Press Releases

Lawsuit Launched Over Critical Habitat Delay for Threatened Louisiana Pinesnake

February 21, 2024

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that it intends to sue over the agency’s failure to finalize critical habitat for the Louisiana pinesnake.

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Africa’s Atlantic Humpback Dolphins Win U.S. Endangered Species Protection

February 20, 2024

WASHINGTON— NOAA Fisheries announced today that highly imperiled Atlantic humpback dolphins will be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a February 2023 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

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Critically Endangered Right Whale Dies Because of Biden Administration Inaction

February 16, 2024

BOSTON— A North Atlantic right whale reported dead 20 miles off Georgia on Feb. 13 was likely hit and killed by a vessel strike, NOAA Fisheries announced today. The whale was identified as a female born to first-time mother Pilgrim during the 2022-2023 calving season. While final necropsy results are pending, the injuries documented are consistent with blunt force trauma caused by a vessel strike.

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ExxonMobil Drops Court Bid to Truck Oil in Santa Barbara

February 16, 2024

LOS ANGELES— ExxonMobil’s dangerous proposal to truck massive amounts of oil along California highways is dead after the company dropped its lawsuit challenging Santa Barbara County’s denial of the plan.

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Federal Court Strikes Down EPA Approval of Florida Wetlands Program

February 16, 2024

WASHINGTON— A federal court has ruled in favor of environmental groups, determining that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law when they greenlit Florida’s takeover of the Clean Water Act wetlands permitting program.

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Federal Officials Reject Three Huge Arizona Pump Storage Projects Targeting Black Mesa

February 15, 2024

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Heeding widespread community and Tribal opposition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied preliminary permit applications today for three proposed hydropower projects southeast of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In denying the applications, commissioners announced a new policy of not issuing permits for projects on Tribal lands without Tribal support.

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Bowing to Oil Industry, New Mexico Legislature Fails to Act on Climate, Pollution Crises

February 15, 2024

SANTA FE, N.M .— New Mexico lawmakers concluded the 2024 legislative session today without passing any legislation to address the climate emergency or mitigate the public health and environmental harms of pollution from the state’s booming oil and gas industry.

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Forest Service Urged to Ban Shooting of Idaho Wolves From Helicopters

February 15, 2024

BOISE, Idaho— More than 30 wildlife conservation groups today urged the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit Idaho from paying private contractors to shoot wolves from aircraft in national forests in central and southeastern Idaho. The Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board recently approved the controversial predator control measure.

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Petition Seeks to Protect Leatherback Sea Turtle Habitat in Puerto Rico

February 15, 2024

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Conservation groups filed a legal petition today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise protected critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) under the Endangered Species Act. The petition asks the wildlife agency to protect three important leatherback nesting beaches in Puerto Rico and to consider the addition of other important nesting beaches for this species on the island.

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Petición busca proteger el hábitat de la tortuga laúd en Puerto Rico

February 14, 2024

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Grupos conservacionistas presentaron hoy una petición legal instando al Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos a revisar el hábitat crítico protegido para la tortuga marina tinglar (Dermochelys coriacea) bajo la Ley Federal de Especies en Peligro de Extinción. La petición solicita a la agencia de vida silvestre que proteja tres playas de anidación del tinglar en Puerto Rico, las cuales en la actualidad carecen de algún tipo de protección legal.

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Maine Fishing Gear Entangled Critically Endangered Female North Atlantic Right Whale

February 14, 2024

WASHINGTON— NOAA Fisheries announced today that fishing gear found entangling a dead North Atlantic right whale that washed ashore on Martha’s Vineyard in late January is linked to the state of Maine.

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California Wildlife Bill to Tighten Rat Poison Restrictions

February 14, 2024

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Wildlife groups introduced a bill today in the California legislature to expand restrictions on toxic rat poisons and allow community members to bring legal action against their illegal use and sale.

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Petition Seeks to Protect Rare Oregon Snail Under Endangered Species Act

February 14, 2024

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking protection for the Donner und Blitzen pebblesnail under the Endangered Species Act. Also known as the strange pebblesnail, the species is a critically imperiled freshwater gastropod found only at Page Springs in the Donner und Blitzen River drainage in southeast Oregon.

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Deadline Sought on Overdue Protections for North Atlantic Right Whales

February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups asked a federal court today to allow paused litigation to proceed in pursuit of a deadline for final action on a proposed rule expanding protections for North Atlantic right whales from deadly vessel strikes.

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California Bill Would Expand Rooftop Solar to Working-Class Families

February 13, 2024

SACRAMENTO— A bill to require the California Public Utilities Commission to consider the wider community benefits of rooftop solar was introduced today in the state Assembly. Assembly Bill 2256, sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity and Environment California, is intended to unwind the commission’s 2023 net-metering policy that gutted the state’s rooftop solar industry.

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Hundreds of Endangered Species Condoms Distributed in Albuquerque for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away hundreds of free Endangered Species Condoms at the University of New Mexico on Valentine’s Day to help students understand population pressure’s threat to wildlife and the planet.

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Lawsuit Launched Over EPA’s Oversight Failure on Dangerous Phosphate Mining Waste

February 13, 2024

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation, public health and environmental justice organizations notified the Environmental Protection Agency today of their intent to sue the agency for failing to respond to a rulemaking petition requesting stronger oversight and regulation of toxic and radioactive waste from phosphate mining and fertilizer production.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare East Tennessee Salamander

February 13, 2024

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service it intends to sue over the agency’s denial of Endangered Species Act protections to East Tennessee’s imperiled Berry Cave salamander.

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Solicitan designar a las Islas Galápagos como Patrimonio Mundial “En Peligro”

February 12, 2024

PARÍS— Grupos conservacionistas solicitaron formalmente hoy que el sitio del Patrimonio Mundial de las Islas Galápagos sea incluido como “en peligro” según la Convención del Patrimonio Mundial.

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Galapagos Islands Needs World Heritage ‘In Danger’ Status, Groups Say

February 12, 2024

PARIS— Conservation groups formally requested today that the Galapagos Islands World Heritage site be listed as “in danger” under the World Heritage Convention.

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Endangered Species Act Protections Sought for American Horseshoe Crabs

February 12, 2024

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity and 22 partner organizations petitioned NOAA Fisheries today to list the American horseshoe crab as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Horseshoe crab populations have crashed in recent decades because of overharvesting and habitat loss.

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Legal Victory for Imperiled Hawaiian Honeycreepers

February 8, 2024

HONOLULU— A judge has ruled in favor of conservation groups and the state of Hawai‘i, allowing a project to suppress mosquitos to protect imperiled Hawaiian honeycreepers on east Maui to proceed. The judge found that an environmental assessment was sufficient and a finding of no significant impact correctly issued for the project.

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Agreement Ensures Swift Consideration of Habitat Protection for Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebees

February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON— A federal judge approved an agreement today between conservation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that puts the agency on a prompt schedule to consider and designate critical habitat for highly endangered rusty patched bumblebees.

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Lawsuit Launched to Challenge Destructive Bottom-Trawl Study in Bering Sea

February 8, 2024

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Several Alaska Native Tribal Governments and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for unlawfully authorizing a multi-year experimental bottom-trawl study in the northern Bering Sea.

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Protection Sought for Sierra Nevada Red Fox in Oregon, California Cascades

February 8, 2024

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned for federal protection of Sierra Nevada red foxes in the Oregon and California Cascades, from Lassen Peak to Mt. Hood. The petition asks that the fox be listed as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, Consumers Demand Anti-Deforestation Avocados

February 8, 2024

LAS VEGAS— More than 28,000 people are calling for grocery chains to adopt avocado-sourcing policies that protect human rights and monarch butterfly forests in Mexico.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Wolves in Northern Rocky Mountains

February 7, 2024

BOZEMAN, Mont.— Four conservation and animal protection groups today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they plan to sue over the agency’s denial of their petition to protect gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains under the Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Court Halts Spraying of Monsanto’s Dicamba Pesticide Across Millions of Acres of Cotton, Soybeans

February 6, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz.— In a sweeping victory for family farmers and dozens of endangered plants and animals, a federal court today revoked approval of the extremely volatile, weed-killing pesticide dicamba.

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California Regulators Urged to Consider Environment, Public Health in Energy Decisions

February 5, 2024

SACRAMENTO— Conservation, environmental justice and local government groups filed a petition with the California Energy Commission today asking it to consider the environment and public health when making decisions about the state’s clean energy future, as state law requires.

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U.S. Agencies Urged to Make Federal Buildings Safer for Migratory Birds

February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and American Bird Conservancy today reminded federal agencies, including the Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Energy, of their duty to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As today’s letter says, this includes taking measures to reduce migratory bird collisions as agencies launch “green” renovations to dozens of federal buildings.

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Northern Rockies Gray Wolves Denied Endangered Species Act Protection

February 2, 2024

VICTOR, Idaho— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied a listing petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and other wildlife conservation groups seeking federal protection for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

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New Rules to Help Tackle Agricultural Pesticide Use at National Wildlife Refuges

February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposed rule and policy updates to strengthen the biological integrity, diversity and environmental health of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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EPA Rejects Air-Pollution Permits for Oil, Gas Wells in Colorado

February 1, 2024

WELD COUNTY, Colo.— In response to a petition filed by conservation and public-health groups, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled this week that the state of Colorado failed to lawfully permit air pollution from four large oil and gas well sites north of Denver.

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Gov. Kotek Called on to Address Growing Disease Risks on Mink Farms

February 1, 2024

SALEM, Ore.— Wildlife-advocacy and animal-protection groups sent an urgent letter today calling on Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek and state officials to address mink fur farms’ escalating threats to public health and wildlife.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Alaskan Arctic Flower Threatened by Climate Change

February 1, 2024

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect a rare Arctic plant called the Alaskan glacier buttercup under the Endangered Species Act.

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Forest Service Urged to Disclose Plans for Mining Exploration in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest

February 1, 2024

HAMILTON, Mont.— Conservation groups urged the U.S. Forest Service today to disclose more information about a Canadian company’s mining exploration plans in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest, set to begin this summer. The area is crucial to numerous species protected under the Endangered Species Act, including grizzly bears, bull trout, Canadian lynx and wolverines.

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Lawsuit Targets Federal Fish and Wildlife Service’s Failure to Protect Endangered Species From Toxic Pesticides

February 1, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed new legal challenges today to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop allowing some of the most dangerous pesticides from threatening up to 97% of endangered species.

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Petition Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Oregon’s Wonder Caddisfly

January 31, 2024

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the wonder caddisfly under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Nantahala National Forest From Logging

January 31, 2024

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Conservation groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service, arguing that the agency’s plans to log a sensitive area of the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina violate federal law.

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Alaska Native Tribes, Businesses, Forest Advocates Intervene to Protect Tongass National Forest’s Roadless Rule

January 30, 2024

JUNEAU, Alaska (Áakʼw Ḵwáan Territory)— A broad coalition of Alaska Native Tribes, commercial fishers, small tourism businesses, conservation groups and other forest advocates are seeking to defend the 2023 reinstatement of Roadless Rule protections across the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska by intervening today in legal challenges opposing the rule.

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New California Packs Named as Wolves Continue to Flourish

January 30, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported late Monday that it has named two new wolf packs that were confirmed in the state last summer.

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California’s Regressive Rooftop Solar Policy Appealed to State Supreme Court

January 29, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, The Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Environmental Working Group asked the California Supreme Court today to overturn the state’s new rooftop solar policy. The policy, which took effect April 15, significantly slashes the credit new solar users get for sharing extra solar energy with the grid.

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80 Groups, Scientists Urge Arizona Governor to Close Uranium Mine in Newly Designated Grand Canyon National Monument

January 29, 2024

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— Echoing pleas from the Havasupai Tribe, Navajo Nation and other Tribes, scientists and Indigenous, faith, recreation and conservation organizations today called on Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs to close the Pinyon Plain uranium mine, which is located in the country’s newest national monument near the Grand Canyon. Closing the mine will safeguard Tribal cultural heritage and prevent permanent damage to the Grand Canyon’s aquifers and springs.

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Rampant Biden Administration Oil, Gas Drilling Approvals Continue to Undermine U.S. Climate Commitments

January 29, 2024

WASHINGTON— Federal data show the Biden administration approved 9,779 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first three years, nearly keeping pace with the Trump administration’s 9,982 drilling-permit approvals in its first three years.

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Legal Agreement Brings Permanent Conservation of San Diego Wildlands

January 26, 2024

SAN DIEGO— Approximately 1,300 acres of wildlands that serve as habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife will be permanently protected under a legal agreement finalized today over the Otay Ranch Village 14 project in San Diego County.

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Federal Agency Proposes Spraying Toxic Insecticides Across Three National Monuments Near Grand Canyon

January 26, 2024

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to spray toxic insecticides within treasured and significant landscapes of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona to kill native grasshoppers.

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Biden Administration Pauses Massive Gas Export Expansion in Climate Pivot

January 26, 2024

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration announced today it would freeze approvals of new gas export projects, signaling a major pivot in how it considers climate and health harms from oil and gas projects.

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Nevada Supreme Court Affirms Protecting Water for Wildlife

January 25, 2024

CARSON CITY, Nev.— The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that the state has a right to manage groundwater for the preservation of senior water rights and the public interest, including wildlife.

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Bowing to Oil Industry, New Mexico Legislators Advance Bill That Fails to Curb Pollution

January 25, 2024

SANTA FE, N.M.— The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 6-5 today to pass a Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham-backed bill that would impose modest changes on the oil industry in New Mexico, including increased bonds, but that fails to put in place any environmental or public health protections.

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Pygmy Rabbit One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

January 24, 2024

BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the pygmy rabbit may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The pygmy rabbit is the world’s smallest rabbit and is threatened by livestock grazing, oil and gas extraction, invasive non-native grasses and wildfire.

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Southern Plains Bumblebees Clear Hurdle to Endangered Species Act Protection

January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Southern Plains bumblebees may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement triggers a yearlong scientific assessment followed by a public comment period before a final decision is made on whether to protect the bumblebees.

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Nevada Wildflower, Toad Advance Toward Endangered Species Protections

January 24, 2024

LAS VEGAS— In response to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two rare species found in Nevada may qualify for Endangered Species Act protections.

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North Carolina Salamander Moves Toward Endangered Species Safeguards

January 24, 2024

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would consider protecting the Hickory Nut Gorge green salamander under the Endangered Species Act. The agency now has 12 months to decide whether to protect the salamander, which lives only in a rapidly developing river gorge southeast of Asheville, N.C.

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Federal Officials Deny Proposal for Jaguar Reintroduction in Southwest

January 24, 2024

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to reintroduce jaguars to the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. The largest cat in the Americas was first protected by the Endangered Species Act more than 50 years ago, but due to federal inaction only eight individual jaguars have been documented in the United States in nearly three decades.

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Rare Appalachian Salamander Moves Closer to Endangered Species Protection

January 24, 2024

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would consider protecting the yellow-spotted woodland salamander under the Endangered Species Act. The agency now has 12 months to decide whether to protect the salamander, which only lives in an Appalachian rock outcrops targeted by coal mining.

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Experts, Community Target Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Plan Thursday in Nashville

January 22, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn.― Advocacy groups will hold a public hearing Thursday on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 2024 long-term energy plan. The country’s largest public power provider has refused to hold its own public hearing on the plan despite criticism of the utility’s lack of transparency or public engagement in its power system planning process.

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EPA to Consider Adding Chapel Hill Coal Ash Dump to Superfund Cleanup List

January 22, 2024

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition requesting that the agency investigate whether the town of Chapel Hill’s coal ash dump should be cleaned up under the national Superfund program. The contaminated property at issue in the EPA’s Jan. 12 decision is surrounded by housing, businesses and wildlife habitat.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s Destructive Delta Tunnel

January 19, 2024

SACRAMENTO— Environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today for approving the Delta Conveyance Project without considering ecological and wildlife harms. The tunnel project would divert billions of gallons of water from the Sacramento River, dramatically reducing river flow to the environmentally sensitive San Joaquin Delta and harming Delta smelt, Chinook salmon and other imperiled fish.

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Investigation Urged Into Albatross Killing on North Shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i

January 18, 2024

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity, Ko‘olau Waialua Alliance, Mālama Marconi Coalition and Conservation Council for Hawai‘i sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today urging it to investigate the death of a Laysan albatross found entangled in a fence and bleeding from the mouth last month.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare North Carolina Salamander

January 18, 2024

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 decide whether the Hickory Nut Gorge green salamander could warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Court Strikes Down Financing for Delta Tunnel Project

January 17, 2024

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A California court ruled this week that the California Department of Water Resources’ efforts to fund the Delta tunnel project were unlawful.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Appalachian Salamander

January 17, 2024

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— 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 decide whether the yellow-spotted woodland salamander could warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Report: Republican-led Spending Bills Contain Historic Number of Attacks on Wildlife, Endangered Species

January 16, 2024

WASHINGTON— Led almost entirely by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, the fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills contain the largest number of anti-wildlife poison pill riders in the 50-year history of the Endangered Species Act, according to a report published today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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

January 12, 2024

SEATTLE— In a win for wolves, Gov. Jay Inslee today directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules to guide when wolves can be killed for conflict with livestock and prioritize using nonlethal methods of conflict deterrence over killing wolves.

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250+ Groups, Scientists Urge USDA to Stop Ignoring Climate Cost of Meat, Dairy

January 11, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz.— More than 250 climate, environment, health, nutrition and food organizations and experts are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address greenhouse gas emissions from meat and dairy consumption. The move comes after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack claimed, at December’s COP28 climate conference, that he doesn’t hear much about reducing meat consumption as a climate solution.

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North Atlantic Right Whale Calf, Member of Critically Endangered Species, Likely to Die From Vessel Strike Injuries

January 10, 2024

EDISTO, S.C.— A two-month-old right whale calf whose head, mouth and lips were split open by a boat propeller was seen off South Carolina on Jan. 6. Fishermen who sighted the calf recognized the whale was injured and provided video and images to NOAA Fisheries.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Candy Darter From West Virginia Coal Hauling

January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today for failing to protect streams in the Cherry River watershed from the harmful effects of coal hauling in the Monongahela National Forest. Coal hauling imperils the critically endangered candy darter as well as nearby habitat for other endangered species.

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Wide-Ranging Fish Petitioned for Endangered Species Act Protections

January 9, 2024

MOBILE, Ala.— The Center for Biological Diversity and 12 partner organizations petitioned NOAA Fisheries today to list the Alabama shad as an endangered species. The Alabama shad has disappeared from 90% of its range, and its few remaining populations are declining steeply.

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Planet Human: New Children’s Book Series Highlights Scale of Human Impact on Planet

January 8, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new series of children’s books highlights how human industries have shaped the environment over time and around the globe. Written by Center for Biological Diversity population and sustainability director Stephanie Feldstein, the six-book Planet Human series tells the story of how agriculture, digital communications, energy, fast fashion, pets and plastic changed the world.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Northern Nevada Wildflower

January 8, 2024

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect a rare plant called the Carson Valley monkeyflower under the Endangered Species Act.

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Southern Arizona Jaguar Video Confirms New Cat

January 5, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz.— A wild jaguar shown in a recent trail camera video from southern Arizona is a new jaguar not previously identified in the state. The images captured last month by a wildlife enthusiast and analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity confirm the eighth jaguar documented in the U.S. Southwest in the past three decades.

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Federal Court in Boise to Hold Hearing Thursday on Idaho Wolf Trapping

January 2, 2024

BOISE, Idaho— Federal Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale will hear arguments Thursday about whether to halt wolf trapping in Idaho to protect grizzly bears. Grizzly bears are protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and wolf trapping risks killing or harming them.

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Final Marine Critical Habitat Issued for Threatened Nassau Grouper

December 29, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced critical habitat designations today for the threatened Nassau grouper. The agency’s final rule protects more than 900 square miles in the western North Atlantic Ocean. The fish’s nearshore ocean habitat faces threats from pollution, coastal development and climate change harms like ocean warming and acidification.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Pacific Sea Turtles From Fishing Gear

December 28, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to protect Pacific leatherback sea turtles and their critical habitat from sablefish pot gear that can entangle and drown the endangered animals.

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Black-capped Petrel Gains Lifesaving Endangered Species Act Protections

December 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— On the eve of the Endangered Species Act’s 50th anniversary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule today protecting the black-capped petrel as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit: Huge California Reservoir Proposal Threatens River, Climate, Fish

December 20, 2023

WOODLAND, Calif.— Conservation and environmental justice groups filed a legal challenge today to the largest reservoir project approved in California in decades. The Sites Reservoir would harm the Sacramento River ecosystem, threaten already imperiled fish species, and release greenhouse gas pollution, today’s lawsuit says.

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EPA Report: Automakers Lagging on Clean Vehicles

December 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— Automakers continue to sell millions of gas guzzlers and a relative handful of electric and other clean vehicles, making little progress against pollution, according to the Automotive Trends Report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Rare Alabama Fish Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

December 20, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Following 13 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect coal darters as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Reduce Asthma-Causing Sulfur Air Pollution in 11 States, Two U.S. Territories

December 20, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that areas in 11 states and two U.S. territories have effective plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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First Five Wolves Released to Colorado’s Western Slope

December 19, 2023

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.— Colorado Parks and Wildlife has released five gray wolves on state land in Grand County. Tuesday’s release was the first of several planned to fulfill a voter-approved mandate to re-establish a population of gray wolves in Colorado.

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Rare West Virginia Salamander Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

December 19, 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Following 13 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the West Virginia spring salamander as endangered. The Service also proposed designating 2.2 miles of caves and streams in Greenbrier County as critical habitat for the endangered salamander.

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Biden Administration Moves to Protect Old-Growth Forests

December 19, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration announced today a proposed nationwide forest plan amendment to advance protections for the last remaining old-growth trees in U.S. national forests.

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Interior Department Urged to Pull Plug on Lake Powell Pipeline

December 18, 2023

PAGE, Ariz.— Conservation groups across the Colorado River Basin called on the U.S. Interior Department today to cancel environmental reviews and scrap plans for the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline. The Bureau of Reclamation is reviewing the planned pipeline, which would divert water from the shrinking Colorado River to Utah, as water cuts are being proposed downstream in three states.

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Reward Raised to $10,000 for Info on Tennessee Bald Eagle Shooting

December 18, 2023

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to a conviction for the illegal shooting of a bald eagle in eastern Tennessee.

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Washington Commission OK’s Hunting Reforms for Cougars, Bears

December 18, 2023

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted 7-2 to approve a petition to protect cougars and bears through amended state hunting rules. As a result of the Friday evening vote, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department will open rulemaking with the goal of avoiding overexploitation and population declines and better aligning policy with agency science.

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Agreement Reached to Set Pollution Limits on Arizona Creek Threatened by Copper Mine

December 15, 2023

PHOENIX— A federal judge approved an agreement today between conservation groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that requires the EPA to set pollution limits for Queen Creek unless Arizona does so first. Today’s agreement is the result of a September 2022 lawsuit filed by the conservation groups.

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New Claims Filed Over SpaceX Rocket Launchpad Explosion

December 15, 2023

BROWNSVILLE, Texas— National and local environmental groups and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas, Inc., filed additional legal claims today against the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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California Wolf Pack Named for Yowlumni Band of Tule River Yokuts Tribe

December 15, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Thursday that a wolf family in the Giant Sequoia National Monument will be officially known as the Yowlumni pack, after the Yowlumni band of the Tule River Yokuts Tribe.

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New Ad Campaign Blasts GM, Ford’s Hypocrisy on Climate Action

December 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and The YEARS Project launched a new video ad campaign today. The social media video ads push General Motors and Ford to accelerate progress on electric vehicles as they have promised and stop funding the Alliance for Automotive Innovation’s anti-EV lobbying.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Officials for Failing to Protect Endangered Species Along Proposed Arizona Interstate

December 14, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups filed new legal challenges against the Federal Highway Administration today for failing to consider harms to threatened and endangered species, including the newly listed cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, from the proposed Interstate 11 in Arizona.

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Gray Wolves Win National Recovery Plan

December 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— Under a settlement approved today by a District of Columbia federal court, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must draft a new recovery plan for gray wolves listed under the Endangered Species Act. The draft plan must be completed within two years unless the agency finds that such a plan will not promote the conservation of the species.

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Federal Court Rules Use of Antibiotic as Citrus Pesticide Is Unlawful, Vacates EPA Approval

December 13, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of farmworkers and public-interest groups’ call for reversal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the medically important antibiotic streptomycin as a pesticide on citrus crops.

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Activists Tell Costco: Lobster Products Pose Risk to Endangered Whales

December 13, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— Several activists dressed as lobsters delivered a petition with more than 20,000 signatures to the management at a Costco store today. The petition urges the company to stop selling lobster products not certified as sustainable.

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First Ever ‘Fossil Fuel’ Decision at COP28 Climate Summit Falters on Phaseout

December 13, 2023

DUBAI— The United Nations climate summit ended in Dubai today with the first ever commitment to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems but fell short of calling for an unequivocal phaseout of oil, gas and coal.

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Miami Wilds Stalls as Commissioners Withdraw Proposal in Victory for Endangered Wildlife

December 12, 2023

MIAMI— Miami-Dade County commissioners voted today to withdraw a proposal that would have amended the development lease agreement with Miami Wilds, LLC. Today’s decision stymies plans for a controversial themed water park and retail development that threatens endangered species near Zoo Miami.

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Appeals Court to Hear Arguments Wednesday Challenging California’s Regressive Rooftop Solar Policy

December 12, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— A California appeals court panel will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the state’s new rooftop solar policy. The policy, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission and effective April 15, significantly slashes the credit new solar users get for sharing their extra solar energy with the grid.

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Press Conference 4pm Today at COP28 Spotlights U.S. Role in Fossil Fuel Phaseout Push

December 12, 2023

DUBAI— Climate advocates will hold a press conference today on the end game of the United Nations COP28 climate summit and the United States’ role in pressing for a fossil fuel phaseout in the final agreement.

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Legal Victory Restores Safeguards for Miami-Dade Wildlife Habitat Threatened by Controversial Water Park

December 11, 2023

MIAMI— Responding to a lawsuit by conservation groups, a federal judge found today that the National Park Service violated the law when it released land-use restrictions on a site proposed for the controversial Miami Wilds water park.

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$26,500 Offered for Information About Two Illegal Oregon Wolf Killings

December 7, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Wildlife Coalition, conservation partners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering rewards totaling $26,500 for information leading to arrests and convictions following the separate killings of two wolves in Oregon.

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Washington Coast Chinook Salmon One Step Closer to Federal Protections

December 6, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Rivers, the National Marine Fisheries Service today made an initial finding that Endangered Species Act protections may be warranted for Washington coast Chinook salmon. The agency will initiate a status review for Washington coast spring-run and fall-run salmon populations.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Arizona Fort’s Groundwater Pumping Credits Threatening San Pedro River

December 4, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal appeals court today sided with conservation groups in their challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granting fake groundwater credits to the U.S. Army’s Fort Huachuca that fail to return water to the imperiled San Pedro River in Arizona.

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Western Spadefoot Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protections

December 4, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— In response to a 2012 petition and 11 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the western spadefoot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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EPA: Rat Poisons Pushing Dozens of Endangered Species Toward Extinction, Including Florida Panthers, California Condors

December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— A new Environmental Protection Agency evaluation finds rodenticides are harming more than 130 endangered species and pushing at least 73 toward extinction.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Withdraws Rules to Protect Migratory Birds

December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week withdrew much-needed draft migratory bird protection rules the agency promised to propose two years ago. These rules are necessary to protect migratory birds from being killed by preventable hazards, including by window collisions, like October’s massive bird mortality event at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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California Attorney General Bonta Headlines COP28 Side Event Sunday

December 2, 2023

DUBAI— California Attorney General Rob Bonta will deliver remarks Sunday at a COP28 side event showcasing key global fights against fossil fuels.

