new review of leatherback sea turtle science concludes that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a finding that all seven leatherback sea turtle populations remain endangered, denying a petition by the commercial fishing industry to relax some protections.

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Black Teatfish Sea Cucumbers Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service found today that the imperiled black teatfish sea cucumber may warrant Endangered Species Act protection and potentially a trade ban. Overfishing and the wildlife trade have caused rapid population declines for these plump, spotted, shallow-water sea cucumbers.

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Lawsuit Filed to Reduce Dangerous Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to clean up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide air pollution in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana; Huntington, Indiana; Piti-Cabras, Guam; and San Juan and Guayama-Salinas, Puerto Rico.

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Legal Petition Urges U.S. to Certify That China’s Pangolin Trade Violates Wildlife Treaty

August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation organizations filed a legal petition today urging the U.S. secretary of the Interior to formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins. If certification under the Pelly Amendment is granted, the U.S. government can sanction China, including banning all wildlife imports from the country.

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Vessel Speed Limits Sought to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a rulemaking petition today seeking additional ship-speed limits along the Atlantic coast to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. In June a baby right whale was found dead off the coast of New Jersey, with propeller wounds across its head, chest and tail.

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Company Puts Massive Nevada Gold Mine Expansion on Hold

August 5, 2020

RENO, Nev.— Nevada Gold Mines has temporarily suspended plans to expand the Long Canyon Mine in northeast Nevada and says it will conduct hydrologic studies to address concerns that the expansion would dry up nearby springs.

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Lawsuit Challenges Mining Permits Near Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota

August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over its decision to renew 13 prospecting permits that could allow Twin Metals to significantly expand its proposed sulfide-ore copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Minnesota’s Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

August 5, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the city of Minnetonka for failing to protect endangered rusty patched bumblebees from a planned mountain-bike course in Lone Lake Park, home to one of the largest populations of the bee in Minnesota.

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Feinstein-Daines Wildfire Bill Would Evade Environmental Laws, Compromise Community Protection

August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON― Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced legislation yesterday that would fast-track unsustainable logging, increase wildfire risk and jeopardize community safety. The measure stands in stark contrast to sensible, science-based legislation sponsored by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), which would help communities in fire-prone areas without backcountry logging.

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Lawsuit Challenges Nearly $28 Million in Public Funding for Utah Oil Railway

August 4, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY― Conservation groups sued the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board today for granting $27.9 million in public money to a proposed railway that would move oil from the Uinta Basin to refineries in other states.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Approval of Mining Road Through Alaska National Park

August 4, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Nine groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge its approval of a commercial gravel road that would destroy, degrade and pollute Arctic land and water and threaten the health of wildlife and people across a broad region of Alaska’s southern Brooks Range.

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Sen. Udall, Rep. Neguse Introduce Landmark Legislation Banning Chlorpyrifos, Paraquat, Transforming Pesticide Safety Reviews

August 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced historic legislation today increasing protections for farmworkers and children by banning dangerous pesticides like paraquat, chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids.

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Trump Administration Proposes New Limits on Protecting Endangered Species Habitat

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration issued a new proposal today that will severely limit the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants will need to survive and recover.

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Federal Review of Columbia River Dams Fails to Protect Salmon, Orcas

July 31, 2020

SEATTLE— A federal analysis of dams in the Columbia River basin released today fails to move toward the only viable alternative for saving salmon and the Southern Resident killer whales that rely on them for food: the removal of the four lower Snake River dams.

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Sen. Udall, Rep. Neguse to Hold Tele-Press Conference Tuesday on Landmark Pesticide Legislation to Protect Children, Workers by Banning Toxic Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) will hold a press conference at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday to discuss details of the groundbreaking pesticide reform legislation they will introduce that day, the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020.

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Feds Urged to Deny Third Arizona Pumped-storage Project Threatening Humpback Chub, Little Colorado River

July 30, 2020

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to deny a preliminary permit application for a massive water-pumping project on the Little Colorado River, which provides water for one of the West’s most endangered fish.

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Santa Barbara County to Vote on ExxonMobil Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil in California

July 30, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Santa Barbara County has released the final environmental impact report on ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks so it can restart three drilling platforms off California, setting up a vote on the project.

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Legal Action Challenges Duke Energy’s Buildout of Unapproved Gas-fired Power Units

July 30, 2020

DURHAM, N.C.— Climate-justice groups filed a legal petition with the North Carolina Utilities Commission today asserting that Duke Energy — one of the top polluting U.S. utilities — is violating state law by quietly building large amounts of inefficient gas-burning capacity without commission approval.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Attack on Landmark Environmental Law

July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— A nationwide coalition of organizations from the environmental-justice, outdoor and conservation communities filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s attack on the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Legal Petition Urges U.S. Forest Service to Protect Native Bees, Stop Rubber-stamping Commercial Beehives on Federal Lands

July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a formal legal petition today urging the U.S. Forest Service to stop allowing the placement of hundreds of commercial honeybee hives on national forest lands without proper environmental review.

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Trump Administration OKs Liquid Natural Gas by Rail Despite Explosion Risks

July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration released a final rule today allowing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be shipped by rail, overruling critics who warn that it risks deadly explosions. The Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration amended federal hazardous-materials rules that have prohibited LNG from being shipped by train.

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Formosa Plastics Agrees to Delay Work on Louisiana Plant After Opponents File for Injunction

July 24, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— A federal judge has approved Formosa Plastics’ agreement not to start construction work on its massive petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana after opponents filed a preliminary injunction on July 14 to block work on the site.

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Critical Habitat Designated for Threatened Idaho Plant

July 23, 2020

BOISE, Idaho—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated critical habitat today for slickspot peppergrass, a rare and threatened plant found only in southwestern Idaho. The decision proposes approximately 42,129 acres of protected habitat in Ada, Elmore, Gem, Payette and Owyhee counties in Idaho. The designation is roughly 20,000 acres less than the acreage proposed in 2014.

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New Study Calls for Funding to Prevent Deforestation, Curtail Wildlife Trade

July 23, 2020

DURHAM, N.C.— A study being published tomorrow in the journal Science concludes that spending $22-$31 billion to curb habitat loss, deforestation and wildlife trade and monitor and control disease emergence would dramatically reduce the risk of another pandemic. That represents just 2% of the total cost — $10-$20 trillion — inflicted on the global economy by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Washington Wildlife Agency Issues Kill Order on Another Endangered Wolf Pack

July 23, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order today authorizing the killing of one member of the Wedge wolf pack in Stevens County — the latest in a long series of kill orders in this area.

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Central California Coast Snail Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

July 23, 2020

MORRO BAY, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed changing the Endangered Species Act status of the Morro shoulderband snail from endangered to threatened.

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Washington Governor Urged to Order New Rules to Reduce Wolf-killing

July 23, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned Gov. Jay Inslee today to order the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft enforceable rules that limit when the state can kill endangered wolves for conflicts with livestock.

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New Data Underscores Urgent Need for Federal Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— Senator Tom Carper, Democratic ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report today that revealed only 10 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., have statewide moratoriums on water, power and gas utility shut-offs that protect all or the vast majority of residential ratepayers in effect right now. The report provides a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of state protections against water, power and gas utility disconnections.

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California Data Show Regular Truck Crashes, Deaths Along Proposed ExxonMobil Oil-trucking Route

July 23, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— There’s been a large truck collision every week, and almost two fatalities per year, on average over the past five years along the California highways where ExxonMobil wants to send up to 70 oil tanker trucks a day, according to California Highway Patrol data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Trump Administration Denies Montana Grayling Endangered Species Protection

July 22, 2020

BUTTE, Mont.— The Trump administration denied protection today to the Montana arctic grayling, a member of the salmon family now found in just 4% of its historic range.

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Trump Administration’s Weak New Aircraft Pollution Rules Fail to Protect Climate

July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed long-overdue rules today to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. The rules, which mirror those adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, are too weak to address the severity of the climate crisis. The EPA itself says it doesn't expect the rule to result in emissions reductions.

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Lawsuit Launched to Finalize Endangered Species Protection for North Carolina Catfish, Salamander

July 22, 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize protection for two imperiled aquatic species in eastern North Carolina under the Endangered Species Act.

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Luxury Resort Approved in Northern California’s Wildfire-prone Guenoc Valley

July 21, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif.— Despite warnings from fire experts and the California attorney general, the Lake County Board of Supervisors approved a sprawling development today in the fire-prone Guenoc Valley, just north of Napa County in Northern California. The project is a massive luxury resort and residential development spread over 16,000 acres that includes oak woodland habitat and critical wildlife corridors.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Release Records on End of North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan

July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington.

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Two Rare Nevada Wildflowers Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

July 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two imperiled Nevada wildflowers may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency initiated a one-year review for Tiehm’s buckwheat and the Las Vegas bearpoppy. Today’s finding comes in response to petitions submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity in 2019.

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California’s Lassen Wolf Pack Has Pups for Fourth Straight Year

July 20, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— California’s only known wolf family, the Lassen pack, has produced its fourth litter of pups. The pups’ father joined the pack recently, after the pack’s first breeding male disappeared last summer.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Order Opening Public Lands to Coal Leasing

July 20, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A coalition of states, conservation organizations and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe launched a new challenge today to the Trump administration’s decision to open millions of acres of public land to new coal leasing and mining.

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Lawsuit Challenges Sprawling Southern California Mega-warehouse

July 20, 2020

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.— Environmental-justice and conservation groups have sued the Southern California city of Moreno Valley for approving the massive World Logistics Center, a 40-million-square-foot warehouse project that would worsen already poor air quality and harm wildlife in the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

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EPA: Waters Around Two Hawaii Beaches Impaired by Plastic Pollution

July 16, 2020

HONOLULU— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found the waters around Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach and Tern Island to be impaired by plastic pollution and ordered state officials to take corrective actions under the Clean Water Act. The decision overrules repeated attempts by Hawaii officials to deny evidence of plastic pollution harming bodies of water around the islands.

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As Oil Giant Goes Bankrupt, California Governor Urged to Hold Industry Responsible for Well Cleanups

July 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— As one of California’s largest oil producers enters bankruptcy, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to prevent California Resources Corporation and other troubled oil companies from shirking legal obligations to clean up their wells and prevent pollution. CRC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.

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Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration Cancellation of Methane Pollution Rule

July 16, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO― A federal judge late yesterday reinstated the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 methane waste rule, aimed at protecting people and the climate from methane waste and pollution from oil and gas extraction on public lands. The ruling is the third defeat for the Trump administration’s efforts to suspend, delay or repeal the rule.

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Analysis: Dietary Guidelines of U.S., Other G20 Countries, Are Pushing Planet Closer to Climate Catastrophe

July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — A groundbreaking international analysis published today found that the national dietary guidelines of the G20 countries, including the United States, are helping to drive the planet closer to climate catastrophe.

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Endangered Species Protections Sought for Rare Wolf in Southeast Alaska

July 15, 2020

SITKA, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska Rainforest Defenders and Defenders of Wildlife petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to give Endangered Species Act protections to the Alexander Archipelago wolf in Southeast Alaska.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Restore North Cascades Grizzly Bears

July 15, 2020

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash.— The Center for Biological Diversity initiated a lawsuit today to challenge the Trump administration’s recent termination of a program aimed at restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. In the past decade, biologists have documented only four grizzly bears in the region.

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Trump Administration Dismantles Bedrock Environmental Law

July 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a sweeping rollback today of the National Environmental Policy Act’s rules for conducting environmental reviews of federal activities. The final rule drastically curtails environmental reviews for thousands of federal agency projects nationwide, a move that will weaken safeguards for air, water, wildlife and public lands.

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Dunes Sagebrush Lizard One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

July 15, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the dunes sagebrush lizard may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and initiated a year-long status review.

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Keystone XL Faces New Legal Challenge Over Faulty Federal Review

July 14, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation and landowner groups filed a new lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline to be constructed on federal lands.

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Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ Louisiana Plant File for Preliminary Injunction

July 14, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana filed for a preliminary injunction today to block construction of the project. The proposed facility would be one of the largest plastics plants in North America.

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Lawsuit Filed to Ensure Water for Rare Nevada Fish

July 13, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Nevada state engineer today for allowing groundwater pumping that reduces spring flows and endangers the rare Moapa dace.

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60 Groups Denounce Trump Administration’s Proposal to Revive Super-polluting Supersonic Planes

July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 60 climate, environmental, community and public-health groups nationwide called on the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed rule that would pave the way for the return of commercial supersonic airplane travel.

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Federal Court Strikes Down EPA’s ‘Free Pass’ for Colorado Oil, Gas Pollution in Smog-reduction Effort

July 10, 2020

DENVER— A federal appeals court today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to let some Colorado oil and gas operations off the hook for their contribution to asthma-causing smog in the Metro-Denver and Front Range region.

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Updated ‘Redlist:’ More Than 1 in 4 Evaluated Species Facing Extinction

July 9, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— An updated assessment released today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature found that 27% of evaluated species of plants and animals around the globe are threatened with extinction.

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Lawsuit Seeks Documents on President Trump’s Order ‘Expediting’ Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today to get public records showing how federal agencies are implementing President Trump’s order to waive environmental laws to fast-track oil and gas drilling, fossil fuel pipelines and other projects across the country.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife in California Redwood Forest

July 9, 2020

GUALALA, Calif.— Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and a timber company for failing to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a redwood logging project near northern California’s Gualala River.

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Right Whales Decline as Deadly Entanglements Continue, IUCN Finds

July 9, 2020

GLAND, Switzerland— North Atlantic right whales are moving closer to extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared today in an update to its “Red List of Threatened Species.” The large whales found off the East Coast of the United States and Canada are declining because of entanglements in commercial fishing gear and ship strikes.

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Understanding Protects Endangered Owls From Arizona, New Mexico Forest Projects

July 8, 2020

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A new understanding will ensure that a pending lawsuit is dropped and that forest thinning projects in six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico will better protect endangered Mexican spotted owls.

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Appeals Court Victory Maintains Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies

July 8, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a federal court’s 2018 ruling that the Trump administration illegally stripped Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The decision spares the grizzlies from previous plans for trophy hunts in Wyoming and Idaho.

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California Coastal Commission Orders Oceano Dunes to Remain Closed to Vehicles to Protect Nesting Shorebirds

July 8, 2020

OCEANO, Calif.— The California Coastal Commission has ordered State Parks officials to keep significant portions of Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area closed to vehicles and camping through the end of September to protect western snowy plovers.

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9th Circuit Court Urged to Reject Arizona Utility’s Discrimination Against Rooftop Solar

July 8, 2020

PHOENIX— Five climate and energy-conservation groups took legal action this week in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge an Arizona public power utility’s discrimination against rooftop-solar customers.

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Nevada Court Protects Bi-state Sage Grouse From Off-road Vehicles

July 7, 2020

RENO, Nev.ꟷ In a decisive win for bi-state sage grouse, the Nevada District Court today denied off-roaders’ attempts to gut protections for the imperiled bird in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

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Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Dire Straits as Population Numbers Continue to Decline

July 7, 2020

DENVER, Colo. ­– A new survey of the Gunnison sage-grouse by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows the imperiled bird’s three-year running average count has hit a historic low, with fewer than 1,600 birds remaining in 2020.

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In Yet Another Blow to Keystone XL, Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Key Water-crossing Permit

July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court today declined a request from TC Energy and the Trump administration to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed under Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit for pipelines that a district court found unlawful. The court also issued a partial stay of the district court’s decision as it applies to other pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward.

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New Air Pollution Violation Revealed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Coal Plant

July 6, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today filed an amended complaint highlighting a previously undisclosed violation of the Clean Air Act by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant.

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With New Permits, Newsom Ramps Up Fracking in California

July 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulatory agency has approved 12 new permits for Chevron to conduct hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Lost Hills Oil Field in Kern County.

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Two Map Turtles Species Move One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection in Mississippi, Louisiana

July 6, 2020

NEW ORLEANS—As the result of a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide on Endangered Species Act protection for Pascagoula and Pearl River map turtles by Oct. 29, 2021.

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Prescott National Forest Withdraws Approval of Hassayampa River Gold Mine

July 2, 2020

PRESCOTT, Ariz.— The Prescott National Forest today withdrew its decision to proceed with a controversial mine, the River Bend Placer Mine project, on the Hassayampa River. The withdrawal comes after the Center for Biological Diversity delivered a forceful objection to the project’s impacts on the globally imperiled Phillip’s agave (Agave phillipsiana), a rare plant domesticated by Native Americans centuries ago and farmed by them on the site of the mine between 500 and 1,000 years ago.

