Press Releases

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.

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Manchin Poison Pills Buried in Inflation Reduction Act Will Destroy Livable Climate

July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— A proposed climate and energy package would require massive oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, reinstate an illegal 2021 Gulf lease sale and mandate that millions more acres of public lands be offered for leasing before any new solar or wind energy projects could be built on public lands or waters.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Southern Plains Bumblebee

July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to the highly imperiled Southern Plains bumblebee.

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Tribunal de Colorado accede a considerar un desafío legal ante la falta del estado de proteger las vías fluviales y la vida silvestre de la contaminación de las granjas industriales

July 26, 2022

DENVER— La Oficina de Tribunales Administrativos de Colorado accedió a considerar un desafío legal por parte del Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Food & Water Watch a un permiso estatal general de contaminación del agua para las Operaciones Concentradas de Alimentación Animal.

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Colorado Court Agrees to Hear Legal Challenge to State’s Failure to Protect Waterways, Wildlife From Factory Farm Pollution

July 26, 2022

DENVER— The Colorado Office of Administrative Courts has agreed to hear a challenge by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch to a statewide general water-pollution permit for concentrated animal feeding operations.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Western Colorado’s Air From Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine

July 26, 2022

GUNNISON, Colo.— Conservation groups sued Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s administration today over its failure to ensure the West Elk coal mine in western Colorado complies with state and federal clean-air laws.

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Asheville Rally Aims to Protect Country’s Most Popular National Forest

July 26, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— At a pivotal moment, the Center for Biological Diversity is organizing a rally on Monday, Aug.1, to protect the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest from logging. The Pisgah is the country’s most-visited national forest.

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DNA Test Confirms Another Wolf Killed in New York

July 26, 2022

ALBANY, N.Y.— A recent DNA analysis of an 85-pound canid shot by a hunter in central New York in December shows that the animal was a gray wolf. According to the Maine Wolf Coalition, at least 10 other wolves have been killed south of the St. Lawrence River, once thought to be too great a barrier for wolves to cross.

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New Wolf Pack Confirmed in Western Oregon

July 20, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today that a new wolf pack has established itself in the Upper Deschutes wildlife management unit in Klamath and Deschutes counties. Not yet named, the wolf family gave birth to at least five pups this year, which were photographed on July 4 by a department trail camera.

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Biden Stops Short of Declaring National Climate Emergency

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— President Biden announced a series of executive actions targeting the climate crisis today, and while he described the crisis as “an emergency,” he stopped short of the national climate emergency declaration called for by the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 1,200 other groups.

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Sens. Manchin, Daines Attack Climate Protections for Endangered Species

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider and mark up a number of bills on Thursday, including S. 2561, which would alter the requirements for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management regarding when they must update their land-management plans to protect endangered species.

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Lawsuit Seeks Energy Department Documents on Overdue Grid Study

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Energy today for failing to release public records about the agency’s long-overdue study on energy transmission bottlenecks across the country.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Damaging Renewable Fuels Standard

July 20, 2022

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 2020, 2021 and 2022. Earlier this 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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Biden Administration Repeals Second Trump Rule Limiting Habitat Protections for Imperiled Species

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration today repealed a second Trump-era regulation that significantly weakened habitat protections for threatened and endangered species.

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Marin County Adopts Long-Overdue Protections for Endangered Coho Salmon

July 19, 2022

MARIN COUNTY, Calif.— The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a conservation ordinance on Tuesday that would protect coho salmon habitat and end a 15-year legal battle over California’s most important watershed for the endangered species.

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EPA Finds New Insecticide Is Putting Over 100 Species in Jeopardy of Extinction

July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biological evaluation today showing that the bee-killing insecticide sulfoxaflor is potentially putting 24 species of insects in jeopardy of extinction, including Karner blue butterflies and American burying beetles.

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Biden Administration Rejects Legal Petition to Phase Out Use of Toxic Agricultural Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges

July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied requests by conservationists and members of Congress to phase out the use of agricultural pesticides on national wildlife refuges.

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Legal Victory: Court Orders New Endangered Species Review for Toxic Fungicide

July 18, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— In a major win for conservationists and wildlife, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ordered the Environmental Protection Agency today to review the potential harm a toxic new fungicide poses to endangered species by June 2023.

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Conservationists, Wildlife Advocates Propose Colorado Wolf Restoration Plan

July 18, 2022

DENVER— A group of 14 conservation and wildlife organizations, led by WildEarth Guardians, today put forward their “Colorado Wolf Restoration Plan” as a science-based proposal to guide wolf reintroduction and recovery in Colorado following the passage of Proposition 114 in 2020. The plan focuses on bringing about the immensely positive ecological, economic, and social opportunities for Coloradans and the Colorado landscapes that have been missing wolves for so long by ensuring a self-sustaining, robust population of wolves throughout the Western Slope.

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Biden’s Top Five Climate Executive Actions

July 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— With climate provisions stripped from Democrats’ economic package by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), President Biden’s executive powers are front and center in protecting U.S. international commitments and preserving a livable planet.

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LA County Sued Over Faulty Environmental Review Process for Los Angeles River Master Plan

July 14, 2022

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups LA Waterkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Los Angeles County over the recently updated LA River Master Plan, adopted on June 14, which is intended to guide development along the Los Angeles River for the next 25 years.

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Victory for Nevada Lands, Wildlife: House Committee Rebuffs Proposed Military Land Grab

July 13, 2022

RENO, Nev.— Late on Tuesday the House Rules Committee declined to advance an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act from Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) that would have transferred hundreds of thousands of acres of public land to the military and private developers.