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Por muerte de delfines y ballenas, EE. UU. debe prohibir productos marinos de México y otros 10 países, según informe

November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— Un informe difundido hoy por organizaciones conservacionistas revela que existen pesquerías en al menos 11 países, incluyendo México, que no satisfacen los criterios estadounidenses para evitar la captura accidental de cetáceos como ballenas y delfines. Se estima que cada año, los enredos en equipos de pesca matan cientos de miles de estos mamíferos marinos a nivel global.

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Biden Administration Faces New Legal Action Over Chronic Cattle Damage in Arizona National Monument

November 30, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Biden administration for failing to stop severe damage from cattle grazing to protected habitat for endangered Gila chub and Western yellow-billed cuckoo in Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona.

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Report: U.S. Must Ban Seafood From 11 Nations Over Whale, Dolphin Deaths

November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— A report issued today by conservation groups finds that 11 nations have at least some fisheries that fail to meet U.S. standards for preventing whale and dolphin bycatch. Entanglement in fishing gear kills hundreds of thousands of marine mammals around the globe every year.

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Press Conference Thursday at COP28 Highlights Need to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

November 29, 2023

DUBAI— Climate advocates will hold a press conference Thursday focusing on the urgent need for a fossil fuel phaseout as the COP28 summit gets underway in Dubai.

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Wolverine Receives Much-Needed Endangered Species Act Protections

November 29, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will protect the wolverine population in the lower 48 states as threatened under the Endangered Species Act — a decision that will provide this rare wilderness species with new legal protections and programs for recovery.

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Lawsuit Seeks Records on Biden Administration’s Rejection of Fossil Fuel Phase-Out Petition

November 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of the Interior today to challenge its failure to release public records about why it rejected a rulemaking petition to phase out oil and gas extraction on public lands by 2035.

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

November 28, 2023

SEATTLE— Conservation groups have filed an appeal asking Gov. Jay Inslee 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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Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Shooting Wolves From Helicopters in Idaho’s National Forests

November 28, 2023

BOISE, Idaho— Wildlife conservation groups today petitioned the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit aerially gunning of wildlife in national forests in Idaho. The petition follows the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board’s controversial approval of proposals from private contractors to shoot wolves from aircraft across millions of acres in central and southeastern Idaho.

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Analysis: Biden-Approved Fossil Fuel Projects Undermine IRA Emissions Cuts

November 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— Fossil fuel projects approved by the Biden administration threaten to erase the climate emissions progress from the Inflation Reduction Act and other climate policies, according to a new analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lytle Creek Agreement Secures San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat Habitat Protection

November 22, 2023

RIALTO, Calif.— Conservation groups have reached an agreement with the developer of the Lytle Creek Ranch development project in Southern California to permanently protect 177 acres of occupied habitat for the state and federally endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat.

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Reward Raised to $11,000 for Information on Montana Wolverine Killing

November 20, 2023

Missoula, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity increased the reward to $11,000 by offering an additional $5,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution in the illegal killing of a wolverine in southwest Montana.

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Third U.N. Plastics Treaty Talks End Without Firm Plan to Fight Production Threat

November 19, 2023

NAIROBI— The third session of the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution, or INC-3, ended today with plans to compile a revised draft of an agreement before the end of the year. The forthcoming draft will be the basis of negotiation at the next session in April 2024, INC-4.

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Hawai‘i Needs Rules to Prevent Destructive, Invasive Pests From Spreading Across State, Letter Says

November 17, 2023

HONOLULU— Two dozen community organizations today urged Hawai‘i Gov. Josh Green to direct the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture to amend state rules and prevent the spread of destructive invasive species. These species include little fire ants, coconut rhinoceros beetles, hala scale and other pests that could wreak havoc on Hawaiʻi’s food security, environment, cultural practices, economy and quality of life.

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Western Gray Squirrels Granted Washington State Endangered Status

November 17, 2023

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today voted to uplist western gray squirrels from threatened to endangered under the state’s endangered species act. Population estimates for the squirrel range from 450 to 1,400 individuals — a critically small population in either case.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Denver Oil Refinery Air Permit

November 17, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of an air pollution permit that allows a Suncor Energy oil refinery to release harmful amounts of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.

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Companies Lobbying for Weak U.N. Plastics Treaty Spend Big on U.S. Politics

November 17, 2023

NAIROBI— Companies attending negotiations for the U.N. global plastics treaty have spent tens of millions of dollars to sway politics and policymakers, according to an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Corporations with representatives at the treaty’s third negotiating session, or INC-3, spent more than $85 million on lobbying and political contributions in the 2022 U.S. election cycle.

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Court Orders Do-Over for Proposed Highway Right-of-Way Through National Conservation Area in Utah

November 16, 2023

ST. GEORGE, Utah— A U.S. District Court today partially granted conservation groups’ request to remand federal agencies’ 2021 approval of the Northern Corridor Highway right-of-way through Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, which is home to threatened desert tortoises.

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Petition Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Oregon’s Crater Lake Newt

November 16, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Crater Lake newt (also known as the Mazama newt) under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Court Upholds Ventura County Program to Safeguard Wildlife Connectivity

November 16, 2023

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— A new program that increases protections for wildlife corridors throughout Southern California’s Ventura County has prevailed after a three-judge panel agreed with the county and conservationists and found that the wildlife protections were lawful.

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Miami-Dade Mayor’s Office Recommends Canceling Miami Wilds Deal

November 15, 2023

MIAMI— The Miami-Dade County Mayor’s office issued a memorandum today recommending that the county commissioners rescind the development lease agreement with Miami Wilds LLC for a proposed water park development in an environmentally sensitive area at Zoo Miami.

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U.S. to Review Outdated Offshore Drilling Plans Linked to Huntington Beach Spill

November 15, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management agreed today to review outdated plans for offshore oil platforms near Huntington Beach in Southern California. Under the agreement, BOEM must complete the reviews of decades-old development plans for Platforms Edith, Ellen, Elly and Eureka before Dec. 15, 2024.

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House Republicans Target Center for Biological Diversity in Appropriations Rider

November 15, 2023

WASHINGTON— House Republicans are expected to pass an appropriations bill amendment today or Thursday that singles out the Center for Biological Diversity, attempting to zero out funding that would go to the organization in the coming fiscal year.

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Letter Calls on Gov. Kotek to Protect Old-Growth Forests, Cook Creek Watershed

November 14, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Ten conservation groups today sent a letter calling on Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek and the Board of Forestry to protect additional acres of forest lands in the proposed Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan. Their proposed increase in protected mature and old-growth forest land would help safeguard imperiled species like the threatened Oregon Coast coho salmon and marbled murrelet.

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50 Groups Oppose GOP Legislation Allowing USDA to Delay Vital Pesticide Protections

November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— Fifty environmental groups sent a letter today to the House and Senate agriculture committees opposing S. 2472, which would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture unprecedented power to delay any federal safeguards to protect people and wildlife from harmful pesticides.

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Alaska District Court Rules Willow Oil Project Can Proceed; Conservation Groups Plan to Appeal

November 9, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Environmental groups intend to challenge today’s federal court ruling that the Willow oil-drilling project in Alaska’s Western Arctic can proceed. A federal court in Alaska has sided with project developer ConocoPhillips and the federal Bureau of Land Management in a lawsuit the groups brought in March.

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Lawsuit Filed to Save Imperiled Appalachian Species From Coal Mining

November 8, 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices today sued the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect highly imperiled wildlife from the devastating harms of coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

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Groups to Rally Wednesday at Tennessee Valley Authority Meeting in Mississippi

November 7, 2023

TUPELO, Miss.― Grassroots, energy justice, youth and frontline communities will face the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board Wednesday to demand that the utility protect workers and communities and transition to 100% renewable energy. The board meets this week to hear public comments and hold its quarterly meeting.

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Petition Seeks Endangered Species Act Protection for Coastal Black-Throated Green Warbler

November 7, 2023

WILMINGTON, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and partners today filed a legal petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the coastal black-throated green warbler (also known as Wayne’s warbler) under the Endangered Species Act. As few as 1,000 of these colorful birds remain in only a few fragmented wetland forests in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Legal Petition Demands Biden Administration Halt Fast-Tracked CO2 Pipeline Permits

November 6, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 350 environmental, public health, Indigenous, faith-based and community groups sent a legal petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today demanding that it stop fast tracking permits for carbon dioxide pipelines.

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Two California Island Plants Saved From Extinction by Endangered Species Act

November 6, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed two Channel Islands plants from the endangered species list because they have successfully recovered.

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President Biden Delays Potential Embargo on Chinese Products Despite China’s Role in Pangolin Trafficking

November 3, 2023

WASHINGTON— President Biden announced today that he will not immediately embargo products from China despite the country’s failure to halt the illegal wildlife trade threatening highly imperiled pangolins. Instead, the president is allowing the Chinese government until Dec. 31 to address its pangolin failures or suffer economic sanctions.

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Forest Service Proposes Unprecedented Logging of Mature, Old-Growth Forests in Western Colorado

November 3, 2023

DELTA, Colo.— Conservation groups filed objections this week to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed final management plan for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests in western Colorado. The plan would allow commercial logging on more than 772,000 acres of public lands, including mature and old-growth trees — a 66% increase from the current forest plan.

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Lawsuit Targets Cattle Grazing Damage to Endangered Wildlife Habitat on Arizona’s Gila River

November 2, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and western yellow-billed cuckoo from cattle grazing damage along Arizona’s Gila River.

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California Court Rules Against Kern River Water Diversions

October 31, 2023

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— A Kern County Superior Court has ruled against the city of Bakersfield and agricultural water storage districts for diverting water from the Kern River, siding with environmental groups that sought a preliminary injunction on the harmful practice of entirely drying up the river in and downstream of the city of Bakersfield. Monday’s ruling prohibits the city from implementing diversions that reduce river flows below the volume necessary to maintain good condition for fish.

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Rare Alabama Snail Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

October 30, 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Following seven years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the oblong rocksnail as endangered. The rocksnail was previously considered extinct until 2011, and today only one small population in Alabama remains.

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Students Receive Nearly $17K for Utom Conservation Studies

October 30, 2023

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— The Utom Conservation Fund announced today that it has awarded nearly $17,000 to Southern California students committed to protecting the Santa Clara River, also known as Utom.

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Lawsuit Launched Urging EPA to Set Climate Pollution Cap

October 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— Minnesota, Oregon, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Center for Biological Diversity, and 350.org filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a 2009 petition urging a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act.

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Court Upholds Protections for Southern California Steelhead

October 27, 2023

LOS ANGELES— A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has rejected a challenge from a water agency seeking to strip protections from the Southern California steelhead. The ruling adopted on Tuesday allows legal protections for the imperiled fish to continue until the California Fish and Game Commission makes a decision on permanent protections.

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Legal Petition Seeks Science-Based Hunting Reforms for Washington’s Cougars, Bears

October 25, 2023

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Wildlife conservation groups today petitioned the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to amend state hunting rules for cougars and bears. The legal petition asks the commission to restrict killings of these ecologically important carnivores to avoid overexploitation and population declines, and to better align policy with agency science.

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House Republican Legislation Would Gut Protections for Critically Endangered Gulf of Mexico Rice’s Whales

October 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— House Republicans will consider a bill today introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) that could prohibit vital Endangered Species Act protections for critically endangered Gulf of Mexico Rice’s whales. There are about 50 of the whales left in the entire world.

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Survey Shows Only 17 Wild Spring Chinook Salmon Return to Oregon’s South Umpqua River

October 23, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s recent count of spring-run Chinook salmon returning to the South Umpqua River showed just 17 wild adult fish detected during snorkel surveys. This dismal return is 12% of the 10-year average of 139 fish returning to the river and signals an urgent need for federal Endangered Species Act protections.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Bering Sea Trawl Nets From Killing Orcas

October 23, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect marine mammals from being killed by the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands groundfish trawl fisheries.

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Four Rare Plants Protected From Mining in Southern California National Forest

October 20, 2023

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has banned new mining for 50 years on 2,841 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest to protect critical habitat for four threatened and endangered plant species.

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Debut Graphic Novel Highlights Plight of California Mountain Lions

October 19, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— A lone puma’s journey across the diverse landscapes of Central California is the focus of a new graphic novel that will be released on Oct. 24. Written by Center for Biological Diversity scientist Tiffany Yap, D.Env./Ph.D. and illustrated by Seattle-based artist Meital Smith, “Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey” takes the reader through diverse habitats, across busy freeways and inside science labs to learn about one mountain lion’s survival story.

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Five Steps Chicago’s McCormick Place Can Take to Curb Bird Deaths

October 19, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today sent a letter urging the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which owns Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside Center, to immediately take five key steps to reduce bird collisions. The letter follows an Oct. 4 event in which almost 1,000 migratory birds were killed after crashing into the building’s glass exterior.

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Female Horseshoe Crabs Spared for Another Year in Delaware Bay

October 19, 2023

DOVER, Del.— The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided this week to forgo a 2024 bait harvest of female horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay, where the crabs’ eggs provide a critical food source for endangered migratory shorebirds.

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Arizona Water Authority Must Reduce Groundwater Use to Protect San Pedro River, Conservation Area

October 18, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity called on the Arizona Department of Water Resources today to reduce groundwater use in the Upper San Pedro River Basin in order to accommodate newly established federal water rights for the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area.

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EPA Again Refuses to Protect U.S. Waters From Invasive Species, Diseases Released by Ships

October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule today that would allow ships to continue releasing harmful concentrations of invasive species and disease organisms into U.S. waters. The EPA is proposing to keep in place ballast water discharge standards that the courts have determined are unlawful and violate the Clean Water Act.

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EPA Pressed to Add Chapel Hill Coal Ash Dump to Superfund List

October 17, 2023

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate whether the town of Chapel Hill’s coal ash dump should be cleaned up under the national Superfund program.

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Instan al presidente Biden a que prohíba las importaciones de productos pesqueros de México para detener la muerte masiva de tortugas marinas

October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica solicitó hoy al presidente Biden que aplique sanciones comerciales contra México para detener la masiva captura incidental de tortugas caguama en el país, como lo exige la ley estadounidense. En agosto, el Servicio Nacional de Pesca Marina certificó a México por su captura incidental bajo la Ley de Protección de Moratoria de Estados Unidos. Esta certificación requiere que Biden imponga ahora una prohibición a las importaciones de productos pesqueros mexicanos.

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President Biden Urged to Ban Mexican Fish Imports, Stop Mass Killing of Endangered Sea Turtles

October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity called on President Biden today to impose trade sanctions against Mexico to stop the nation’s massive bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles, as required by U.S. law.

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21 U.S. Animals, Plants Declared Extinct

October 16, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a rule removing 21 species from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act because of extinction.

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Biden Administration Urged to Cancel Border Wall Environmental Waivers

October 16, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 100 groups urged the Biden administration to reverse its decision to cast aside legal protections for border communities and wildlife to fast-track border wall construction in Texas.

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California Expands Toxic Rat Poison Ban

October 13, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law today greater protections from toxic rat poisons, which are harmful and deadly for children, pets and wildlife.

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Climate Aid: Sunday Concert in Maine to Benefit Old-Growth Forest Protection

October 12, 2023

PORTLAND, Maine— Renowned musicians, authors, poets and tribal elders will come together Sunday in Portland, Maine, to raise awareness about threats to northern Montana’s ancient Yaak Valley and support its designation as the nation’s first climate refuge. The event also will support efforts to protect all the country’s old-growth and mature forests on federal public lands from logging.

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Court Halts Bay Area Biofuel Megaproject Operations

October 12, 2023

MARTINEZ, Calif.— The Contra Costa County Superior Court today ordered Phillips 66 to halt its plan to operate a biofuel refinery in Rodeo, California. The court put the Bay Area megaproject on hold until the county fully complies with environmental review requirements that it violated when first approving the project.

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Letter Urges Migratory Bird Protections After 1,000 Killed by Chicago Building

October 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today sent a letter urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act after 1,000 migrating songbirds died after flying into McCormick Place in Chicago on the night of Oct. 4.

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California Court to Hear Arguments to Halt Kern River Diversions

October 12, 2023

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Conservation groups advocating for stronger Kern River protections will argue against destructive water diversions at a court hearing on Friday. The Kern County Superior Court will hear arguments in the lawsuit filed against the city of Bakersfield for ignoring the community and environmental harms of diverting water for agricultural use.

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California Permanently Protects Imperiled Wildflower Threatened by Gold Mining

October 11, 2023

SAN JOSE, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to permanently protect Inyo rock daisies as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act.

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Manatees Move Toward Restored Endangered Species Safeguards

October 11, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Responding to a formal petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, Miami Waterkeeper, Save the Manatee Club and Frank S. González García, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that reclassifying the West Indian manatee from threatened to endangered may be warranted.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect American Bumblebees, Three Other Bee Species

October 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— 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 protect four imperiled bee species, including American bumblebees, under the Endangered Species Act. Southern Plains bumblebees, variable cuckoo bumblebees and blue calamintha bees are also included in today’s filing.

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Survey: Most Americans Support Alternative Economies But Face Barriers

October 5, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new national survey released today by the Center for Biological Diversity found that more than 60% of Americans support alternative economy practices like banking at credit unions, shopping at co-ops and giving to mutual aid networks, but face financial and logistical barriers to participation.

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Petition Urges EPA to Set Outdoor Air Pollution Standards, Better Protect Communities

October 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups representing millions of people petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to improve standards to protect communities from outdoor air pollution.

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Biden Administration Waives Laws to Rush Border Wall Construction Through Texas Wildlands

October 4, 2023

STARR COUNTY, Texas — The Biden administration announced today that for the first time it will waive environmental, public health and cultural resource protection laws to fast-track construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Texas. The administration says it will take “immediate action to construct barriers and roads” along the border, including through fragile habitat near the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Ringed, Bearded Seals in the Arctic

October 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect Arctic ice seals. The ringed seal and the bearded seal were both listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2012, but neither has received a recovery plan as the law requires.

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Lawsuit Challenges ‘Nonessential’ Designation of Last Wild Red Wolf Population

October 4, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to classify the world’s last wild population of red wolves as ‘nonessential.’

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Wisconsinites Seek Hounding Ban in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

October 3, 2023

MILWAUKEE— More than 800 people from Wisconsin have signed a letter calling on the U.S. Forest Service to ban hounding in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Hounding is the practice of training and using dogs to hunt and chase down black bears and other wildlife.

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Diminutive Florida Snake to Receive Federal Endangered Species Protection

October 2, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a 2012 petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the short-tailed snake as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also announced its intent to propose protections for the snake’s critical habitat.

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Virtual Film Series Showcases Link Between Health, Capitalism

October 2, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host an environmental and reproductive health film and webinar series every Thursday this fall beginning Oct. 5. The series will explore how capitalism harms the health of people and the planet.

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New Red Wolf Recovery Plan Calls for More Reintroductions, Fewer Killings

September 29, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C.— In response to a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a new recovery plan for the red wolf, the world’s most endangered canid.

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Two West Coast Pond Turtles Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

September 29, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect northwestern and southwestern pond turtles in California, Oregon and Washington as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Shooting of Jacob Johns

September 29, 2023

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

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Biden Offshore Drilling Plan Exposes U.S., Climate to More Harm

September 29, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Interior Department finalized a plan today to conduct offshore oil and gas lease sales over the next five years. The plan offers 3 auctions between 2024 and 2029 in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Federal Government to Form Team to Protect Pacific Humpbacks From Deadly Entanglements

September 28, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service published a notice today announcing its intent to establish a team to reduce Pacific humpback whale entanglements in fishing gear. The Service committed to form a team by Oct. 31, 2025, under a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Federal Plan Could Restore Grizzly Bears to Washington’s North Cascades

September 28, 2023

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service released a draft plan today analyzing options to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. This step follows the Center for Biological Diversity’s successful litigation challenging the Trump administration’s 2020 termination of a previous restoration plan.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Address Dangerous Nitrogen Air Pollution

September 28, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— Conservation and public health groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to review and update air-quality standards that protect people from harmful nitrogen pollution nationwide.

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Emergency Right Whale Petition Seeks Overdue Protections From Vessel Strikes

September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with NOAA Fisheries today to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels along the U.S. East Coast. Today’s filing comes ahead of the upcoming calving season.

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Court Upholds Denial of ExxonMobil’s Plan to Truck Oil in Santa Barbara, Restart Offshore Drilling

September 27, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California today upheld Santa Barbara County’s denial of ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highways. The plan would have helped the company restart three drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast, shut down since the disastrous Refugio oil spill eight years ago.

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President Biden Vetoes Bills Stripping Two Endangered Species of Protections

September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— President Biden vetoed bills Tuesday that would have stripped protections from two critically endangered species, the northern long-eared bat and lesser prairie chicken.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Rare Fish in Georgia, Tennessee

September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protection to the bridled darter.

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Jaguar Caught on Camera in Southern Arizona’s Huachuca Mountains

September 27, 2023

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz.— A wild jaguar has been photographed by federally run trail cameras in southern Arizona’s Huachuca Mountains at least twice this year. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service database that tracks jaguar detections lists two photos in March and May 2023.

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Biden Urged to Establish New California National Monument, Expand Joshua Tree National Park

September 25, 2023

COACHELLA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity joined local Tribes, businesses, communities and conservation groups today to urge President Biden to establish Chuckwalla National Monument and expand Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.

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Alaska Habitat Protections Expanding for North Pacific Right Whale

September 25, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— NOAA Fisheries announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections in Alaska for the North Pacific right whale. If finalized, the action will help protect the most endangered whale population in the world.

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Virtual Film Series Showcases Link Between Environmental, Reproductive Health

September 25, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host an environmental and reproductive health film and webinar series every Thursday this fall beginning Oct. 5.

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Appeal Aims to Preserve Protections for Endangered Rice’s Whale Habitat in Upcoming Gulf Lease Sale

September 22, 2023

LAKE CHARLES, La.— Environmental groups today appealed a court order from the Western District of Louisiana granting a preliminary injunction request by the oil industry and the state of Louisiana to remove protections for the critically endangered Rice’s whale included in Lease Sale 261.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Moves Toward World Heritage List

September 22, 2023

ATLANTA— Following widespread bipartisan support, the National Park Service announced today that it will nominate the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Alaska’s Whales From Increased Ship Traffic

September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Maritime Administration for failing to consider shipping traffic’s harm to highly endangered whales and other wildlife along the Alaska coast.

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Petition Seeks Groundwater Protections for Arizona’s Upper San Pedro Basin

September 21, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.― Conservationists filed a petition late Wednesday with the Arizona Department of Water Resources that seeks to curtail rampant groundwater depletion in southeastern Arizona’s Upper San Pedro Basin.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Grizzlies, Lynx From Clearcutting Near Yellowstone National Park

September 20, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a large timber sale just outside Yellowstone National Park that would destroy habitat for grizzly bears, lynx and other embattled species.

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D.C. Council Urged to Ban Utility Shutoffs, Forgive Utility Debt

September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 40 groups urged the Council of the District of Columbia to pass legislation that protects households from utility shutoffs due to non-payment and recognize that access to utilities is a human right.

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Appeal Aims to Protect California’s Pine Mountain, Reyes Peak From Massive Logging Project

September 19, 2023

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups filed an appeal today asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to cancel a controversial logging and vegetation clearing project atop Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak in Southern California’s Los Padres National Forest.

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Miami Cave Crayfish to Receive Endangered Species Act Protections

September 19, 2023

MIAMI— Following a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the Miami cave crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also announced its intent to propose protections for the crayfish’s critical habitat.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Cave Millipede in Virginia

September 19, 2023

BLACKSBURG, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the Ellett Valley millipede under the Endangered Species Act.

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Appeals Court Rejects Colorado Free Pass for Fracking Air Pollution

September 18, 2023

DENVER— A federal appeals court ruled today that Colorado’s rule allowing unlimited amounts of air pollution from drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and methane gas without a permit is illegal.

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New Mexicans Demand End to Fossil Fuels in Historic New York Climate March

September 17, 2023

NEW YORK— A delegation of more than 50 Indigenous, environmental, youth and frontline advocates from New Mexico joined more than 75,000 people from across the country and world today to march in the streets of Manhattan and demand that the U.S. end its extraction and use of fossil fuels. The mass mobilization took place ahead of the first United Nations Climate Ambition Summit on Sept. 20, when U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres will urge world leaders to make commitments to phase out fossil fuels.

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U.S. Agency Moves Forward on Reintroducing Wolves To Colorado

September 15, 2023

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its final environmental impact statement and a draft Record of Decision for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to begin reintroducing endangered gray wolves.

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Lawsuit Challenges FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program

September 14, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency today over its failure to adequately protect floodplain-dependent endangered orcas, salmon and other fish in its flood insurance program.

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Lawsuit Challenges Long Beach Oil, Gas Drilling Plan

September 14, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the city of Long Beach today for approving a five-year program to drill for oil and gas within city limits without conducting the required review intended to protect public health and the environment.

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Landmark Legal Settlement Locks in EPA Actions to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

September 13, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— A historic legal agreement approved in federal district court yesterday afternoon commits the Environmental Protection Agency to a suite of proposed reforms to better protect endangered species from pesticides. The settlement, which covers more than 300 pesticide active ingredients, marks the culmination of the largest Endangered Species Act case ever filed against the EPA.

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New Mexico Indigenous, Environmental, Frontline Groups Head to New York to Advocate for End to Fossil Fuels

September 13, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— More than 40 prominent New Mexican community leaders in the battle against oil and gas extraction will travel to New York City to participate in the March to End Fossil Fuels, a mass mobilization taking place Sept. 17 ahead of the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit. The New Mexico delegation will deliver a declaration and join global advocates in calling on President Biden and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to lead the way in phasing out fossil fuels.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Imperiled Ghost Orchid

September 13, 2023

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.— The Institute for Regional Conservation, Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for unlawfully delaying critically needed Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid.

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El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial insta a Estados Unidos a proteger sitio mexicano del muro fronterizo

September 13, 2023

RIAD, Arabia Saudita— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO solicitó hoy que Estados Unidos restablezca la conectividad ecológica del sitio de patrimonio mundial Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, dañado por el muro fronterizo estadounidense. El muro impide el paso de vida silvestre, como el berrendo sonorense, entre Estados Unidos y Mexico.

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World Heritage Committee Urges U.S. to Protect Mexican Site From Border Wall

September 13, 2023

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee requested today that the United States restore ecological connectivity to a Mexican World Heritage site harmed by the U.S. border wall. The wall impedes wildlife passage, including for the Sonoran pronghorn, between the United States and the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

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Rare Arizona Springsnail Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

September 12, 2023

AJO, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Quitobaquito tryonia, a tiny springsnail found only at a single spring in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Legislature Passes Bill Ending Exemption for Coastal Oil Development

September 12, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California legislature passed Senate Bill 704 today, and the legislation is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval. Approved by at least 80% of both the California Assembly and Senate, the bill amends the Coastal Act to remove an “industrial override” provision favoring approval for oil and gas developments along the coast, regardless of whether they meet resource protection policies.

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Biden Administration Working Group Recommendations Offer First Step to Protect Communities, Environment From Destructive Mining

September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration’s Interagency Working Group released recommendations today to update hardrock mining laws and regulations. Tribes and conservation groups welcomed this first step but urged President Biden to use his authority to make additional improvements to protect communities, sacred places and water resources. The administration formed the working group in February 2022 as part of its efforts around “Securing a Made in America Supply Chain for Critical Minerals.”