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Feds Agree to Decide on Endangered Species Protection for Wolverines by Aug. 31

July 2, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be required to decide whether wolverines in the lower 48 states should be protected under the Endangered Species Act by Aug. 31, 2020, in accordance with a legal agreement filed in court today with conservation groups.

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House Democrats Set to Give 850,000 Acres of Nevada Wildlife Refuge to Military

July 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS — In a stunning development in the ongoing controversy over proposed military bombing range expansion in Nevada, the Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee today approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would give the U.S. Air Force jurisdiction over 850,000 acres currently managed as a wildlife refuge.

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Miles de tortugas siguen muriendo en Costas de BCS, insuficientes los esfuerzos para su conservación

June 30, 2020

LA PAZ, Mexico— A dos años de la creación del área de refugio para la tortuga caguama por parte de la Semarnat y a cuatro años de que la Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca (Conapesca) estableció un refugio pesquero, miles de tortugas en peligro de extinción siguen muriendo en el Golfo de Ulloa, Baja California Sur, de acuerdo con información del gobierno analizada por las organizaciones Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C. y el Centro para la Diversidad Biológica.

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Petition Seeks California Endangered Species Protection for Quino Checkerspot Butterfly

June 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Habitats League filed a petition today to protect Quino checkerspot butterflies under the California Endangered Species Act.

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27,488 Acres of Critical Habitat Designated for Elfin-woods Warbler

June 29, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler. This small, black-and-white bird, found only in Puerto Rico, has lost a significant amount of habitat to urban and agricultural development. Today’s measure designates 27,488 acres of forested land on the island.

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California Holds Hearing on Rule to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear

June 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California wildlife officials are accepting public comments and holding an online hearing today on a proposed rule to reduce the number of endangered whales and sea turtles that get entangled in commercial Dungeness crab gear.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Recovery Plans for Two Southeastern Salamanders

June 29, 2020

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to develop recovery plans for the endangered reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Petitioned to Ban Mass Burial, On-Site Incineration of Factory-Farmed Animals During Pandemic

June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation, environmental-justice and public-health groups filed a legal petition today calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban dangerous on-site incineration and unlined burial of millions of industrially raised farm animals killed during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Feds Kill Another Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf

June 26, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A federal gunman killed the alpha male of the Saffel pack of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona last week for preying on livestock, according to a memo released yesterday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Washington Commission Rejects Petition for New Rules to Prevent Wolf Killing, Conflicts

June 26, 2020

SEATTLE— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected a petition today that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves for conflicts with livestock.

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Newly Discovered Wetland Flower in North Carolina Already Extinct

June 25, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA— Scientists in North Carolina have determined that a species of riverbank wildflower conservationists have fought to protect since 2010 is actually two separate species — and the “new” flower has been extinct for a century. This marks the 53rd plant known to be lost to extinction in the United States and Canada.

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Trump Administration Plan Expands Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve

June 25, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration announced release of a final plan for Alaska’s Western Arctic region today that would expand oil and gas leasing into protected wildlife habitat. The plan would turn over about 18.7 million acres of public lands in the largest roadless area in the United States to the oil industry.

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Filing Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Alaska LNG Project

June 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups and an Alaskan Native village council filed a formal request Monday for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the Alaska LNG project, which would export U.S. fossil fuel to Asia.

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Critical Habitat Finalized for Endangered Arizona Mud Turtle

June 22, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced final critical habitat protection today for the endangered Sonoyta mud turtle. These highly aquatic turtles are found only in Pima County, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

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Lawsuit Challenges Colorado Air Pollution Agency Approval of Smog Pollution From Oil, Gas Well

June 22, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups sued the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division today for issuing an air-pollution permit allowing an oil and gas well in Adams County to emit more smog-forming pollution in the Metro Denver / North Front Range area.

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Washington Agency Issues Kill Order on Another Endangered Wolf Pack

June 19, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order today authorizing the killing of up to two members of the Togo wolf pack in Ferry County. This may leave the pack with just one or two surviving members, according to the department’s annual wolf report released in April.

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Trump Administration OKs Beaver Killing in Oregon, Despite Harm to Endangered Salmon, Steelhead

June 19, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Despite recognizing that restoring beaver populations is key to the recovery of imperiled salmon and steelhead species, a federal agency just gave the go-ahead to keep killing beavers in Oregon.

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Trump Administration Abandons Hammond Ranches Appeal in Reprieve for Oregon Wildlife, Public Lands

June 19, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Livestock grazing won’t be allowed this year on four eastern Oregon allotments formerly grazed by Hammond Ranches. The Trump administration recently abandoned its appeal of a 2019 court ruling overturning then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to renew the father and son’s grazing permit.

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California Agency: Protection for Leatherback Sea Turtles May Be Needed

June 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended today that Pacific leatherback sea turtles move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The action came in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Tiny Florida Crayfish

June 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to finalize protections for the Panama City crayfish. The rare crayfish is threatened by habitat loss.

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Lawsuit Launched to Compel Trump Administration to Protect Bi-state Sage Grouse

June 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO― Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect an imperiled bird, the bi-state sage grouse, under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump OK of Commercial Fishing in Atlantic Marine Monument

June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal lawsuit filed today says President Trump’s June 5 executive order allowing commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was illegal. The lawsuit notes that the Antiquities Act allows presidents to create national monuments to protect objects of historic or scientific interest, but not to revoke protections.

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Rural Residents, Hunters Join Nationwide Effort to Save Mexican Wolves

June 16, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Hunters, rural residents and thousands of others in New Mexico and Arizona today joined a call to dramatically restrict trapping and shooting of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Instead, they said, the focus should be on recovering the species — among the most endangered mammals in North America — and releasing more captive-born wolves into the wild.

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Conservation Groups File Motions to Defend Ventura County Wildlife Connectivity

June 16, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.— Conservation organizations filed two legal motions today to defend Ventura County’s innovative wildlife connectivity ordinances — the first of their kind in California.

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Report: Nearly 90% of Minnesotans Recognize Importance of Maintaining State’s Wolf Population

June 16, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a report today analyzing Minnesotans’ attitudes toward wolves. A key finding is that 87% of residents agree that maintaining the state’s wolf population is important.

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Solar Co-op Launches for Tucson Residents to Go Solar Together

June 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors announced the launch of the Tucson Solar Co-op today, in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility Arizona.

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Oregon Wildlife Commission Keeps Cruel Trapping Practices in Place

June 16, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— After a contentious 12-hour meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected conservation proposals to adopt a uniform 24-hour trap check time for all wildlife and to ban beaver trapping on federally managed public lands.

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Nevada Takes Important Step to Protect Endangered Fish

June 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Nevada state engineer today restricted groundwater pumping from a remote desert groundwater basin, throwing a lifeline to an endangered fish and crippling plans for a sprawling planned community 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Thwart Resident Reporting of Coal-mining Violations

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 36 organizations have joined a chorus of lawmakers and regulatory officials calling for an extended public comment period on a major overhaul to coal-mining oversight that would hinder citizen and federal monitoring of state programs.

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450 Environmental, Energy Justice Groups Urge Federal Commission to Reject Threat to Solar Net Metering

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 450 environmental and energy-justice, faith and labor groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to reject the New England Ratepayers Association’s petition seeking federal jurisdiction over state solar policies.

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Emergency Motion Seeks Contempt for EPA Administrator Wheeler for Defying Ruling Barring Farmers from Spraying Dicamba

June 11, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO– Farming and conservation groups today asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler in contempt for refusing to abide by a federal court order suspending use of the pesticide dicamba.

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Trump Administration Plan to Graze 24 Million Acres in Nevada Could Worsen Wildfire Risk

June 11, 2020

RENO, Nev.― The Trump administration wants to allow intensive livestock grazing on 24 million acres of public land in Nevada ― roughly 10% of Bureau of Land Management land ― in an effort to reduce wildfire risk, despite studies that show grazing increases fuel for fires.

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Lawsuit Filed to Force Trump Administration to Protect Arizona’s Mount Graham Red Squirrel From Extinction

June 11, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday to force two federal agencies to comply with the Endangered Species Act and protect the imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel in southeastern Arizona from extinction.

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Legal Intervention Fights Shadowy Organization’s Effort to Gut Solar Net Metering

June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a brief today urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a pending petition aimed at gutting net metering for distributed-solar power by putting it under federal control.

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Demanda busca sanciones comerciales contra México mientras la vaquita marina afronta la extinción

June 11, 2020

Washington— Organizaciones conservacionistas demandaron hoy a la administración de Trump para forzar una decisión atrasada de sancionar a México por su pesca y comercio ilegal que está causando la extinción de la vaquita marina. El gobierno de EE.UU. ha ignorado la petición legal de las organizaciones desde 2014 donde se solicitan sanciones como la prohibición de todas las importaciones de productos pesqueros de México, en virtud de una ley estadounidense llamada la Enmienda Pelly.

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Lawsuit Seeks Trade Sanctions Against Mexico as Vaquita Porpoise Faces Extinction

June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to force a long-overdue decision to sanction Mexico over its illegal fishing and trade that is causing the vaquita porpoise’s extinction. The U.S. government has ignored conservationists’ 2014 legal petition seeking sanctions, including a ban on all fish and wildlife imports from Mexico, submitted under a U.S. law called the Pelly Amendment.

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Lawsuit Halts Border Road Construction in Key Grizzly Bear Habitat

June 10, 2020

SANDPOINT, Idaho— In response to a lawsuit filed by five conservation groups, federal agencies today agreed to forego planned summer construction on the Bog Creek Road project in northern Idaho.

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Tiny Oregon Lake Fish Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

June 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Borax Lake chub, a 2-inch fish found only in Borax Lake in southeast Oregon, has made a full recovery and no longer needs the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Administration Revokes Protections for Brown Bears, Other Wildlife in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

June 10, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration today continued efforts to repeal protections for brown bears and other wildlife on public lands in Alaska. In this latest step, the administration proposed to repeal an Obama administration rule that prohibited numerous ecologically harmful hunting methods on Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, such as gunning down brown bears at bait stations.

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California Officials Interfering With Protected Shorebirds’ Nesting at Oceano Dunes

June 10, 2020

OCEANO, Calif.— California parks officials may have violated the Endangered Species Act by interfering with western snowy plovers’ nesting activities at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, according to a warning letter sent today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Launched Targeting Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of monitoring and reporting requirements for major pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows confirmation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service that the EPA failed to contact the wildlife agencies to discuss how the policy will comply with the Endangered Species Act.

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Lifesaving Critical Habitat Proposed for Florida Bonneted Bat

June 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect 1.5 million acres as critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat. The bat is only found in South Florida and has seen its forest and wetland habitats plowed over and sprayed with pesticides for decades.

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Unprecedented Lawsuit Launched Against President Trump for Order ‘Expediting’ Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

June 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue President Donald Trump for his recent executive order directing all federal agencies to exploit the Endangered Species Act’s emergency provisions to rubber-stamp the approval of fossil fuel pipelines, oil and gas drilling and other routine infrastructure projects.

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Trump Administration Urged to Consider Sustainability, Climate, Accessibility in New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

June 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged the federal committee that will soon finalize its recommendations on the 2020 national dietary guidelines to include assessments of food sustainability, climate and accessibility in its report to the Trump administration.

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Endangered Status Sought for Death Valley Region Fish

June 8, 2020

BISHOP, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect three populations of speckled dace in the Death Valley region under the Endangered Species Act. These small, minnow-like fish live in freshwater streams and springs in the desert and dry environments of Amargosa Canyon, Long Valley and Owens Valley, California.

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Documents Sought on Industry Giveaways in Trump Order ‘Expediting’ Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

June 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity requested public records today from dozens of agencies about how they’re implementing President Trump’s recent executive order waiving environmental laws to fast-track oil and gas drilling, fossil fuel pipelines like Keystone XL and other projects across the country.

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Legal Action Halts Federal Use of Strangulation Snares in Washington

June 5, 2020

SEATTLE— A lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity has forced a federal agency to curb its killing of beavers, bears and other wildlife across Washington state.

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Trump Removes Atlantic Ocean Protections to Expand Commercial Fishing

June 5, 2020

BANGOR, Maine— President Trump issued an executive order today allowing commercial fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The announcement, made amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing national protests against police violence, follows a federal court ruling in December that rejected a challenge by commercial fishing group to the monument’s designation.

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Trump Administration Releases Draft Plan to Allow Widespread Bird-killing at Industrial Sites

June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration released a draft environmental impact statement today for a rule to allow indiscriminate killing of birds at industrial sites across the country, including oil and gas operations.

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Emergency Petition Filed With FDA to Suspend Ractopamine Approval

June 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Food Animal Concerns Trust and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed an emergency petition with the Food and Drug Administration to suspend the agency’s approval of ractopamine as processing plants face shutdowns and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Court Rejects Meatpacker’s Efforts to Kill Lawsuit Over Slaughterhouse Pollution in South Platte River

June 4, 2020

DENVER— A federal district court in Colorado has blocked efforts by the JBS-Swift Beef Company to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch to stop illegal discharges of slaughterhouse pollution into Colorado’s South Platte River.

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Federal Court Holds Dicamba Pesticide Unlawful, Citing Unprecedented Drift Damage to Millions of Acres

June 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today ruled that the Trump administration wrongly approved Monsanto’s pesticide dicamba for use on genetically engineered soy and cotton – a decision that makes the sale and use of the pesticide illegal.

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Rare Gray Wolf Found in Utah Targeted by State Trappers

June 3, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— For the first time in nearly five years, a gray wolf is thought to be present in Utah, according to state authorities. But the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says it is setting traps to kill the wolf on behalf of the state’s livestock industry.

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Judge: EPA Must Update 26-year-old Plan for Offshore Oil Spills

June 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Trump administration must update its outdated plans for responding to offshore oil spills. Current plans by the Environmental Protection Agency don’t take into account studies raising health and environmental concerns about the frequent use of toxic chemical oil dispersants.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Illegal Land Swap to Bulldoze Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

June 2, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska― A federal court late Monday shut down the Interior Department’s second attempt at an illegal land exchange with the King Cove Corporation to put a road through vital protected wetlands in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

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New Study Warns of Dire Human Impacts if Wildlife Extinction Crisis Continues

June 1, 2020

WASHINGTON— A scientific study published today concludes that natural life-support systems crucial to the survival of humanity could collapse if action isn’t taken to save wildlife populations.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Delay in Protecting Rare Nevada Fish

June 1, 2020

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for unlawfully delaying action on a petition to protect a population of small, minnow-like fish under the Endangered Species Act.

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Tucson Solar Co-op to Help Area Residents Go Solar

June 1, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Solar United Neighbors (SUN) are partnering to bring a solar cooperative to Tucson. The co-op opens today, and the groups will kick off the project with a June 8 webinar.

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Court Rejects Koch Brothers-funded Group’s Attack on Rare Texas Arachnid

May 29, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected an attack on the Endangered Species Act’s constitutionality brought by a special interest group financed by the Koch brothers.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Murder of George Floyd, Institutional Racism, Presidential Threat of Violence

May 29, 2020

Statement from Kierán Suckling, executive director, Center for Biological Diversity:

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Southern California Flower Recovered, No Longer Needs Endangered Species Protection

May 29, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing the San Benito evening primrose from the federal list of threatened species based on recovery of the plant, which occurs in the central coast range of San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties.

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Appeals Court Upholds Order Blocking Keystone XL’s Water-crossing Permit

May 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today left in place a district court decision blocking a key water crossing permit for Keystone XL and other oil and gas pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Approval of Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project

May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight Trump EPA’s Delay in Reducing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and Guam have valid plans for cleaning up dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Appeal Targets Mining Permits Near Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota

May 27, 2020

DULUTH, Minn.— Conservation groups today challenged the Trump administration’s decision to renew 13 prospecting permits that could allow Twin Metals to expand its proposed sulfide-ore copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in northeastern Minnesota.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Push to Gut Car Pollution Standards

May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to block a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles. The revised standards will worsen dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads safer.