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United States Finds China’s Pangolin Trade Undermines Wildlife Treaty

September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that China’s failure to halt its trade in endangered pangolins diminishes the effectiveness of an international wildlife treaty. Following the certification, which was published late Friday, President Biden must decide by late October whether to impose a trade embargo against China to prompt its compliance.

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Endangered Species Act Celebration to Honor Tribes, Conservation Advocates, Congressmembers

September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— A coalition of conservation organizations will on Sept. 13 present Tribes, conservation advocates and members of Congress with awards for their work defending imperiled species and the Endangered Species Act. The ceremony is open to members of the media and will be held at the Library of Congress.

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Analysis: U.S. Lags Behind Other G20 Nations at Adding Sustainability Into Dietary Guidelines

September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today released an analysis of the dietary guidelines of the G20 countries that found the United States has fallen behind in including sustainability.

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Hábitat de la vaquita marina se mantiene como “Patrimonio en Peligro”: UNESCO

September 12, 2023

RIAD, Arabia Saudita— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO decidió hoy mantener el estatus de “en peligro” el hábitat de la vaquita marina y el pez totoaba. Sólo quedan 10 vaquitas en el mundo en una pequeña zona del Golfo de California. El comité instó a México a adoptar medidas correctivas inmediatas para salvar a la marsopa en peligro crítico de extinción.

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee: Vaquita Porpoise Habitat Still “In Danger”

September 12, 2023

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided today to maintain the “in danger” status for the last remaining habitat of the vaquita porpoise and the totoaba fish. Only 10 vaquitas remain in the world, all in a small area of Mexico, and the committee urged Mexico to immediately adopt corrective measures to save the critically endangered porpoise.

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Lawmakers, Youth, Frontline Advocates Rally Thursday in D.C. to Urge Biden Action on Fossil Fuels

September 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— Members of Congress, youth and climate justice advocates will rally on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to urge President Biden to use his executive powers to stop approving fossil fuel projects, phase out fossil fuels on federal lands and waters, and declare a climate emergency. The rally comes ahead of the March to End Fossil Fuels, Sept. 17 in New York City and the United Nations’ Climate Ambition Summit Sept. 20. It will include colorful banners and signs.

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New Scorecard Shows New Mexico Governor on Verge of Failing on Climate

September 11, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has failed to use the power of her office to adopt policies and take actions that address the climate emergency, according to a scorecard released today by the Center for Biological Diversity and endorsed by numerous environmental and Indigenous organizations.

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sustainability

September 11, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its fourth annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, featuring award-winning films and interviews with organizers and activists. This year’s featured films are Food Chains, El Susto, Migrant Dreams and Seeding Change. The film festival is free and open to the public.

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EPA Agrees to Issue Standards for Protecting U.S. Waters From Ship Pollution, Invasive Species

September 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency agreed today to finalize nationwide standards that will protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges. Under the agreement, the agency must release final regulations on ballast water discharges by Sept. 24, 2024.

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Ohio to Consider Strongest Clean Water Act Protections for Two Rivers

September 7, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will consider recategorizing Big Darby Creek and Little Darby Creek as Outstanding National Resource Waters — the strongest level of protection under the Clean Water Act.

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Legal Victory Puts Hellbender Back on Track for Endangered Species Protection

September 6, 2023

NEW YORK— In response to a lawsuit filed by five conservation groups, a federal judge found today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2019 denial of Endangered Species Act protection for the eastern hellbender salamander was arbitrary and unlawful.

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Lawsuit Targets State of Utah for Failing to Protect Great Salt Lake

September 6, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— Conservation and community groups sued the state of Utah today for its failure to ensure that enough water reaches the Great Salt Lake to prevent ecological collapse.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Grizzlies, Lynx from Clearcutting Project Near Yellowstone National Park

September 6, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approving a massive timber sale on the border of Yellowstone National Park that would destroy habitat for grizzly bears, lynx and other embattled wildlife.

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Miami-Dade Commissioners to Vote on Future of Miami Wilds Development

September 5, 2023

MIAMI— Following a lawsuit filed by conservation groups, the Board of County Commissioners for Miami-Dade County will meet Wednesday, Sept. 6, to vote on the future of the Miami Wilds theme park, retail, hotel and parking lot development. The development threatens several endangered species and their critical habitat on and around the proposed project area.

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Global Plastics Treaty Chair Releases ‘Zero Draft’ Ahead of Third Meeting

September 4, 2023

NAIROBI— The chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution released the “zero draft” of the global plastics treaty today. This preliminary document is a starting point for negotiations. The treaty’s third negotiating session, or INC-3, will begin in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 13.

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Oregon Agency Ramps Up Wolf Killing to Appease Livestock Industry

August 31, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced the killing of two members of the Wildcat pack, one of three wolf families for whom the department has issued kill orders in the past six weeks.

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Four New Yet-To-Be-Named Wolf Packs Confirmed in California

August 30, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today that four new packs of wolves have been confirmed in California in the past five months.

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Study: 12% of Americans Account for 50% of U.S. Beef Consumption

August 30, 2023

NEW ORLEANS— New research from Tulane University, supported by the Center for Biological Diversity, found that half of all beef eaten on a given day in the United States is consumed by 12% of the population.

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Mexican Gray Wolves Receive More Protections From Government Killings

August 29, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Wildlife Services, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has released a new set of standards it will use to determine the cause of livestock deaths in Arizona and New Mexico. Conservation groups have sought such changes to ensure Mexican gray wolves aren’t unfairly blamed for livestock deaths.

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Analysis: Campus Contraception, Sex Ed Access Vary Widely Across Country

August 29, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Contraception access and sex education on college campuses vary widely and are sorely lacking at many schools across the country, according to a Center for Biological Diversity analysis released today.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Forest Service Approval of Gold Drilling in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada

August 28, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court reversed the decision of a lower court that would have allowed exploratory drilling in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The drilling threatened to harm an endangered fish and a dwindling population of bi-state sage grouse.

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Pillar Coral Proposed for Increased Endangered Species Act Protection

August 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed today to change the status of the pillar coral, a species found in Florida waters and elsewhere in the Caribbean, from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal is based on population declines and susceptibility to a recently emerged coral disease, according to the Service.

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Four California Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Populations Protected Under Endangered Species Act

August 28, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition and lawsuits, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in California under the Endangered Species Act. The protected frog populations are in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills, North Feather River, Central Coast and South Coast.

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Lawsuit Challenges Massive Offshore Lease Sale for Failing to Consider Gulf Communities, Climate

August 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— Gulf community and environmental groups sued the Interior Department today to challenge an offshore oil and gas lease sale that would offer up more than 67 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico. The department plans to hold the sale Sept. 27.

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Lawsuit Spurs Agreement to Better Protect Endangered Rice’s Whales From Offshore Drilling

August 24, 2023

BALTIMORE— Under an agreement approved today in U.S. District Court in Maryland, federal agencies will seek better ways to protect endangered Rice’s whales and other imperiled marine species from harmful oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Court Order Sought to Block Clearcutting Project Near Nevada’s Great Basin National Park

August 23, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation groups, joined by Tribal leaders, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction today to block a Bureau of Land Management deforestation project on public lands near Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.

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Court Petition Seeks Reversal of Water Diversion Threatening Utah’s Green River

August 23, 2023

DENVER— Conservation groups asked a federal appeals court today to reconsider a decision allowing Utah to divert tens of thousands of additional acre-feet of water each year from the Upper Colorado River Basin at the Green River below Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam.

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Federal Judge to Hear Arguments Thursday on Mining Exploration in Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains

August 23, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge will hear arguments Thursday on conservation groups’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop two mineral exploration projects in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains. In June the groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the projects, which could result in around-the-clock drilling in the biologically sensitive habitat for up to seven years.

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Only Four Collared Wild Mexican Gray Wolves Survive in Mexico

August 22, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservationists sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today warning about the severely low numbers of Mexican gray wolves in Mexico. The agency relies on the Mexican population of wolves as a buttress against extinction in the United States.

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Lawsuit Challenges Massive Habitat Reduction for Endangered Snakes in Arizona, New Mexico

August 22, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for reducing critical habitat for two endangered snakes in Arizona and New Mexico by more than 90% from its original proposal.

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Biden Administration Urged to Ditch Planned Hydrogen Investments

August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON— A nationwide coalition of more than 180 conservation, Indigenous, faith, labor and social justice organizations urged the Biden administration today to scrap plans to rapidly expand investment in the production and use of hydrogen. The U.S. Department of Energy is championing hydrogen as a supposed climate solution despite the heavy reliance of fossil fuels in its production.

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Judge Rules EPA Failed to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Cadmium Water Pollution

August 21, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— In a precedent-setting decision, a federal judge ruled late Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Endangered Species Act in 2016 when it failed to assess harms to endangered species before nearly tripling the levels of the heavy metal cadmium allowed in U.S. waters. The ruling, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, follows a 2022 lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Analysis: Plant-Based Diets Are Key to Climate Change Emergency Response

August 21, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new scientific review by the Center for Biological Diversity finds that plant-based diets can help ease the public health challenges of climate-fueled environmental emergencies. The review also found that federal nutrition policy falls far short of preparing the public for the health and environmental crises they face.

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Four Freshwater Mussels, One Crayfish Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

August 21, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a legal petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect four freshwater mussels and a crayfish under the Endangered Species Act. The Center and its allies petitioned for protection of all five species in 2010.

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Two Texas Catfish Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

August 21, 2023

SAN ANTONIO— Responding to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect two aquifer-dwelling catfish in Texas as endangered species. The agency has been aware since 1982 that the toothless blindcat and the widemouth blindcat were being killed when they were pumped up from deep wells in the Edwards Aquifer and were headed toward extinction.

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Rare Oregon, Northern California Sand Dune Phacelia Protected Under Endangered Species Act

August 21, 2023

ASHLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the sand dune phacelia as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated 180 acres as protected critical habitat for this coastal dune plant in 13 units in Coos and Curry counties in southern Oregon, and Del Norte County, California.

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Idaho Club Renews Plan to Build Housing, Marina on Trestle Creek, Threatening Imperiled Fish

August 21, 2023

SANDPOINT, Idaho— A developer has renewed plans to build luxury housing and a private marina on the shores of Idaho’s Trestle Creek with a proposal that would harm a key spawning site for threatened bull trout.

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More Than 140,000 Americans Call on Biden Administration to Restore Endangered Species Act

August 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined more than 140,000 people today urging the Biden administration to restore the full power of the Endangered Species Act. The public comments submitted today are in response to the Biden administration’s proposal to retain most of the Trump-era regulations that severely weakened protections for our nation’s most imperiled animals and plants.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Permit for Utah’s Uinta Basin Railway

August 18, 2023

WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court today rejected the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s permit for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway, designed to quadruple oil production in Utah’s Uinta Basin and move crude through the Colorado Rockies to Gulf Coast refineries.

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Court Scraps Massive Montana Logging Project Threatening Grizzlies, Old Forests

August 18, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal judge late Thursday ruled in favor of conservation groups and scrapped the massive Black Ram logging project in Montana’s Kootenai National Forest. The project threatened a small and imperiled population of grizzly bears near the Montana-Canada border.

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Rare Alabama Mussel Saved From Certain Extinction

August 17, 2023

STEELE, Ala.— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies celebrated a win today when Alabama Power filed a petition to surrender its preliminary permit for the Chandler Mountain pumped storage project.

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Bass Population Doubles Below Glen Canyon Dam, Worsening Extinction Risk for Rare Grand Canyon Fish

August 17, 2023

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— Federal researchers reported Wednesday that despite last fall’s eradication efforts the number of invasive smallmouth bass more than doubled in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam since last year, imperiling the already threatened native humpback chub.

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North Carolina’s Magnificent Ramshorn Snail Receives Endangered Species Act Protections

August 17, 2023

WILMINGTON, N.C.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a final rule protecting North Carolina’s magnificent ramshorn snail as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated two ponds and 739 acres in the Cape Fear River watershed as critical habitat for the snail.

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Buscan protección para el lince en México

August 17, 2023

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica solicitó hoy a la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) que proteja a los linces bajo la lista de especies en riesgo. Los linces enfrentan numerosas amenazas, incluidas el comercio ilegal, la caza, la pérdida de hábitat, la urbanización, las colisiones con vehículos y el muro fronterizo de EE. UU.

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Protections Sought to Safeguard Mexican Bobcats

August 17, 2023

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned Mexico’s environmental ministry today to protect bobcats under the country’s list of species at risk. Mexican bobcats face numerous threats, including illegal trade, hunting, habitat loss, urbanization, vehicle collisions and the U.S. border wall.

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Lawsuit Launched to Challenge Massive Timber Sale in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest

August 17, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— The Center for Biological filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approving a massive timber sale in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest. The proposed logging project is in the heart of the Bitterroots and in important habitat for both bull trout and grizzly bears, two species protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Texas Kangaroo Rats Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

August 16, 2023

WICHITA FALLS, Texas— Responding to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Texas kangaroo rat as an endangered species. The agency also proposed protecting 597,069 acres in Childress, Cottle, Hardeman, Wichita and Wilbarger counties in North Texas as critical habitat for the animals.

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Rare Nevada Butterfly Moves Closer to Endangered Species Protection

August 16, 2023

RENO, Nev.— Responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the bleached sandhill skipper, an extremely rare species of butterfly found only in far northern Nevada, may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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U.S. Proposes Ban on Imports, Exports of Banggai Cardinalfish

August 15, 2023

WASHINGTON— NOAA Fisheries has announced a proposed rule to ban the import and export of threatened Banggai cardinalfish, following a 2021 petition from conservation groups.

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Inflation Reduction Act Anniversary Raises Urgency for Biden to Declare Climate Emergency

August 15, 2023

WASHINGTON— One year after President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, the need is more urgent than ever for him to declare a climate emergency, phase out fossil fuels, and fast-track distributed energy systems.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Denial of Critical Habitat Protection to Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebees

August 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Friday rejected the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to refuse to designate critical habitat for highly endangered rusty patched bumblebees and ordered the Service to reconsider.

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Reward Raised to $15,000 for Information on Red Wolf Killing in North Carolina

August 14, 2023

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution in the illegal killing of an endangered red wolf in Washington County, North Carolina.

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Napa County to Decide Fate of Controversial Vineyard Project Tuesday

August 14, 2023

NAPA, Calif.— The Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider the controversial Le Colline vineyard project proposed in Angwin. The vineyard conversion project would destroy 28 acres of forest and shrublands, block a crucial wildlife corridor and increase wildfire risk and could pollute a nearby creek and lake that supply Napa’s drinking water.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Approval of Alaska LNG Exports

August 11, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups sued the federal government today for approving exports from the Alaska LNG Project, which would transport gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Asia.

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Court Dismisses Utah Suits, Upholds Presidential Authority to Establish National Monuments

August 11, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge today dismissed two lawsuits filed by the state of Utah that attempted to undo President Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and attacked the Antiquities Act as unlawful.

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Court Ruling Signals Gray Wolves Need More Regions to Recover

August 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— A federal judge today refused to dismiss the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying the agency has not met federal requirements for a nationwide gray wolf recovery plan.

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Environmental Groups Ask to Join EPA Fight Against Colorado Effort to Hide Air-Pollution Data

August 9, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and 350 Colorado asked a court today for permission to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s fight against a Polis administration lawsuit seeking to block public access to data detailing oil and gas industry air pollution.

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Habitat Protections Proposed for Endangered New Mexico Butterfly

August 9, 2023

CLOUDCROFT, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed designating nine areas in New Mexico, totaling 1,637 acres, as critical habitat for the endangered Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly.

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New Mexico Governor Urged to Ban Oil Wells Near Schools to Protect Children

August 9, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— Environmental, public health and social justice groups today urged New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to establish statewide health buffer zones to prohibit oil and gas wells within one mile of schools and other educational facilities.

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Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Gopher Tortoise

August 9, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Nokuse Education, Inc. sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protections to gopher tortoises across most of their range. The decision left the imperiled reptiles without lifesaving federal safeguards in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and most of Alabama.

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Threatened Caribbean Corals Receive Critical Habitat Protections

August 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced critical habitat designations today for five species of Caribbean corals. The agency’s final rule protects 6,500 square miles of marine habitat in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Navassa Island and the Flower Gardens Banks in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Montana’s Wolf Trapping Program

August 8, 2023

HELENA, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of its intent to sue over the permitting of a Montana wolf pelt export program that may harm endangered Canada lynx.

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Landmark Water Case Reaches Nevada Supreme Court

August 8, 2023

CARSON CITY, Nev.— A 15-year campaign to stop real estate developers and water speculators from building a sprawling new city in the middle of the Nevada desert will come before the state Supreme Court today.

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EPA Petitioned to Require Accurate Measurement of Smog-Causing Pollution From Flares at Four Colorado Oil, Gas Well Pads

August 8, 2023

WELD COUNTY, Colo.— Conservation and public-health groups have filed a petition urging the Environmental Protection Agency to require adequate testing of the toxic air pollution emitted by four oil and gas well pads owned and operated by the Bonanza Creek Energy Operating Company.

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Biden Designates Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument

August 8, 2023

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— President Biden used the Antiquities Act today to designate the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in northern Arizona, permanently protecting nearly 1 million acres of public land surrounding the iconic national park. Proposed to the Biden administration by the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition, Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” for the Havasupai Tribe, and I’tah Kukveni means “our ancestral footprints” in Hopi.

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Climate, Air Pollution Protest Targets Biden Fossil Fuel Plan for Colorado’s Front Range

August 7, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians today challenged the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to continue fossil fuel leasing in eastern Colorado, including the Front Range. The Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan will govern 658,200 acres of public lands and more than 3 million acres of federal minerals, including oil, gas, and coal, for up to 20 years.

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Thousands Oppose Industrial Carbon Waste Dumping in National Forests

August 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 9,000 people today urged the U.S. Forest Service to halt plans to allow carbon waste from industrial sources like fossil fuel power plants to be dumped in national forests.

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Oil Company Ordered to Permanently Close Oil Wells, Restore Habitat in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

August 3, 2023

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif.― The Bureau of Land Management late Wednesday ordered an oil company to permanently close and remove 11 long-dormant oil wells inside the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a unique landscape in central California famous for its vibrant springtime wildflower displays and rare wildlife.

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Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratified at Center for Biological Diversity

August 1, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Workers for Biological Diversity today announced the ratification of a collective bargaining agreement. The agreement, codifies many Center policies and benefits, increases traditional raises and paid time off, enhances consistency and transparency, and upholds the organization’s longstanding commitment to equity and diversity.

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Legal Agreement Will Help Protect Endangered Wildlife From Pesticides Applied to Waterways

August 1, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity has reached a legal agreement requiring two federal agencies to assess harms to threatened and endangered wildlife from the direct application of pesticides to waters.

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EPA Petitioned to Update 47-Year-Old Toxic Pollutant List

July 31, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups submitted a formal legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to add more than 1,000 industrial and commercial pollutants to its outdated list of toxic pollutants requiring regulation under the Clean Water Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges National Forest Policies Favoring Cows Over Endangered Species in Arizona

July 28, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon sued the U.S. Forest Service today to challenge policies that protect cattle grazing at the expense of endangered species and native wildlife dependent on fragile streams in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

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To Address Deadly Heat, Policymakers Must Ban Utility Shutoffs, Ramp Up Solar, Phase Out Fossil Fuels

July 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 170 social justice, environmental, faith, health and labor groups urged key policymakers today to implement lifesaving bans on utility disconnections, ramp up renewable energy and resilient water systems, and phase out fossil fuels — the root cause of this summer’s extreme heat. The groups say President Biden’s Thursday announcement of limited measures to help communities survive deadly, record-shattering heat ignores the urgent short- and long-term solutions needed to address the climate emergency.

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EPA Makes Pesticide Incident Reports Publicly Available for First Time

July 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will make the most recent 10 years of pesticide incident reports available to the public in a searchable database to be updated every month.

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Three Brazilian Butterflies Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Protection

July 26, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protecting three Brazilian butterflies under the Endangered Species Act today. The proposed protections respond to a legal agreement stemming from a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit filed in 2021.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect 20 Threatened Coral Species in Caribbean, Indo-Pacific

July 26, 2023

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to protect 20 coral species in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. The corals all received Endangered Species Act listings in 2014 but not protections offered by the law, including prohibitions on collection and sale.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Nantahala-Pisgah Forest in North Carolina From Destructive Logging

July 26, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest from a disastrous forest plan that threatens imperiled species, including endangered bats.

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AgLogic Asks EPA to Dramatically Expand Florida Use of Dangerous Pesticide

July 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— Pesticide-maker AgLogic has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to approve use of the dangerous pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Bridled Darter

July 25, 2023

ATLANTA, Ga.— The Center for Biological Diversity has just notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service it intends to sue the agency for denying Endangered Species Act protection to a fish called the bridled darter.

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Freshwater Mussel Proposed for Protection in Seven Eastern States

July 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— In response to a legal petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the green floater, a freshwater mussel found from New York to North Carolina, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also proposed designating 1,586 stream miles of critical habitat.

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Key Private Property in Bears Ears National Monument to Be Protected Forever

July 24, 2023

BLUFF, Utah— After a 16-month effort, the most important parcel of private land surrounded by Bears Ears National Monument has been permanently protected by The Wildlands Conservancy. The conservancy owns and manages the largest nonprofit nature preserve system on the West Coast.

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Dozens of Southern Animals, Plants Closer to Endangered Species Protections

July 24, 2023

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to issue long overdue decisions on whether 31 Southeast and two Southwest animals and plants warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Two Texas Mussels Move Closer to Endangered Species Protections

July 24, 2023

LAREDO, Texas— Responding to a 2020 lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect two species of Texas freshwater mussels under the Endangered Species Act and designate critical habitat for them.

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Report: Carbon Storage, Sequestration Value of California’s Native Habitats Overlooked

July 24, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— The untapped potential of carbon storage and sequestration in different native habitats is too often ignored in California’s land-use decisions, according to a new report published today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Groups Win Legal Challenges to Massive Bay Area Biofuel Refinery Projects

July 21, 2023

MARTINEZ, Calif.— Communities for a Better Environment and the Center for Biological Diversity won legal victories today over Contra Costa County’s approval of two proposed biofuel refinery conversions in the Bay Area. The Superior Court of Contra Costa County found the county relied on incomplete and misleading environmental reviews in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Invests $5.1 Million to Save Endangered Butterflies, Fish, Plants, Mollusks

July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is providing $5.1 million to fund crucial conservation work for some of the most critically imperiled plants and animals in the nation.

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Biden Oil and Gas Proposal Marks Massive Climate Failure

July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration released proposed regulations today that would continue expanding oil and gas extraction on federal public lands, marking yet another major climate failure by the administration.

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BLM Halts Drilling Near Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 20, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management has officially withdrawn its authorization of a proposed lithium mining exploration project at the edge of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada.

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Interior Department Urged to Deploy Solar Power on Federal Canals

July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 125 groups are urging the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Interior Department to develop a new initiative to deploy solar power above the nearly 8,000 miles of canals owned and operated by the federal government.

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Nearly Half a Million People Call on Forest Service to Protect Mature, Old-growth Forests, Trees

July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 488,000 people are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to protect mature and old-growth trees and forests from logging on federal land as a cornerstone of U.S. climate policy.

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House Republicans Advance Funding Bill Attacking Environment, Endangered Species

July 19, 2023

WASHINGTON— The House Appropriations Committee passed a funding bill today with massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation, passed along party lines, also contains dozens of poison pill riders attacking public health, the environment and endangered species.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Critical Habitat Delay for Endangered Arizona Squirrels

July 19, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue the agency for its delay in protecting habitat essential to the survival and recovery of southeast Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrels.

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Energy Department Refuses to Set Standards for Evaluating New Gas Exports

July 19, 2023

WASHINGTON— After a 10-year delay, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday denied a petition for rulemaking calling on the agency to issue regulations defining whether proposed gas exports are consistent with the public interest.

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Legal Petition Seeks Enforceable Rules to Prevent Washington Wolf Killings

July 19, 2023

SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Tuesday for rules requiring the use of nonlethal deterrence measures before killing wolves. The petition comes after the commission failed to adopt similar rules last year despite Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to undergo rulemaking.

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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Again Protected Under Endangered Species Act

July 19, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Following multiple petitions and lawsuits, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today again protected the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl as threatened under the Endangered Species Act after it lost protections 17 years ago.

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Center for Biological Diversity Rallies for Tribes’ Grand Canyon National Monument Proposal

July 18, 2023

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Center for Biological Diversity members are traveling from across Arizona today to support the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition’s proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument at a federal listening session in Flagstaff. Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” for the Havasupai Tribe, and I’tah Kukveni means “our ancestral footprints” for the Hopi Tribe.

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Hundreds of Different Species Identified in Craggy Mountains BioBlitz in North Carolina

July 18, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and its partners recently completed a bioblitz in the proposed Craggy National Scenic Area that identified more than 1,600 organisms and 647 species. Dozens of expert naturalists and hundreds of community scientists teamed up to explore the Craggy Mountains in North Carolina and identify as many plant and animal species as possible.

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Critical Habitat Protection Proposed for Green Sea Turtles

July 18, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a legal agreement with environmental groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries today proposed to designate roughly 8,850 acres of beaches and nearly 428,000 square miles of coastal waters as protected critical habitat for six distinct populations of green sea turtles.

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FEMA Pulls Oregon Logging Road Funding In Response to Lawsuit

July 18, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has pulled its authorization of federal disaster relief funding to rebuild Cook Creek Road. The road would have been used for logging in Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest.

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Legal Agreement Following Court Win Secures Plan to Protect Pacific Humpbacks From Deadly Entanglements

July 18, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed today to establish a team to reduce whale entanglements in a federal fishery off the West Coast in a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity. The Service will establish the team by Oct. 31, 2025.

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Golden Paintbrush Recovery Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success Story

July 18, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized removing the golden paintbrush from the endangered species list after the flowering plant recovered in the Pacific Northwest.

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Biden Declines to Embargo Products From Mexico Despite Vaquita Violation

July 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— President Biden announced today that he will not embargo products from Mexico despite the country’s failure to halt illegal wildlife trade threatening the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

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Court Order Sought to Block Drilling at Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 17, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation advocates asked a federal judge today to prevent the launch of a lithium exploration project on the border of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada. The motion for a preliminary injunction comes after the groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month for approving the project.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Guam’s Endangered Species From Construction, Operation of U.S. Marine Corp Base

July 17, 2023

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — The Center for Biological Diversity and Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species from the construction and operation of Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz in Guam.

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House ‘Extinction Rider’ Seeks to Gut Imperiled Birds’ Protections

July 17, 2023

WASHINGTON― U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) has introduced a must-pass Interior Department appropriations bill with riders that would gut Endangered Species Act protections for the lesser prairie chicken and imperiled populations of sage grouse. The birds all teeter on the brink of extinction.

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California Regulator Halts New Oil, Gas Wells Following Lawsuit

July 17, 2023

LOS ANGELES— A judge approved an agreement today to end litigation over approvals for 17 new oil and gas wells, some near homes and schools, in Los Angeles and Kern counties. The agreement comes after the state oil and gas regulator cancelled and rescinded approvals for the new wells.

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Lawsuit Challenges FEMA-Funded Logging Road in Oregon’s Coast Range

July 17, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for authorizing federal disaster relief funding to rebuild Cook Creek Road, a logging road in Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest.

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Court Order Sought to Block Mining Exploration in Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains

July 14, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups asked a federal judge today for a preliminary injunction to stop the launch of two mineral exploration projects in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains. Today’s move comes after the groups filed a lawsuit in June challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the drilling projects, which could result in around-the-clock drilling in the biologically sensitive habitat for up to seven years.

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18 Navajo Chapters Oppose Huge Pumped Storage Projects Threatening Arizona’s Black Mesa

July 14, 2023

BLACK MESA, Ariz.— Tó Nizhóní Ání, Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment and the Center for Biological Diversity submitted resolutions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today from Navajo chapters and agencies opposing three pumped storage projects on the Navajo Nation’s Black Mesa, southeast of Kayenta. A total of 18 chapters and agencies have passed resolutions opposing the projects.

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EPA Orders Warning Labels on Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Thousands of Pet Injuries, Deaths

July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today ordered warning labels be placed on Seresto flea and tick collars, which have been linked to tens of thousands of pet injuries and deaths in recent years.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s 2023-2025 Renewable Fuels Standard

July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel volume requirements for corn ethanol and other biofuels for 2023-2025. Last month the EPA set the 2022 required minimum volume for transportation sector use at roughly 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and 5.63 billion gallons of advanced biofuels.

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Petition Calls on Federal Government to End Fast-Tracking of Offshore Oil Drilling Projects in Gulf of Mexico

July 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— Six environmental groups submitted a petition today to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management calling on the agency to end a routine practice of fast-tracking approval for offshore oil and gas projects. The Interior Department first adopted a “categorical exclusion” for oil and gas activities in 1981, allowing exploration and development plans to win approval for much of the Gulf of Mexico without undergoing the site-specific analysis normally required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Federal Court Stays Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Biological Opinion Again

July 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted the Mountain Valley Pipeline today, issuing a stay of the biological opinion and incidental take statement under the Endangered Species Act. The massive pipeline project threatens imperiled species like the candy darter and Roanoke logperch.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA’s Failure to Address Dangerous Nitrogen Air Pollution

July 11, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— Conservation and public-health groups filed formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to review and update the air-pollution limits that protect human health from harmful nitrogen pollution nationwide.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging EPA’s Approval of Colorado Smog-Reduction Plan

July 10, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and 350 Colorado filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a plan that failed to adequately reduce smog in the Metro Denver and North Front Range by July 2021.

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Lawsuit Targets Mine Drilling at Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

July 7, 2023

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management today challenging the agency’s approval of exploratory mineral drilling near the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Federal Public Lands Rule Should Strengthen Protections for Wildlife, Waters, Climate

July 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— People submitted tens of thousands of comments to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management by today’s deadline on the agency’s long-awaited conservation rule governing 245 million acres of public lands. The Center for Biological Diversity’s comments generally support the new proposed rule but urge the Biden administration to strengthen it to benefit wildlife, water and the climate.

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Federal Court Rejects Weld County’s Request to Exempt Fossil Fuel Companies From Smog-reduction Measures

June 30, 2023

DENVER— A federal appeals court today rejected an attempt by commissioners in Colorado’s Weld County to let some oil and gas operations off the hook for their contribution to asthma-causing smog in the Denver and Front Range region.

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Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

June 29, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to more than 20 years of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the dunes sagebrush lizard is endangered and warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Intervention Defends EPA Approval of California Clean Truck Rule

June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity joined seven other groups today to intervene in lawsuits regarding clean truck standards in California. The intervention seeks to defend California’s ability under the Clean Air Act to set truck emissions standards stronger than those of the federal government. The lawsuits were brought against the Biden administration by a variety of trucking and petroleum industry groups, along with several states.

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Biden Administration Rejects Calls to Phase Out Oil, Gas on Public Lands by 2035

June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON— Responding to a lawsuit by conservation groups, the Biden administration has officially rejected a rulemaking petition from more than 360 U.S. climate, Indigenous and conservation groups to phase out oil and gas extraction on public lands by 2035.

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Report Finds Americans Support Secondhand, DIY Gifts

June 29, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new report by the Center for Biological Diversity found that 56% of Americans are likely to give a secondhand gift and 68% are likely to make a handmade or DIY gift during the holiday season.

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‘Protectors’ Art Exhibit Spotlights People Working to Save Species From Extinction

June 29, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The plight of endangered species and the inspiring stories behind those trying to save them are the focus of a new traveling art exhibit launching today. The exhibit is a partnership between the Center for Biological Diversity and the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.

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Petition Urges Interior Department to Ban ‘Cyanide Bombs’ On Public Lands

June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Predator Defense and scores of other conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Interior Department today to ban the use of M-44 devices, commonly known as ‘‘cyanide bombs,’’ on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. These wildlife-killing devices are spring-loaded ejectors armed with cyanide powder that have injured people and inhumanely killed thousands of animals every year.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Oregon’s Salmon, Orcas From Irresponsible Floodplain Development

June 28, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the Federal Emergency Management Agency over its failure to protect floodplain-dependent imperiled salmonids and orcas in Oregon that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law

June 27, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers today passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species.

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Small Florida Fish Is Endangered Species Act Success

June 27, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed a small Florida fish called the Okaloosa darter from the endangered species list because it has recovered. After decades of conservation work, the tiny fish is no longer in danger of extinction.

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Two Freshwater Mussels Receive Endangered Species Act Protections in Arkansas, Missouri

June 26, 2023

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— In response to a 2010 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule today to protect the western and Ouachita fanshell mussels under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also designated 489 miles of critical habitat in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri for these threatened species.

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Lawsuit Seeks Final Endangered Species Act Protection for Pyramid Pigtoe Mussels

June 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for a freshwater mussel called the pyramid pigtoe which has disappeared from nearly 80% of its range.

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Lawsuit Seeks Final Endangered Species Act Protections for Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

June 22, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, which survives in low numbers in southern Arizona, Texas and portions of Mexico.

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Lawsuit Seeks Final Endangered Species Act Protections for Mt. Rainier White-Tailed Ptarmigan

June 22, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for the Mt. Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan, which is immediately threatened by climate-related snowpack changes in Washington’s Cascades.

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Lawsuit Seeks Final Endangered Species Act Protections for Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs in California

June 22, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for foothill yellow-legged frogs in California.

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Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Humboldt Martens, Tall Western Penstemon

June 22, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize critical habitat for Humboldt martens and to protect the tall western penstemon under the Endangered Species Act. Both species are imperiled and need strong federal protections to prevent their extinction.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for New Mexico Chipmunk, Six Texas Mussels

June 22, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for the Peñasco least chipmunk, which lives in New Mexico, and six Texas mussel species suffering from habitat destruction and pollution.

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Biden Administration Should Remove Border Walls, Keep Wildlife Corridors Open Along U.S.-Mexico Border

June 22, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Biden administration should remove border walls in six locations along the U.S.-Mexico border, abandon plans to build new sections of wall and remove stadium lighting from conservation lands, the Center for Biological Diversity said in comments submitted today to Customs and Border Protection. The comments are in response to the agency’s request for input on proposed remediation projects in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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Biden Administration Retains Key Trump-era Extinction Policies

June 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration today proposed revisions to Trump-era regulations that severely weakened protections for our nation’s most imperiled animals and plants, keeping in place some of the most significant rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act in the law’s 50-year history.

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EPA Renewable Fuels Standard Shortchanges Imperiled Species Review

June 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency shirked its legal obligation to protect imperiled plants and animals in a final rule released today setting fuel volume requirements for corn ethanol and other biofuels through 2025.

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50 Groups Petition to End California’s Dirty Biomass Loophole

June 20, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— More than 50 environmental and justice organizations petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission today to end a nearly two-decades-old “free pass” given to biomass power plants under the state’s greenhouse gas emission performance standard. The commission carved out this free pass based on the false premise that electricity made from biomass is not a significant source of carbon emissions.

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Lawsuit Targets Mineral Exploration Threatening Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains, Endangered Species

June 20, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to challenge its authorization of two mineral exploration projects in Arizona’s rugged and biologically diverse Patagonia Mountains, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The federal agency’s recent approval means drilling operations could begin immediately and continue around-the-clock for seven years.

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Rare Southern Mussel Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

June 20, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ga.— Following a decade of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the southern elktoe mussel as endangered. The Service also proposed to designate 578 river miles in Alabama, Georgia and Florida as critical habitat.

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Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto Pushes Bill for Colorado River Water to Feed Las Vegas Sprawl

June 15, 2023

LAS VEGAS— Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation today to force approval of the Horizon Lateral Pipeline, which would deliver Colorado River water to feed new sprawl development south of Las Vegas.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Failure to Protect Salmon From Toxic Tire Chemical

June 15, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Oregon and California state transportation agencies for failing to consider fatal impacts to salmon from toxic tire pollution.

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Biden Administration Drops Appeal of Court Decision on Threat to Endangered Whales From Shipping Lanes

June 15, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Biden administration has abandoned its appeal of a 2022 court ruling holding that the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Coast Guard failed to meet Endangered Species Act requirements when designating shipping lanes into the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and the San Francisco Bay.

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Lawsuit Challenges TVA’s Backroom Deal, Flimsy Environmental Analysis

June 15, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and the Center for Biological Diversity, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, filed a lawsuit this week against the Tennessee Valley Authority over the federal utility’s plans to replace a coal plant with a new gas-fired power plant in Cumberland City, Tennessee.

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500+ International Groups: Biden Must Stop Fossil Fuel Expansion Ahead of September Climate Summit

June 15, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 500 groups from six continents sent a letter to President Biden today demanding he stop fossil fuel expansion ahead of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s climate ambition summit this September.

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California Commission Advances Protection for California Sage Grouse

June 14, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission elevated the greater sage grouse to a candidate species today, providing full California Endangered Species Act protections to the birds for at least a year. In the interim, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a scientific review and recommend whether the birds should be permanently protected under the Act.

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Bills Introduced to Ban Deadly ‘Cyanide Bombs’ on Public Lands

June 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— Bills introduced Tuesday by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) would ban the use of wildlife-killing M-44 devices, commonly known as ‘‘cyanide bombs,’’ on public lands. These deadly devices are spring-loaded capsules armed with cyanide spray that have injured people and inhumanely killed thousands of animals every year.

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Wandering Mexican Wolf Asha Returned to Wild After Capture

June 14, 2023

PHOENIX— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it returned Asha, a well-known Mexican gray wolf, to the wilds of Arizona. She was captured last January for wandering outside of an arbitrary management zone and heading north into the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. Her journey last winter broke new ground and sent her east of Interstate 25, across Interstate 40, and up near Taos.

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Lawsuit Targets Timber Sale Threatening Rare Mature Forests, Wildlife in Colorado

June 14, 2023

DOLORES, Colo.— Forest advocates sued the U.S. Forest Service today for violating environmental laws when it approved a nearly 23,000-acre timber sale that would cut large, century-old ponderosa pine trees and threaten wildlife in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan National Forest.

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Legal Petition Demands Biden Administration Halt Imports of Saudi Arabian Fossil Fuels

June 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce today to evaluate, review and ban all fossil fuel imports from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — including all oil products — under the U.S. Trade Act because of the national security threat these imports pose to the United States.

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Biden Administration Urged to Reject Hydrogen Hubs

June 13, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE/TIWA TERRITORY, N.M.— A coalition of Indigenous, climate, environmental justice and youth advocates urged the Department of Energy today to reject funding for the Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub, which is intended to rapidly expand hydrogen production in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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Rare Texas Plant Proposed For Endangered Species Protections

June 12, 2023

HOUSTON— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the Navasota false foxglove as an endangered species. The three-foot-tall, purplish-pink wildflowers are known to exist in just three locations on 1.9 acres spread across east Texas, areas the Service proposed to protect as critical habitat.

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Top Scientists: California Must End Neighborhood Oil Drilling, New Fossil Fuel Permits

June 12, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— More than 100 scientists sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom today urging him to stop new oil and gas permit approvals, especially in and near neighborhoods. In the midst of a climate and public health crisis, California regulators have approved more than 1,000 new oil and gas permits this year — more than 600 of them within 3,200 feet of homes, schools and other sensitive sites.

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Lawsuit Launched to Speed Endangered Species Protection for Ghost Orchid

June 12, 2023

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.— The Institute for Regional Conservation, the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue the agency for delaying critically needed Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid.

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Legal Agreement Gives West Coast Fishers New Shot At Crucial Protections

June 9, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— In a legal victory, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to reconsider whether West Coast fishers in northern California and southern Oregon warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Press Conference Monday to Explain Harms From Environmental Law Rollbacks

June 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— Legal experts and representatives from Indigenous and environmental groups will hold a virtual press conference Monday to discuss the environmental law rollbacks in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.

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Rare New Mexico Plant Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

June 7, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the swale paintbrush as an endangered species. The 19-inch-tall, yellowish-reddish flower is known to exist in only a single location in southwestern New Mexico’s bootheel.

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Legal Intervention Defends Protections for Lesser Prairie Chickens

June 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Texas Campaign for the Environment moved today to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to protect lesser prairie chickens under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Victory Gives Southern Hognose Snake Another Chance at Endangered Species Protections

June 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to consider granting Endangered Species Act protections to the southern hognose snake. The species lives in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

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Federal Judge Nixes Approval of Idaho Phosphate Mine

June 5, 2023

BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge on Friday fully vacated a set of approvals by the Bureau of Land Management authorizing development of the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho.

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Supreme Court Denies Oil Industry Challenge to California Offshore Fracking Moratorium

June 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a challenge to a court-ordered prohibition on offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast.

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Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations End in Paris With “Zero Draft” Still to Come

June 2, 2023

PARIS— The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution, or INC-2, ended today with a “zero draft” of a treaty expected before INC-3 and no sign from the U.S. of firm commitments to curb plastic production.

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Embattled Puerto Rico Dredging Project Faces Court Hearing

June 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— A federal district court will hear oral arguments Monday in a lawsuit that challenges a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico residents and environmental groups will hold a rally outside the courthouse before the hearing.

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Secretary Haaland Protects Chaco Canyon From Oil, Gas Drilling

June 2, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In response to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s decision today to prohibit new federal oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, members of the Greater Chaco Coalition called on the Biden administration to end all new federal fossil fuel leasing across the country.

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Debt Ceiling Deal Stains Biden’s Legacy on Climate, Environmental Justice

June 1, 2023

WASHINGTON— Congress today passed a debt ceiling deal negotiated between President Biden and House Republicans that expedites the super-polluting Mountain Valley Pipeline, dramatically rolls back the National Environmental Policy Act, and weakens social safety nets for working families in exchange for a modest raising of the debt ceiling.

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Idaho, Wyoming Urged to Require Bear Identification Course for Black Bear Hunters

June 1, 2023

JACKSON, Wyo.— Nine conservation organizations sent letters today urging the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to require black bear hunters to take a bear identification course before getting a hunting license. Hunters continue to kill grizzlies, claiming they thought they were black bears.

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New Mexico Creates School Health Buffer to Protect Against Oil, Gas Pollution

June 1, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico Public Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard announced an executive order today that bans new oil and gas leasing on state lands within one mile of schools and other educational facilities.

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Upcoming Sage Grouse Plans Offer Biden Administration Chance to Protect Dwindling Species

June 1, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration’s long-awaited greater sage grouse land-use plans for 10 Western states could save the dwindling species, but some of the preliminary alternatives ignore the science showing what the birds need to survive, conservation groups said in a letter submitted today to the Bureau of Land Management.

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California Assembly Approves Expansion of Toxic Rat Poisons Ban

May 31, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly passed legislation on a 57-12 vote that expands protection for children, pets and wildlife from toxic rat poisons. Spearheaded by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank), the California Ecosystems Protection Act of 2023, or Assembly Bill 1322, now awaits Senate approval.

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Two South American Birds Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Protections

May 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— Responding to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting two curassows from Bolivia and Peru under the Endangered Species Act. Both birds are threatened by hunting and habitat destruction.

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Congress Urged to Pass Clean Debt Ceiling Bill

May 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— Environmental justice and environmental groups urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and members of Congress today to vote on a clean debt ceiling bill without the poison pills that harm disadvantaged communities and the climate.

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Biden Sacrifices Climate, Working Families in Debt Ceiling Deal

May 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— President Biden unveiled details of a deal today with House Republicans that expedites the climate-killing Mountain Valley Pipeline, dramatically rolls back the National Environmental Policy Act, and freezes nondefense spending for agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department in exchange for a modest raise of the debt ceiling.

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Estados Unidos podrá imponer un embargo a México por violar un tratado de vida silvestre

May 26, 2023

WASHINGTON— El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE. UU. anunció hoy que México no ha logrado detener el comercio ilegal de vida silvestre que amenaza a la vaquita marina en peligro crítico de extinción, reduciendo de la eficacia de un tratado internacional sobre la vida silvestre. Bajo la ley estadounidense, el presidente Biden decidirá mediados de julio si toma acción contra México, incluida la imposición de un embargo comercial. Si el presidente no prohibiera las importaciones de todos los productos de vida silvestre de México, debe explicar por qué.

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U.S. Finds Mexico Is Undermining Wildlife Treaty, May Impose Embargo

May 26, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Mexico has failed to halt the illegal wildlife trade threatening the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, diminishing the effectiveness of an international wildlife treaty. Under U.S. law, President Biden must now decide by mid-July whether to take action against Mexico, including imposing a trade embargo. If the president fails to ban imports of all wildlife products from Mexico, he must explain why.

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Court Overturns Federal Authorization to Kill 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

May 25, 2023

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s authorization of the killing of up to 72 grizzly bears on public land just outside of Yellowstone National Park violated federal law.

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Judge Rules Arizona Lawsuit Challenging Interstate 11 Will Move Forward

May 25, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge has denied a government motion to partially dismiss conservation groups’ lawsuit challenging the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of route options for Interstate 11. The proposed 280-mile highway would run between Nogales and Wickenburg, Arizona.

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Legal Victory Moves Oregon Coast Tiger Beetle One Step Closer to Protection

May 25, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide by August 2026 whether to protect the imperiled Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle under the Endangered Species Act.

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Two New Groups of Wolves Confirmed in Northern California

May 24, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today that two new groups of wolves have been confirmed in northern California — one in Tehama County and the other in western Lassen County. If the department designates each as a pack, they would become the fifth and sixth confirmed wolf packs in the Golden State in 100 years.

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California Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Thursday Over Monterey Oil, Gas Drilling Restrictions

May 24, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit that will determine whether Monterey County’s local ordinance banning new oil and gas wells and phasing out wastewater disposal is preempted by state laws.

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Minnesota Bans Commercial Trapping of Wild Turtles

May 24, 2023

ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz today signed into law a ban on commercial collection of wild turtles in the state. Each year, for-profit trappers have collected thousands of turtles from the state’s waterways, mostly to sell for food, traditional Asian medicines or pets.

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Report: Proposed Interstate 11 Would Worsen Arizona’s Water Crisis

May 23, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The proposed Interstate 11 through Arizona would spur dramatic population growth and an unsustainable increase in water demand, according to a new report.

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Federal Protection Sought for Washington Coast Spring Chinook Salmon

May 23, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Rivers filed a petition today to protect Washington coast spring-run Chinook salmon under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Nearly 2,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected for Endangered Miami Tiger Beetle

May 22, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 1,869 acres of lifesaving ­­critical habitat for the endangered Miami tiger beetle in Miami-Dade County. The beetle currently survives in only two isolated populations, separated by urban development.

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Smalltail Shark Moves Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

May 22, 2023

WASHINGTON— Responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that protecting the smalltail shark under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. The smalltail shark population has declined by more than 80% globally over the past 27 years.

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Judge Rules Colorado Failed to Protect Waterways from Factory Farm Pollution

May 22, 2023

DENVER— A Colorado court has ruled that the state’s Department of Public Health & Environment violated state and federal laws by failing to protect waterways with essential monitoring provisions in a statewide general water-pollution permit for concentrated animal feeding operations.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Secretary Haaland Meeting on Proposed Monument

May 20, 2023

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK— The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s meeting today with the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition concerning its proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument. Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” to the Havasupai, and I’tah Kukveni means “our footprints” to the Hopi.

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Washington Wildlife Agency Recommends Reducing Gray Wolf Protections

May 18, 2023

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that state protections for Washington’s wolves be reduced from endangered to sensitive.

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Blumenthal, Grijalva Introduce Bill to Save Endangered Butterflies, Fish, Plants, Mollusks

May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON— Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) have introduced the Extinction Prevention Act of 2023, which would provide $20 million per year to fund crucial conservation work to recover the most endangered groups of species in the United States.

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10 Reasons to Celebrate Endangered Species Act on Endangered Species Day

May 18, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— To celebrate National Endangered Species Day tomorrow and the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act this year, the Center for Biological Diversity is highlighting 10 reasons to be grateful for the Act — one of the United States’ bedrock environmental laws. Since it was passed in 1973, the Act has saved species, secured habitats and protected entire ecosystems.

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Connecticut Celebration to Mark 50 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

May 18, 2023

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— The Center for Biological Diversity will join Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Friday, May 19, to celebrate Endangered Species Day and the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

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Appeals Court to Hear Arguments Wednesday Challenging Massive Wyoming Fracking Project

May 16, 2023

DENVER― A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging a Trump-era plan to allow a massive gas field in southwestern Wyoming. Pronghorns and sage grouse rely on the 220-square-mile sagebrush habitat for their survival.

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Lawsuit Filed to Reduce Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in Pennsylvania

May 16, 2023

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency for delays in deciding whether to approve or reject Pennsylvania’s outdated plan to clean up smog from the methane gas industry. The methane gas is mainly extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Nevada’s Railroad Valley Toad

May 15, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— 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 protect the critically imperiled Railroad Valley toad under the Endangered Species Act.

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Biden’s Mediocre Mitigation Policy Skimps on Habitat Protection for Rare Wildlife

May 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration issued a mitigation policy today that will guide how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reduces and offsets harms to endangered species when reviewing federal actions and projects.

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California Oil Regulators Sued Over New Oil, Gas Wells Near Homes, Beaches

May 11, 2023

LONG BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued California oil regulators today for approving about two dozen new oil and gas wells in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties close to homes, beaches and important habitat without conducting the required environmental review.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Gulf of Mexico Wildlife From Offshore Drilling

May 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for failing to adequately protect endangered whooping cranes, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, manatees and other imperiled species from the dangers of offshore oil and gas extraction in the Gulf of Mexico.

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La Captura Incidental de Mamíferos Marinos en las Pesquerías de Ecuador Amenaza el Acceso al Mercado de Mariscos de los Estados Unidos de América

May 11, 2023

WASHINGTON – Un reporte publicado hoy por grupos conservacionistas y de protección animal descubre que la industria pesquera de Ecuador no cumple con los estándares de Estados Unidos para limitar la captura incidental de ballenas y delfines. En consecuencia, Ecuador puede perder acceso al mercado de importación de mariscos de EE. UU. para algunos productos en 2024. Ecuador exporta a EE. UU. alrededor de USD 1.600 millones de mariscos por año.

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New Mexico Sued Over Failure to Control Skyrocketing Oil, Gas Pollution

May 10, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— A coalition of Indigenous peoples, youth, frontline community members and environmental groups sued New Mexico, the state legislature, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state agencies today for violating their state constitutional duty to control the rapidly growing pollution from the oil and gas industry.

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Marine Mammal Bycatch in Ecuador’s Fisheries Threatens Access to U.S. Seafood Market

May 10, 2023

WASHINGTON— A report released today by conservation and animal protection groups finds that Ecuador’s fishing industry does not meet U.S. standards for limiting whale and dolphin bycatch. As a result, Ecuador may lose access to the U.S. seafood import market for some products in 2024. Ecuador exports around USD $1.6 billion of seafood to the United States annually.

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Biden, Congressional Democrats Urged to Accelerate Renewable Energy, Deprioritize Fossil Fuels

May 10, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 290 groups urged President Biden and Congressional Democratic leaders today to take action and accelerate renewable energy, address electric transmission challenges, and advance environmental justice.

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Rally to Launch Landmark N.M. Constitutional Lawsuit Over Oil, Gas Pollution

May 9, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— A coalition of Indigenous peoples, youth, frontline community members and environmental groups will rally in front of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico tomorrow to mark the filing of a lawsuit against New Mexico, the state legislature, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other defendants for violating their state constitutional duty to control the oil and gas industry’s growing pollution.

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Maine Flower Becomes Endangered Species Act Success Story

May 9, 2023

PORTLAND, Maine— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that an endangered flower in Maine is recovering under the Endangered Species Act and has been downlisted to threatened status.

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Community Groups to Pack Tennessee Valley Authority Board Meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

May 8, 2023

NORRIS, Tenn.― Community groups, coal-ash cleanup workers and others will face the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board at its meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to demand that the utility protect workers and environmental justice communities and transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The board meets this week to hear public comments and hold its quarterly meeting.

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Reward Raised to $15,000 for Info on Arkansas Bald Eagle Killings

May 8, 2023

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to a conviction for the illegal killing of four bald eagles in northern Arkansas.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Road Reopening in Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest

May 8, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands filed a notice of intent today to sue the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funding the reopening of Cook Creek Road in the Oregon Coast Range.

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Federal Officials Weigh In on Protecting Coastal Birds at Florida State Park

May 8, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is concerned about deadly bird entanglements at Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier and is committed to “exploring options with others to find a resolution,” according to a new letter from the agency to conservation groups.

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EPA: Three Popular Neonicotinoid Pesticides Likely to Drive More Than 200 Endangered Plants, Animals Extinct

May 5, 2023

WASHINGTON— An assessment released today by the Environmental Protection Agency found that three popular neonicotinoid insecticides are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of more than 200 plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. This includes 25 insect species and more than 160 plants dependent on insect pollination.

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Sex Ed For All Month Highlights Need For Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools

May 4, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time when community leaders, caring adults, allies and advocates call on local school boards, parent-teacher associations, and lawmakers to invest in sex education that meets the needs of young people and support sex education programs that promote critical thinking, communication skills, sexual health and wellness, consent and self-esteem.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s Regressive Rooftop Solar Policy

May 4, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, The Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Environmental Working Group late Wednesday petitioned the California Court of Appeal to review the state’s new rooftop solar policy. The policy, which took effect April 15, significantly slashes the credit new solar users get for sharing their extra solar energy with the grid.

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Biden Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Endangered Species Habitat From Harmful Pesticides

May 4, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to push it to take action to stop endangered species from being harmed by pesticides in habitats that are critical to their survival.

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Senate Takes Unprecedented Vote to End Lesser Prairie Chicken Protections

May 3, 2023

WASHINGTON— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) joined Senate Republicans today in using the Congressional Review Act to strip away Endangered Species Act protections for the critically imperiled lesser prairie chicken. This is the first time in the CRA’s 30-year history that Congress has attempted to use this law to rescind federal protections for an individual species.

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Threatened Idaho Plant Finally Receives Critical Habitat

May 3, 2023

BOISE, Idaho— Following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated critical habitat today for the slickspot peppergrass, an Idaho plant that’s protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency’s final rule sets aside 78,009 acres in Ada, Elmore, Gem, Payette and Owyhee counties.

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Wildlife Data: Massive U.S. Mammal Imports Threaten Biodiversity

May 3, 2023

WASHINGTON— The United States imported more than 250 million mammal parts for commercial use between 2016 and 2020, according to data obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Colorado Judge Pushes Polis’ Administration on West Elk Coal Mine Air Quality Permit

May 2, 2023

GUNNISON, Colo.— A Colorado judge today set a deadline for Gov. Jared Polis’ administration to draft an air quality permit for the West Elk coal mine and ordered a state agency to report progress to ensure the tardy permitting remains on track.

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D.C. Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments Wednesday Challenging Oil Train Approval

May 2, 2023

WASHINGTON― A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s approval of the proposed Uinta Basin Railway. The railway, which could facilitate the quadrupling of oil extraction in northeast Utah’s Uinta Basin, would move crude from Utah through Colorado to Gulf Coast refineries.

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Forest Service Clearcutting Plan Next to Yellowstone National Park Threatens Grizzlies, Old Growth

May 2, 2023

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.— Conservation groups late Monday challenged a U.S. Forest Service plan to clearcut more than 5,500 acres of pine forests just outside Yellowstone National Park, in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The plan also calls for logging across an additional 9,000 acres and bulldozing up to 56 miles of roads in the area, including through old-growth forests.