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EPA Asked to OK Bee-killing Dinotefuran on Apples, Peaches, Nectarines

May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is considering granting “emergency” approval of a bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide for use on more than 57,000 acres of fruit trees, including apples, peaches and nectarines, in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Trump Administration Again OKs Oil Drilling in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

May 26, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.― On the eve of a holiday weekend and during a global pandemic, the Trump administration last week approved a new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument. It would be the first well drilled in the monument since it was established in 2001.

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Decades-long Campaign Forces Nevada Board to Kill Huge Las Vegas Groundwater Pipeline

May 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS— A 31-year struggle to stop a massive groundwater pipeline development came to a stunning conclusion today when the Southern Nevada Water Authority board voted to terminate permitting and end its pursuit of the project.

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Public Outcry Prompts Minneapolis Park Board to Prioritize Nonlethal Responses to Wildlife Conflicts

May 21, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board last night unanimously passed a resolution directing staff to prioritize nonlethal methods to mitigate conflicts with wildlife. The vote addresses concerns voiced by dozens of Minneapolis residents who objected to the city’s decision last month to contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill beavers, coyotes and other wildlife within the city’s parklands.

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Reward Increased to $3,500 for Info on Illegal Poisonings of Wolves, Family Dogs

May 21, 2020

MADISON, Wis.— The Center for Biological Diversity today added $2,500 to the reward for information leading to an arrest for the poisonings of wildlife and dogs on public lands in northern Wisconsin, bringing the total reward to $3,500.

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California Lawsuit Challenges Federal Water Contracts That Imperil Delta, Fish, Wildlife

May 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today to dispute the award of permanent federal water contracts to water users supplied by the Central Valley Project.

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New Mexico Wolf Pack Destroyed After Alpha Female Killed, Yearling Flees

May 20, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A pack of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been eliminated in the Gila National Forest through a combination of private trapping and federal shooting on behalf of the livestock industry.

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Nevada Urged to Protect Rare Wildflower As Mine Permitting Ramps Up

May 19, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Ten conservation groups and a renowned botanist urged the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today to immediately review whether the imperiled Tiehm’s buckwheat wildflower should be protected under state law. The department agreed to protect it more than six months ago.

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Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump Administration’s Fossil Fuel Bailout

May 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Treasury Department today for failing to release applications from the oil, gas, coal and plastics industries for federal COVID-19 relief funding under the CARES Act.

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To Revive Economy, Congress Should Invest $25 Billion in Protecting Wildlife, Restoring Public Lands

May 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— As Congress works to restart the American economy, 200 wildlife, conservation and environmental justice groups today requested $25 billion in funding for a broad array of new and existing wildlife and public-lands conservation programs that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and benefit people, communities and the environment.

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Plan: Preventing Future Pandemics Requires Sweeping U.S. Action on Wildlife Trade

May 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups released a sweeping action plan today for the United States to dramatically crack down on wildlife trade, which is the most probable cause of the global coronavirus pandemic. Among other proposals, the action plan recommends that the United States end live wildlife imports, curtail all other wildlife trade until stricter regulations are adopted, and take a global leadership role in controlling wildlife trade to stop future pandemics.

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Trump Administration Forced to Review Coal-mining Threats to Endangered Species Nationwide

May 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement agreed today to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 16 to review the impacts of coal mining across the country on endangered species and ensure their survival is not being jeopardized.

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California Proposes Regulations to Prevent Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear

May 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California state officials released a proposed rule today to reduce the number of endangered whales and sea turtles that get entangled in commercial Dungeness crab gear. The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) was prompted by steep annual increases in reported whale entanglements and a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 34 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California

May 15, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The failure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline five years ago prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 33.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere.

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New Study Finds Broad Public Support For Wolf Reintroduction In Colorado

May 14, 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo.— A peer-reviewed study authored by 11 researchers in public opinion, biology and economics at Colorado State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 84% support among Colorado’s public for Proposition 107 to reintroduce gray wolves. The proposition will appear on November’s ballot.

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Trump’s Border Wall Would End Jaguar Recovery, Bulldoze Sky Island Mountains

May 14, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz,— The Trump administration’s latest border wall plan, which would wall off the last jaguar migration paths and bulldoze Arizona’s Sky Island mountains, has drawn opposition from thousands of people across the country.

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Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection for Pacific Fisher Across Most of Species’ Range

May 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Trump administration today denied Endangered Species Act protections to Pacific fishers from Northern California to the Canadian border, but granted them endangered status in the southern Sierra Nevada. The decision reversed a 2019 proposal to list fishers as threatened throughout their West Coast range.

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‘Oil 101’ Webinar to Discuss Industry Impacts on Santa Barbara County

May 14, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Environmental groups will hold an online education session called “Oil 101: Moving Beyond Platforms, Pipelines and Pollution in Santa Barbara” on Monday, May 18. The webinar, open to the public and media, will discuss the legacy of the Plains Pipeline oil spill that blackened Santa Barbara area beaches five years ago. It will also include a discussion of ExxonMobil’s pending proposal to restart its offshore platforms and truck that oil on California highways, Cat Canyon and other local onshore drilling projects, and the need to address climate change.

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Petition Seeks Federal Protections for Black Teatfish Sea Cucumbers

May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to protect black teatfish under the Endangered Species Act. Overfishing and wildlife trade have caused rapid population declines for this spotted, plump sea cucumber, found in shallow waters outside the United States.

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Lawsuit Targets Arch Coal’s Illegal Air Pollution at Colorado Coal Mine

May 12, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups sued Arch Coal today over illegal pollution at the company’s West Elk coal mine in western Colorado. The mine is the single-largest industrial source of methane pollution in the state.

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Objections Filed Over Massive National Forest Logging, Road-building Project in Wyoming

May 12, 2020

LARAMIE, Wyo.— Conservation groups filed official objections Monday that challenge one of the largest logging and road-building projects in Wyoming’s history, the Landscape Analysis Vegetation, or LaVA, project on the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyoming.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s $7.2 Billion Transfer for Border Wall Construction

May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration for taking $7.2 billion from the Department of Defense for border wall construction without congressional approval. The planned barriers will wall off all remaining jaguar corridors along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Virtual Town Hall to Explore Why Congress Must Fight for Power, Water, Broadband for All

May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON— A virtual town hall featuring teachers, advocates, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) will lay out why Congress should include a national moratorium on utility shutoffs in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.

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Federal Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Permit Critical to Keystone XL, Other Oil and Gas Pipelines

May 11, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A federal judge today largely upheld an April 15 ruling vacating Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit used by TC Energy’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and many other pipelines nationwide.

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Appeal Challenges Massive Sprawl Project in Rural Riverside County

May 11, 2020

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society filed a legal appeal today challenging the approval of the Villages of Lakeview, a massive 8,725-unit sprawl development that will threaten the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area and worsen air quality for county residents.

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Legal Petition Seeks New Rules to Reduce Washington Wolf-killing

May 11, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today for rules limiting when the state can kill endangered wolves over conflicts with livestock. The state has killed 31 wolves since 2012, relying on a protocol that skews heavily toward lethal and ineffective outcomes.

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Protection Sought for Southern California Freshwater Minnow

May 11, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned today to protect the Santa Ana speckled dace, a small minnow native to Southern California streams, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Forest Service Trims Colorado Logging Project After Conservation Groups Object

May 8, 2020

GUNNISON, Colo.— The U.S. Forest Service trimmed more than 9,000 acres from a timber management project in the Gunnison National Forest after conservation groups objected to the proposal and the agency admitted that its analysis of the additional acres failed to comply with the law.

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Louisiana Groups Urge Delay in Power Project for Industrial Polluters, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

May 6, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The coalition opposing Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, has requested a delay in upgrading electric transmission lines to serve that project and future industrial polluters. The coalition’s letter cites current public health warnings about COVID-19 and damage to wetlands.

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Lawsuit Targets Toxic Copper Mine Threatening Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness

May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON― Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over its May 2019 renewal of two mineral leases that pave the way for a massive copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.

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Humboldt County Agrees to Prioritize Nonlethal Solutions to Wildlife Conflict

May 5, 2020

EUREKA, Calif.—Humboldt County approved a new contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program today that will reduce its killing of wildlife involved in conflicts with residents by prioritizing non-lethal measures. The contract also prohibits the killing of beavers.

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National Institutes of Health Study Links Dicamba, Increased Cancer Risks

May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found that use of the pesticide dicamba can increase the risk of developing numerous cancers, including liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancers, acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and mantle cell lymphoma.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Act Protections for Humboldt Marten

May 4, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Two conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for its failure to finalize Endangered Species Act protection for the Humboldt marten.

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Colorado Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests

May 1, 2020

DENVER— The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted yesterday to ban wildlife-killing contests for various furbearing and small game species in the state. Colorado is the sixth state to prohibit these cruel events.

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Utah Oil Industry Asks Governor for Bailout in Midst of Pandemic

May 1, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY― The Utah Petroleum Association is asking Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to lift public health protections and financial requirements for the oil and gas industry because of the pandemic, according to a letter released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Public Records Sought After Federal Agents Kill Four Wolves in New Mexico

May 1, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed Freedom of Information Act requests to determine what led federal agencies in March to kill four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico, including whether the kill orders were influenced by the state’s powerful livestock industry.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Consider Endangered Listing for Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to decide by June 30 whether to consider a proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. If the petition to list is accepted, the agency will launch a one-year review to determine whether to actually protect the rare lizards, which live in Texas and New Mexico.

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Court Allows Slaughterhouse Pollution Lawsuit to Move Forward

April 30, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to update national standards to control water pollution from slaughterhouses.

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Federal Court to Hold Video Hearing on Future of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

April 30, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments May 5 to determine whether to uphold a Montana federal district court 2018 decision vacating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Action Prompts New Review of Ski Resort Expansion’s Impact on Southern Nevada Butterfly

April 30, 2020

LAS VEGAS— In response to legal action initiated by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will re-examine the effects of the proposed expansion of the Lee Canyon Ski Area on critically endangered Mount Charleston blue butterflies.

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Seven State Bans on Electricity Shutoffs Expiring Soon

April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released an issue brief today analyzing state orders suspending electricity disconnections due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The brief found that 42% of states currently have no legally binding protections against electric utility shutoffs. Moreover, seven existing state bans on electricity shutoffs just expired or are set to expire in the coming weeks, raising the percentage of states with no legal shutoff moratoria to 56%.

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Study: Cutting U.S. Meat Intake in Half Could Prevent 1.6 Billion Tons of Climate Pollution

April 30, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— New research released by the University of Michigan and Tulane University today found that replacing 50% of animal products with plant-based foods in the United States would prevent more than 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030.

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Trump Administration to Consult on Protecting Endangered Whales in California Shipping Lanes

April 29, 2020

LONG BEACH, Calif.— The Trump administration has agreed to examine ways to better protect endangered whales and sea turtles from being struck by ships using California ports.

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Trump Administration Cuts Requirement to Monitor Atrazine in Midwest Rivers, Streams

April 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has lifted a long-standing requirement that pesticide maker Syngenta must monitor rivers, streams and lakes in the Midwest for dangerous levels of atrazine.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s Failure to Address State Water Project’s Threat to Bay Delta, Salmon Runs

April 29, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Four environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today over its approval of the long-term operation of the State Water Project, the massive system of dams, pumps and aqueducts responsible for siphoning water from Northern California to Southern California. The project approval also failed to analyze the environmental harms of building a new diversion tunnel to send water south.

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Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Bungles Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Effort

April 28, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has failed to properly manage the conservation program for the highly imperiled lesser prairie chicken, wasting funds on an unneeded building in Idaho and wrongfully paying staff salaries out of the program’s endowment, according to a third-party audit of WAFWA’s efforts.

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New Drone Footage Shows Damage From Trump’s Wall in Remote Arizona Wildlands

April 28, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— New drone footage shows border-wall construction blasting through a wildlife refuge and mountain range in one of the most remote regions of the United States, along a Mexican UNESCO biosphere reserve. The footage was taken by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Public Records Sought on Anti-Solar Group’s Efforts to Gut Net Metering

April 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s communications with a secretive front group that’s demanding a nationwide ban on state retail net-metering programs for distributed solar energy.

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Critical Habitat Proposed for Threatened Snakes in Arizona, New Mexico

April 27, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 18,701 acres of critical habitat for narrow-headed garter snakes and 27,784 acres of critical habitat for the northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Attempt to Blame Mexico for Smog in California’s Imperial County

April 27, 2020

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require reductions of dangerous smog pollution in California’s Imperial County, which is home to almost 200,000 people.

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Southeastern Flower Recovers in Latest Endangered Species Act Success Story

April 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the recovery of the Cumberland sandwort, a small, white flowering plant primarily found in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee. As a result of this recovery, the Service is proposing to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the plant.

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Trump Working Group Calls for Uranium Industry Handout, Slashing Laws, Public-lands Protections

April 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— President Trump’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group today recommended that the government purchase domestically mined uranium, slash environmental laws and regulations, and lift public-lands protections to bolster sagging uranium mining industry. Those public lands protections include bans on uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park and other public lands.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumblebee

April 23, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.­— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection today for the critically imperiled Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebee, which has declined by more than 90%.

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Briefing to Announce Launch of National Peoples’ Mobilization to Save Lives, Prevent Second Wave of COVID-19 Deaths

April 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The COVID-19 Emergency Response Group is mobilizing as the fourth branch of government, the Peoples’ Branch, to save as many American lives as possible and keep families and communities safe from COVID-19. The group is driving for the passage of legislation: a COVID-19 Peoples’ New Deal.

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Earth Day Webinar to Highlight Plan to Protect 50% of America’s Wildlands

April 21, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— An Earth Day webinar led by one of the founders of the Center for Biological Diversity will explore a plan for protecting 30% of America’s wildlands and waters by 2030 and half of them by 2050.

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Endangered Species Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to suspend monitoring and reporting requirements for major pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular today’s notice urges the agency to ensure that endangered and threatened species, such as salmon, are not harmed by the suspension.

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Washington Wolf Population Increased Only 11% After Another Season of Killing

April 20, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s wolf population increased by just 11% in 2019, according to figures released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — dramatically less than what is needed to sustain the healthy growth of a wolf population into additional good wolf habitat across the state.

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New Mexico Delegation Must Support People, Oppose Big Oil Bailout

April 20, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M.— Indigenous, community and conservation groups called on New Mexico’s congressional delegation today to oppose bailing out fossil fuel companies with emergency aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Trump EPA Approves Use of Important TB Antibiotic as Pesticide

April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— As the nation struggles to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has approved an antibiotic considered critical in the ongoing fight against the global tuberculosis pandemic for use as a pesticide on California citrus groves.

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300 Groups Call on Congress to Bail Out People, Not Polluters

April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 300 groups called on Congress today to demand that federal relief money be directed to people affected by the COVID-19 crisis and not to fossil fuel polluters.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Feds’ Failure to Fully Assess Harms of Lake Okeechobee Toxic Releases to Protected Sea Turtles, Sawfish

April 20, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to acknowledge the harms that toxic releases from Lake Okeechobee pose to protected wildlife like sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish.

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California Moves to Protect Imperiled Mountain Lion Populations

April 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation, the California Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 today to advance Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions to candidacy under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The vote follows a February 2020 finding by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that increased protections may be warranted.

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Nevada Water Officials to Abandon Appeal of Massive Las Vegas Pipeline Project

April 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced today it won’t appeal a recent court loss denying water rights for its massive groundwater pipeline development project.

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Legal Victory Secures Habitat Protection for 14 Imperiled Hawaii Island Species

April 16, 2020

HONOLULU— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must designate protected critical habitat for 14 endangered Hawaii Island species because of a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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USDA Inspector Describes Filth, Mistreatment at ‘Model’ High-speed Slaughterhouse

April 16, 2020

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— A new Trump administration rule that largely deregulates pig slaughter operations will increase fecal contamination, diseased pigs being allowed for human consumption, toenails, hair and abscesses allowed into meat, and animal mistreatment, according to a new sworn statement by a federal slaughterhouse inspector.

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Oregon’s Wolf Population Grows to 22 Packs, 158 Animals

April 15, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon’s wolf population increased by 21 confirmed animals from 137 to 158 wolves in 2019, according to a report released today by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. The state also added six new packs, for a total of 22. The overall population increase marks an annual growth rate of 15% above last year’s numbers.

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Federal Court Invalidates Key Permit for Keystone XL

April 15, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.—A federal judge today ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law when it approved Nationwide Permit 12, a water-crossing permit critical for TC Energy’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and many other pipelines nationwide.