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High Levels of Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in California’s Most-Used Insecticide

May 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— California’s most-used insecticide, along with two other pesticides, is contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of PFAS “forever chemicals,” according to test results released today by the Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Failure to Protect Manatees

May 2, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, Miami Waterkeeper, and Frank S. González García sent a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the West Indian manatee under the Endangered Species Act.

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Congressional Resolution Urges Biden to Declare Climate Emergency, Phase Out Fossil Fuels

May 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reintroduced a resolution today calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and use existing non-emergency powers to lead a multiagency, massive-scale response to the climate crisis.

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Gov. DeSantis Urged to Veto Radioactive Roads Bill

May 1, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— More than 20 conservation organizations across the Southeast urged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today to veto House Bill 1191, which would allow the use of radioactive fertilizer waste in road construction across the state.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Texas Wildlife Habitat, Beach Access From More Exploding Rockets

May 1, 2023

BROWNSVILLE, Texas— Following a massive rocket explosion in South Texas, national and local environmental groups and the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas, Inc. sued the Federal Aviation Administration today for failing to fully analyze and mitigate the environmental harms resulting from the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy launch program at Boca Chica.

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Florida Issues Draft Permit for Piney Point Phosphate Facility Following Clean Water Act Lawsuit

May 1, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following litigation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft Clean Water Act permit for the Piney Point phosphate facility in Manatee County. The previous permit for the facility expired in March 2001.

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Bi-State Sage Grouse Get Another Chance for Endangered Species Act Protections

April 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is reopening consideration of whether to list the bi-state sage grouse as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Forest Service Failure to Protect Arizona’s Lower Salt River

April 27, 2023

PHOENIX— A coalition of conservationists, environmentalists and birders sued the U.S. Forest Service today for failing to protect the Lower Salt River Recreation Area from hundreds of unowned horses that threaten endangered species habitat.

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South Llano Springs Moss Protected As Endangered, Denied Habitat Protection

April 26, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the South Llano Springs moss as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but the agency denied critical habitat protection. Globally only 1,000 square feet of this moss remain, at one vulnerable site.

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Two Missouri Crayfish Receive Endangered Species Protection

April 26, 2023

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— Following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Big Creek and St. Francis River crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also designated 2,112 river miles of critical habitat in the Missouri Ozarks for the two crayfish.

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Nevada Senator Introduces Bill to Give Away Public Lands to Mining Industry

April 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto introduced legislation today that would allow the mining industry to turn public lands into toxic mining-waste dumps.

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Lawsuit Targets U.S. Delay on Petition to Phase Out Public Lands Oil Drilling

April 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Interior Department today for failing to respond to a rulemaking petition to phase out oil and gas extraction on federal public lands.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered West Virginia Species From Coal Hauling

April 25, 2023

RICHWOOD, W.Va.— Conservation groups notified the U.S. Forest Service today they intended to sue over the agency’s failure to protect endangered species from the harmful effects of coal hauling in the Monongahela National Forest.

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Court Blocks Logging in Montana’s Kootenai National Forest

April 24, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal judge today halted logging and road construction for the large Knotty Pine timber sale project in the Kootenai National Forest. The project threatens a small, imperiled population of grizzly bears near the Montana-Canada border.

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Wetland-Dependent Desert Flower Protected Under Endangered Species Act

April 24, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Wright’s marsh thistle as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated 159 acres in seven areas as protected critical habitat for the imperiled wetlands plant.

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Southern Resident Orcas Move Closer to Oregon Endangered Species Protections

April 21, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Massive Warehouse Project in Napa County

April 21, 2023

AMERICAN CANYON, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued American Canyon today for approving a 2.4 million-square-foot warehouse project that would increase air pollution, contribute to the climate crisis, and pave over wetlands and wildlife habitat.

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Forest Service Plans First National Rule to Protect Mature, Old-Growth Trees, Forests

April 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Forest Service today announced a pathway for protecting mature and old-growth trees and forests as part of a strategy to improve the climate resilience of federally managed forests. The agency proposed a rulemaking process which will include a public comment period to gather input on new policies the agency can adopt.

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Legal Agreement Spurs Analysis of California Gillnets’ Threat to Humpback Whales

April 20, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed today to complete a new assessment of the threat of drift gillnets in California to endangered humpback whales. In the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 fishing seasons an estimated 12 Pacific humpbacks were caught in the California drift gillnet fishery, according to federal reports.

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Federal Court Allows California Offshore Drilling Lawsuit to Proceed

April 19, 2023

LOS ANGELES— A federal court today allowed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s failure to review outdated plans for offshore oil platforms near Huntington Beach to proceed. The judge rejected the Biden administration’s attempt to dismiss the case on the grounds the court did not have jurisdiction to hear it.

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Analysis Finds Most Wool Knitwear Is Blended With Plastic

April 19, 2023

NEW YORK, N.Y.— More than half of wool knitwear is blended with synthetic fibers derived from fossil fuels, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity and Collective Fashion Justice has found.

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Southern Resident Orca Buffer Bill Clears Washington Legislature

April 18, 2023

SEATTLE— A bill to create a 1,000-yard buffer around the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature after clearing a final legislative hurdle on Monday. Senate Bill 5371 requires that boaters stay 1,000 yards away from Southern Residents, beginning in 2025.

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Oregon’s Annual Wolf Report Reveals Only Three Additional Wolves

April 18, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon’s wolf population increased by just three confirmed animals in 2022 — rising from 175 to 178 wolves — according to a report released today by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. High levels of wolves killed by people likely explains the stalled recovery of the state’s wolf population.

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49 Endangered Hawaiian Species to Gain Lifesaving Habitat Protections

April 17, 2023

HONOLULU— In a legal victory stemming from a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to designate protected critical habitat for 39 endangered plants and 10 endangered animals.

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Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Killed by Government Agents in New Mexico

April 17, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been killed in New Mexico by federal employees, according to a document released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Affectionately named Rusty by a middle school student in a nationwide contest, the wolf was killed on April 12, leaving behind his likely pregnant mate and several yearling pups. The Service quietly authorized the killing on March 29, 2023 — the 25th anniversary of Mexican wolves’ return to the wild.

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Farmers, Conservationists Ask Court to Strike Down Crop-Damaging Dicamba Pesticide

April 13, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— Four public-interest organizations representing farmers and conservationists filed arguments seeking to have a federal court again strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial approval of the drift-prone, volatile herbicide dicamba.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Massive Habitat Reduction for Endangered Snakes in Arizona, New Mexico

April 12, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reducing critical habitat for two endangered snakes by more than 90% from what it originally proposed to protect the animals.

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Biden Auto Emissions Rules Fail to Meet Climate Emergency

April 12, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration proposed new tailpipe emissions standards today that fail to rein in massive carbon pollution from millions of new gas-powered SUVs, pickup trucks and cars.

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Statement Supporting Tribes’ Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument Proposal

April 11, 2023

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition proposed today that President Biden designate 1.1 million acres of ancestral Tribal and federal public land around Grand Canyon National Park as the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument. Baaj Nwaavjo means “where tribes roam” to the Havasupai, and I’tah Kukveni means “our footprints” to the Hopi.

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Una Demanda Impugna los Fondos de FEMA destinados a Reconstruir la Red Eléctrica de Puerto Rico Basada en Combustibles Fósiles

April 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— Grupos de conservación y comunitarios han presentado hoy una demanda contra la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional acerca de los planes de reconstruir la red eléctrica de Puerto Rico y volver al modelo centralizado de producción de energía basado en combustibles fósiles en vez de invertir en la energía renovable distribuida que necesitan los puertorriqueños.

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Lawsuit Challenges FEMA Funding to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Fossil Fuel-Dependent Electric Grid

April 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation and community groups sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security today over their plans to rebuild Puerto Rico’s centralized electric grid back to the fossil fuel status quo instead of investing in the distributed renewable energy Puerto Ricans need.

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EPA Sued Over Unregulated Water Pollution From Oil Refineries, Plastics Plants, Other Industries

April 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set limits on harmful chemicals like cyanide, benzene, mercury and chlorides in wastewater emitted by oil refineries and plants that produce chemicals, fertilizer, plastics, pesticides and nonferrous metals.

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New Study: Cows Are Damaging Nearly Every River Mile of San Pedro Conservation Area in Arizona

April 10, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new survey shows cow grazing has significantly damaged almost all of nearly 42 river miles surveyed in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, putting the area’s remarkable ecosystem and endangered species at risk.

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Texas Flower Threatened By Urban Sprawl Wins Endangered Species Act Protection

April 10, 2023

SAN ANTONIO— Thanks to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is placing the bracted twistflower on the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The flower is in the path of expanding development along the Interstate 35 corridor of central Texas, and today’s protection comes after 48 years of delay.

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Legal Victory Speeds Habitat Protection for Endangered Miami Tiger Beetles

April 10, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to finalize critical habitat for endangered Miami tiger beetles by May 8. The announcement marks a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, and Tropical Audubon Society. These native beetles face devastating habitat loss from unfettered development and sea-level rise.

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U.S. to Decide Whether Mexico's Failure to Protect Vaquita Warrants Embargo

April 10, 2023

NEW YORK— In a settlement filed in court Friday, the U.S. Department of the Interior agreed to determine whether Mexico has failed to stop illegal fishing and trade of totoaba that is driving the vaquita porpoise’s extinction. The determination could result in an embargo against Mexico.

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Washington’s Wolf Population Increased Just 5% in 2022

April 7, 2023

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s wolf population increased by just 5% in 2022, according to figures released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. That increase is far less than what’s necessary to achieve a healthy wolf population in the state.

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New Group of Wolves Confirmed in California’s Tehama County

April 7, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife this week confirmed that photographs of three wolves were captured on trail cameras recently in Tehama County. The trio marks the fifth potential pack in nearly 100 years to establish itself in the state.

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Atlantic Humpback Dolphin Recommended for Endangered Species Act Listing

April 7, 2023

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced a proposed rule today to list the Atlantic humpback dolphin under the Endangered Species Act, in response to a 2021 petition filed by the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and VIVA Vaquita. Following a 60-day public comment period, the agency has until April 2024 to make a final decision on protections.

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California Agency Recommends Advancing Protection for Sage Grouse

April 6, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife late Wednesday recommended that the state’s greater sage grouse move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Tennessee’s Barrens Darter Back on Track for Endangered Species Protections

April 6, 2023

WASHINGTON— In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to again consider granting Endangered Species Act protections for the Barrens darter. Named for its home on the Barrens Plateau of central Tennessee, the darter is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Crayfish Pushed to the Brink of Extinction by Coal Mining in Appalachia

April 6, 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to protect the endangered Guyandotte River crayfish and the threatened Big Sandy crayfish from coal mining pollution. Both species are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Threatened Fish Receives 524 Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in Mississippi

April 5, 2023

JACKSON, Miss.— Following a decade of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 524 river miles of critical habitat for the threatened Pearl darter.

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Lawsuit Challenges California State Park Plan Allowing Off-Road Vehicles

April 4, 2023

SACRAMENTO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the California State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Park and Recreation Commission today challenging the general plan revision for Red Rock Canyon State Park, which allows off-highway vehicles on two park roads and the Ricardo Campground.

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Congress Urged to Zero Out Funding for Federal Oil, Gas Programs

April 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— A coalition of 215 groups today urged House and Senate leaders to end funding for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s fossil fuel extraction programs on public lands and waters.

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Federal Judge Allows Massive Willow Oil Project Construction to Proceed in Western Arctic

April 3, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal judge today ruled in favor of oil giant ConocoPhillips by denying a motion for preliminary injunction brought by environmental groups as part of a lawsuit challenging the Willow project in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The ruling allows construction activities planned for the remaining three weeks of the construction season, including constructing roads and a gravel mine as a first step toward developing a massive oil-extraction operation.

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EPA: Sulfoxaflor Insecticide Likely Puts 63 Endangered Species in Jeopardy of Extinction

March 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released a final biological evaluation today showing that a single chemical, the bee-killing insecticide sulfoxaflor, is likely putting 4% of all endangered plants and animals in jeopardy of extinction.

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California State University Northridge to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

March 30, 2023

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and California State University, Northridge will host a free screening of My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter, a documentary that examines the choice to be childfree and the importance of reproductive rights and justice. The screening will be held at California State University, Northridge and followed by a Q&A and panel discussion about the relationship between reproductive freedom and the environment.

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California Court Blocks Massive Sprawl Development in Riverside County

March 29, 2023

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— A California appeals court has ordered Riverside County to set aside its approval of an 8,725-unit development because its environmental review of the project was inadequate. Thursday’s ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two said the county had approved Villages of Lakeview without analyzing water supply impacts or providing a workable plan to offset damage to the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

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Appeal Challenges Gold Drilling in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada

March 29, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed an appeal Tuesday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a lower court ruling allowing exploratory drilling in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains that threatens an endangered fish and a dwindling population of bi-state sage grouse.

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Secretary Buttigieg Urged to Deny $2 Billion in Tax-Free Bonds for Utah Oil Train

March 28, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— More than 150 conservation and climate groups today joined Colorado federal, state and local lawmakers to urge Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to deny Utah officials’ $2 billion request to help them build an oil train. The tax-exempt bonds, requested earlier this month by Utah’s Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, will cost taxpayers up to $80 million a year for decades.

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Judge Deals Another Blow to Tejon Ranchcorp Project

March 27, 2023

LOS ANGELES— A judge has ordered Los Angeles County to set aside its approval of Tejon Ranchcorp’s Centennial, a sprawling housing development that would bring 57,000 residents to the fire-prone outskirts of the county. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff directs the county to set aside the environmental review and all approvals related to the project.

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California Takes Important Steps Alongside Tribes to Protect Clear Lake Hitch

March 27, 2023

CLEARLAKE, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a list of commitments aimed at protecting Northern California’s imperiled Clear Lake hitch.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Biden Administration Over Failure to Act on Petition to Prohibit Pesticides in Endangered Species Critical Habitat

March 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a January 2019 petition to prohibit nearly all uses of pesticides in areas designated as critical habitat for endangered species.

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Lawsuit Seeks Protected Habitat for Endangered Corals

March 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to finalize protections for 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. Pillar coral, mountainous star coral and the others were all listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2014 but have not received the critical habitat designation the law requires.

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CITES Sanctions Mexico for Failing to Protect Vaquita Porpoises

March 27, 2023

GENEVA— The Secretariat to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora today announced trade sanctions against Mexico for its failure to control illegal fishing and trade that endangers the vaquita porpoise. Mexico will no longer be able to commercially export millions of dollars of wildlife products to most nations around the globe.

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Lawsuit Targets Federal Deforestation Project Near Nevada National Park

March 23, 2023

RENO, Nev.— Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today to challenge a massive vegetation removal project near Great Basin National Park that violates several environmental laws.

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Legal Agreement Will Bring New Protections From Logging to Oregon Coast Coho Salmon

March 23, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Resolving multiyear litigation over the harms of logging to coho salmon, conservation groups reached an agreement today with the Oregon Department of Forestry to greatly expand stream buffers across more than half a million acres of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.

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New Eastern Monarch Butterfly Count Indicates Pollinator Still Threatened

March 22, 2023

WASHINGTON— The annual count of migratory monarchs that spend the winter in Mexico is once again dismal for the iconic orange-and-black butterflies. This year’s count showed a 22% decline from 2022, leaving the butterfly highly vulnerable to extinction.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Gopher Tortoise

March 22, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Nokuse Education, Inc. filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for denying Endangered Species Act protections to the eastern population of gopher tortoises. The decision left the beleaguered reptiles without lifesaving federal safeguards in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and most of Alabama.

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Lawsuit Launched Targeting Grazing Destruction of Arizona’s San Pedro Conservation Area

March 21, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today for failing to protect endangered species in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area from rampant trespass livestock grazing.

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50 Groups Send Letter to Oregon Lawmakers Urging Passage of Senate Bill 85-1

March 21, 2023

SALEM, Ore.— The Stand Up to Factory Farms coalition sent a letter from 50 organizations to Oregon lawmakers today urging passage of Senate Bill 85-1, which would pause factory farm permitting to better address the operations’ pollution risks.

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Hippos Move Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protections

March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— After a petition and threat to sue from animal protection and conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the common hippopotamus may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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California Bill to Expand Community, Wildlife Protections Against Rat Poisons

March 20, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank) is spearheading a bill to expand restrictions on toxic rat poisons and increase protections for children, pets and wildlife from unintentional poisoning.

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Injunction Seeks to Block Logging in Montana’s Kootenai National Forest

March 20, 2023

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups asked a federal court today to block logging and road construction for the large Knotty Pine timber sale project in the Kootenai National Forest. The project threatens a small and imperiled population of grizzly bears near the Montana-Canada border.

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Rare Daisy Imperiled by Gold Mining Moves Closer to Federal Protection

March 20, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the rare Inyo rock daisy may require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, kicking off a year-long review of threats to the plant.

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UN Chief Calls for Halt to New Fossil Fuel Development Ahead of Climate Ambition Summit

March 20, 2023

NEW YORK— The United Nations Secretary General set strong conditions for joining a global climate ambition summit in September, including ceasing all licensing and funding of new oil and gas development and halting expansion of existing oil and gas reserves. This price of entry puts the United States at risk of being shut out of the meeting. The announcement from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres came as the latest U.N. climate report declared drastic fossil fuel cuts are necessary to avert catastrophic warming.

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Tiny Virginia Fish Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

March 20, 2023

RICHMOND, Va.— In response to a legal petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the roughhead shiner, an olive minnow found only in the upper James River watershed in western Virginia, may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Two Southern Freshwater Mussels Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

March 17, 2023

DALLAS— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protection for two freshwater mussels in five southern states and designated 1,860 river miles as critical habitat.

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Court Voids Colorado’s OK of Increased Air Pollution From Tanker Truck Facility in Commerce City

March 17, 2023

DENVER— A state judge has voided a permit issued by the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division allowing a tanker truck repair shop to emit more asthma-causing air pollution. Polar Service Center is located in a part of Commerce City already heavily overburdened with pollution.

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Events in Arizona, New Mexico to Mark Silver Anniversary of Mexican Gray Wolves in Wild

March 16, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Public events throughout the Southwest this spring will mark the 25th anniversary of the first release of Mexican gray wolves into the wild.

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Protections Sought for Rare Mojave Desert Wildflower Threatened by Urban Sprawl, Energy Development

March 16, 2023

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a rare desert wildflower under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched Over U.S. Delay on Petition to Phase Out Oil Drilling on Public Lands

March 16, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today filed a notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for failing to respond to a petition to phase out oil and gas extraction on public lands.

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California Regulators Urged to Delay Harmful Rooftop Solar Plan

March 15, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— California regulators should revise a new rooftop solar plan to make solar more affordable for low-income communities, dozens of groups will tell the California Public Utilities Commission at its meeting Thursday. The commission’s plan drastically slashes the credit new solar users would get for sharing their extra solar energy with the grid.

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Sunflower Sea Star Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

March 15, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— Responding to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed today to protect imperiled sunflower sea stars as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Study Reveals Deadly Disease Spread Among African Amphibians

March 15, 2023

DAVIS, Calif.— Multiple strains of a deadly fungal pathogen are spreading among frogs across Africa, posing serious and widespread threats to amphibian populations, according to a scientific study published today in Frontiers in Conservation Science.

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Expanded Habitat Protections Sought for Imperiled Desert Fish in Arizona

March 15, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition today urging the federal government to expand the critical habitat designation for the Sonora chub, a small desert fish facing major threats.

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Court: U.S. Failure to Protect Pacific Humpbacks From Deadly Entanglements Was Unlawful

March 15, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal court ruled in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity yesterday in a lawsuit arguing that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to protect endangered Pacific humpback whales from deadly entanglements in sablefish pot gear off California, Oregon and Washington.

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Biden Administration Sued Over Willow Oil Project in Alaska’s Western Arctic

March 15, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Earthjustice filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of conservation groups to stop the massive Willow oil drilling project in Alaska’s Western Arctic, which the Biden administration approved March 13. This approval of an enormous new carbon pollution source undermines President Biden’s promises to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and transition the United States to clean energy.

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University of Mary Washington to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

March 15, 2023

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity and University of Mary Washington will host a free screening of My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter, a documentary that examines the choice to be childfree and the importance of reproductive rights and justice. The screening will be held at University of Mary Washington and followed by a Q&A and panel discussion about the relationship between reproductive freedom and the environment.

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Another Wild Wolf Killed in New York, Radio-Isotope Test Confirms

March 14, 2023

ALBANY, N.Y.— Conservation groups announced today that testing by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Museum revealed that a wolf killed in upstate New York in 2021 was eating a wild diet and was a wild wolf.

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New York Moth Receives Endangered Species Protections After 30 Years

March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— After more than 30 years of consideration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized the listing of the rare bog buck moth as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. But the agency failed to designate any critical habitat for the moth, despite habitat protections being critical to the species’ survival.

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U.S. Urged to Tighten Data Standards for Aquarium Fish Imports

March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to require and report species-level data for all ornamental fish brought into the country for the aquarium trade. As today’s letter notes, maintaining and disclosing reliable species information from the national database would aid conservation measures for fish threatened by overexploitation.

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Nevada Bill Would Let State Wildlife Agency Conserve Monarchs, Other Pollinators

March 13, 2023

RENO, Nev.— Nevada’s Assembly Natural Resources Committee will consider a bill today that would give the state’s Department of Wildlife authority to manage pollinators and other insects that need conservation.

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Biden Administration Approves Major Alaskan Arctic Drilling Project

March 13, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration released the final Willow Master Development Plan today, greenlighting the oil development project in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The final version of the project would allow for drilling at three pads.

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Legal Challenge Filed to Halt Caltrans’ Richardson Grove Project

March 10, 2023

EUREKA, Calif.— Conservation groups and Humboldt residents filed a legal challenge this week to a fourth attempt by Caltrans to approve the controversial Richardson Grove Project.

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Glen Canyon Dam Operations Must Safeguard Grand Canyon’s Rare Fish, Conservationists Warn

March 10, 2023

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation must manage Colorado River flows to prevent non-native smallmouth bass populations from establishing, thereby jeopardizing threatened humpback chub in the Grand Canyon, conservationists warned in formal comments submitted today.

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hear Testimony Friday on Abuses at U.S. Factory Farms

March 9, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hear testimony on Friday about human rights abuses linked to industrial meat, egg and dairy facilities in the United States. The testimony is part of the commission's multi-day period of sessions focused on “Reimagining Rights in the Americas.”

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Struggling Freshwater Mussels Protected Under Endangered Species Act

March 8, 2023

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Responding to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today listed the round hickorynut and longsolid freshwater mussels as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also set aside 2,136 river miles of critical habitat from Pennsylvania to Mississippi.

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Report: TVA Clean-Energy Transition Could Create Jobs, Save Billions

March 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— The nation’s largest public utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority, could create thousands of new jobs, improve public health, and help meet President Biden’s climate pledge if it transitions to 100% clean energy by 2035, according to a new study.

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EPA Petitioned to Halt Export of U.S.-Banned Pesticides to Developing Countries Unless Approved by Their Governments

March 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for International Environmental Law filed a legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to forbid export of pesticides banned in the United States to any country without prior consent of that country’s relevant authorities.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Imperiled Alligator Snapping Turtles

March 7, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to force it to ensure protections for 12 plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act, including the alligator snapping turtle and Suwannee alligator snapping turtle.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Imperiled Fishes in Utah, Nevada

March 7, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to decide whether to protect Utah’s least chub and Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley tui chub under the Endangered Species Act.

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Congress Urged to Spend $841 Million to Fully Fund Endangered Species Protection

March 7, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 120 conservation groups urged Congress today to significantly increase the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget for endangered species conservation from $331 million to $841 million.

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Petition Seeks to Protect Pygmy Rabbits Under Endangered Species Act

March 6, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— Conservation organizations submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today requesting protection of pygmy rabbits under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden Decision to Open 73.3 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico for Oil Leasing

March 6, 2023

WASHINGTON— Gulf community and environmental groups filed a legal challenge in federal court today to the Department of the Interior’s lease sale 259. The sale would offer 73.3 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing.

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Global Wildlife Trade Agreement Marks 50th Anniversary

March 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— Fifty organizations from around the world are urging an ambitious response to the extinction crisis as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species turns 50 years old on Friday.

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Caltrans Again Approves Richardson Grove Project

March 1, 2023

EUREKA, Calif.— Caltrans is attempting to approve the controversial Richardson Grove Project for a fourth time. The project would realign portions of Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park to facilitate passage of oversized commercial trucks, risking damage to a grove of ancient redwoods up to 3,000 years old. To realign the road, Caltrans proposes cutting and paving over roots of adjacent old-growth redwood trees.

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Frecklebelly Madtom Receives Endangered Species Protections in Georgia, Tennessee

March 1, 2023

ATLANTA— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a final rule that protects a population of 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, but the proposal would allow logging to continue.

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In Response to Lawsuit, EPA Agrees to Timeline for First Updates to Slaughterhouse Water-Pollution Standards in Nearly 20 Years

March 1, 2023

WASHINGTON— In a victory for clean water, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intent today to publish updated water-pollution control standards for slaughterhouses and animal rendering facilities by August 2025.

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Analysis: 4 Years Into Polis Administration, Coal Is Still Colorado’s Main Electricity Source as State Lags Behind on Green Energy

March 1, 2023

DENVER— Four years into Gov. Jared Polis’ administration, Colorado lags behind many other states in transitioning to a renewable energy economy, according to recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

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Florida Legislature Considers Use of Radioactive Phosphogypsum in Road Construction

February 28, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature introduced two bills today that would pave the way for the use of radioactive phosphogypsum in road construction.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Population Grew 23% in 2022

February 28, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the number of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest grew by 45 animals last year — from 196 in 2021, to 241 in 2022. Of those wolves, 136 were in western New Mexico and 105 in eastern Arizona.

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Motion Filed to Defend Forest Service Removal of Feral Cows From Gila National Forest

February 28, 2023

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a motion today to intervene in a New Mexico Cattle Growers Association lawsuit that seeks to stop the U.S. Forest Service from removing feral cows from the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico.

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'New York Times' Ad Blasts Automaker Climate Hypocrisy, Urges Biden Action

February 28, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and GreenLatinos placed a full-page ad in The New York Times today blasting automaker doublespeak on clean vehicles. The ad calls on President Biden to make the manufacturers cut carbon emissions 75% by 2030 and boost electric vehicle, or EV, access and production.

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Florida Rule to Protect Diamondback Terrapins From Recreational Crab Traps to Take Effect Wednesday

February 27, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A new rule aimed at protecting diamondback terrapin turtles from drowning in recreational blue crab traps will go into effect Wednesday, March 1.

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Rare Milkweed Gains Endangered Species Protection, Critical Habitat

February 27, 2023

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the prostrate milkweed as endangered. Only 24 populations of the plant survive, in south Texas and northern Mexico, where they serve as an important food source for pollinators like bees and imperiled monarch butterflies.

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House Republican Bill Would Upend Bedrock Environmental Review Law

February 27, 2023

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on legislation introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) that would curtail environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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EU Plan to Protect Marine Species Falls Short, Threatens Seafood Exports to United States

February 23, 2023

BRUSSELS— The European Commission’s EU Action Plan released this week falls short of protecting and restoring marine species and jeopardizes continued access for EU fish products to the lucrative U.S. seafood market, according to a coalition of animal welfare and conservation groups.

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Center for Biological Diversity Calls for Protection of Atlanta Forest, Independent Probe of Activist Killing

February 23, 2023

ATLANTA— Standing in solidarity with local organizations, communities and forest defenders who have been safeguarding the South River Forest for years, the Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the permanent protection of Atlanta’s biologically diverse forest and an independent investigation into the killing of a 26-year-old activist fighting to protect it.

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Court Backs Removal of Feral Cattle From Gila Wilderness

February 22, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE— The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico today announced its decision to deny a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the removal of feral (unbranded and unauthorized) cattle from the Gila Wilderness.

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Coloradans Strongly Support Wolf Restoration at Denver Meeting

February 22, 2023

DENVER— Scores of Coloradans today voiced their support for science-based, ecologically friendly wolf restoration throughout Colorado during a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission hearing on a draft wolf plan.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Colorado Wolves From Hunters at Wyoming Border

February 22, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the U.S. Forest Service of its intent to sue over the agency’s failure to protect wolves from hunters in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The lawsuit would seek a ban on wolf hunting and trapping in the entire forest, which straddles the Colorado-Wyoming border.

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Suit Launched to Force EPA to Tackle Toxic Air Pollution From Colorado Fossil Fuel Waste Disposal Plant

February 22, 2023

PARACHUTE, Colo.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to the Center’s challenge to the methods used to control toxic air pollution at a facility that disposes of liquid waste from fracking and oil and gas production.

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California Spotted Owl Gets Endangered Species Act Protections After 23 Years

February 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will protect the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. The owls have seen their numbers dwindle because of logging and climate change, among other threats.

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Lawsuit Filed to Require California to Close Loophole, Regulate Pesticide-Treated Seeds

February 22, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Environmental and public health groups have filed a legal challenge seeking to close the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s loophole allowing crop seeds treated with pesticides to avoid regulation as pesticides.

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Florida Commissioners Advance Rules Aimed at Curbing Bird Deaths at Skyway Pier

February 21, 2023

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted today to move forward with proposed regulations meant to address bird deaths and injuries at the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. But commissioners directed staff to consider significantly limiting the proposal, which wildlife advocates say already fails to truly protect thousands of birds from deadly fishing gear entanglements.

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Legal Agreement Forces EPA Action to Reduce Dangerous Smog Levels in Parts of California, Texas

February 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency agreed today to meet deadlines for reducing smog in parts of California and Texas that have some of the nation’s worst air pollution.

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Legal Win Protects Minnesota’s Rare Lynx From Cruel, Indiscriminate Trapping

February 21, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge today ordered the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to ban most uses of strangulation snares in northeastern Minnesota.

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Lawsuit Challenges White House Offices for Records on Endangered Species Delays

February 21, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs today for refusing to release records on their roles in delaying protections for species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The offices had illegally delayed protection of critical habitat for shorebirds called red knots by more than seven months.

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Forest Plan Fails Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest

February 17, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The U.S. Forest Service released the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan today, quadrupling logging and reducing protections for the most visited national forest in the country.

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Petition Seeks Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

February 16, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation filed a petition today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. As of the most recent census, just 73 Southern Resident orcas remain, divided among three family groups.

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Muro fronterizo de EE.UU. pone en peligro sitio del Patrimonio Mundial en México

February 16, 2023

PARÍS— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica solicitó hoy enlistar como “en peligro” un sitio en México del Patrimonio Mundial dañado por el muro fronterizo de EE. UU. El controvertido muro de EE. UU. corta en dos el hábitat desértico protegido más grande del mundo, bloqueando la conectividad escencial.

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U.S. Border Wall Endangers Mexican World Heritage Site

February 16, 2023

PARIS— The Center for Biological Diversity called for “in danger” status today for a Mexican World Heritage site harmed by the U.S. border wall. The controversial U.S. wall cuts the world’s largest swath of protected desert habitat in two, walling off critical habitat connectivity.

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18,000 People Urge Federal Officials to Boost Manatee Protections

February 16, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received more than 18,000 letters today supporting a petition to increase protections for West Indian manatees. The imperiled animals have been dying in record numbers in Florida waters.

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Proposed Rule Allows for Widespread Killing of Reintroduced Colorado Wolves

February 15, 2023

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposed wolf management rule that would allow livestock operators and federal and state agents to kill wolves. The rule would let ranchers kill wolves even on public lands, without requiring the use of nonlethal conflict prevention measures first.

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Vessel Strike Killed Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

February 15, 2023

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— A North Atlantic right whale that washed up dead onto the shore Sunday was likely killed by a vessel collision, NOAA Fisheries announced today. The results of a necropsy determined the cause of death to be “blunt force trauma,” which indicates the animal was struck by a passing vessel.

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Expertos se oponen a eliminar la protección a la boa puertorriqueña

February 15, 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Expertos puertorriqueños están denunciando la propuesta del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (FWS en inglés) de los Estados Unidos de quitar protecciones federales a la boa puertorriqueña. No hay información poblacional de estas serpientes tímidas y endémicas, sin embargo, las amenazas que llevaron a su designación como una especie en peligro de extinción continúan en la isla.

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Experts Oppose Proposed Removal of Puerto Rican Boa Protections

February 15, 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rican snake experts are denouncing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove federal protections from the Puerto Rican boa and plan to oppose the move during a Feb. 16 public hearing.

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Legal Action Launched to Protect Hippos Under Endangered Species Act

February 15, 2023

WASHINGTON— Animal protection and conservation groups today sent a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a legal petition to protect the common hippopotamus under the Endangered Species Act. The Service was required to respond to the March 2022 petition within 90 days, but nearly a year has passed, and the agency still has not responded.

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Rechazo enérgico a la injerencia de EUA en la política agrícola y de alimentación en México

February 14, 2023

El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Greenpeace México rechazan enérgicamente la intervención de los Estados Unidos en la decisión de México de eliminar gradualmente el glifosato y el maíz transgénico producido utilizando prácticas agrícolas intensivas en plaguicidas.

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Statement on U.S. Intervention in Mexico’s Phaseout of Genetically Engineered Corn

February 14, 2023

The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace México strongly condemn the United States’ heavy-handed intervention into Mexico’s decision to phase out genetically engineered (GE) corn that’s produced using pesticide-intensive farming practices and the herbicide glyphosate.

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Faith Communities to Hold Thursday News Conference to Urge Utah Legislature to Save Great Salt Lake

February 14, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah religious leaders will hold a news conference Thursday at the Utah State Capitol to urge Utah lawmakers to do everything in their power to restore the Great Salt Lake to ecological health.

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Legal Intervention Supports EPA Permit Requirements for St. Croix Refinery

February 14, 2023

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands— Community and conservation groups filed a motion to intervene yesterday in a case concerning Environmental Protection Agency air permits for a shuttered oil refinery. The Environmental Justice Clinic at Vermont Law and Graduate School filed the motion in the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of their clients, St. Croix Environmental Association, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club.

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Recovery of Once Rare Wood Stork Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

February 14, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it’s proposing to remove the wood stork from the endangered species list because the bird has recovered.

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Florida’s Proposal to Curb Bird Deaths at Skyway Pier Falls Short

February 14, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced proposed regulations today to address bird deaths and injuries at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. The move comes after nonprofit rescuers, wildlife groups and academics highlighted the thousands of birds rescued from entanglement at the pier over the past two years.

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Legal Action Launched Over White House Delay on Red Knot Habitat Protections

February 14, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today sent a notice of intent to sue the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for illegally delaying protection of the red knot shorebird’s critical habitat by more than seven months. Habitat loss has helped drive a drastic decline in the migrating shorebird’s population.

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Lawsuit Challenges Nevada Gov. Lombardo’s Unconstitutional Natural Resource Agency Appointment

February 13, 2023

CARSON CITY, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity and a former state employee sued Gov. Joe Lombardo today to challenge his Jan. 6 appointment of former state Sen. James Settelmeyer to be director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Imperiled Leopards One Step Closer to Increased Endangered Species Act Protection

February 13, 2023

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit by animal protection and conservation groups, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally agreed to a June 2027 deadline to determine if leopards warrant increased protection under the Endangered Species Act. Increased safeguards would ensure closer scrutiny of African leopard trophy imports and help boost funding to counter suspected population declines.

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Snake Experts to Oppose Removing Federal Protections From Puerto Rican Boa

February 13, 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday about its proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections from the Puerto Rican boa. The Puerto Rican boa is currently listed as an endangered species.

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Legal Filing Targets North Dakota’s Latest Lawsuit to Force More Oil, Gas Lease Sales on Public Lands

February 9, 2023

BISMARCK, N.D.— Climate and conservation groups defended the Biden administration in a brief filed today responding to a federal lawsuit brought by North Dakota seeking to force the federal government to hold more oil and gas lease sales in the state.

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Biden Administration’s Postponement of Oil, Gas Lease Sales to Be Defended by Conservation Groups

February 8, 2023

CASPER, Wyo.— Seventeen conservation groups represented by Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center moved to intervene today to defend the Biden administration’s 2021 postponement of several oil and gas lease sales.

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New Joshua Tree Bill Spurs California Commission to Delay Decision on Protecting Iconic Plants

February 8, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously today to postpone a decision on whether to permanently protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act. The commission agreed to wait to see whether a new bill proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration becomes law.

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Wildlife Agency Fails to Address Extinction in Changes to Endangered Species Regulations

February 8, 2023

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will be revising regulations governing the process for issuing permits under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act. The changes are a huge missed opportunity because they afford no new protections to threatened and endangered plants and animals, conservationists say.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Failure to Protect Rare Wildlife From South Florida Development

February 8, 2023

MIAMI— Conservation groups sued the National Park Service today for failing to protect the endangered Florida bonneted bat, Miami tiger beetle, Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak, endangered plants and globally imperiled pine rocklands from the destructive effects of the Miami Wilds water park and retail development in South Florida.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Delay of Endangered Species Act Protection for 15 Animals, Plants

February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying critically needed Endangered Species Act protection for 15 imperiled plants and animals. The species range from cactus ferruginous pygmy owls in the Sonoran Desert to tall western penstemons in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect U.S. Waters From Ship Pollution, Invasive Species

February 6, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to finalize nationwide standards that would protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges.

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New Analysis: 40% of U.S. Wildlife, Ecosystems Are Imperiled

February 6, 2023

WASHINGTON— A new report on the status of U.S. wildlife conservation reveals that 40% of animals, 34% of plants and 40% of ecosystems nationwide are at risk. Released today, the analysis — Biodiversity in Focus: United States Edition — was compiled by NatureServe, a nonprofit organization that assembles conservation data from a national network of scientists and organizations.

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State Efforts to Remove Federal Grizzly Protections Move Forward

February 3, 2023

BOZEMAN, Mont.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a finding stating that removing federal protections from grizzly bear populations in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems “may be warranted.” Removing Endangered Species Act safeguards could pave the way for the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

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Senate to Consider Legislation to Protect America’s Children From Toxic Pesticides

February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced legislation today to increase protections against exposure to toxic pesticides.

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Lawsuit Challenges Sprawl Development in Northern California Wildfire Zone

February 2, 2023

CHICO, Calif.— A coalition of environmental groups sued the city of Chico today for approving a development with nearly 2,800 housing units without properly assessing or mitigating wildfire and other environmental risks. The Valley’s Edge project would bring nearly 5,700 residents to an area that has burned repeatedly and is adjacent to the town of Paradise, which was devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON— Conservation and wildlife advocacy groups are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act this year, commemorating five decades of effective and crucial protection for imperiled animals and plants.

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Two Ohio Waterways Nominated for Strongest Clean Water Act Protections

February 1, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Center for Biological Diversity and its partners filed a formal request today with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency seeking protective designations for the Big and Little Darby creeks near Columbus. The Outstanding National Resource Waters designations would afford the creeks the strongest level of protection under the Clean Water Act.

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Legal Petition Seeks Environmental Review Improvements Promised by Biden

February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Council on Environmental Quality today to strengthen the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act to better tackle the climate crisis, meaningfully address environmental justice and push agencies to make better, more environmentally protective decisions.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Few Remaining Streaked Horned Larks As Endangered

January 31, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society of Portland sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect streaked horned larks, once-numerous birds found in Washington and Oregon, as endangered.

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Federal Officials Miss Deadline to Protect Ghost Orchid As Endangered

January 31, 2023

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has missed the statutory deadline to make a decision on protecting the iconic ghost orchid, leaving the species in a regulatory limbo without crucial safeguards. The deadline was Jan. 24, but currently the Service is not scheduled to make a decision until 2026.

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Mosaic Mining Workshops Fail to Stem Pollution Concerns

January 31, 2023

ARCADIA, Fla.— The Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest fertilizer manufacturers, will complete its mining workshop series today before the DeSoto County Board of Commissioners. Mosaic wants to mine 18,000 acres in DeSoto County, but the company needs the commission to rezone the land to allow mining.

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Dragado a La Bahía De San Juan Provocará Un Gran Daño Social Y Ambiental

January 30, 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– Las organizaciones ambientales y comunitarias El Puente-Enlace Latino de Acción Climática, CORALations y el Centro para la Diversidad Biológica denunciaron este martes que el acuerdo reciente entre el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los EE.UU. y la Autoridad de los Puertos de Puerto Rico para comenzar el dragado de la Bahía de San Juan, provocará grandes daños ambientales y sociales.

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Corps Schedules Massive Dredging Project Despite Public Health, Environmental Objections

January 30, 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Puerto Rico Ports Authority announced an agreement today to proceed with dredging in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico. The project will deepen and widen shipping channels to allow massive liquefied natural gas and long-range oil tankers to import foreign fossil fuels. A lawsuit pending in federal district court challenges the Army Corps’ dredging project.

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Lawsuit Seeks Lifesaving Protections for Montana’s Arctic Grayling

January 30, 2023

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today seeking protections for Montana’s Arctic grayling population under the Endangered Species Act. The parties — the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and Butte resident Pat Munday — are represented by Earthjustice.

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New Mexico Butterfly Gains Endangered Species Act Protection

January 30, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In response to multiple petitions and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly as an endangered species.

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Report: U.S. Utilities Shut Off Power 5.7 Million Times as Shareholders, Executives Raked in Billions

January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON— Utility companies have disconnected U.S. households more than 5.7 million times since 2020 while shelling out billions to shareholders and top executives, according to Powerless in the U.S., a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity, Energy and Policy Institute and BailoutWatch.

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50 Groups Urge N.M. Governor to End Oil, Gas Extraction by 2034

January 27, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— More than 50 Indigenous, environmental and social justice organizations marked the start of New Mexico’s 2023 legislative session by calling on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to promote strong science-based climate legislation that phases out oil and gas production by 2034.

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Federal Judge Finds BLM Imperiled Sage Grouse, Broke Environmental Laws in Approving Idaho Phosphate Mine

January 26, 2023

BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that in approving the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine the Bureau of Land Management had failed to adequately assess environmental harms, including harms to vital habitat for the imperiled sage grouse.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Imperiled Southern Hognose Snakes

January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to gain Endangered Species Act protection for southern hognose snakes in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

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College of Charleston to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

January 26, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host a free screening of My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter, a documentary that examines the choice to be childfree and the importance of reproductive rights and justice. The screening will be held at the College of Charleston and will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion about the relationship between reproductive freedom and the environment.

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U.S. Forest Service Restores Critical Protections to Tongass National Forest

January 25, 2023

JUNEAU, Alaska (Áakʼw Ḵwáan Territory)— In a win for Southeast Alaska communities, wildlife and the climate, the U.S. Forest Service today reinstated Roadless Rule protections across the Tongass rainforest in Southeast Alaska.

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Oil Industry Seeks Supreme Court Review of California Offshore Fracking Ban

January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— The American Petroleum Institute and two oil companies filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court today, seeking a review of a lower court decision that halted offshore fracking in federal waters off California. A previous request by the Biden administration to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an “en banc” review of the ruling was denied.

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Biden Administration Oil, Gas Drilling Approvals Outpace Trump’s

January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON— Federal data show the Biden administration approved 6,430 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first two years, outpacing the Trump administration’s 6,172 drilling-permit approvals in its first two years.

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San Clemente Island Bell’s Sparrow Flies Off Endangered Species List

January 24, 2023

LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it’s removing the Bell’s sparrow and four plants found only on San Clemente Island from the endangered species list due to recovery.

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24 Groups Urge Federal Overhaul of Weak Habitat Protections for Florida Bat

January 24, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— More than twenty environmental organizations have urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide additional habitat protections for the Florida bonneted bat. The endangered native bats face devastating habitat loss from climate change and urban sprawl.

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House Bill Would Sacrifice Public Lands to Draw From Strategic Petroleum Reserve

January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON— House Republicans will today likely pass H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act, which would sacrifice millions of acres of public lands. The legislation by Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) would prevent the White House from using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve unless the percentage of public lands and offshore waters leased for oil and gas increases by the same percentage as any future drawdown from the reserve.

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Removal of Wandering Mexican Wolf Dismays Conservationists

January 23, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— A female Mexican gray wolf known as Asha was captured in northern New Mexico by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.

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Lawsuit Aims to Defend Climate, Clean Air From Fracking in New Mexico’s Permian Basin

January 23, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— Conservation groups, led by citizens from Carlsbad, N.M., filed suit today to overturn the Biden administration’s approval of nearly 6,000 acres of oil and gas leases in southeast New Mexico’s Permian Basin.

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U.S. Court in Tucson to Hear Arguments on Proposed Freeway Threatening Wildlife, Public Lands

January 23, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of Interstate 11. The proposed north-south highway in Arizona would destroy pristine Sonoran Desert, harm threatened desert tortoises and other wildlife, and worsen air pollution.

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Sickle Darter Receives Critical Habitat Protection in Tennessee, Virginia

January 23, 2023

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule today to protect 104 miles of rivers as critical habitat in Tennessee and Virginia for a fish called the sickle darter under the Endangered Species Act. The Service designated the sickle darter as a threatened species in November.

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge EPA’s Failure to Protect Colorado From Oil, Gas Industries’ Asthma-Causing Smog

January 23, 2023

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today to limit pollution from drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and methane gas in Colorado.

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Legal Intervention Defends Protections for Arctic Ringed Seals

January 23, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a motion today to intervene in a lawsuit regarding protections for the Arctic ringed seal. The intervention seeks to defend the federal government’s rejection of the state of Alaska’s efforts to end Endangered Species Act protections for the seal.

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Legal Arguments Begin in Case Challenging EPA’s Decision to Authorize Medically Important Antibiotic as Citrus Pesticide

January 22, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument on Monday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the medically important antibiotic streptomycin as a pesticide on citrus crops.

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Biden Administration Sinks Emergency Petition to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

January 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service today denied an emergency petition that sought to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels in their calving grounds off the coast of the southeast United States. The species is down to about 70 reproductive females.

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden EPA Failure to Cut Airplane Soot Pollution

January 20, 2023

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its rule that fails to cut aircraft particulate matter pollution, commonly known as soot and smoke.

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Lawsuit Challenges Approval of Sea Port Oil Terminal

January 19, 2023

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas— Environmental and community groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation today over its approval of the Sea Port Oil Terminal, also known as SPOT, a proposed massive Gulf Coast deepwater oil-export facility off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas.

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Letter Urges Agencies to Let Mexican Gray Wolf Continue Northern New Mexico Travels

January 19, 2023

SANTA FE, N.M.— Conservation advocates today sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish urging the agencies to allow a female Mexican gray wolf to continue her wandering journey in northern New Mexico.

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Petition Seeks Hounding Ban in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

January 19, 2023

MILWAUKEE— Wildlife conservation and animal protection groups petitioned the U.S. Forest Service today to ban hounding in Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Hounding is the practice of training and using dogs to hunt and chase down black bears and other wildlife.

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Petition Seeks Sea Otter Reintroduction Along Broader West Coast

January 19, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce sea otters to a large stretch of the West Coast. Threatened southern sea otters occupy only 13% of their historic range, and a small population of the animals currently lives on California’s central coast.

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Appeal Targets Environmental Justice Harms From California’s Rooftop Solar Plan

January 18, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Environmental Working Group today appealed the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to significantly slash compensation to the state’s rooftop solar customers. The commission’s decision will harm the ability of environmental justice communities to go green.

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U.S. Tags Mining Company for Trespassing in Protected Tiehm’s Buckwheat Habitat

January 18, 2023

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a trespassing notice today to Australian mining company Ioneer after the Center for Biological Diversity documented harm from drilling operations to the critical habitat of an endangered plant called Tiehm’s buckwheat.

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Plan to Cut Down Potter Valley Eagle Tree on Hold for Nesting Season

January 18, 2023

POTTER VALLEY, Calif.— A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit allowing a utility company to cut down a Mendocino County tree containing a bald eagle’s nest has been put on hold for the remainder of the nesting season.

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U.S. Court in Denver to Hear Challenge on Water Contract Threatening Utah’s Green River

January 17, 2023

DENVER— The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Thursday on a challenge to a federal decision allowing Utah to take tens of thousands of additional acre-feet of water each year from the Upper Colorado River Basin at the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. The Interior Department’s 2019 decision failed to account for drought-induced climate warming.

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Sen. Schumer Wins 2022 Rubber Dodo Award

January 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer won the Center for Biological Diversity’s Rubber Dodo award today for inserting a last-minute rider into the 2023 omnibus budget bill that potentially condemns the North Atlantic right whale to extinction.

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Potter Valley Eagle Tree Still Stands

January 12, 2023

POTTER VALLEY, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric has agreed to a temporary reprieve for a bald eagle’s nest proposed for removal in Mendocino County while negotiations continue between the company, the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and environmental groups.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Oregon Spotted Frogs in Upper Deschutes River

January 12, 2023

BEND, Ore.—The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue two federal agencies for approving a habitat conservation plan in the upper Deschutes River that fails to ensure the Wickiup Dam won’t drive the threatened Oregon spotted frog extinct.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Delay in Reducing Harmful Soot Pollution in California, Pennsylvania

January 12, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif.— Conservation and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that an effective plan is in place to reduce soot pollution in Los Angeles.

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Tribal Nation, Environmental Groups Demand Reprieve for Bald Eagle Nest in Northern California

January 11, 2023

WILLITS, Calif.— The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and environmental advocates are calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revoke a permit that would allow Pacific Gas & Electric to cut a tree in Mendocino County that contains a historic eagles nest.

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Oregon Butterfly Is Endangered Species Act Success

January 11, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Fender’s blue butterfly will be downlisted from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. This action is based on the recovery of butterfly populations in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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Oregon, Northern California Coastal Chinook Salmon Move Closer to Endangered Species Protection

January 11, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition by the Native Fish Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds, the National Marine Fisheries Service determined today that the Oregon Coast and southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Chinook salmon may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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300 Groups Urge Biden Administration to Phase Out Federal Fossil Fuels to Keep Climate Promises, International Commitments

January 11, 2023

WASHINGTON— More than 300 community groups sent a letter to the Interior Department today outlining nine concrete steps it has authority to take to bring public lands and waters management in line with climate science and the president’s own climate promises.

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Forest Service Urged to Reject Massive Idaho Gold Mine Threatening Endangered Species, Public Health

January 10, 2023

MCCALL, Idaho— A planned open-pit cyanide leach gold mine in Idaho’s Salmon River Mountains would jeopardize public health and clean water, harm endangered species, violate Indigenous treaty rights and permanently scar thousands of acres of public land in the headwaters of the South Fork Salmon River, a coalition of local and national conservation groups said.

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$15,000 Reward Offered for Info on Oregon Wolf Killed Illegally in Late 2022

January 10, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore.— Wildlife conservation groups today announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal killing of a collared male wolf in Klamath County late last fall.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Tiehm’s Buckwheat From Cattle Trampling

January 9, 2023

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to protect the rare Nevada wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat from destruction due to cattle grazing. The notice seeks to remove cattle from the buckwheat’s federally protected critical habitat.

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Critical Habitat in California Wine Country Slated for Conservation

January 5, 2023

NAPA COUNTY, Calif.— Approximately 2,300 acres of intact wildlife habitat in Napa County is expected to be sold to a land trust for permanent protection under an agreement announced this week.

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Emergency Management Agency Documents on Fossil Fuel Spending

January 4, 2023

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency today for failing to release public records about the agency’s spending on energy-related projects and assistance to help communities rebuild after disasters. The records should show how much FEMA spends on fossil-fuel related projects compared to renewable energy alternatives.

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U.S. Urged to Deny Huge Arizona Pump Storage Projects Targeting Black Mesa

January 3, 2023

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Tó Nizhóní Ání, Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed motions urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny preliminary permit applications for three pump storage projects southeast of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation.

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Hawai‘i’s Iconic ‘I‘iwi Receives Habitat Protections

December 27, 2022

HONOLULU— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it plans to designate more than 275,000 acres as protected critical habitat for the threatened ‘i‘iwi, the best known of Hawai‘i’s imperiled honeycreepers.

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Court Forces EPA to Address Harms of Four Pesticides to Endangered Species

December 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to address the harms of four pesticides to endangered plants and animals.

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Senate Democrats Pass Extinction Omnibus, Endangering Right Whale

December 22, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Democratic-controlled Senate passed its massive omnibus funding package today that includes an unprecedented right whale extinction rider. The measure will allow the U.S. lobster fishery to delay for six years essential conservation actions to prevent fishing gear from entangling and killing critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The rider was inserted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Svitlana Romanko, Joye Braun Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism

December 22, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today awarded the 2022 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to Svitlana Romanko and posthumously to the late Joye Braun.

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Legal Victory: Court Rules EPA’s Registration of Bee-Killing Insecticide Unlawful, Citing Failure to Assess Risks to Endangered Species

December 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— In a major win for pollinators and other wildlife, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to protect endangered species from the bee-killing insecticide sulfoxaflor. The court held that the agency’s 2019 decision to allow new uses of sulfoxaflor across more than 200 million acres of pollinator-attractive crops violated the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden Administration Oil Leasing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

December 21, 2022

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— National and community-based environmental groups filed a legal challenge today to stop the Department of the Interior’s lease sale in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Lease sale 258, scheduled for Dec. 30, would auction off nearly a million acres of federal waters in southcentral Alaska, opening the door to decades of future oil and gas drilling.

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Nearly 4,200 Acres of Habitat Protected for Endangered Florida Fern

December 21, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 4,195 acres of critical habitat for the endangered 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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Minnesota Releases Final Wolf Management Plan

December 20, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released its final wolf management plan, which will guide the state’s wolf conservation efforts for the next decade. It replaces a previous plan that was last updated in 2001.

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Right Whale Condemned to Extinction in Senate Omnibus

December 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— With no process or accountability, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy inserted an unprecedented right whale policy rider into the omnibus funding budget released today. Schumer’s measure gives the U.S. lobster fishery six years to delay necessary actions to prevent fishing gear from entangling and killing critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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BLM Starts Permitting for Nevada Lithium Mine That Threatens Rare Wildflower

December 19, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the start of environmental review today for a Nevada lithium mine that jeopardizes an endangered wildflower, kicking off a 30-day scoping comment period that spans the holidays.

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Biodiversity Summit Agrees to Protect 30% of Planet by 2030

December 19, 2022

MONTREAL— A global agreement was reached today to protect 30% of terrestrial, freshwater and marine areas by 2030. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15, in Montreal concluded by adopting the “Kunming-Montreal Global biodiversity framework.” The framework centers the role of Indigenous Peoples in meeting the habitat goals and vastly increases financing for biodiversity.

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Lawsuit Challenges San Bernardino County Approval of Polluting Warehouse Near Schools, Homes

December 16, 2022

BLOOMINGTON, Calif.— Environmental justice and conservation groups sued San Bernardino County today for approving a Bloomington warehouse complex without adequately addressing the harms it will cause to air quality, public health and housing.

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Southeast Freshwater Champion Receives 2022 E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Award

December 16, 2022

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— Jim Williams, Ph.D, an icon of research and advocacy for endangered species in the American Southeast, is the 2022 recipient of the Center for Biological Diversity’s annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation.