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Trump Administration Moves to Weaken Oil Pipeline Spill Rules

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed weaker new rules today governing how companies operating oil pipelines prepare for and respond to oil spills. The changes would eliminate or modify several key protections and relieve companies of the responsibility for reporting many oil spills.

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Lawsuit Launched to Overturn Trump Administration’s Denial of Protection to California Spotted Owls

April 15, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration over its failure to protect California spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act.

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Alexander Archipelago Wolves Need Urgent Help Following Record Killings in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

April 15, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska― Conservation groups today called on the U.S. Forest Service to take immediate steps to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest following word that 97 percent of the most recent estimated population was killed this past trapping season.

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54 Groups Urge Congress: Don’t Use COVID-19 Funds to Prop Up Factory Farms

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 50 organizations called on Congress today to prevent factory farms from receiving COVID-19 relief and stimulus funds.

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California to Vote on Protections for Imperiled Mountain Lion Populations

April 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition authored by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Fish and Game Commission will vote April 16 on advancing Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions to candidates for protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect North Oregon Coast Red Tree Voles

April 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the imperiled North Oregon Coast population of red tree voles under the Endangered Species Act.

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Feds Begin Court-ordered Rewrite of Mexican Wolf Rule for New Mexico, Arizona

April 14, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a 60-day public comment period to help determine the scope of its analysis for rewriting the rule for Mexican gray wolf management.

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Army Corps Abruptly Rescinds Its Position on Seismic Exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress

April 14, 2020

NAPLES, Fla.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed its own recent determination finding that the Texas-based Burnett Oil Company damaged “high quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress” wetlands in the Big Cypress National Preserve, degrading a water of the United States. This damage resulted from the oil company’s first phase of seismic testing for oil in this national park unit.

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Trump Opens Door to Return of Super-polluting Supersonic Planes

April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed new rules today that would pave the way for the return of commercial supersonic airplane travel. The new rules would allow commercial supersonic aircraft, which have been banned for almost 50 years, to be noisier at takeoff and landing than new conventional jets.

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State Agency Recommends Advancing Protection for California’s Joshua Trees

April 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that western Joshua trees move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The action came in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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In Next Coronavirus Rescue Bill, 830 Groups Urge Congress to Halt Electricity, Water, Broadband Shutoffs

April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 830 utility-justice, environmental, faith, civil-rights and labor groups sent a letter to Congress today calling for the next stimulus package responding to the coronavirus to include a moratorium on electricity, water and broadband utility shutoffs.

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Oregon Coast Spring Chinook Salmon One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

April 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced it will consider Endangered Species Act protections for spring-run chinook salmon on the Oregon coast. Today’s positive finding responds to a 2019 petition by the Native Fish Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds seeking safeguards for spring-run chinook salmon returning to rivers south of the Columbia River and north of Cape Blanco.

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Court: Feds Failing to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales From Lobster Gear Entanglements

April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal judge ruled Thursday that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s management of the American lobster fishery violates the federal Endangered Species Act. The court held that the agency failed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and that its biological opinion on the fishery violated “straightforward” requirements of the Act, putting the whales at greater risk of entanglement.

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Trump Administration Plan Expands Fossil Fuel Extraction Across Southwestern Colorado

April 9, 2020

DENVER― The Trump administration today announced the release of its final plan to expand drilling and fracking and other fossil fuel extraction across southwestern Colorado for the next two decades, threatening organic agriculture, recreation and endangered species while undermining the state’s climate law. It will be published in the Federal Register on Friday.

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Congress to WHO: End Live Wildlife Trade, ‘Wet Markets’

April 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have sent a letter urging the World Health Organization to take “aggressive action toward a global shutdown of live wildlife markets and a ban on the international trade in live wildlife.”

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Lawsuit Targets Grazing Damage to Arizona’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

April 8, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday for failing to protect the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area from livestock grazing’s damage.

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Memos Show Feds Killed Four Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves in Late March

April 7, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In three memos written between March 3 and March 24, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surreptitiously authorized the killing of four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico on behalf of the livestock industry. In response the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program killed one wolf on March 23 and three more on March 28.

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Judge Blocks California Development That Threatens Santa Ana Mountain Lions

April 6, 2020

TEMECULA, Calif.— In a victory over a development that could doom local mountain lions, a judge issued a scathing ruling against the proposed 270-acre Altair development in Western Riverside County in California.

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California Court Approves Ban on Federal Wildlife Poisoning, Trapping

April 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a lawsuit filed by wildlife advocacy groups, a federal animal-killing program must restrict its use of bird-killing poisons in Northern California and stop setting strangulation snares and other traps in places like the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Public Records Sought on Fossil Fuel Companies’ Bailout Requests

April 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of the Treasury today seeking applications by oil, gas, coal and plastics companies to receive federal assistance as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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Lawsuit Launched Against Trump Administration for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

April 6, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration today for failing to protect Nassau grouper habitat, which faces threats from nearshore pollution and climate change impacts like sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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Information Sought on Trump EPA’s Suspension of Environmental Rules

April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today for documents related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to suspend enforcement of environmental laws in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Judge Allows Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Emergency Border Wall Declaration to Proceed

April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal judge today blocked the Trump administration’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit filed by conservation groups over the president’s emergency declaration to pay for his border walls.

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Lawsuit Prompts Review of Plastic Pollution Impacts on Hawaiian Waters

April 2, 2020

HONOLULU— Responding to a lawsuit from environmental groups, the Trump administration has ordered Hawaii to examine the impact of plastic pollution on its waters, beaches and wildlife.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Trump EPA’s Delay in Cleaning Up Smog in Denver, Front Range

April 2, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for delays in reducing dangerous smog pollution in the greater Denver region.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save Endangered Southern Nevada Butterfly

April 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly from a proposed expansion of the Lee Canyon Ski Area, located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of southern Nevada.

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Trump Administration Cripples Effort to Curb Car Pollution

March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles today. The revised standards will maintain dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads safer.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Authorization to Kill 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

March 31, 2020

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park.

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100+ Groups Urge Congress to Invest $100 Million to Save Monarch Butterfly

March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than 100 organizations today urged Congress to significantly increase funding to $100 million per year to help conserve monarch butterflies and their habitat.

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Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection to Bi-state Sage Grouse

March 30, 2020

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protection today to the highly imperiled bi-state sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing declines in the bird’s population.

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Environmentalists Object to Broad EPA Waivers for Polluters During Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— A coalition of environmentalists sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency objecting to a new Trump administration policy, released this week, that relaxes environmental compliance rules for petrochemical plants and other big polluters during the coronavirus crisis.

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Crews Break Ground on Formosa Plastics Project in Louisiana Despite Coronavirus Crisis, Flood Risk

March 26, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Utility crews unexpectedly broke ground on Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, this week, surprising community members and other opponents, who are demanding work on the site stop until after the COVID-19 public health crisis passes. 

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Senate Republicans Bail Out Major Fossil Fuel Polluters

March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Senate voted tonight to pass a $2 trillion stimulus package that aims to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes over $400 billion in funding for “distressed sectors” of the economy including oil, gas and coal companies and commercial airlines despite pleas to hold those industries accountable for their reckless behavior.

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Congress Urged to Reject $400+ Billion Fossil Fuel Bailout

March 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 100 climate, environmental, social-justice and workers’ rights groups urged Congress today to reject Republican efforts to assist the fossil fuel industry and instead focus relief legislation on the American people.

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Washington Enacts Law to Protect Rivers, Endangered Salmon From Suction Dredge Mining

March 24, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill prohibiting suction dredge mining in rivers and streams that provide important habitat for endangered salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

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100 Groups Urge Congress to Address COVID-19 Causes: Wildlife Trade, Habitat Destruction

March 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 100 organizations urged Congress today to address the wildlife trade and habitat destruction, the root causes of emerging zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 that have erupted over the past several decades in the United States and around the world.

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Trump Administration Proposes Allowing GE Crops on Thousands of Acres of National Wildlife Refuges

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has proposed to approve genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges throughout the southeastern United States, a step likely to increase use of glyphosate and other pesticides known to harm wildlife.

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Congress Urged to Hold Airlines Accountable on Climate, Workers

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 200 climate, environmental, social-justice and workers' rights groups urged Congress today to make any federal relief for the U.S. aviation industry contingent on airlines cutting carbon pollution and supporting airline workers during the coronavirus crisis.

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More than 180,000 Americans Oppose Trump’s Plan to Cripple Migratory Bird Protections

March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Conservation groups today submitted more than 180,000 public comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Finalize Endangered Species Protection for Eastern Black Rail

March 19, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act.

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In Coronavirus Crisis, 575 Groups Urge Halt to Electricity, Water Shutoffs

March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 575 utility justice, labor, faith, consumer and environmental groups urged state governors, mayors and utility regulators today to put a moratorium on electricity and water-utility shutoffs in response to the coronavirus crisis and resulting job losses.

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Protection for Wolverines in Lower 48 States

March 18, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Expansion of Gulf of Mexico Drilling

March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON—Environmental groups filed a legal challenge today to the Trump administration’s latest oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The supplemental complaint over today’s offshore auction follows similar lawsuits in 2018 and 2019 that say federal officials illegally expanded Gulf drilling without fully analyzing the risks to people, wildlife or the environment.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Release Public Records on Hog Slaughterhouse Rules

March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release public documents detailing the potential harms resulting from reducing federal oversight and eliminating line-speed limits at pig slaughterhouses.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers Jumped to 163 in 2019

March 18, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves grew by 32 animals, from 131 in 2018 to 163 in 2019, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service census announced today. The numbers represent a 24% increase — the largest increase since 2014. Nineteen packs had pups alive at the end of the year.

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New Border Wall Segments Would End U.S. Jaguar Recovery

March 17, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Trump administration’s latest border-wall plan will wall off all remaining jaguar corridors across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to fast-track border wall construction in Arizona, California and Texas.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arizona’s Verde River From Ravages of Grazing

March 16, 2020

TUCSON― The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for allowing livestock to inflict severe, widespread damage on Arizona’s Verde River and its tributaries and streambanks. The livestock grazing violates the Endangered Species Act, Forest Service guidelines, forest-management plans and grazing contracts.

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Población de Mariposa Monarca del Este se Desploma Más de la Mitad

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— El recuento anual de las mariposas monarca que pasan el invierno en México, publicado hoy, muestra una disminución del 53% respecto al año pasado y está muy por debajo del umbral en el que científicos del gobierno predijeron que la migración podría colapsar.

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Court Stalls Fracking Leases in Ohio’s Only National Forest

March 13, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio― A federal judge today stalled oil and gas leasing in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, ruling that the Trump administration failed to consider threats to public health, endangered species and watersheds before opening more than 40,000 acres of the forest for fracking.

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Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Plunges by More Than Half

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released today, shows a decrease of 53% from last year’s count and is well below the threshold at which government scientists predict the migration could collapse.

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Lawsuit Aims to Save San Pedro River, Slow Groundwater Pumping Tied to Arizona Military Base

March 13, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.― Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River and its endangered species from excessive groundwater pumping in the Fort Huachuca area, including nearby Sierra Vista.

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Trump EPA’s New Rules for Assessing Pesticide Risks Ignore Many Harms to Endangered Species

March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks that will allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals, including American burying beetles, Rio Grande silvery minnows and Hawaiian hoary bats.

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Appeal Challenges Arkansas’ Unconstitutional ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

March 12, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Conservation and animal-welfare groups filed an appeal today challenging Arkansas' far-reaching “Ag-Gag” law.

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Federal Court Rules Against Massive Old-Growth Rainforest Logging Plan in Alaska

March 11, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska― A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration’s enormous commercial timber harvest and road-building plan for Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska.

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Idaho Agreement Restricts Wolf-killing, Bans Use of M-44 Cyanide Bombs

March 11, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— In a key victory for wildlife, conservation groups finalized an agreement today that sets strict limits on how and where a federal agency can kill wolves in Idaho, bans the use of M-44 “cyanide bombs” statewide, and prohibits the use of snares to kill wolves on public lands.

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Presentan Demanda Para Enlistar a Tiburones Martillo Como Especies Amenazadas

March 11, 2020

LA PAZ, MEXICO— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó una demanda innovadora que busca la protección de tres especies de tiburón martillo bajo la Norma NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, que enlista a las especies en riesgo. La industria pesquera captura en aguas nacionales y exporta miles de toneladas de tiburones martillo al año.

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Groundbreaking Lawsuit Pushes Mexico to Protect Hammerhead Sharks

March 11, 2020

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a groundbreaking lawsuit seeking protection for three species of hammerhead shark under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, the nation’s list of species at risk. The Mexican fishing industry catches thousands of tons of hammerheads a year.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Construction of Northern Border Road

March 10, 2020

SANDPOINT, Idaho— Five conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today over their decision to reconstruct a northern Idaho road on the Canadian border that would harm imperiled grizzly bears, mountain caribou and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

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Trump Move to Gut NEPA, Bedrock U.S. Environmental Law, Would Slash Protection for Air, Water, Wildlife

March 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined hundreds of conservation groups to file formal comments today with the Trump administration opposing its plans to gut the rules that govern the landmark National Environmental Policy Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Caribbean Lizards as Endangered

March 10, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect eight rare species of skink, from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, under the Endangered Species Act. The lizards face extinction due to introduced predators, habitat destruction and climate change.

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Seismic Oil Activities in Big Cypress Had Adverse, Degrading Effect, Army Corps Finds

March 6, 2020

NAPLES, Fla.— The Burnett Oil Company has done extensive damage to “high quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress” forests in the Big Cypress National Preserve during its seismic testing for oil and gas, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said today, in a letter in which it notified the company that future activities would be regulated under the Clean Water Act:

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Conservation Groups Argue in Federal Court That Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Was Illegal

March 6, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Conservation, environmental and landowner groups argued in federal court in Montana today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrongly permitted the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands and failed to evaluate the project’s impacts, a violation of bedrock U.S. environmental laws.

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EEUU Amplía Embargo de Pescados y Mariscos Mexicanos para Salvar a la Vaquita

March 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— El Servicio Nacional de Pesca Marina anunció ayer la prohibición de las importaciones de camarones y otros productos marinos mexicanos que se capturan en el hábitat de la vaquita marina que está en peligro crítico. Esta acción se realiza conforme a la Ley de Protección de Mamíferos Marinos (MMPA por sus siglas en inglés), que faculta al gobierno de Estados Unidos a prohibir la importación de productos del mar capturados con artes de pesca, que maten mamíferos marinos y que excedan las provisiones de sus normas.

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U.S. Government Expands Mexican Seafood Ban to Save Vaquita Porpoise

March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it will ban imports of Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught in the habitat of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The action is being taken under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), which requires the U.S. government to prohibit the import of seafood caught using fishing gear that kills marine mammals in excess of United States standards.

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Lawsuit Advances Protections for Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral

March 4, 2020

HONOLULU— The Trump administration has finally agreed to make a decision about protecting cauliflower coral around Hawaii under the Endangered Species Act. In an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity filed in federal district court in Honolulu today, the National Marine Fisheries Service says it will determine whether the coral warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act by June 30.

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Opponents of Formosa Plastics Project to Demand Louisiana’s St. James Parish Council Rescind Approval

March 4, 2020

CONVENT, La.— Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in Louisiana will urge the St. James Parish Council today to rescind its land-use permit for the project, following up similar earlier requests with new information. The demand follows the discovery of burial sites of enslaved people on the property, the filing of two lawsuits against the project, and the record-setting $50 million settlement of a lawsuit against Formosa for polluting Texas waterways with billions of plastic pellets.

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Appeals Court: Trump Administration Wrongly Opened 5,000 Acres of Colorado Forest to Coal Mining

March 2, 2020

DENVER— A federal appeals court today ruled that the U.S. Forest Service broke the law by failing to consider an alternative that would protect the Gunnison National Forest’s Pilot Knob area from coal mining. The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directs the lower court to vacate an exception that allowed the Forest Service to approve coal mining in roadless forests in the Gunnison River’s North Fork.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Whales in California Shipping Lanes

March 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the Trump administration today that it is failing to protect endangered whales and sea turtles from being struck by ships using ports in California.

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Trump Administration Review of Columbia-Snake River Dams Fails to Protect Salmon, Orcas, Rivers

February 28, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration and Bureau of Reclamation today released the first step of a court-ordered National Environmental Policy Act review of the federal system of dams and reservoirs in the Columbia-Snake River Basin.

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Judge Voids Trump Oil and Gas Lease Sales on Nearly 1 Million Acres of Sage Grouse Habitat

February 27, 2020

BOISE, Idaho― A federal judge today rejected a Trump administration policy to sharply curtail public participation in oil and gas leasing decisions on public lands and voided nearly 1 million acres leased under the policy. The ruling applies to lease sales in greater sage-grouse habitat across 67 million acres in 11 Western states.

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Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration to Protect Habitat for 12 Coral Species

February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration agreed today to issue critical habitat protection for 12 threatened coral species: five species found in Florida and the Caribbean and seven around islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Lawsuit Attacks Trump Failure to Protect 241 Species From Extinction

February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to decide whether 241 plants and animals across the country — from the Midwest’s golden-winged warbler to Venus flytraps in the Carolinas — should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Appeals Court Victory Secures Steelhead Protection on California’s Santa Clara River

February 26, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a federal court’s 2018 ruling that the United Water Conservation District violated the Endangered Species Act by jeopardizing steelhead survival and recovery in the Santa Clara River as a result of its inadequate fish ladder and diversion of river flows at the Vern Freeman Dam near Santa Paula.

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Legal Victory Secures Habitat Protection for Two Central Texas Salamanders

February 26, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today won a legal victory requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate protected critical habitat in central Texas for the Georgetown and Salado salamanders by Aug. 12, 2021.

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Nearly 500,000 Acres Proposed as Protected Habitat for Western Cuckoo

February 26, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to litigation and decades of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed 493,665 acres, including more than 1,200 linear miles in seven states, as protected critical habitat for western yellow-billed cuckoos.

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Tucson’s Pueblo High to Host Climate Science, Advocacy Forum

February 26, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.― Tucson conservation and human-rights groups are joining Pueblo High School students to host a half-day environmental forum Saturday on climate science and advocacy training.

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California Court: Kern County Violating Law by Rubberstamping Oil Drilling

February 25, 2020

FRESNO, Calif.— In a monumental victory for both public advocacy groups and local farmers, a California court today ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance paid for and drafted by the oil industry violated the state’s foundational environmental law.

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More Than 95 Conservation Groups Oppose Trillion Trees Act

February 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 95 conservation and climate change groups sent a letter today to the House Natural Resources Committee opposing the Trillion Trees Act, saying the bill would ramp up logging, increase carbon emissions and worsen wildfire risk.

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Wednesday Border Wall Action Planned at Arizona’s Organ Pipe National Monument

February 25, 2020

LUKEVILLE, Ariz.— Activists will gather Wednesday morning near Monument Hill to protest the Trump administration’s blasting of a sacred mountain to build the border wall through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

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Black Pinesnake Wins 324,000 Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in Mississippi, Alabama

February 25, 2020

JACKSON, Miss.— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that 324,679 acres of critical habitat in Mississippi and Alabama will be protected for the rare and imperiled black pinesnake.

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Analysis: Prescott’s Water Plan Promotes Sprawl, Threatens Arizona’s Upper Verde River

February 24, 2020

PRESCOTT, Ariz.— A new Center for Biological Diversity analysis shows the city of Prescott’s proposed water policy would accelerate sprawl development and dramatically reduce the upper Verde River’s annual water flow.

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Court Orders Trump EPA to Rein in Dangerous Particulate Pollution in Arizona

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX – A federal district court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop delaying plans to clean up soot and other asthma-causing particulate matter pollution throughout Arizona.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Update Plan to Save Houston Toads

February 24, 2020

HOUSTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to update a deficient, 35-year-old recovery plan for Houston toads. This critically endangered species is now found only in the central coastal region of Texas, and fewer than 1,000 adults may remain in the wild.

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Groups Urge Arizona Sen. McSally to Protect Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX— The National Congress of American Indians and conservation groups today urged Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to cosponsor the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which permanently bans new uranium mining across 1 million acres of public land around Grand Canyon National Park.

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Feds Urged to Deny Permit for 200-foot Dam on San Francisco River on Arizona-New Mexico Border

February 21, 2020

PHOENIX— Conservation groups and business leaders urged a federal commission today to deny a preliminary permit for a 200-foot-tall dam planned for the San Francisco River at the Arizona-New Mexico border. The San Francisco River Pumped Storage Project, proposed within protected areas of two national forests, would damage or destroy dozens of miles of critical habitat for five endangered species.

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More Than 4,000 Acres of Protected Habitat Proposed for Endangered Florida Fern

February 21, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 4,014 acres of critical habitat for the Florida bristle fern. The fern, found in small patches in Miami-Dade and Sumter counties, is acutely threatened by historic and ongoing habitat loss from development and sea-level rise.

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Lawsuit Targets Forest Service Failure to Protect Endangered Mouse, Riparian Areas in Arizona’s White Mountains

February 20, 2020

TUCSON― Conservation groups filed suit today to protect meadows and streams in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains from cows, horses and elk. The riparian areas are home to the critically endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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California Terminates Plan for Southern California Gas-fired Power Plant

February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Energy Commission terminated the license today for the Palmdale Energy Project, a proposed fracked-gas-fired power plant in the Southern California city of Palmdale.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Delays in Protecting Ancient Lake Sturgeon

February 20, 2020

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for delaying a determination of whether imperiled populations of lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Millions of lake sturgeon once lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Basin but today the population is less than 1 % of historic levels.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Save Monarch Butterflies in West

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— A new bill in Congress would provide $25 million a year to save the rapidly declining western population of monarch butterflies from extinction. This monarch population is found primarily in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Legal Petition: TVA Violating Customers’ Rights by Giving Millions to Dirty Energy Lobbyists

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to stop giving millions of dollars in ratepayer money to anti-environmental advocacy groups like the Edison Electric Institute and Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition.

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Utah Coalition to Protest Misuse of Public Money on Fossil Fuel Projects

February 20, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY― Community advocates will demonstrate Friday outside the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition board meeting to protest the misuse of public funds on fossil fuel projects. Members of the Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition will also speak at the board meeting.

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Legal Petition Urges EPA to End Abuse of ‘Emergency’ Pesticide Exemptions

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to limit to two years the use of so-called “emergency” exemptions for pesticides otherwise unapproved as safe.

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Trade Ban, Stronger Protections Sought for 20 Imperiled Coral Species

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to provide critical new protections for 20 threatened coral species, including a ban on trade and new rules against killing and harming them. Although the corals have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 2014, they currently receive few safeguards, despite existential threats from climate change and the aquarium trade.

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Report: Refusal to Ban Trapping Threatens Turtles in Nine States, Enables Illegal Trade

February 20, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C.— Nine states still allow unlimited commercial harvesting of some or all native turtle species, contributing to export practices that threaten the survival of wild populations, according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Court Orders EPA to Finalize Steps to Protect Arizona, California From Deadly Soot, Smog

February 19, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal district court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to either approve or force improvements to California’s plans to reduce soot in Plumas County, north of Lake Tahoe and smog in Ventura County.

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Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration Action on Emperor Penguins

February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— In an agreement filed in federal court today, the U.S. government promised to determine whether to propose Endangered Species Act protections for beloved but imperiled emperor penguins by July 2021.

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Trump Administration Announces New Plans to Slash Sage Grouse Protections in Seven Western States

February 19, 2020

BOISE, Idaho― The Trump administration announced today that it will release new plans to slash protections for the dwindling greater sage grouse, attempting to satisfy a federal court ruling that blocked its earlier attempt.

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Legal Petition Aims to Protect Wyoming’s Path of the Pronghorn From Massive Drilling Project

February 19, 2020

CASPER, Wyo.— Conservation groups today filed a legal petition challenging the Trump administration’s plan to allow 3,500 new gas wells in southwestern Wyoming. The massive frack-field expansion could block the ancient Path of the Pronghorn and prevent access to winter ranges that the animals need to survive.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Delay in Protecting Denver Area From Harmful Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas

February 19, 2020

DENVER— Environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure the reduction of dangerous smog pollution from oil and gas drilling in Metro-Denver and the Front Range. The polluted areas are home to around 3.5 million people and include Boulder, Greeley, Fort Collins, Denver and Loveland.

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Study: Tropical Snake Diversity Collapses After Widespread Amphibian Loss

February 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A study published this week documented the shocking collapse of a snake community in Panama following a sweeping loss of amphibians to an invasive, deadly fungal disease. The findings illustrate how the loss of just a few species can trigger rapid and invisible shockwaves through an entire ecosystem, wiping out many other animals in the process.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Pollution Protections for Rivers, Wetlands

February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding protections for the nation’s waters, including approximately half of all wetlands and potentially millions of miles of streams. The Trump rule allows polluters to pave over wetlands and dump pesticides, mining waste and other pollutants directly into these now-unprotected waterways.

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Appeal Challenges Louisiana’s Air Permits for Formosa Plastics’ Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley

February 14, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.—Local and national organizations filed an appeal today challenging the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to approve air permits for Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. The complex would contain 14 plants spanning 2,500 acres, just one mile from an elementary school in a predominantly African American community already inundated with industrial pollution. 

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Legal Action Threatened to Stop Construction of Keystone XL, Prevent Imminent Harm to Endangered Species

February 13, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation and environmental groups filed notices today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the companies behind the Keystone XL pipeline for failing to consider the effects of the pipeline—including likely oil spills--on endangered species, including whooping cranes and pallid sturgeon.

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40,000 Endangered Species Condoms Sent to Top 10 ‘Sexually Satisfied’ Cities

February 13, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away more than 40,000 free Endangered Species Condoms on Valentine’s Day in the most sexually satisfied cities in the country to help couples consider population growth's threat to wildlife and the planet.

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State Recommends Advancing Protection of Mountain Lions in Southern California, Central Coast

February 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that six struggling mountain lion populations move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Beloved Florida Bat to Gain Protected Habitat

February 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— As the result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to protect critical habitat for Florida bonneted bats.

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Puerto Rican Butterfly, Rare Virgin Islands Flower One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

February 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to decide this summer whether to protect the Puerto Rico harlequin butterfly and Marrón Bacora plant under the Endangered Species Act.

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Salmon Advocates Challenge Approval of Washington Net Pen Aquaculture

February 11, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation and environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a recent decision by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife permitting Cooke Aquaculture to rear domesticated steelhead in Puget Sound net pens.

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Bill Would Slow Expansion of U.S. Plastic Production, Study Impacts to Communities, Oceans, Climate

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would slow the fossil fuel industry’s aggressive push to increase production of plastic and also require studies about its effects on communities, marine life and climate change.

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EPA Extends ‘Emergency’ Antibiotic Use on California, Florida Citrus Crops

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump Environmental Protection Agency has quietly approved “emergency” use of the medically important antibiotic streptomycin on citrus crops like oranges, tangerines and grapefruits in Florida and California.

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Judge Overturns Wildlife Agency’s Approval of Rosemont Copper Mine in Arizona

February 10, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge today overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of a controversial open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains because of threats to jaguars and other endangered species.

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Trump Administration’s Nevada Lease Sale for Oil and Gas on Public Lands Violates Court Order

February 10, 2020

RENO, Nev.― The Trump administration is violating a judge’s order requiring a 30-day protest period before public lands in sage-grouse habitat are leased out for oil and gas extraction.

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Trump Budget Ignores Extinction Crisis, Slashes Endangered Species Funding

February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration released a Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal today with massive proposed funding cuts for the Department of the Interior, even as the extinction crisis worsens in the United States and around the world.

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After Legal Loss, Trump Administration Disbands Illegal Trophy Hunting Council

February 9, 2020

NEW YORK— After a key legal defeat, the Department of the Interior has told a federal district court in New York that no future meetings of the International Wildlife Conservation Council will take place, bringing an end to the controversial council.

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Lawsuit Challenges Southern California City’s Sprawl-promoting Climate Plan

February 7, 2020

SANTEE, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the city of Santee’s “climate action plan” that gives a free pass to a proposed massive development on the edge of the city. Fanita Ranch, the proposed project that would add nearly 3,000 new homes, would be a car-centric, sprawling development likely resulting in thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

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Today: 400 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away in Boise

February 7, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— Four hundred free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away by the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, Feb. 7 as part of the Discovery Center of Idaho’s “A Drink With Tink” adult night event.

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Interior Secretary Bernhardt Wins 2019 Rubber Dodo Award as Top Eco-Villain

February 7, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the winner of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2019 Rubber Dodo award. The statue is awarded each year to the person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America's natural heritage or drive endangered species extinct.

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Endangered Wolf Found Dead in California, Officials Investigating

February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— State wildlife agency officials announced today that wolf OR-54 was found dead yesterday in Shasta County. The radio-collared wolf from Oregon made California her home nearly two years ago.

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Federal Protection Sought for Rare Freshwater Alaska Seals

February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to provide Endangered Species Act protection to a rare population of approximately 400 freshwater seals found only in Alaska’s Iliamna Lake.

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Lawsuit Prompts Suspension of Trump Administration Fracking Leases Threatening Water, Wildlife in Arizona

February 5, 2020

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court today.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Hawaiian Waters From Plastic Pollution

February 5, 2020

HONOLULU— Environmental groups sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect 17 coastal water bodies around Hawaii from widescale plastic pollution that covers beaches, degrades coral reefs and threatens birds, fish, sea turtles and other wildlife.

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International Turtle Experts Urge Florida to Protect Diamondback Terrapins From Drowning in Crab Pots

February 5, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A group of leading international turtle experts urged the state of Florida today to require the use of excluder devices on crab traps, endorsing a rule sought by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies in a petition last week.

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Threatened Mussel to Receive 319 River Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

February 5, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C.— Following 10 years of advocacy and litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 319 river miles of critical habitat for the threatened yellow lance freshwater mussel in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

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Sens. Sanders, Merkley Introduce Bill to Ban Fracking Nationwide

February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today to immediately ban fracking for oil and gas on all federal public lands onshore and offshore. The bill also would forbid any new federal permits for fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines, natural gas export terminals and ethane cracker plants.

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Dugong Defenders to Rally Today at S.F. Hearing on U.S. Airbase’s Threat to Endangered Animals

February 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Activists will stand with Turtle Island Restoration Network and The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday to protest the construction of a new U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan.

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Petition Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Border-wall Waiver Decisions

January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— Four conservation groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to review federal court rulings that have allowed the Trump administration to waive dozens of environmental, health and safety laws to speed construction of border walls from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande Valley.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save Alaska’s Cook Inlet Beluga Whales From Harmful Oil Exploration

January 31, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups today threatened to sue the Trump administration for approving oil exploration in Alaska’s Cook Inlet after new federal data found a dramatic decline in the area’s population of endangered beluga whales.

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Trump Administration Proposes Rule to Solidify Its Policy of Allowing Widespread Bird-killing at Industrial Sites

January 30, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Trump administration proposed a rule today to allow indiscriminate killing of birds at industrial sites across the country, including oil and gas operations.

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EPA Proposes to Reapprove Bee-killing Pesticides With Token Restrictions

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to reapprove neonicotinoid pesticides that are a leading cause of worldwide declines in bees and other pollinators.

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EPA Reapproves Glyphosate, Claims Pesticide Poses No Human Health Threat

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— Relying on confidential industry research, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final interim decision today to reapprove glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto/Bayer’s Roundup and the world’s most heavily used pesticide.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Dangerously Outdated Plan for Offshore Oil Spills

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The University of California-Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today in federal court in San Francisco to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to issue rules restricting use of chemical agents such as Corexit to clean up oil spills.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Administration’s Failure to Cut Airplane Climate Pollution

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups threatened today to sue the Trump administration for failing to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to curb planet-warming pollution from airplanes.

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‘Frostpaw the Polar Bear’ Arrives In Iowa to Kick Off Extinction Crisis Campaign

January 30, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa— The Center for Biological Diversity’s Frostpaw the Polar Bear touched down in Des Moines today, ready to join wildlife advocates and volunteers in kickstarting a new campaign to urge all the presidential candidates from each political party to address the wildlife extinction crisis unfolding in Iowa and around the globe.

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House Democrats Advance Legislation to Undo Trump’s Attack on Endangered Species Act

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee today voted to approve legislation that would reverse the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks of the Endangered Species Act, one of the most successful and popular environmental laws in the country.