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Federal Officials Urged to Save Coastal Birds at Florida State Park

December 15, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sent a letter today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act if Florida doesn’t swiftly rein in threats to protected coastal birds at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

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Colorado Judge Rules Polis Administration Broke Air Quality Law Over West Elk Coal Mine Permit

December 14, 2022

GUNNISON, Colo.— A Colorado court has ruled that Gov. Jared Polis’ administration violated state law by failing to act on an air pollution permit for the West Elk coal mine in western Colorado.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Arizona Border Shipping Containers From Damming Streams, Washes

December 14, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration and state contractor AshBritt, Inc., for violating federal law by blocking streams and washes along the U.S.-Mexico border with hundreds of shipping containers.

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Whitebark Pine Protected as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

December 14, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the whitebark pine will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The pine is the most widespread tree to receive such protection. It occurs in high-elevation areas of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada.

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Demanda empuja a EE. UU. a sancionar a México mientras la vaquita marina se acerca a la extinción

December 14, 2022

NUEVA YORK— Organizaciones ambientalistas demandaron hoy al Departamento del Interior de EE. UU. ante un tribunal federal para forzar una decisión largamente postergada de sancionar a México por permitir la pesca y el comercio ilegales que ponen en peligro a la vaquita marina.

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Tiehm’s Buckwheat Protected as Endangered Species

December 14, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protection today for the rare wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat, responding to a petition and litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Pushes U.S. to Sanction Mexico as Vaquita Porpoise Nears Extinction

December 14, 2022

NEW YORK— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Department of the Interior today in federal court to force a long overdue decision to sanction Mexico for allowing illegal fishing and trade that endanger the vaquita porpoise.

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International Coalition Urges Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Investigate Abuses of Industrial Meat, Egg, Dairy Facilities

December 13, 2022

WASHINGTON— Indigenous, human-rights, conservation, and public-health groups are asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold a thematic hearing on human-rights abuses caused by industrial meat, egg and dairy facilities across the American continents.

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Reindeer Population Wins Endangered Species Protection in Time for Holidays

December 12, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Dolphin and Union caribou today as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This specific population of barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) — also known as reindeer — inhabits the Arctic regions of Canada’s northern territories. The endangered listing restricts trade in Dolphin and Union caribou in the United States.

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EPA Report: Automakers Stalling on Clean Vehicles

December 12, 2022

WASHINGTON— Major automakers are selling millions of gas guzzlers and a relative handful of electric and other clean vehicles, making little progress against pollution, according to the Automotive Trends Report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Petition Seeks Jaguar Reintroduction, Habitat Protection in New Mexico, Arizona

December 12, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to reintroduce jaguars to the Southwest. The largest cat in the Americas was put on the endangered species list 50 years ago, but because of federal inaction, only a single known wild jaguar now survives in the United States.

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Heavy Reliance on Wolf Killing in Colorado’s Draft Management Plan

December 9, 2022

DENVER— Colorado Parks and Wildlife today unveiled a draft restoration and management plan for wolves in the state. But the proposed plan allows for wolves to be killed frequently and would let the state remove protections before a sustainable population is established.

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Rising Threats to Wildlife Reported by Red List as Global Biodiversity Negotiations Plod On in Montreal

December 9, 2022

MONTREAL— An update released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that 28% of plants and animals around the globe are threatened with extinction. The new IUCN Red List identifies 42,108 species as threatened out of 150,388 species for which there is enough information to determine a conservation status.

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Court Orders U.S. to Examine California Shipping Lanes’ Role in Endangered Whale Deaths

December 8, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal court ruled in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth Wednesday in their lawsuit challenging the failure of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard to protect endangered whales from being struck by ships using California ports.

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Scientists Demand Endangered Species Act Protection for Pacific Walrus

December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— Twelve scientists urged the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to promptly protect the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity first submitted a petition to list the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) as threatened or endangered in 2008, more than a decade ago.

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Uranium Mine Gears Up Near Grand Canyon National Park

December 7, 2022

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The Pinyon Plain Mine (formerly Canyon Mine) appears to be gearing up for uranium mining operations fewer than 10 miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Hundreds more uranium mines could eventually be developed on federal public lands near Grand Canyon National Park if the Senate fails to pass Senate Bill 387, the Grand Canyon Protection Act.

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Defense Bill Includes Massive Military Land Grab in Nevada

December 7, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act released Tuesday night by the House Rules Committee contains provisions that would enable an enormous military land grab in Nevada.

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Legal Agreement Blocks Oil Drilling on 725,000 Acres of California Central Coast

December 6, 2022

MARINA, Calif.— A federal judge approved an agreement today to suspend new oil and gas leasing across more than 725,000 acres of public lands in California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area. The legal agreement was reached by conservation groups, Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Highly Endangered Amargosa Voles in California

December 6, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today to protect highly imperiled Amargosa voles from unmanaged recreational use within their federally protected critical habitat. The voles’ small range is limited to dense bulrush marshes near a popular hot spring in the Mojave Desert outside Tecopa, California.

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Global Leaders at COP15 Urged to Stop Extinction Now

December 6, 2022

MONTREAL— Thousands of scientists and advocates from around the world are urging international biodiversity conference delegates to draft an ambitious framework to end the extinction crisis and safeguard biodiversity and Indigenous communities. The 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15, opens today in Montreal.

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Tuesday Morning Rally to Urge Congress to Oppose Manchin’s Dirty Deal

December 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— Members of Congress and climate justice advocates will rally Tuesday morning outside the Cannon House Office Building to oppose Sen. Joe Manchin’s massive giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.

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750 Groups Blast Manchin Ploy to Include Dirty Deal in Defense Bill

December 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— As West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin continues to promote his fossil fuel permitting scheme, more than 750 climate, environmental justice, public health, youth and progressive organizations sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional leadership today opposing what they call a “cruel and direct attack on environmental justice communities.”

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Emergency Endangered Species Act Protections Sought for Clear Lake Hitch

December 5, 2022

CLEARLAKE, Calif.— Together with the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake and the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Center for Biological Diversity urged Interior Secretary Debra Haaland and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to provide emergency protections to the Clear Lake hitch.

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Newsom Administration Sued Over New Oil, Gas Wells Near Homes, Recent Spills

December 1, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued California oil regulators today for approving more than a dozen new oil and gas wells in Los Angeles and Kern counties, some near homes and schools, without conducting a required review intended to protect public health and the environment.

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Lawsuit Challenges City of Bakersfield’s Diversions of Kern River

December 1, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Conservation groups have sued the city of Bakersfield for diverting water from the Kern River and ignoring the harms such diversions do to the community and wildlife. The lawsuit, filed in Kern County Superior Court on Wednesday, seeks greater protections for the river, which is completely dry near Bakersfield because of diversions for agricultural use.

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EPA Renewable Fuels ‘Set Rule’ to Destroy Habitat, Kill Endangered Species, Degrade Water Quality

December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released its long-delayed proposal today establishing fuel volume requirements for corn ethanol and other biofuels for 2023, 2024 and 2025. The so-called “set rule” was the EPA’s first opportunity to set such volume requirements at any level, including below the congressionally mandated floors in place over the previous decade.

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Lawsuit Launched to Seek Federal Protections for Two Turtles, Rare Flower

December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the alligator snapping turtle, Pearl River map turtle and bracted twistflower under the Endangered Species Act.

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Dixie Valley Toad Receives Final Endangered Species Protections

December 1, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has finalized Endangered Species Act protections for the highly imperiled Dixie Valley toad. The toad was protected under a rare emergency order in April, and those emergency protections expire Dec. 2.

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Florida Strengthens Manatee Protections in Boater Safety Courses

November 30, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a petition from conservation organizations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted today to amend its boater safety course to protect imperiled manatees and other marine life.

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Endangered Wildlife Win Protections From Lead on National Wildlife Refuges

November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— A federal judge today ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take measures to protect endangered wildlife harmed by expanded hunting and fishing on national wildlife refuges. The protections include phasing out the use of poisonous lead ammunition and tackle at several refuges across the country.

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Two California Plants Saved From Extinction by Endangered Species Act

November 30, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove two Channel Islands plants from the endangered species list because they have successfully recovered.

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$60K Awarded to Students Focused on Protecting Southern California’s Signature River

November 30, 2022

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— The Utom Conservation Fund, a group of cultural and environmental organizations, has awarded $60,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students dedicated to the conservation of the Santa Clara River, also known as Utom.

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Northern Long-Eared Bats Win Endangered Species Protection

November 29, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed northern long-eared bats as endangered today, reversing a previous “threatened” listing that allowed destructive activities like clearcutting to proceed in the bats' habitat.

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New Lawsuit Demands National Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the failure of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a national gray wolf recovery plan under the Endangered Species Act.

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CITES Meeting Concludes With Bids to Open Ivory, Rhino Horn Trading Defeated

November 25, 2022

PANAMA CITY— Countries at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting confirmed votes Thursday rejecting resumption of the ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, sparing elephants and rhinos from increased threats.

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CITES Vote Grants 21 U.S. Turtle Species International Trade Protections

November 23, 2022

PANAMA CITY— Countries from around the globe voted at the CITES conference today to restrict trade in 21 U.S. turtle species. The decision was made at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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Groups Petition EPA to Require Better Measurement of Toxic Air Pollution Emitted by Colorado Plant’s Disposal of Fossil Fuel Waste

November 23, 2022

PARACHUTE, Colo.— Conservation and public health groups filed a petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to require adequate measurement of the toxic air pollution being emitted by a facility that disposes of liquid waste from fracking and oil and gas production.

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Critical Habitat Proposed for Endangered Florida Bonneted Bat

November 22, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a court-ordered agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed protecting nearly 1.2 million acres of ­­critical habitat for the endangered Florida bonneted bat. The native bat faces devastating habitat loss from climate change and urban sprawl.

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Conservation Groups Intervene to Protect Utah Monuments, Antiquities Act

November 22, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY— Conservation groups filed a motion today to intervene in two lawsuits challenging President Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The lawsuits, led by the state of Utah, also attack the Antiquities Act as unlawful.

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Legal Victory: Court Orders EPA to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Toxic Pesticide

November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency today to fulfill its long-delayed mandatory duties to protect endangered species from the highly toxic insecticide cyantraniliprole.

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EPA Requires St. Croix Refinery to Obtain New Air Permit Before Restarting

November 21, 2022

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the oil refinery on St. Croix cannot restart without a new comprehensive Clean Air Act permit, called the Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit.

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New Washington Wildlife Commission Policy Forecloses Spring Bear Hunt

November 21, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 on Friday to adopt a policy that forecloses spring black bear hunting, effectively ending the hunt unless the commission votes to reverse its decision in the future.

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Petition Urges Fish and Wildlife Service to Protect Manatee as Endangered

November 21, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, Miami Waterkeeper, Save the Manatee Club and Frank S. González García today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase protections for West Indian manatees. The petition urges the Service to reclassify the species from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Survey: 90% of Americans Want Less Materialistic Holidays

November 21, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new national survey by the Center for Biological Diversity found that 90% of Americans wish the holiday season was less materialistic and 87% believe the holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts. The paid, national random online survey of over 900 people was conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 17, 2022.

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COP27 Makes Breakthrough on Loss and Damage But Flops on Fossil Fuels

November 20, 2022

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt— The United Nations climate summit ended in Egypt today with a critical failure to include commitments to phase out all climate-heating fossil fuels as the science behind the Paris Agreement demands.

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Petition Seeks California Endangered Species Protection for Sage Grouse

November 18, 2022

SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today to protect greater sage grouse in the state under the California Endangered Species Act. The petition, filed with the California Fish and Game Commission, demonstrates that most of the greater sage grouse populations in California have declined significantly and are at imminent risk of being wiped out.

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Nations Vote to Restrict Trade in 3 Imperiled Indo-Pacific Sea Cucumbers

November 18, 2022

PANAMA CITY— Parties to CITES voted today to protect the pineapple sea cucumber, the amberfish sea cucumber and the red-lined or ‘candycane’ sea cucumber. All species are threatened by trade and will be protected under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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Lesser Prairie Chicken Protected Under Endangered Species Act

November 17, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In a victory for lesser prairie chickens, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it would protect the iconic grassland bird under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Mexico, Arizona Advocates Rally at Forest Service to Support Urgent Climate Action

November 16, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Activists rallied at the Forest Service Region 3 headquarters in Albuquerque today to call on federal agencies and the Biden administration to enact meaningful solutions to the climate crisis, including protecting carbon-storing mature and old-growth trees from logging and ending fossil fuel extraction.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Critical Habitat for Rare South Florida Beetle

November 16, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to push the agency to protect endangered Miami tiger beetles by designating lifesaving critical habitat. The proposed critical habitat includes areas in Miami’s Richmond Pine Rocklands, which are under imminent threat from development.

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Judge Allows Biden Administration to Delay Restoring Critical Endangered Species Act Protections

November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— In a major setback for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court today sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, delaying the restoration of comprehensive Endangered Species Act protections for hundreds of species and the places they call home.

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120-Plus Groups Call on EPA to Protect Black, Indigenous, People of Color From Pesticides

November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 120 groups today urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to put commonsense safeguards in place to better protect Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as low-wealth communities, from disproportionate harm from pesticides.

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Biden Administration Announces Tighter Rules for African Elephant Imports

November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed new restrictions today on U.S. imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies and live trade. The proposal halts trophy imports from countries who cannot certify annually that their elephant populations are “stable or increasing,” have up-to-date population data, or have adequate conservation legislation. But today’s proposal stops short of a total ban on trophy and live elephant imports.

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Historic Announcement Ends Net Pen Fish Farms in Washington

November 15, 2022

SEATTLE— In an announcement late Monday night, the Washington Department of Natural Resources revealed it would not be renewing any of Cooke Aquaculture’s permits for in-water fish net pens in Washington state.

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Lawsuit Challenges Army Corps Decision Imperiling Wetlands Near Okefenokee Swamp

November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— On behalf of four conservation groups, the Southern Environmental Law Center today challenged, in federal court, a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to unlawfully reinstate jurisdictional determinations that removed Clean Water Act protections from almost 600 acres of wetlands on the doorstep of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Nevada Fish

November 15, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the Fish Lake Valley tui chub under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Utah’s Least Chub

November 15, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— 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 protect the imperiled least chub under the Endangered Species Act.

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8 Billion People on Earth Crowding Out Imperiled Animals, Plants

November 15, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The world population hit 8 billion people today, accelerating the global extinction crisis for animals and plants imperiled by population growth’s effects on habitat, water, air, and other natural resources.

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Albuquerque Rally at Forest Service Headquarters Aims to Protect Mature Forests, Keep Fossil Fuels In the Ground

November 15, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE— Conservation groups will rally in front of the U.S. Forest Service Region 3 headquarters in Albuquerque Wednesday to urge the Biden administration to stop logging mature and old-growth forests on public lands and enact a lasting rule to protect them. The groups also will deliver petitions and letters from thousands of people who want these climate-saving carbon sinks protected.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Southern Hognose Snake

November 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for denying Endangered Species Act protections to the southern hognose snake. The species lives in coastal plain habitat in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It used to also be found in Alabama and Mississippi, but populations there have disappeared.

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Report: U.S. Agencies Undermine Biden’s Pledge to Protect Climate-Saving Forests

November 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— As world leaders gather to address the climate crisis, U.S. land management agencies are undermining President Biden’s commitment to conserve mature and old-growth forests and trees by logging thousands of acres on public lands that serve as climate-saving carbon sinks, according to a new report released today.

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Female Horseshoe Crabs Protected From Bait Harvest in Delaware Bay

November 10, 2022

LONG BRANCH, N.J.— The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted today to temporarily halt the harvest of female horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay, a crucial nesting area and stopover habitat for endangered red knots and other migratory shorebirds that feed on the crabs’ eggs.

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Shortfin Mako Shark Denied Federal Protections

November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON— The highly imperiled shortfin mako shark was denied federal protection today by NOAA Fisheries, which stated that a listing under the federal Endangered Species Act is “not warranted.” In June 2022 Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity threatened to sue the agency for failing to meet its statutory deadline to make this decision.

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California’s Revised Net Metering Plan Still Fails Environmental Justice Communities

November 10, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed revised state net-metering plan, released today, abandons the hefty solar tax from last year’s proposal but still threatens to put affordable renewable energy out of reach for most communities.

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Nations to Meet in Panama to Tackle Wildlife Trade

November 10, 2022

PANAMA CITY, Panama— Officials from around the globe will convene in Panama City Nov. 14 for the triennial conference of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The CITES treaty regulates trade in imperiled or potentially threatened animals and plants, and plays a critical role in combating wildlife exploitation, a key driver of the extinction crisis.

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Endangered Species Condoms Sent to UN to Highlight Population Growth’s Effects on Biodiversity

November 10, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity has mailed Endangered Species Condoms to the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Environment Program, and the United Nations Secretary General to encourage the organization to talk about how continued unsustainable population growth negatively affects biodiversity. The message is exceptionally important as humanity exceeds 8 billion people on Nov. 15.

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Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to Stop New Deepwater Ports for Oil, Gas Exports

November 10, 2022

HOUSTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and 289 organizations sent a legal petition today to the Maritime Administration, or MARAD, an agency in the U.S. Department of Transportation, demanding that the Biden administration halt approvals of new deepwater port infrastructure for oil and gas exports.

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15 Turtle Experts Back Florida’s Continued Ban on Breeding Diamondback Terrapins for Profit

November 9, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A group of 15 leading turtle experts sent a letter today urging Florida wildlife commissioners to maintain rules that prohibit for-profit breeding of native diamondback terrapin turtles.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Cattle Grazing in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest

November 9, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon filed a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their repeated failure to control cows illegally grazing in endangered species critical habitat, primarily along the Salt River and its tributaries.

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Investigators Uncover Rampant Wildlife Trafficking in Mexico

November 9, 2022

LA PAZ, Mexico— A report from the Center for Biological Diversity released today finds that trafficking of imperiled wild animals is widespread across Mexico. Species like jaguars, sloths, howler monkeys, crocodiles, sea cucumbers and parrots are traded openly in a robust digital marketplace aided by social media.

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A sólo un clic, tráfico de vida silvestre en México

November 9, 2022

LA PAZ, México— “Vendo o cambio, bonito ejemplar de cocodrilo mexicano, gente seria, no preguntones, ni chinches $$$”. Así se promueve en redes sociales Juan, joven originario de Chimalhuacán, Estado de México, que ofrece dos ejemplares de cocodrilo de pantano, sin documentación o registro a través de un grupo de Facebook.

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Biden Administration Flouts Climate Goals With Inflation Reduction Act’s First Onshore Oil, Gas Lease Sales

November 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration is working against U.S. climate goals and failing to protect communities, water and wildlife by auctioning oil and gas leases on public lands under the Inflation Reduction Act, climate and conservation groups said in formal comments submitted today.

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Sickle Darter Protected as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

November 7, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a 2010 petition and 2015 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a final rule to protect the sickle darter as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. But in today’s decision, the agency failed to designate critical habitat for the fish.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Drops Ball on Protecting 42 Species

November 7, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— For the sixth fiscal year in a row, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to follow its own workplan for addressing a backlog of plants and animals waiting for protection decisions under the Endangered Species Act. Among those left in the lurch are the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle, Mt. Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan and whitebark pine.

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Newly Obtained EPA Documents Reveal Seresto Flea Collars Now Linked to More Than 100,000 Reports of Harm to Pets, Nearly 2,700 Deaths

November 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— Reports of harm to pets wearing Seresto flea collars have now soared to 100,592, including 2,698 deaths, according to new Environmental Protection Agency incident reports obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Bans Livestock Grazing Across 33,000 Acres in Big Win for Sage-Grouse, Other Wildlife

November 4, 2022

BRIDGEPORT, Calif.— The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest released its final decision today to deny cattle grazing on almost 33,000 acres of scenic, biodiverse public lands in the Eastern Sierra. The area harbors habitat for bi-state greater sage-grouse, rare Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and Lahontan cutthroat trout.

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Lawsuit Challenges Colorado’s Approval of Increased Air Pollution From Tanker Truck Facility in Commerce City

November 4, 2022

DENVER— Conservation and community groups sued the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division today for issuing a permit allowing Polar Service Center, a tanker truck repair shop, to emit increased asthma- and cancer-causing air pollution.

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Pacific Fisher to Gain 41,000 Additional Acres of Protected California Habitat

November 4, 2022

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.— Following years of efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed increasing the amount of protected critical habitat for Pacific fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada by 41,041 acres.

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California Regulators Urged to Ban Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

November 4, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Conservation and public health groups today called on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to reevaluate approval of the herbicide paraquat and ban its use in the state.

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California Court Blocks Harmful Dam Project in Stanislaus County

November 3, 2022

PATTERSON, Calif.— A judge has rejected plans to build a new dam in the Central Valley, ordering the Del Puerto Water District to vacate its approval of the project.

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Appeal Challenges Plain City Wastewater Permit to Protect Ohio’s Big Darby Creek

November 3, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Environmental Council, Center for Biological Diversity and Darby Creek Association appealed a Plain City Wastewater Treatment Plant permit Wednesday that would double the amount of polluting discharge the facility is allowed to release into Big Darby Creek.

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Court Allows Environmentalists’ Request to Intervene in Exxon Trucking Case

November 2, 2022

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— A federal judge ruled today that conservation and Indigenous groups can help legally defend Santa Barbara County’s denial of ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck vast quantities of oil along dangerous California roads.

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Environmentalists Seek to Join Federal Fight Against Arizona Shipping Containers Along Border

November 2, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity asked a federal judge today for permission to join the Biden administration as a defendant in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s lawsuit challenging federal authority along the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Maui Hotel, Conservation Groups Reach Agreement to Protect Endangered Hawaiian Petrel

November 1, 2022

WAILEA, Hawai‘i— In accordance with a recent settlement agreement, the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui has implemented protective measures, including reducing lighting, to help protect the endangered ‘ua‘u, or Hawaiian petrel. The agreement, which was finalized on Oct. 21, resolves an Endangered Species Act case brought by Conservation Council for Hawai‘i and the Center for Biological Diversity, which were represented by Earthjustice.

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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Ship Strikes

November 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service today to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels in their calving grounds off the coast of the southeast United States.

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New Tulsa Mural Will Highlight Endangered American Burying Beetle

October 31, 2022

TULSA, Okla.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host a community event in Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 5, to celebrate a new mural of the American burying beetle, a vibrant endangered insect.

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Petition Seeks to Protect Smalltail Shark Under Endangered Species Act

October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition today urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the smalltail shark under the Endangered Species Act. The smalltail shark population has declined by more than 80% globally over the past 27 years.

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California Crab Season Delayed to Protect Whales From Entanglements

October 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today the state will delay the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season to protect endangered humpback whales and other marine life from deadly entanglements. The department’s Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program determined that too many whales are present for crabbing to occur safely.

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Legal Petition Urges California Officials to Phase Out Deadly Pesticide Linked to Climate Change

October 27, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Environmental groups filed a formal legal petition today urging the California Air Resources Board to phase out the insecticide sulfuryl fluoride because of its significant contribution to global warming.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Streaked Horned Larks as Endangered

October 27, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society of Portland filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better protect the streaked horned lark, a rare bird found in Washington and Oregon.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Humpback Whales From California Gillnet Entanglements

October 27, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued NOAA Fisheries today to force it to protect endangered Pacific humpback whales from entanglements in California drift gillnets. In the past two fishing seasons an estimated 12 Pacific humpbacks were caught in the California drift gillnet fishery, according to federal reports.

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Maui Lighting Ordinance Victory for Seabirds, Turtles

October 25, 2022

KAHULUI, Hawai‘i— In a victory for seabirds and turtles, Maui today approved an ordinance regulating the amount of blue light that outdoor lighting fixtures can emit on the island. The ordinance, which was supported by the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Council of Hawai‘i and Earthjustice, will help endangered sea turtles and Hawaiian petrels.

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Lawsuit Launched Seeking Final Endangered Species Protection for Nevada’s Rare Tiehm’s Buckwheat

October 25, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to finalize Endangered Species Act protections for the rare Nevada wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat.

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Rare Cuckoo Bumblebees Move One Step Closer to U.S. Endangered Species Protection

October 25, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to a deadline of December 2024 to determine whether Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebees warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Lesser Prairie Chickens Under Endangered Species Act

October 25, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect lesser prairie chickens.

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Emperor Penguins Win U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

October 25, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today granted the emperor penguin protection under the Endangered Species Act because of threats from sea-ice loss driven by the climate crisis. The decision follows a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Montana’s Arctic Grayling

October 24, 2022

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservationists filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for once again denying Montana’s Arctic grayling population Endangered Species Act protections. The parties — the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, and Butte resident Pat Munday — are represented by Earthjustice.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Arizona Plan to Block Jaguar Migration With Shipping Containers

October 19, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration to challenge plans to obstruct a critical jaguar and ocelot migration corridor with shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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As U.S. Pesticide Law Turns 50, Assessment Highlights Fast-Track Approvals of Poisons Banned Across Much of World

October 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— Fifty years after Congress passed the current Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to protect people and the environment, the law has instead fast-tracked approval of dangerous pesticides banned across much of the world.

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Rare Oregon Wildflower Moves Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

October 18, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that they would consider protecting the tall western penstemon under the Endangered Species Act. The agency now has 12 months to decide whether to protect the imperiled flower.

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Rare Southern Bog Turtle Moves One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

October 18, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would consider protecting the southern population of the imperiled bog turtle under the Endangered Species Act. The agency now has 12 months to decide whether to protect the turtle, which lives in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

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Famed Ghost Orchid Moves One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

October 18, 2022

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will consider granting Endangered Species Act protection to the ghost orchid, a critically endangered flower. Under federal law, the agency now has until January 2023 to make a decision.

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Daemen University to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

October 18, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host a free screening of My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter, a documentary that examines the choice to be childfree and the importance of reproductive rights and justice. The screening will be held at Daemen University and will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion about the relationship between reproductive freedom and the environment.

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Two California Salamanders Proposed for Endangered Species Protections

October 17, 2022

CARLSBAD, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting two species of salamander in Southern California under the Endangered Species Act, while denying protections to a third. The Kern Canyon slender salamander will be protected as threatened and the relictual slender salamander as endangered. The agency declined to protect the Kern Plateau salamander.

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Aquatic Critical Habitat Proposed for Threatened Nassau Grouper

October 17, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to protect more than 900 square miles in the western North Atlantic Ocean for the threatened Nassau grouper. The fish’s nearshore ocean habitat faces threats from pollution and climate change harms like ocean warming and acidification.

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Lawsuit Challenges Risky Project in San Diego County’s Wildfire Zone

October 17, 2022

SANTEE, Calif.— Conservation organizations have filed another lawsuit over the city of Santee’s approval of the Fanita Ranch project. The suit is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the large-scale development project does not proceed in a wildfire-prone area without the necessary review of wildfire risk.

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Eight South Florida Plants Get Proposal for Critical Habitat Protection

October 13, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to litigation filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect more than 570,000 acres of habitat for eight imperiled Florida plants. All eight plants can be found in the few remaining pockets of pine rockland habitats, which have been reduced by at least 98%.

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Two South Florida Snakes Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protections

October 13, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to list the Key ringneck snake and Rim Rock crowned snake as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also proposed to protect 2,604 acres and 5,972 acres of critical habitat for the ringneck and crowned snake, respectively.

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Legal Agreement Requires EPA to Set New Limits on Soot, Sulfur, Nitrogen Air Pollution

October 12, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal judge approved a legal agreement today requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to update measures protecting the environment from soot, sulfur and nitrogen air pollution by Dec. 10, 2024.