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Court: Northern Long-eared Bat Was Unlawfully Denied Endangered Species Protection

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday overturned a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect northern long-eared bats as threatened rather than endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Florida Petition Seeks to Protect Diamondback Terrapin Turtles From Drowning in Crab Traps

January 28, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to adopt regulations that would protect diamondback terrapins from drowning in blue crab pots. These imperiled turtles are suffering population declines.

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Environmental Group Launches Energy Justice Program

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity launched a new Energy Justice Program today focused on driving the urgent transition to a clean energy future to protect wildlife and people.

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Two Appalachian Coalfields Crayfish to Receive 445 Miles of Lifesaving Habitat

January 27, 2020

CHARLESTON, W. Va.— Following a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 445 stream miles of critical habitat for the Guyandotte River crayfish and Big Sandy crayfish in the coalfields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.

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Report: $550 Million Needed to Plug Abandoned California Oil, Gas Wells

January 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $500 million to plug thousands of so-called “orphan” wells drilled and abandoned by oil and gas companies, according to a report by experts with the California Council on Science and Technology.

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New York Urged to Protect Gray Wolves, Hellbenders, Eels

January 24, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Hudson Riverkeeper, New York City Audubon and species experts submitted comments today supporting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposal to revise its list of endangered, threatened and special-concern species. The proposed list will provide new or strengthened protections for 46 species.

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Trump Administration Slashes Protections for Millions of Acres of Streams, Wetlands

January 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a plan today to slash Clean Water Act protections for streams, rivers and millions of acres of wetlands, allowing those water bodies to be destroyed or polluted without any meaningful restrictions.

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Groups Ask Gov. DeSantis to Prevent Oil Prospecting in Big Cypress

January 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups urged Gov. Ron DeSantis today to protect Big Cypress National Preserve from new fossil fuel exploration and development. This comes in the wake of news that Florida will purchase 20,0000 acres of wetlands previously slated for oil exploration in Everglades Water Conservation Areas.

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Tusayan, Developers Begin New Push for Massive Grand Canyon Project

January 22, 2020

TUSAYAN, Ariz.— An Italian company has tinkered with its years-old plan to build a sprawling development on the doorstep of Grand Canyon National Park. But the mega-project would be just as dangerous to water resources, wildlife and visitors. It would also flood the night skies of one of the nation’s most iconic national parks.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Delay in Cleaning up Harmful Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in 11 States

January 22, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health sued the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency today for delays in ensuring reductions in dangerous smog pollution from oil and gas drilling in 11 states.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump Administration to Halt U.S. Pangolin Trade

January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON— Wildlife conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to force officials to propose Endangered Species Act protections for critically imperiled pangolins.

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Lawsuit Launched to Prevent Forest Service From Killing 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

January 21, 2020

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club notified the Trump administration today of their intent to sue over plans allowing 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. The forest encompasses the headwaters of the Green River, an area important for Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear recovery as well as elk, deer and pronghorn migrations.

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Trump Administration Proposes Cutting Humpback Chub Protections Despite Lack of Recovery

January 21, 2020

DENVER— The Trump administration proposed today to downlist the humpback chub from endangered to threatened, despite the fact the species has not met the criteria in its recovery plan. The fish, which is found only in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, faces severe threats from drought related to climate change and overuse of water, as well as from invasive species like smallmouth bass.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Protect Turtles in Louisiana, Mississippi

January 21, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect two species of map turtles under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Mexico OKs Widespread Trapping Despite Broad Public Opposition

January 17, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M.— The New Mexico Game Commission today approved trapping of bobcats, foxes and other wildlife throughout nearly all of the state, disappointing wildlife and public-safety advocates who sought to ban a practice long criticized as inhumane and indiscriminate.

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Conservationists Seek Wolverine Protection

January 16, 2020

BOZEMAN, Mont.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act. There are fewer than 300 wolverines left in the lower 48 and they remain threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Suppression of Grid Study Bolstering Clean Energy Transition

January 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release documents about a $1.5 million study that examined how grid improvements can bolster renewable energy access.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Fast-tracking of Louisiana Plastics Project

January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON― Conservation and community organizations sued the Trump administration today for permitting one of the world’s largest plastic plants: Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Plan to Frack, Drill 1 Million Acres of California Public Lands, Minerals

January 14, 2020

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today challenging the last step in the administration’s plan to allow oil drilling and fracking on more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in Central California.

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Minnesota Appeals Court Strikes Down PolyMet Copper-sulfide Mine Permit, Orders New Hearing

January 13, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn.― The Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned state permits today that would allow PolyMet to construct Minnesota’s first copper-sulfide mine, ordering a new hearing before an administrative law judge.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Endangered Species From Livestock on Arizona, New Mexico Waterways

January 13, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to prevent livestock from damaging southwestern rivers and streams.

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Plan: Ending Extinction Crisis Requires $100 Billion, 500 New National Parks, Refuges, Ocean Sanctuaries

January 13, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Ending the global wildlife extinction crisis will require bold leadership from the United States, including a $100 billion investment to save species and the creation of 500 new national parks, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries, according to a new plan from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Challenges Reapproval of Controversial Grapevine Development in Southern California

January 10, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging Kern County's reapproval of the 8,000-acre Grapevine project. The environmentally damaging development will straddle Interstate 5 and create a new city of 12,000 dwelling units and up to 5.1 million square feet of commercial real estate.

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Placer Lawsuit Challenges Sprawl Development in California Vernal Pool Habitat

January 9, 2020

AUBURN, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued Placer County today for approving the Sunset Area Plan. The sprawling development in Northern California will destroy thousands of acres of rare vernal pool habitat — temporary wetlands crucial to wildlife — and overwhelm regional roadways by forcing commuters and residents to drive millions of additional miles.

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Reward Increased to $7,500 for Info on Killing of Endangered California Wolf

January 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased to $7,500 the reward for information leading to a conviction for the illegal killing of a radio-collared wolf in California, OR-59, who had traveled there from Oregon in December 2018.

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Petition Seeks California Endangered Species Protections for Leatherback Sea Turtles

January 9, 2020

OAKLAND,Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a petition today to protect leatherback sea turtles under the California Endangered Species Act.

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Scientists Welcome Reports of Wolf Pack in Northern Colorado, Call for Reintroduction to Ensure Recovery

January 8, 2020

DENVER – A pack of gray wolves may have been spotted in northwest Colorado just one day after a measure to reintroduce the species throughout the state won approval to appear on the 2020 ballot.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat

January 8, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sued the federal government today for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and global warming.

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South Carolina Senate Bill Would Protect Wild Turtles, Other Reptiles, Amphibians From Commercial Exploitation

January 8, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C.— A new bill in the South Carolina Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry would ban the commercial trade of native reptiles and amphibians in the state. The bipartisan measure seeks to end years of extensive poaching, which, enabled by the state’s weak conservation laws, threaten wild populations.

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Louisiana Issues Air-pollution Permits for Formosa Plastics Plant

January 7, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today issued air-pollution permits for a massive petrochemical complex that Formosa Plastics wants to build in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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Rare Southern California Butterfly Proposed for Protection as Threatened Species Under Endangered Species Act

January 7, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif.— After 28 years of petitions and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finally proposed protecting one of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper butterfly, as a threatened species.

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Analysis: Trump EPA Approved 100-plus Products With Pesticides Banned Elsewhere or Slated for U.S. Phaseout

January 7, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency approved more than 100 pesticide products in 2017 and 2018 that contained ingredients widely considered to be the most dangerous still in use, including some that have been banned in multiple countries or targeted for phaseout in the United States, according to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Sierra Nevada Red Fox Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

January 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO— In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Cost of Destructive U.S. Airbase Project in Japan Nearly Triples

January 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Building a U.S. military base in Okinawan waters will cost 2.7 times as much as previously estimated, according a new announcement from Japan’s Defense Ministry. Now slated to take years longer to complete than expected, the proposed U.S. airbase could also wipe out the Okinawa dugong, one of the Earth’s most endangered marine mammals.

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Study: International Action Needed to Save Declining Insects

January 6, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Seventy-three scientists from around the world published a roadmap today for saving the world’s insects from what is increasingly understood as an insect apocalypse caused by habitat loss, pesticides, climate change and other threats.

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Trump Administration Attacks National Environmental Policy Act on Bedrock Law’s 50th Anniversary

January 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration will propose this week to gut National Environmental Policy Act rules for conducting environmental reviews of federal activities — changes that will threaten critical safeguards for air, water and wildlife. The proposal will also squelch public participation in federal agency decisions and impose arbitrary time limits on completion of environmental reviews.

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Agreement Protects Rare Nevada Wildflower From Mine Exploration

January 3, 2020

RENO, Nev.— A Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit against the Trump administration has led to an agreement with an Australian mining company that will temporarily protect the habitat of a rare Nevada wildflower.

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Trump EPA Used ‘Emergency’ Loophole to Approve Pesticides Toxic to Bees on 16 Million Acres in 2019

January 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency reported today that in 2019 it issued so-called “emergency” approvals to spray neonicotinoids — pesticides the agency itself recognizes as “very highly toxic” to bees — onto more than 16 million acres of crops known to attract bees.

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Census Estimates More Than 330 Million Americans Will Ring in New Year

December 31, 2019

WASHINGTON— According to population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 330 million people will ring in the new year in the United States. This is an increase of more than 2 million people from the previous year, nearly the same number added in 2018.

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Senate Bill Would Provide $20 Million for Butterflies, Desert Fish, Mussels and Hawaiian Plants

December 23, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new bill in the Senate will provide $20 million per year to some of the most endangered species in the United States, including butterflies, Hawaiian plants, freshwater mussels and desert fish in the Southwest.

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Court: Trump Administration Unlawfully OK’d Longline Fishing Off California

December 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal district court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to adequately analyze threats to critically endangered leatherback sea turtles when it allowed longline fishing off California. The Trump administration violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in failing to consider the best available science on impacts to leatherbacks.

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Forest Service Withdraws Logging Project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest to Spare Endangered Fish

December 20, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C.― The U.S. Forest Service this week announced it will withdraw a 2,400-acre logging project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest following objections raised by conservation groups about harm to an endangered fish.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Renewal of Oregon Ranchers' Grazing Permit

December 20, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge today overturned the Trump administration’s renewal of the Hammond Ranches’ livestock-grazing permit. The ruling throws out the ranchers’ permit on four allotments in eastern Oregon until the Bureau of Land Management does a proper environmental analysis.

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Conservation Groups Applaud Senate Launch of Grand Canyon Protection Bill

December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON― Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) yesterday introduced the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act. The bill will make permanent a ban on new uranium mining on about 1 million acres of public land adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Senate Bill Rebuffs Military Request for Nevada Wildlife Refuge Takeover

December 20, 2019

LAS VEGAS— Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation today to expand the U.S. Air Force’s Nevada Test and Training Range into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, but the bill offers a fraction of what the military has requested.

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Trump Administration Permits Oil Company to Harm Alaska’s Endangered Whales, Ice Seals

December 19, 2019

ANCHORAGE—The Trump administration today announced the issuance of federal take permits that would allow Hilcorp Alaska to kill or seriously injure 14 whales and nine ice seals as it constructs the Liberty offshore drilling island. The controversial project would be the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Legal Petition Urges Trump FDA to Label Fruit Sprayed With Antibiotics

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation and farmworker groups filed a formal legal petition today urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require labels alerting consumers that oranges and other fruits have been sprayed with antibiotics before harvest.

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Trump EPA Proposes To Scrap Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed today to reapprove the pesticide atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people. It has been banned or is being phased out in more than 35 countries.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urged to Reject Import of Trump Jr.’s Argali Sheep Trophy

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection organizations today sent a letter urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny an import permit for the horns, skin or other parts of a trophy-hunted argali sheep killed by Donald Trump Jr. in Mongolia.

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Delaware Firefly, Gulf Coast Bee Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will move forward with considering Endangered Species Act protection for the Bethany Beach firefly and Gulf Coast solitary bee.

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Animal-protection, Conservation Groups Sue U.S. Department of Agriculture for Gutting Pig Slaughterhouse Oversight

December 18, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Seven organizations dedicated to protecting the animals, people and environments that suffer due to industrial animal agriculture filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Agriculture challenging its decision to reduce oversight at pig slaughterhouses and eliminate limits on the slaughter speeds, exposing pigs to greater suffering and flouting federal humane slaughter, meat inspection and environmental-protection laws.

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Public Interest Groups Sue EPA to Curb Slaughterhouse Pollution

December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— Twelve conservation and community groups representing millions of people sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for its decision not to update national standards restricting water pollution from slaughterhouses.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Illegal Air Pollution at Colorado Coal Mine

December 17, 2019

DENVER— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue Arch Coal for failing to reduce dangerous pollution at its West Elk mine in western Colorado in violation of the Clean Air Act.

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Grijalva Bill Would Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Public Lands

December 17, 2019

WASHINGTON— House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that attempts to set an overall cap on greenhouse gas emissions from public lands and seeks to achieve “net zero” emissions from public lands by 2040.

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'Pikas Vs. Trump' Video Game: Out Now

December 17, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new video game called “Pikas Vs.Trump” released today by the Center for Biological Diversity gives players a chance to take on Trump as he wages war on wildlife, public lands, the Arctic and the climate.

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400,000-plus Blast Trump Administration Plan for Old-growth Clearcutting in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

December 16, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska― More than 400,000 people and dozens of local tribal, government, business and national recreation groups have flooded the U.S. Forest Service with comments opposing its plan to undo safeguards that prevent clearcutting and road building in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The comment period ends Tuesday.

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Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Luxury Development in Historic Wetland Area on South San Francisco Bay

December 16, 2019

NEWARK, Calif.— The Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge and Center for Biological Diversity today sued the city of Newark for approving a destructive plan to pave over a historic wetland to build hundreds of luxury housing units along South San Francisco Bay. The Sanctuary West Residential Project is planned for Newark “Area 4,” which has long been prioritized by the environmental community for conservation.

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Land Purchase Near Alabama Toyota Plant Will Preserve Habitat for Endangered Fish

December 13, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— A 500-acre land purchase announced today by an Alabama land trust is the latest in a series of steps taken in response to legal pressure to protect the habitat of the critically endangered spring pygmy sunfish.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Urged to Investigate Trump Jr.’s Reported Killing of Mongolian Argali Sheep Without Permit

December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity urged U.S. law enforcement officials today to investigate whether Don Trump Jr. can legally import a threatened argali sheep he killed in Mongolia last summer. According to news reports, the hunt took place, and the argali was shot, without the permit required under Mongolian law.

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Trump Administration Gives Final OK to Drilling, Fracking in Central California

December 12, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Trump administration took the final step today to break a five-year moratorium on leasing public land in California for oil drilling and fracking, issuing a decision that will allow more than 1 million acres to be put on the auction block.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered California Foxes, Other Wildlife From Super-Toxic Rat Poisons

December 12, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a formal notice of intent today to sue California pesticide regulators for failing to protect endangered San Joaquin kit foxes, California condors and 11 other endangered species from “super-toxic” rat poisons.

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D.C. Judge to Hear Legal Challenge to Trump’s Border-wall Emergency

December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity will defend its lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to pay for his border wall. The Trump administration is asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in February with Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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Senate Confirms Unqualified Industry Shill to Run Fish and Wildlife Service

December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate voted largely along party lines today to confirm former Monsanto employee Aurelia Skipwith as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting and recovering endangered animals and plants.

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Imperiled Yellow-legged Frogs Protected Under California’s Endangered Species Act

December 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Fish and Game Commission today approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog, a species that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. The decision responds to a 2016 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Seven Oaks Dam’s Harming of Rare California Fish

December 11, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Habitats League today announced their intent to sue the federal government and three Southern California counties for harming imperiled Santa Ana sucker fish with a poorly timed water release from the Seven Oaks Dam during spawning season.