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Gopher Tortoise Denied Lifesaving Endangered Species Act Protection

October 11, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protections to the eastern population of gopher tortoise. The eastern population of animals are found in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and most of Alabama.

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Lawsuit Seeks TVA Documents on Energy Plans, Fossil Fuel Industry Communications

October 11, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Tennessee Valley Authority today for failing to release thousands of pages of public records concerning the agency’s plans to build new gas plants, obstructing the transition to more affordable and resilient renewable energy.

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$51,400 Reward Offered for Info on Washington Wolf Poisonings

October 10, 2022

SEATTLE— Conservation and animal-protection groups announced today an increased reward of $51,400 for information leading to a conviction in the illegal poisoning deaths of six wolves in northeastern Washington earlier this year.

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La Junta de Puerto Rico rechaza la petición de la EPA de verter residuos de dragado en el océano

October 7, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— La Junta de Planificación de Puerto Rico se ha opuesto formalmente al plan del gobierno federal de verter millones de metros cúbicos de residuos de dragado en cinco lugares en el mar alrededor de Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Board Denies EPA Request to Dump Dredge Waste in Ocean

October 7, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The Puerto Rico Planning Board has formally objected to the federal government’s plan to dispose of millions of cubic yards of dredge waste in five ocean sites around Puerto Rico without further environmental studies.

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Legal Victory Speeds Habitat Protection for Endangered Florida Bonneted Bat

October 7, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to propose critical habitat for the endangered Florida bonneted bat by Nov. 15, 2022, marking a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and Tropical Audubon Society. The indigenous bat faces devastating habitat loss from sea-level rise and urban sprawl.

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Biden Begins Massive Inflation Reduction Act Oil Leasing on Public Lands

October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Bureau of Land Management announced plans this morning to begin auctioning off oil and gas leases to satisfy Inflation Reduction Act provisions that condition renewable energy rights-of-way on new oil and gas leasing.

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Imperiled San Francisco Bay Fish One Step Closer to Protection

October 6, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the San Francisco Bay population of longfin smelt as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The formerly abundant native fish has seen its population plummet in recent decades.

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USDA’s $2.8 Billion Climate-Smart Corporate Handout Raises Questions About Industry Influence

October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records from communications between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and large corporate meat and dairy industry trade groups about massive funding increases for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities projects.

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Federal Officials Release Final Revised Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

October 5, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its final revised Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan with court-ordered measures to lower deaths, including those caused by illegal killings. Mexican gray wolves are one of the most endangered canids in the world, with only 196 counted in Arizona and New Mexico earlier this year.

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Critical Habitat Proposed for Louisiana Pinesnake in Louisiana, Texas

October 5, 2022

NEW ORLEANS— In response to litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 209,520 acres of critical habitat for the Louisiana pinesnake in central Louisiana and east Texas.

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Alpine Flower in Northern California Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

October 5, 2022

EUREKA, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the Lassics lupine under the Endangered Species Act with 512 acres of critical habitat in California’s Humboldt and Trinity counties.

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Snail Darter Swims Off Endangered List

October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed the snail darter from the endangered species list because the fish has recovered. Thanks to collaborative conservation efforts since it was protected in 1975, the little fish is no longer in danger of extinction.

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Hurricane Ian Reveals Dangers of Proposal to Use Toxic Phosphogypsum in Road Construction

October 4, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction across Florida, demolished roads and collapsed bridges highlight the danger of proposals to use toxic, radioactive phosphogypsum waste in road construction. For years, lawmakers have attempted to allow this dangerous practice.

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California Oil Group Pays Fees to Advocacy Groups It Harassed, But Dodges Multimillion Dollar Judgment

October 3, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The California Independent Petroleum Association, an oil industry trade association, paid the city of Los Angeles, Youth for Environmental Justice, South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, and the Center for Biological Diversity nearly $650,000 as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan today, after years of litigation.

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Forest Service to Hold Public Hearing on Controversial Holland Lake Lodge Expansion

October 3, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont.— The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public hearing Tuesday in Condon, Montana, to take public comment on a controversial proposal by ski industry giant POWDR Corp. to triple the size of the historic Holland Lake Lodge and expand its use to include winter recreation. Originally built in 1925, and then rebuilt in 1947 following a fire, the Holland Lake Lodge currently accommodates 50 people for small summer events.

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Biden Administration Greenlights Work on California Pipeline Linked to 2021 Huntington Beach Oil Spill

October 1, 2022

LONG BEACH, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a key permit on Friday for underwater repairs that will allow the restart of the 42-year-old pipeline that ruptured off Orange County in October 2021. The rupture spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean.

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Wildlife Connectivity Bill Becomes Law in California

September 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act into law today, paving the way for more wildlife crossings and road improvements across the state.

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New Red Wolf Recovery Plan Needs Public Input

September 28, 2022

RALEIGH, N.C.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a revised draft recovery plan for the red wolf, the world’s most endangered canid, following a 2020 legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity. The plan proposes several beneficial actions the federal government should take, including the establishment of new populations and ways to reduce human-caused wolf deaths.

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10 Biden Administration Actions for Sustainable Food

September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health is jumpstarting a critical conversation about food and nutrition security. The Biden administration acknowledges the connection between climate change and food security, but its proposal lacks the urgency to address the existential threat the climate emergency poses to agriculture and the availability of nutritious food.

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Lawsuit Challenges Outdated Offshore Oil Plans in California

September 28, 2022

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today for failing to review decades-old plans for offshore oil platforms near Huntington Beach. The lawsuit comes a year after a major oil spill linked to Platform Elly in the region caused significant damage to wildlife and beaches.

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Lawsuit Seeks Protection for Central Tennessee’s Imperiled Barrens Darter

September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today over the agency’s denial of Endangered Species Act protections to the Barrens darter. Named for its home on the Barrens Plateau of central Tennessee, the darter is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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Rare Florida Keys Lizard Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

September 26, 2022

MIAMI— Following a 2020 legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the Florida Keys mole skink as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also proposed designating 7,068 acres of protected critical habitat.

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Army Corps to Revoke Permit for Lake Pend Oreille Marina, Housing Development in Idaho

September 22, 2022

SANDPOINT, Idaho— In response to litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity and Idaho Conservation League, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to revoke its permit for the Idaho Club’s marina and lakeside housing development at the mouth of Trestle Creek on Lake Pend Oreille. The creek accounts for more than half of the annual bull trout spawning sites in the Pend Oreille Basin, a species protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Manchin Pushes Most Significant Environmental Rollback in Decades

September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON— After weeks of keeping the public and virtually all members of Congress in the dark, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin today released the details of their secret deal that Manchin demanded as payment for voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Threatened Coral Species

September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for failing to protect 20 coral species in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. The corals all received Endangered Species Act listings in 2014 but not the protective regulations the law requires, including prohibitions on collection and sale.

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Dozens of Groups Urge Interior Department to Greenlight Okefenokee World Heritage Bid

September 20, 2022

ATLANTA— More than 30 national, state and local organizations urged Secretary of the Interior Debra Haaland and the U.S. Department of the Interior today to formally authorize the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s bid for World Heritage listing.

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Appeal Challenges Arizona Fort’s Fake Groundwater Pumping Credits That Threaten San Pedro River

September 16, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups have appealed a federal court ruling to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s granting groundwater credits to the U.S. Army’s Fort Huachuca that fail to return water to the imperiled San Pedro River.

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Legal Agreement Spurs EPA to Take Stronger Steps to Reduce Smog Pollution in Areas of Five States With Some of Nation’s Worst Air Quality

September 16, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— As a result of a legal agreement with environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency has downgraded the smog pollution rating in portions of five states from “serious” to “severe.” The downgrade will trigger more protective measures to reduce the dangerous levels of smog pollution.

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Victory: Court Nixes Air Permits for Formosa’s Huge Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley

September 15, 2022

ST. JAMES, La.— Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court has reversed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to issue air permits that Formosa Plastics needed to build its proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish.

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Dozens of Conservation Groups, Scientists Call on New York to Protect Wolves

September 15, 2022

ALBANY, N.Y.— Nearly 40 regional and national conservation groups and leading independent scientists sent a letter today urging the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to take concrete steps to protect wolves returning to the state.

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Judge Vacates Approval of Cadiz’s California Desert Water Grab

September 14, 2022

LOS ANGELES— A federal judge has vacated a U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision that would have allowed Cadiz Inc. to repurpose a mothballed oil-and-gas pipeline to drain a large aquifer in the Mojave Desert.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Biden Administration to Protect Red Squirrel, Nation’s Most Endangered Mammal, From Extinction

September 14, 2022

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

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California Should Reject Solar Tax, Boost Solar in Environmental Justice Communities

September 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO— More than 125 California and national climate and equity groups, representing millions of people, called on the governor’s office today to reject the California Public Utility Commission’s proposed solar tax and maintain the state’s solar credit to grow rooftop solar in environmental justice communities.

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With Offshore Drilling Set to Surge, EPA Urged to Halt Fracking Waste Discharges Into Gulf of Mexico

September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity urged the Environmental Protection Agency today to prohibit discharges of fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tricolored Bats Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

September 13, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect tricolored bats as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. But the agency failed to designate critical habitat for the imperiled bats.

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Mining Ship Departs Mexico’s Manzanillo After Shock Decision to Greenlight Deep-Sea Mining Test

September 13, 2022

MEXICO CITY— The Hidden Gem, the world’s largest vessel dedicated specifically to mining the seafloor for minerals, is staging its first mining operation. It will depart Wednesday from the Mexican Pacific port of Manzanillo.

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New Wolf Family Seen in Northern Oregon’s Cascades

September 13, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday evening that a new family of wolves was photographed by biologists from the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs using a trail camera in August. The wolf family consists of two adults and two pups.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect West Coast Fisher

September 13, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying endangered species protection to West Coast fishers. Fishers are relatives of mink, otters and wolverines and live in old-growth forests.

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Lawsuit Launched to Push EPA to Enforce Clean Air Act Protections for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Coal-Fired Power Plant

September 13, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the town of Carrboro, North Carolina, filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to act on a petition challenging the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s inadequate air-pollution permit.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect U.S. Waters From Ship Pollution, Invasive Species

September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth filed a notice of intent today to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to finalize nationwide standards to protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges. These discharges carry invasive species, pathogens and other pollutants that pose serious threats to the nation’s waters, ecosystems, economy and public health.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Species From Livestock in National Conservation Area in Arizona

September 12, 2022

PHOENIX— A federal judge approved an agreement today to protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species from cattle grazing in southeastern Arizona’s Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Grizzlies from Expanded Grazing in Montana’s Paradise Valley

September 12, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont.— Nine conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today to challenge the U.S. Forest Service’s 2021 decision to authorize expanded livestock grazing on six allotments on the east side of Montana’s Paradise Valley. The allotments lie just north of Yellowstone National Park in occupied grizzly bear habitat.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Delay in Smog Reduction in Five States

September 12, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed an updated lawsuit today to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to ensure that effective smog-reduction plans are in place in five states.

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sovereignty, Sustainability

September 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its third annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept.15-18, featuring award-winning films and interviews with filmmakers and activists. This year’s featured films are Poisoning Paradise; Fruits of Labor; RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit; From Gangs to Gardens; The Seed Saver; and I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice: Black Farmers Fight Against the USDA. The film festival is free and open to the public.

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Court Upholds Federal Action to Protect Right Whales From Deadly Entanglements in Lobster Gear

September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON— A federal court has rejected a lobster industry attack on the science supporting recent federal efforts to protect critically endangered right whales from deadly entanglements in lobster gear. The industry sued the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife intervened to defend the science.

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Federal Lawsuit Challenges Forest Service OK of Oil Railway Right-of-Way

September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to challenge the agency’s approval of construction of an oil railway through a protected roadless area of the Ashley National Forest in Utah.

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Documents: Army Corps Decided to Resume Border Wall Construction 10 Days Into Biden Term

September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— Public records show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to resume border wall construction just 10 days into the 60-day pause President Biden imposed when he took office last year. The records, obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity under the Freedom of Information Act, make clear that the Army Corps’ career staff was committed to continuing construction of Trump’s border wall.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critical Habitat for Rare South Florida Beetle

September 8, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that they intend to sue over the agency’s failure to make a timely designation of lifesaving critical habitat for the endangered Miami tiger beetle.

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Legal Agreement Blocks Drilling on 58,000 Acres in Montana, Dakotas Pending New Analysis

September 7, 2022

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management have reached an agreement that will prevent new oil and gas drilling on 58,000 acres of public lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota pending a new analysis of its potential harm to groundwater and the climate.

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New Report Explores Link Between Environmental Harms of Capitalism, Reproductive Health

September 7, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity explores the harms caused by environmental threats like pollution and climate chaos to fertility, pregnant people, fetuses, infants and children.

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More Than 80 Conservation Groups Urge Congress to Reject Mountain Valley Pipeline in Manchin Side Deal

September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 80 conservation groups sent a letter today urging congressional leadership to reject Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to fast-track the approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline as part of any “permitting reform” deal struck between Manchin and Democratic leaders.

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Court Rejects Wyoming, Industry Challenge to Biden Administration Postponement of Oil, Gas Lease Sales

September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— A federal judge in Wyoming has affirmed the Biden administration’s decisions to postpone oil and gas lease sales in early 2021, holding that the federal government has broad authority to postpone sales to address environmental concerns.

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Rigorous New Study Finds Significant Water Pollution From Cattle Ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore

September 1, 2022

POINT REYES, Calif.— The most rigorous independent water quality report ever conducted in Point Reyes National Seashore has just been released by Turtle Island Restoration Network. It reveals that water pollution dangerous to public health and the environment persists at the seashore. The report, produced by geoenvironmental engineer Douglas Lovell, documents consistent and significant water quality pollution in this national park unit caused by subsidized private ranching.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for West Coast’s Bull Kelp

September 1, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned NOAA Fisheries today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to bull kelp, which faces grave threats from climate change and coastal development. The range of these underwater forests extends along the western coast of the United States.

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California Lawmakers OK Climate Package With Buffer Zones, Carbon Capture

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California legislature approved a suite of climate measures today, including historic health-and-safety setbacks that protect communities from oil and gas drilling, in its closing 2022 session.

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Biden Administration Backs Offshore Fracking in California

August 31, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The Biden administration filed a request today asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court decision that halted offshore fracking in federal waters off California. Today’s filing asks for an “en banc” review of the key ruling.

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Federal Agencies Urged to Update Mining Rules, Halt Industry Handouts

August 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— Tribal, conservation and community groups representing millions of people filed formal comments with federal agencies today calling for more protective hardrock mining rules and legislation, including requiring mineral recycling to protect people and the environment.

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144,000 Call for Protecting Mature, Old-Growth Federal Forests, Trees From Logging

August 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups delivered 144,000 public comments today urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Interior Department to protect mature and old-growth forests and trees on federal public lands from logging.

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Court Sends Two Unlawful Oil Lease Sales in Gulf of Mexico Back for Reconsideration

August 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Trump administration unlawfully auctioned off millions of acres to oil companies in two 2018 Gulf of Mexico lease sales.

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California Senate Passes Safe Roads Bill, Putting Statewide Wildlife Connectivity Within Reach

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Senate passed the Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act on Monday in a 35-0 vote, paving the way for more wildlife crossings across the state’s roadway system. Assembly Bill 2344 now awaits approval from the governor after a concurrence vote in the Assembly, which it passed in May.

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Legal Agreement Moves Dunes Sagebrush Lizard One Step Closer to Protection

August 26, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed yesterday to decide by June 29, 2023, whether to protect the imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. The lizard has been waiting for protection for four decades.

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Lawsuit Challenges Marina, Housing Development on Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille

August 25, 2022

SANDPOINT, Idaho— The Center for Biological Diversity and Idaho Conservation League, or ICL, filed suit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Army Corps of Engineers for approving the Idaho Club’s lakeside marina and housing development along Lake Pend Oreille near Trestle Creek. The creek is one of the most important spawning streams for federally protected bull trout in the Pacific Northwest.

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California Clean Car Rule Fails to Match Climate Urgency

August 25, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Air Resources Board is set to finalize an auto emissions rule today that falls short of needed progress and jeopardizes the state’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2045.

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Video: California Wolf Who Journeyed to Oregon Likely a Father

August 24, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a report today announcing video footage of the den site of what could be a relatively new wolf family in southwestern Oregon. This is the first known modern-day instance of a California wolf dispersing to Oregon and likely starting a family.

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Legal Agreement Requires U.S. to Re-Examine Harms to Whales From Pacific Offshore Oil Drilling

August 24, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity, Department of the Interior and National Marine Fisheries Service reached an agreement today that requires the agencies to re-examine the risks and harms to whales and other endangered species from continued oil and gas drilling in federal waters off California.

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Over 650 Groups Call on Congressional Leaders to Reject Manchin’s Dirty Pipeline Deal

August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 650 climate, environmental justice, public health, youth, and progressive organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership today to oppose the fossil fuel expansion deal proposed by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to Democratic leadership in exchange for his support of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Federal Protection Sought for Rare Salamander in Coal Country

August 24, 2022

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity and 10 partner organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the yellow-spotted woodland salamander under the Endangered Species Act. Only a few hundred of these salamanders likely remain.

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Biden’s ‘Sustainable Aviation Fuel’ Goals Mired in Myth: Report

August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— Sustainability and supply issues will make it impossible to reach the Biden administration’s goal to meet 100% of U.S. jet fuel demand with aviation biofuels by 2050, according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Federal Safeguards Urged For Colorado Wolves in 2023 Reintroduction

August 23, 2022

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity has urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to limit the killing of wolves that will be reintroduced in Colorado in 2023. The federal protections — requested in a Center letter sent this week — would override a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan, which could allow for the widespread killing of wolves.

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Lawsuit Launched Seeking National Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

August 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that it intends to sue over the agency’s failure to develop a national wolf recovery plan as required by the Endangered Species Act. The planned lawsuit would seek to require the Service to draft a recovery plan that includes all populations of wolves in the contiguous United States.

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Nevada Legislative Committee Advances Bill Request for Managing Butterflies, Other Invertebrates

August 22, 2022

CARSON CITY, Nev.— The Nevada Legislative Joint Interim Standing Committee on Natural Resources today advanced a recommendation for a bill draft request to give the Nevada Department of Wildlife authority to manage and protect terrestrial invertebrates, including monarch butterflies and bees.

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Rare Nevada Fish Advances Toward Endangered Species Protection

August 22, 2022

RENO, Nev.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Fish Lake Valley tui chub may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has one year to complete a full status review and decide whether to protect the fish.

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Cancer-Linked Pesticide 1,3-D Moves Closer to Reapproval

August 18, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency proposed today to reapprove the cancer-linked fumigant 1,3-Dichloropropene with a less-protective classification that will increase exposure levels considered to be safe by 90-fold.

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State Votes to Protect Imperiled Wildflower Threatened by California Gold Mining

August 17, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The California Fish and Game Commission agreed today to temporarily protect Inyo rock daisies under the California Endangered Species Act while the state studies whether to safeguard them permanently.

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Magnificent News for Endangered North Carolina Snail

August 17, 2022

WILMINGTON, N.C.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting North Carolina’s magnificent ramshorn snail as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated two ponds in the Cape Fear River watershed as critical habitat for the snail.

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UN Urged to Protect Pantanal As Fires Threaten World Heritage Site

August 17, 2022

PARIS— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned today for “in danger” status for the Pantanal World Heritage site in Brazil, which has been ravaged by severe, human-caused fires in recent years. As this year’s fire season escalates, fire outbreaks are jeopardizing the Pantanal — the world’s largest tropical wetland — and its imperiled wildlife.

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Agencies Warned for Failing to Protect Endangered Species From South Florida Water Park Development

August 17, 2022

MIAMI— Conservation groups notified the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that they intend to sue the agencies for failing to protect the federally endangered Florida bonneted bat, Miami tiger beetle, Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and other imperiled species from the destructive effects of the Miami Wilds water park and retail development in south Florida.

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Una demanda impugna proyecto de ampliación para el envío de gas natural licuado a Puerto Rico

August 16, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Grupos ambientales y comunitarios presentaron hoy una demanda en el tribunal federal de distrito contra el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos por sus planes de ampliar el canal de navegación de la Bahía de San Juan para buques de gran tamaño. Esta ampliación del puerto implica el dragado y la disposición de más de dos millones de yardas cúbicas de sedimentos para profundizar y ampliar los canales de navegación, lo que causaría graves daños ambientales.

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Lawsuit Challenges Project Expanding Liquified Natural Gas Shipping to Puerto Rico

August 16, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Conservation and climate groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its plans to expand the San Juan Bay shipping channel for massive vessels. This port expansion involves the dredging and disposal of more than two million cubic yards of sediment to deepen and widen shipping channels.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for Tennessee’s Endangered Barrens Topminnow

August 15, 2022

MANCHESTER, Tenn.— 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 highly endangered Barrens topminnow, found in only a handful of streams on the Barrens Plateau in middle Tennessee.

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Legal Agreement to Permanently Close Oil Wells, Restore Habitat in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

August 15, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif.― Conservation groups today announced a legal agreement securing the permanent closure and restoration of 11 long-dormant oil wells inside the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a unique landscape in central California famous for its vibrant springtime wildflower displays and rare wildlife.

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Climate Bill Heads to Biden for Signature, Forecasts Fall Fossil Fuel Fight

August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON— The House of Representatives passed the Democrats’ climate and healthcare spending bill today, sending the biggest-ever U.S. government climate investment package to the president for his signature.

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Judge Reinstates Obama-Era Coal Leasing Moratorium on Federal Lands

August 12, 2022

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A federal judge in Montana District Court ruled today to reinstate a moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands, halting all coal leasing on federal lands until the Bureau of Land Management completes a more sufficient environmental analysis.

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Legal Agreement Blocks Oil, Gas Leasing on 2.2 Million Acres in Colorado

August 12, 2022

DENVER— Conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have finalized a legal agreement that will prevent new oil and gas leasing across 2.2 million acres of southwestern Colorado until the agency supplements its environmental analysis and releases an amended plan for lands in the area.

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Report: Southern California’s Signature River Under Threat

August 11, 2022

LOS ANGELES— A new report published today called on decision-makers in Ventura and Los Angeles counties to apply sustainable water-management practices to the Santa Clara River, known as Utom to the Chumash people.

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Lawsuit Seeks Protected Habitat for 49 Endangered Hawaiian Species

August 11, 2022

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect critical habitat for 49 endangered Hawaiian Islands species.

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Florida Petitioned to Protect Manatees by Improving Boater Safety

August 11, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation organizations petitioned the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today to amend its boater-safety course to protect the state’s imperiled manatees, other marine mammals, sea turtles and coastal birds. Watercraft collisions killed at least 1,153 Florida manatees from 2010 to 2021, according to state officials.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken From Extinction

August 11, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that it would sue the agency for failing to protect lesser prairie chickens under the Endangered Species Act if it did not do so within 60 days.

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Federal Officials Commit to Feral Cow Removal Throughout San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona

August 11, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society have reached a legal agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management guaranteeing that the agency will remove all trespass cows from the entire San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The BLM has also agreed to inspect, repair and maintain the conservation area’s boundary fencing to keep the trespass cows out.

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Pressure Mounts on Agriculture Secretary to Reject Hazardous Utah Oil Trains

August 10, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY— More than 100 environmental, climate and frontline Gulf Coast groups, representing millions of supporters across the country, today urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop the Uinta Basin Railway. The proposed railway would create 53 million tons of new carbon pollution every year by opening Utah’s remote Uinta Basin to more oil extraction.

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New Report Outlines Blueprint for Rewilding American West

August 9, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— A first-of-its-kind analysis by 20 leading scientists has identified a network of 11 federally owned reserves where wolves and beavers could be restored across the western United States. Restoring these keystone species could also improve degraded habitat relied on by 92 threatened and endangered species, including the Gunnison sage-grouse and the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Lawsuit Launched Seeking EPA Pollution Limits for Arizona Creek Threatened by Copper Mine

August 9, 2022

SUPERIOR, Ariz.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today in response to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s decades-long failure to limit pollution in Queen Creek.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Federal Protection to Northern Rockies Wolves After Government Misses Deadline

August 9, 2022

VICTOR, Idaho— Wildlife conservation organizations sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for missing its deadline to decide whether gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Endangered Species Protections Sought for Rare Nevada Butterfly

August 8, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to an extremely rare butterfly called the bleached sandhill skipper.

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U.S. to Finally Decide Protection for Foreign Birds, Butterflies

August 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— In a legal agreement finalized today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to finally decide whether seven foreign wildlife species should be granted U.S. Endangered Species Act protections.

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Lawsuit Challenges Washington’s Failure to Enact Wolf Management Rules

August 5, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit today asking a state court to enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s order directing state wildlife officials to enact wolf management rules. The rules should have outlined what steps must be taken before wolves can be killed for conflict with livestock.

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‘Emergency’ Loophole Used to OK Highly Toxic Pesticide for 10th Straight Year

August 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency reported this week that it issued so-called “emergency” approvals to spray various neonicotinoids and pyrethroids — insecticides the agency itself recognizes as “very highly toxic” to bees and aquatic insects — on more than 370,000 acres of crops across the U.S.

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Viva El Jefe! Arizona’s Famous Jaguar Lives, But What’s His Future?

August 4, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— News that the beloved jaguar El Jefe has been spotted alive and well in Sonora, Mexico, is tempered by concerns that his potential pathway back to the United States could be blocked by the border wall and his last known territory in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains is threatened by the construction of a copper mine.

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Petition Seeks to Withhold Federal Funding From Montana, Idaho Over Wolf-Killing Legislation

August 4, 2022

BOZEMAN, Mont.— A petition filed today by 27 conservation groups calls on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to disqualify Montana and Idaho from receiving millions of dollars in federal conservation funds because of the aggressive anti-wolf legislation the states enacted in 2021.

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Federal Court Cites Human Health, Climate Costs in Rejecting Massive Wyoming, Montana Coal Mining Plan

August 4, 2022

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A federal judge late Wednesday struck down two U.S. Bureau of Land Management resource management plans that failed to address the public health consequences of allowing massive amounts of coal, oil and gas production from public lands and minerals in the Powder River Basin, including approximately 6 billion tons of low-grade, highly polluting coal over 20 years.

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Pups Confirmed in Two California Wolf Packs

August 3, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— Two of California’s three existing wolf families, the Lassen pack and the Whaleback pack, have again produced pups this year, according to a quarterly report published late Tuesday by the California Department of Fish and Game.

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Legal Agreements Block Drilling, Fracking Across 1 Million Acres in Central California

August 1, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Community and conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reached an agreement today to suspend new oil and gas leasing across more than 1 million acres of public lands in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast.

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Legal Agreement Halts Construction at Nevada Geothermal Project to Weigh Harm to Rare Toad

August 1, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity and geothermal developer Ormat reached a legal agreement today to halt construction of the Dixie Meadows Geothermal Project until the risks to the endangered Dixie Valley toad can be fully evaluated. The Center’s co-plaintiffs, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, and the Department of the Interior were also parties to the agreement.

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Center for Biological Diversity Names Elise Bennett Florida Director

August 1, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity announced today that Elise Bennett has been promoted to the position of Florida director.

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Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule today to better protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being run over and killed by vessels in U.S. waters.

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Hundreds of Climate, Community Groups Tell Biden, Congress: No Fossil Fuel Expansion in Reconciliation Bill

July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 350 conservation and community groups, representing millions of people, called on President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today to reject fossil fuel expansion during negotiations over a reconciliation package.

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States Push National Greenhouse Gas Pollution Cap

July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Seven states and the territory of Guam called on President Biden and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to set a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act.