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Supervisors in California's Placer County Approve Sprawl Project

December 11, 2019

AUBURN, Calif.— The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to approve the controversial Sunset Area Plan development. The plan, encompassing more than 8,500 acres in western Placer County near the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, includes a 5,636-dwelling unit residential community in addition to industrial and commercial land uses.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump EPA’s Failure to Curb Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in Denver Area

December 11, 2019

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for delays in reducing smog pollution for more than half of Colorado’s population, including Denver and the Front Range.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Protect Lake Sturgeon

December 11, 2019

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying a determination of whether lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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500 Groups Urge Next U.S. President to Declare National Emergency, Rejoin Paris Accord With Bold Climate Commitments

December 11, 2019

MADRID— U.S. environmental and climate-justice groups at the United Nations climate change conference in Madrid called on the next U.S. president today to declare a national climate emergency. The plan, supported by hundreds of U.S. groups, urges the next administration to take 10 executive actions in its first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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Organizaciones de EEUU Urgen al Próximo Presidente Declarar Emergencia Nacional y la Reincorporación al Acuerdo de París con Fuertes Compromisos Climáticos

December 11, 2019

MADRID, España- Organizaciones ambientalistas y de justicia climática de EEUU en la conferencia sobre cambio climático de las Naciones Unidas en Madrid, hacen un llamado al próximo Presidente de Estados Unidos para declarar una emergencia nacional climática. Un plan, apoyado por cientos de grupos de Estados Unidos, insta a la próxima administración a tomar 10 acciones ejecutivas en sus primeros 10 días de gobierno para hacer frente a la crisis climática.

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Center for Biological Diversity Endorses Impossible, Beyond Burgers

December 11, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today released a statement of support for plant-based meats, including the Impossible and Beyond burgers.

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Species ‘Redlist:’ 1 in 4 Species Threatened With Extinction

December 10, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— More than 1 in 4 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are facing extinction, according to a report released today. The group also noted some successes, including reintroduction of the Guam rail to Cocos Island, moving the species status from “extinct in the wild” to “critically endangered.”

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Colorado Wolf Initiative Gets 200,000 Signatures for 2020 Ballot Placement

December 10, 2019

DENVER— Volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund today submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Colorado secretary of state to place restoration of wolves on Colorado’s 2020 statewide ballot (read the full text of the initiative here).

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Pangolins Decline as Deadly Poaching Continues, Red List Experts Find

December 10, 2019

GLAND, Switzerland— Three pangolin species have moved closer to extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared today in an update to its respected “Red List of Threatened Species.” The scaly mammals continue to be hard-hit by poaching that serves an international market for their scales and meat.

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U.S. Groups to Unveil Plan at UN Conference for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency

December 10, 2019

MADRID— Environmental and climate-justice groups from the United States will host a press conference Wednesday at the United Nations climate conference to unveil a plan urging the next U.S. president to take 10 executive actions in her or his first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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Coloradans to Deliver 200,000 Signatures Backing Wolf Reintroduction Initiative for 2020 Ballot

December 9, 2019

DENVER— Colorado citizens will submit more than 200,000 signatures on Tuesday morning to the Secretary of State in support of a 2020 ballot measure to reintroduce wolves. This initiative represents the first time that U.S. voters would be empowered to vote directly on the reintroduction of an endangered species.

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Lawsuit Forces Feds to Take New Look at Status of Grizzly Bears

December 9, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal judge in Montana signed an order today requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review the status of grizzly bears by March 2021 — a step that could prompt the agency to look at a broader plan for recovering bears in the lower 48 states.

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500 Groups Call for Next President to Declare National Climate Emergency

December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— More than 500 conservation, environmental justice, youth, health, faith and labor groups today called on the next U.S. president to declare a national climate emergency. The plan urges the next administration to take 10 executive actions in its first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis.

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Back From the Brink, Hawaii’s Nene Goose a Recovery Success Story

December 8, 2019

HONOLULU — Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today the nene, reduced to fewer than 30 birds in the wild 50 years ago, will be downlisted from endangered to threatened based on successful recovery efforts.

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Two Southern Arizona Plants Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

December 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, two southern Arizona plants were proposed for Endangered Species Act protection today.

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Hundreds Expected Saturday at Tucson Border Wall Protest With Rep. Grijalva

December 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Arizona leaders and activists will join U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D.-Ariz.) in Tucson on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump’s border wall. The 30-foot-tall steel bollard wall under construction in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge will block wildlife migration, destroy archeological sites and imperil endangered species and protected wilderness.

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Trump Administration OKs ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Despite Indiscriminate Killing of Thousands of Animals a Year

December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

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Flawed Wildlife Bill OK’d by House Natural Resources Committee

December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee today voted to approve Rep. Debbie Dingell’s (D-Mich.) Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would provide $1.4 billion annually to state fish and game agencies with the goal of conserving “species of greatest conservation need.”

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No Roads to Ruin Coalition to Launch Campaign Against Florida Toll Roads at Capitol Thursday

December 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The No Roads to Ruin Coalition, an alliance of more than 50 Florida-based organizations and businesses, will unveil its strategy to stop Florida’s destructive toll road plan, known as M-CORES. On December 5 at 11:30 a.m., leaders from across the state will call upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to halt M-CORES.

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Leaders at Climate Summit Urged to Reduce Greenhouse Pollution From Food, Agriculture

December 4, 2019

MADRID, Spain— The Center for Biological Diversity, Brighter Green and 13 other organizations today released a policy brief calling on organizers and attendees of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change conference COP25 to take immediate action to reduce planet-warming emissions from food and agriculture.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Minnesota’s Rare Lynx From Trapping

December 4, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of plans to sue the agency for permitting trapping that harms Canada lynx, in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Analysis: Earth-friendly Event Menus Can Save Up to 10 Tons of Climate Pollution

December 4, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— Replacing meat-heavy menu choices with Earth-friendly, plant-based options can reduce the carbon footprint of a 500-person event like a conference or large wedding by 10 tons of greenhouse gas equivalents, according to an analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Legal Filing Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Halt Fossil Fuel Expansion in 20-year Plan for Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma

December 3, 2019

HOUSTON— The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the Trump administration’s plan to expand federal fossil-fuel extraction in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. The new resource management plan would allow leasing and extraction of oil and gas on 4.4 million acres of publicly owned lands and minerals and coal extraction on nearly 1.7 million acres.

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Mike Mann, Other Experts to Expose Fossil Fuel Industry’s Shifting Tactics to Block Climate Action at San Francisco Event

December 3, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Climate scientist Mike Mann, community organizer Andres Soto and investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz will expose the fossil fuel industry’s latest efforts to block a just and equitable transition away from dirty fossil fuel production at a public event on Dec. 10 in San Francisco.

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Legal Petition Seeks New Air Pollution Standards for Petrochemical Plants

December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON― More than 350 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict air pollution standards for industrial plants that create plastic.

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Army Report Reveals Military Base’s Harm to San Pedro River Stretches Back to 2003

December 3, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.― A previously undisclosed 2010 report commissioned by the U.S. Army showed that groundwater pumping at Fort Huachuca was already causing harm to the San Pedro River and its endangered wildlife in 2003. The report was never given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which decided in 2014 to approve the base’s groundwater pumping for another decade.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro From UNC’s Coal Pollution

December 3, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today sued the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for violations of the Clean Air Act.

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National Coalition to Announce Legal Challenge to Plastic Plant Pollution at San Francisco EPA Office

December 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO― More than 350 community and conservation organizations from around the country will announce a major new legal challenge to pollution from industrial plants that create plastic tomorrow in San Francisco.

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Panel de Cumbre Climática de la ONU Advierte Sobre la Importancia de Eliminar el Uso de Petróleo Mediante la Electrificación del Transporte

December 1, 2019

MADRID, España— Grupos ecologistas y académicos serán los anfitriones de un panel sobre la eliminación gradual de la producción de petróleo y la electrificación del transporte con energía limpia y renovable, en la conferencia climática de las Naciones Unidas en Madrid este lunes 2 de diciembre.

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UN Climate Summit Panel to Focus on Importance of Phasing Out Oil, Electrifying Transportation

December 1, 2019

MADRID, Spain— Environmental groups and academics will host a panel on phasing out oil production and electrifying transportation with clean and renewable energy at the United Nations climate conference in Madrid on Monday, Dec. 2.

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Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Sale of Elliott State Forest Tract Is Illegal

November 27, 2019

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Supreme Court today ruled that the sale of 788 acres of old-growth forest from the Elliott State Forest was illegal. The ruling affirms an Oregon Court of Appeals’ ruling from 2018, which found that selling the area known as East Hakki Ridge to a private timber company in 2014 violated state law.

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Court Orders Trump’s EPA to Curb Asthma-causing Pollutant in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Six Other States

November 26, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal district court in California today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop illegally delaying plans for cleaning up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide pollution in portions of eight states where millions of people live.

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Florida Freshwater Mussel May Receive Nearly 190 Miles of Lifesaving Critical Habitat

November 26, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a settlement agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed designating critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater Florida mussel. Its habitat has been harmed by pollution and reduced flows throughout its range, and by channel instability and excessive sedimentation.

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Legal Pressure Forces Trump Administration to Protect Imperiled Ice Seals’ Arctic Habitat

November 25, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration agreed today to finally make a decision on designating critical habitat in Alaska for two ice-seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because climate change is melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.

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Utah’s June Sucker Another Endangered Species Act Success, Downlisted From Endangered to Threatened

November 25, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to downlist the June sucker fish from endangered to threatened based on successful recovery efforts. The June sucker is found only in Utah Lake, which was once clear and supported a commercial fishery for the sucker and Utah’s state fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout.

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Willamette Valley Prairie Flower Becomes Endangered Species Act Success Story

November 25, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing Bradshaw’s desert parsley, a wet prairie wildflower, from the list of endangered species today due to the plant’s successful recovery.

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Groundswell of National Public Opinion Opposes Las Vegas Lands Bill

November 25, 2019

LAS VEGAS— More than 6,000 people from 47 states have sent letters urging the Clark County Commission and Nevada’s congressional delegation to oppose proposed county legislation that sidesteps bedrock environmental laws and endangers the iconic Mojave desert tortoise.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Update Houston Toad Recovery Plan

November 25, 2019

HOUSTON, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to update a deficient, 35-year-old recovery plan for the Houston toad. These critically endangered toads are found only in the central coastal region of Texas.

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Conservation, Landowners Groups File Opening Brief in Legal Challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline

November 22, 2019

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation and landowners groups filed the opening brief today in their federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers over its failure to adequately analyze the project’s effects on local waterways, lands, wildlife and communities along its 1,200-mile route.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump’s Move to Block California’s Clean Car Standards

November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined eight other groups today in suing the Trump administration for trying to prevent California and other states from setting more protective vehicle pollution standards.

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Legal Action Challenges North Carolina Utilities’ Unlawful Use of Ratepayer Funds

November 22, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today submitted a brief to the North Carolina Utilities Commission arguing that utilities cannot use ratepayer funds for trade association dues as it violates customers’ First Amendment rights. Money from ratepayers is frequently channeled into campaigns against rooftop solar.

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Trump Administration Proposes Oil Drilling Expansion in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve

November 22, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration released a new draft plan today that could dramatically increase the federal land available for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve. The Bureau of Land Management’s proposal includes an alternative that would turn over about 18.3 million acres to the oil industry.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration OK of Oil Waste Dumping in California Aquifer

November 21, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to consider threats to the environment and endangered wildlife before approving an aquifer exemption for the Arroyo Grande oilfield south of San Luis Obispo.

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Trump Administration Denial of Protection to Pacific Walruses Appealed

November 21, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today challenging the Trump administration’s denial of Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific walruses. The Center’s lawsuit says officials have ignored the threat that climate change and the loss of Arctic sea ice poses to the walrus’ survival.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Trump’s EPA for Failing to Enforce Smog Rules in California

November 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of California have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution­.

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California Crab Season Opening Delayed by Whale Entanglement Risk

November 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced a preliminary decision to delay this week’s opening of commercial Dungeness crab season after aerial surveys showed the presence of humpback whales. Whale entanglements in crab lines have been a major problem in recent years, which the Department pledged to address in a legal agreement earlier this year with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Two Glacier-dependent Stoneflies Protected Under Endangered Species Act

November 20, 2019

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont.— Following a petition and two lawsuits brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the western glacier and meltwater lednian stoneflies as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Both stoneflies depend on streams formed by glacial meltwater in and around Glacier National Park, as well as a few locations in Grand Teton National Park, and are thus immediately threatened with extinction by the climate crisis.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save 274 Species From Extinction Crisis

November 20, 2019

WASHINGTON— In one of the largest lawsuits ever launched under the Endangered Species Act, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to decide whether 274 imperiled animals and plants across the country should be federally protected. Decisions for these species are years overdue.

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Newsom Administration Announces Crackdown on Dangerous California Oil Extraction

November 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif.― Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that the state would take major steps to protect Californians from oil industry pollution, as part of an overall strategy to phase out oil production in California. The actions include a moratorium on new high-pressure steam injection wells and the initiation of a process to protect the health of people living near oil and gas wells.

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Lawsuit Filed Over Trump Administration Failure to Update Plan to Save Red Wolves

November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to prepare an updated recovery plan for the red wolf, a critically endangered native species that has declined to just 14 known individuals in the wild. Without help the once-common species — now isolated in North Carolina — could be extinct in the wild within five years.

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Legal Filing Shows Proposed Dams Near Grand Canyon Would Decimate Endangered Fish Habitat

November 18, 2019

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed motions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today urging denial of preliminary permits for two proposed dams on the Little Colorado River near Grand Canyon National Park. The motions include a new analysis showing the projects would destroy or harm all of the river’s critical habitat for the endangered humpback chub.

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Florida Officials Urged to Set Standards to Protect People, Wildlife From Harmful Algae Blooms

November 18, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.― Conservation groups sent a letter today urging Florida officials to set water-quality standards for the harmful toxins in algal blooms.

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Trump’s EPA to Weaken Safeguards for Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

November 15, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has announced it plans to weaken environmental safeguards for atrazine, a weed-killing pesticide linked to birth defects and cancer in humans.

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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl May Get Protected Again

November 14, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Following multiple petitions and lawsuits, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl has a new chance for protection under the Endangered Species Act. As part of a lawsuit, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today obtained a court-enforceable deadline — Aug. 5, 2021 — for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether the pygmy owl should again be protected as an endangered species.

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Poll: Most Santa Barbara County Voters Oppose Plans to Restart Offshore Drilling

November 13, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— A majority of Santa Barbara County voters say they oppose proposals to restart ExxonMobil’s offshore drilling platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, according to a new poll.

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Legal Action Initiated to Force Trump Administration to Halt U.S. Pangolin Trade

November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— A coalition of wildlife groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to propose pangolin protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Kalama Methanol Refinery in Washington Faces New Federal Court Challenge

November 12, 2019

TACOMA, Wash.— Public health and environmental groups challenged federal approvals today for Northwest Innovation Works’ massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed for Kalama, Washington.

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Trump EPA Proposes Weaker Protections From Toxic Pyrethroid Pesticides

November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to weaken protections for 23 pyrethroids, a class of insecticides linked to autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and known to be highly toxic to bees and fish.

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Lawsuit Spurs Trump Administration to Suspend 130 Oil, Gas Leases in Utah

November 12, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY― The Trump administration has pulled 130 oil and gas leases in Utah because the Bureau of Land Management failed to fully analyze greenhouse gas emissions and the potential harm to climate from fossil fuel extraction. It’s the fourth time this year that the agency has suspended leases for drilling and fracking in Utah ― after the leases were sold ― because they violated federal law.

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Federal Hearing on Tuesday to Focus on Protecting Washington’s Endangered Orcas From Boats

November 11, 2019

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash.— The National Marine Fisheries Service is holding a scoping meeting Tuesday in Friday Harbor, Washington, on how to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from boat noise and disturbance in Washington’s inland waters. That population has dropped to just 73 orcas.

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Ruling Stops Colorado Coal Mine Expansion Threatening Climate, National Forest

November 8, 2019

DENVER— A federal judge blocked the 2,000-acre expansion of a coal mine in the wildlands of Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest today, ordering the Trump administration to consider limiting methane emissions and address potential harm to water and fish.

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Nevada to Launch Review of Rare Wildflower for Possible Enhanced Protections

November 8, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev.— The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will soon begin reviewing whether to give enhanced protections to the imperiled Tiehm’s buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii), a rare Nevada wildflower.

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Court Order Forces Trump Administration to Pull Sage-Grouse Habitat From Nevada Oil Auction

November 6, 2019

ELY, Nevada― The Bureau of Land Management has pulled 332,247 acres from a Nov. 12 oil and gas lease auction in western Nevada in response to a court order blocking Trump administration plans that gutted protections for greater sage grouse.

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Saturday Protest Planned to Stop Trump’s Wall at Arizona National Monument

November 6, 2019

LUKEVILLE, Ariz.— Activists will gather Saturday to protest construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The new 30-foot-tall barrier will block the migration of wildlife, destroy archeological sites, and imperil endangered species and wilderness lands.

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Pacific Fishers Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in California, Oregon

November 6, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect Pacific fishers under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups are decrying loopholes in the proposal under a special “4(d)” rule that will allow ongoing logging of the forest-dependent carnivore’s habitat.

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Riverside County Unanimously Rejects Sprawl Development Near Joshua Tree National Park

November 6, 2019

RIVERSIDE, Calif.― Community groups and environmental organizations applauded the Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote Tuesday to quash plans for a new city of 20,000 residents near Joshua Tree National Park.

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Trump Administration Proposes to Allow Increased Coal Plant Arsenic, Mercury Pollution, Delay Coal Ash Cleanup

November 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its plan to severely roll back protections that govern the storage and disposal of toxic coal ash and wastewater from coal-fired power plants.

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Ninth Circuit to Hear Arguments Against Arctic Offshore Drilling Project Approval

November 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Liberty project, the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Trump to Quit Paris Accord, End U.S. Obstruction of Global Climate Progress

November 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— President Trump today will submit the official withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. Trump’s withdrawal comes days after the Chilean government cancelled its plan to host the 2019 United Nations climate change talks.

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Prairie Flower Becomes Endangered Species Act Success Story

November 4, 2019

DENVER, Colo.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Colorado butterfly plant from the list of threatened species today. The delisting is the result of protection of the species’ habitat through the Endangered Species Act, and represents a victory for a prairie flower that, just 20 years ago, was headed toward extinction.

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California Crab Season Delayed to Nov. 23 to Protect Whales From Entanglement

November 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced a delay of the Nov. 15 opening of commercial Dungeness crab season to reduce the risk of whale entanglements. This preliminary decision to delay the opening to Nov. 23 was based on data indicating the prevalence of whales off California presents an elevated entanglement risk.

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Federal Plan Endangers Recovery for Dwindling Gunnison Sage Grouse in Colorado, Utah

October 31, 2019

DENVER― Following a major decline in the population of Gunnison sage grouse, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a brief, vague draft recovery plan that conservation groups say fails to ensure recovery of the threatened species in Colorado and Utah.

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Washington Court to Hear Arguments Friday on State Agency’s Wolf-Killing

October 31, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Thurston County Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow in a case challenging the killing of endangered wolves by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The case is being brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands.

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Trump Bulldozes New Wall Through Wildlife Refuge, Jaguar Country

October 31, 2019

DOUGLAS, Ariz.— New border-wall construction in southeastern Arizona is imperiling the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, and encroaching into an active jaguar movement corridor where the jaguar known as “Sombra” most likely crossed the border into the United States.

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Lawsuit Launched After Trump Administration Fails to Protect Humboldt Martens in Oregon, California

October 31, 2019

ARCATA, Calif.— Conservation groups notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue the agency for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protection for Humboldt martens.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Failure to Recognize Plastic Pollution in Hawaiian Waters

October 31, 2019

HONOLULU—The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect Hawaiian waters contaminated by plastic pollution.

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Trump Plans to Open 1 Million More Acres of California Public Land to Drilling, Fracking

October 31, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Trump administration today announced a proposal to open more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The plan, first floated in draft form in April, would end a more than five-year moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies.

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House Committee Green-lights Climate-killing Export-Import Bank

October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON—The House Financial Services Committee this morning approved a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, a taxpayer-funded operation that has financed oil pipelines, mines, power plants and other environmentally destructive projects around the world.

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Arizonans Celebrate House Passage of Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

October 30, 2019

PHOENIX― The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act by an overwhelming margin. The bill is sponsored by House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D.-Ariz.) and cosponsored and supported by Arizona U.S. Reps. Tom O’Halleran, Ruben Gallego, Ann Kirkpatrick and Greg Stanton.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Rare Nevada Wildflower From Exploratory Mining

October 30, 2019

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today to protect the world’s only population of Tiehm’s buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii) from harm related to mineral exploration and a proposed open-pit mine.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s California Fracking Plan

October 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge its Oct. 4 decision to allow fracking and drilling on 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area.

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New Report Highlights 10 Protected Species Endangered by Pesticides

October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON— Chemical pesticides pose an escalating threat to some of the nation’s most imperiled wildlife, according to a new Endangered Species Coalition report released today.

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Theme for 2019 All Souls Procession: Wildlife Endangered by Border Wall

October 29, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Jaguars, owls, fish, bats and other endangered species threatened by the border wall in Arizona will be the official theme of the ushers and ambassadors of this year’s 30th annual All Souls Procession on Sunday, Nov. 3.

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Report: 20,000 Square Miles of Red Wolf Habitat Is Open for Urgently Needed Reintroductions

October 29, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new report reveals that approximately 20,000 square miles of public land across five sites in the southeastern United States would be well-suited to reintroducing red wolves. This critically endangered native species has dwindled to just 14 known individuals in the wild.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 14 Imperiled Hawaii Island Species

October 28, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the Trump administration for failing to protect critical habitat for 14 endangered Hawaiian species.

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Gov. Newsom Urged to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Cars by 2030

October 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The Center for Biological Diversity called on Gov. Gavin Newsom today to phase out the sale of fossil fuel cars in California on an ambitious timeline that matches the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.

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Feds Launch Process to Protect Endangered West Coast Orcas From Vessel Disturbance

October 24, 2019

SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a public scoping process to determine how to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from boat noise and disturbance in Washington’s inland waters.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump EPA’s Delay in Cleaning Up Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in 15 States

October 23, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for delays in reducing dangerous smog pollution from oil and gas drilling in 15 states.

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Interior Least Tern an Endangered Species Act Recovery Success

October 23, 2019

JACKSON, Miss.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove Endangered Species Act protection from the interior least tern, a small bird that nests along major rivers in the Midwest and southern United States.

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Community Mural Celebration to Be Held Saturday November 9 in Berea

October 22, 2019

BEREA, Ky.— Local groups have teamed up with a national nonprofit conservation organization to create a new mural of an endangered Kentucky wildflower that will be unveiled at a celebration Nov. 9 with a work party and free community meal.

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Colorado’s Gunnison Sage-grouse Populations Plummet to Perilous Lows

October 22, 2019

GUNNISON, Colo.— Colorado’s Gunnison sage-grouse populations plummeted this spring to the lowest points since reliable records began to be kept in the 1990s, according to recently released state estimates. The startling decline raises major questions about the adequacy of federal and state officials’ efforts to protect the imperiled birds.

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Agreement Forces EPA to Assess Harms to Protected Species From Eight Pesticides

October 22, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal district court entered an order today that commits the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the risks that eight of the nation’s most harmful pesticides pose to protected plants and animals. More than 75 million pounds of these weed killers, insecticides and rat poisons are used every year across the country.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Killing of Washington’s Bears, Beavers, Bobcats

October 22, 2019

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program today over its killing of thousands of native animals a year in Washington state.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Release Gulf of Mexico Fracking Records

October 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release public documents revealing the extent and risks of fracking of offshore oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Agreement Protects Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor From Spraying of Dangerous Pesticide

October 21, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state officials have approved an agreement that will prohibit oyster growers from spraying a dangerous neonicotinoid pesticide to kill native burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. Neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, are a leading cause of pollinator declines and are also linked to large-scale declines of birds, fish and bats because of their harmful impacts on aquatic invertebrates.

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Trump Administration Delays Lifesaving Protections for Wolverine, Hermes Copper Butterfly, Candy Darter, 43 Other Species

October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has failed to make protection decisions for dozens of imperiled species as promised in a workplan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in late 2016. The plan aims to address a backlog of more than 500 species awaiting protection, including the wolverine and the Sierra Nevada Red Fox.

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Santa Barbara Students to Rally Saturday Against Offshore Oil Drilling

October 18, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— College students will celebrate the decommissioning of Platform Holly and oppose ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its offshore drilling platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel this Saturday at a park in Isla Vista.

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Colorful Tennessee Fish Protected as Endangered

October 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Barrens topminnow today under the Endangered Species Act. The small, colorful fish is found only in central Tennessee in clear, spring-fed streams on the Barrens Plateau in Cannon, Coffee and Warren counties.

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Legal Challenge Opposes Duke Energy’s North Carolina Rate Hike

October 17, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition today to intervene in Duke Energy Carolinas’ application to substantially increase electricity rates in North Carolina without also promoting renewable energy. The groups argued that simply raising rates, without concrete policies to advance the clean energy transition, is wrong for North Carolina, its people and the climate.

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Court Blocks Trump Administration Plans to Strip Sage-grouse Protections

October 16, 2019

BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge today blocked Trump administration plans allowing expanded drilling, mining, livestock grazing and other destructive activities across 51 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in seven western states: Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.

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Scientists Urge New Approach to Southwestern Wolf Conservation Through Court-ordered Rewrite of Management Rules

October 16, 2019

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Leading scientists and wolf conservationists today urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt an entirely new approach to Mexican gray wolf management in a letter to the agency.

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Federal Agency Orders Halt to Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late yesterday ordered the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline to halt construction activities along the entire 303-mile route of the project.

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More Than 270 Groups Urge Senate to Increase Endangered Species Funding

October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON— In the face of growing concerns over the global wildlife extinction crisis, more than 270 conservation groups today urged the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to increase funding for endangered species conservation and recovery.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Efforts to Avoid Curbing Risks From Dangerous Pesticide Malathion

October 15, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal district court in Oakland today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from the dangerous pesticide malathion.

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Forest Service Plan for Wyoming’s Upper Green River Pushes Overgrazing, More Grizzly Killings

October 15, 2019

PINEDALE, Wyo.— Conservation groups today blasted a U.S. Forest Service decision to authorize continued livestock grazing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The forest encompasses the headwaters of the Green River, an area important for grizzly bear recovery and elk, deer and pronghorn migrations.

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Trump EPA’s Paraquat Review Ignores Strong Links to Parkinson’s Disease

October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today released two scientific analyses of paraquat that detail the weed killer’s lethal risks to humans and wildlife but discount its strong links to Parkinson’s disease.

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Trump Administration Paves Way for Old-growth Clearcutting in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

October 15, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska― The Trump administration announced plans today to gut longstanding protections against logging and road building in the Tongass National Forest, a cherished old-growth temperate rainforest in Southeast Alaska and homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. A coalition that includes Alaska Native people and Alaska-based and national organizations opposes the U.S. Forest Service plan, which comes weeks after revelations that President Trump exerted pressure to allow new clearcutting in the Tongass.

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Formosa Plastics Settles Texas Pollution Case for $50 Million, No More Plastic Releases

October 15, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas— Formosa Plastics today settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by a former shrimper and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper challenging its extensive plastic pollution of waterways around its Point Comfort, Texas plant. Under the $50 million settlement, Formosa is paying for pollution cleanup and promises no future discharges of plastic pellets or other plastic materials from the plant.

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State Endangered Species Protection Sought for California’s Joshua Trees

October 15, 2019

JOSHUA TREE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act. The trees are threatened by climate change and habitat destruction from urban sprawl and other development in their Mojave Desert home.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Attempt to Dismiss Challenges to Rock Creek Mine’s Threat to Montana Grizzly Bears

October 14, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal district court in Montana on Friday rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss key claims in a lawsuit challenging federal approval of the first phase of the Rock Creek Mine. The project would harm grizzly bears and other endangered animals.

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Legal Victory Puts 15 Species on Path to Protection Nationwide

October 11, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to decide if the elfin-woods warbler and 14 other imperiled species should get habitat protections or other safeguards under the Endangered Species Act. The agency’s agreement is in response to litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Activists Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to Speaker Pelosi’s Congressional Office

October 10, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Activists in endangered species masks and accompanied by a marching band paraded from Union Square to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Thursday to deliver 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral

October 10, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect cauliflower coral around the Hawaiian Islands. The bushy, shallow-water coral species has been devastated by ocean warming triggered by human-caused climate change.

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Activists Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to 70 Local Congressional Offices

October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— Activists in endangered species masks today delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act to more than 70 in-district congressional offices in 25 different states.

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Tests Find Plastic in 20 Percent of Mexican Fish

October 10, 2019

MEXICO CITY— Microplastics from product packaging and other sources are present in the stomachs of 20 percent of commercially important fish from three regions in Mexico, according to new tests by conservation groups and scientists from prominent Mexican universities.

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Trump Administration Delays Safeguards for 41 Critically Imperiled Species

October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— A review released today shows the Trump administration has protected just 18 species as threatened or endangered — the fewest of any administration since the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review is supposed to be annual, but one hasn’t been released since December of 2016.

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Activists to Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to Speaker Pelosi’s Congressional Office

October 9, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Activists in endangered species masks and accompanied by a marching band will parade from Union Square to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Thursday to deliver 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act. The wildlife advocates will be carrying colorful signs and giant puppets.

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Activists to Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to 70 Local Congressional Offices

October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— Activists in endangered species masks will deliver more than 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act on Thursday, October 10, to more than 70 in-district congressional offices in 25 different states.

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Study: Emperor Penguins Threatened by Climate Crisis, Need Urgent Protection

October 9, 2019

GLAND, Switzerland— A study published this week finds that emperor penguins are being pushed towards extinction by the climate crisis melting the sea ice they need for survival. Yet the Trump administration has refused to give Endangered Species Act protections to the iconic birds.

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California Agency Recommends Protecting Yellow-legged Frog Under State’s Endangered Species Act

October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended California Endangered Species Act protections for five populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The frog has disappeared from more than half of its former California range.

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Report: Climate-fueled Superstorms Pushing 10 U.S. Species Closer to Extinction

October 9, 2019

MIAMI— The Puerto Rican parrot and the Florida manatee are among 10 U.S. species especially at risk from climate change-fueled superstorms, says a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Endangered Species Protections Sought for Rare Nevada Wildflower Imperiled by Mining

October 8, 2019

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted an emergency petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday to protect Tiehm’s buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii) under the Endangered Species Act. The plant is threatened by mineral exploration and a proposed open-pit mine.

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Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Signals Midwest Endangered Species Act Success

October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the Endangered Species Act recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler, a songbird that nests in young jack pine forests. It is found primarily in Michigan, but also Wisconsin and Ontario.

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Lawsuit Targets Feds’ Failure to Consider Colorado Fracking’s Climate Harm

October 8, 2019

DENVER— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to require an analysis of the climate risk from an oil and gas extraction plan covering nearly a million acres of public lands and minerals in western Colorado. The area surrounds the Bureau of Land Management’s new headquarters.

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Federal Rule Proposed to Protect Pacific Humpback Whale Habitat

October 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The federal government proposed a new rule today to designate 302,961 square nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for three populations of endangered humpback whales. The move could help protect migrating whales from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and oil spills.

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Opponents of Proposed Resolution Copper Mine, Land Exchange Hold News Conference Before Public Hearing

October 7, 2019

QUEEN VALLEY, Ariz.— The Apache Stronghold and allies will deliver public comments Tuesday opposing the Resolution Copper mine, which would destroy a sacred site for the Apache people. The group will hold a news conference before Tuesday’s public hearing, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service to gather public comments on an environmental analysis of the project.

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Trump Administration Denies Protection to 12 Highly Imperiled Species From Alaska to Florida

October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to a dozen species of plants and animals facing extinction. The denied species include the Florida clam shell orchid, Alaska yellow cedar, Berry Cave salamander in eastern Tennessee, and Panamint alligator lizard in California.

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Wolf Pups Born to Indigo Pack in Western Oregon

October 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— At least four pups were born this year to Oregon’s Indigo wolf pack, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The agency also announced that it recently radio-collared one of the pups, which is nearly six months old.

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Trump Administration OKs Nighttime Airgun Blasts That Threaten Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

October 4, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration published a new permit today that aims to allow Hilcorp Alaska to conduct seismic airgun blasting in Cook Inlet at night. But that nighttime blasting violates a federal rule requiring “good visibility” to the “naked eye” to help ensure marine mammals aren’t in the blast zone.

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Trump Denies Protection to Ancient Alaskan Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Crisis, Logging

October 4, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to the Alaska yellow cedar, which is threatened by the climate crisis and expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest.

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Trump Bucks Protests, Opens 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Oil Drilling