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Congress Urged to Boost Appropriations for Biden’s Clean Energy Orders

July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON— Dozens of environmental and labor groups urged House and Senate leaders to increase funding for President Biden’s historic executive orders to spur domestic renewable energy production under the Defense Production Act.

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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Right Whales’ Seasonal Protection

July 12, 2022

BOSTON— In a victory for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today reinstated a seasonal prohibition on lobster fishing using vertical lines in federal waters off the Maine coast.

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Lawsuit Challenges Fish and Wildlife Service’s Inadequate Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Efforts

July 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court challenging a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service management rule that fails to provide for the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf, among the most endangered mammals in the United States.

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Lawsuit Launched Over EPA’s Authorization for Limitless Smog From Fracking in Denver, North Front Range Areas

July 12, 2022

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today to force it to require Colorado to limit pollution from drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and methane gas in the Metro Denver area and the Denver Julesburg basin.

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Report: Federal Logging Projects Put 10 Climate-Saving Forests on Chopping Block

July 12, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Federal agencies are targeting mature and old-growth forests for logging, according to a new report, despite these trees’ extraordinary ability to curb climate change and President Biden’s directive to preserve them.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Reducing Harmful Soot Air Pollution

July 12, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Environmental and public-health groups filed notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that effective plans are in place to reduce dangerous soot air pollution in Los Angeles and Imperial County, California.

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World’s Most Endangered Whales Move Closer to Expanded Habitat Protections off Alaskan Coast

July 11, 2022

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— NOAA Fisheries announced today that expanding critical habitat protections in Alaska for North Pacific right whales — the most endangered whale population in the world — may be warranted.

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Court Victory: Federal Failure to Protect Right Whales from Deadly Entanglements Violates Law

July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— A federal court ruled in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation, and Defenders of Wildlife in a long-running case challenging NOAA Fisheries’ failure to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from deadly entanglements in American lobster fishing gear.

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Appeal Challenges Federal Plan Authorizing Killing of 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

July 7, 2022

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed an appeal today challenging a federal plan authorizing the killing of up to 72 grizzly bears to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park.

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Biden Administration Paves Way for Railway That Will Quadruple Oil Production in Utah’s Uinta Basin

July 6, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY— The U.S. Forest Service has rejected challenges to the Uinta Basin Railway, saying the project is in the public interest even as it predicts the oil railway could increase climate pollution in the U.S. by nearly 1%.

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Biden Administration Moves to Curb Single-Use Plastic in Federal Purchasing

July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to a legal petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and 180 other community and conservation groups, the U.S. government announced today that it will evaluate ways to reduce its purchases of unnecessary single-use plastic.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Critical Habitat for Endangered Florida Bonneted Bats

July 6, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to push the agency to protect endangered Florida bonneted bats by designating lifesaving critical habitat. The bats face devastating habitat loss from sea-level rise and urban sprawl.

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Supreme Court Leaves Open Powerful Climate Pathway for Biden, EPA

July 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision last week curtailing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate power plant pollution left untouched one of the strongest tools to reduce greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act — a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap.

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Federal Court Restores Critical Endangered Species Act Protections

July 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— In a win for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court today restored comprehensive Endangered Species Act regulatory protections to hundreds of species and the places they call home.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Smog Reduction in San Diego, Placer County, Ventura County, Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania

July 5, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that effective smog-reduction plans are in place in four states.

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Alabama Mussel Gains Endangered Species Protection, 36 River Miles of Protected Habitat

July 5, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— In response to a decade-long campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Canoe Creek clubshell today under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also protected 36 river miles of the Alabama mussel’s critical habitat in St. Clair and Etowah counties.

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Legal Warning Challenges Plan to Log Thousands of Acres of Oregon’s Old-Growth Forest Reserves

July 5, 2022

MEDFORD, Ore.— A coalition of Oregon conservation organizations notified the Bureau of Land Management today it intends to sue the agency to protect marbled murrelets and coastal martens from a plan by the agency to log thousands of acres of old-growth forest in areas designated as late-successional reserves. The reserves were designated as part of the Northwest Forest Plan to protect the two threatened species, as well as hundreds of others.

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Gulf of Mexico, Alaska Targeted for Offshore Oil, Gas Leasing in Biden Plan

July 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— President Biden’s Interior Department proposed today to conduct up to 11 lease sales of offshore waters to oil and gas companies for drilling and fracking. The draft proposal could offer 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and potentially one in Cook Inlet, Alaska. All sales would take place between 2023 and 2028.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Finalized to Eliminate Population Cap

June 30, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Meeting a July 1 court-ordered deadline in litigation brought by conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a rule that ends its 2015 regulatory commitment to remove from the wild all endangered Mexican gray wolves above a population cap of 325.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Crucial Grizzly Habitat in Montana’s Oldest Forests

June 30, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to challenge its approval of a massive logging project that would clearcut thousands of acres and log mature and old-growth forest in the Kootenai National Forest in northwestern Montana.

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Fisheries Service Finalizes Protections Against Three Pesticides Harming Salmon, Orcas

June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service released a final biological opinion today establishing critical protections for salmon and Puget Sound orcas from exposure to three widely used insecticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Critical Habitat for Eastern Black Rail

June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to designate critical habitat for the eastern black rail. The rail needs healthy and intact wetland habitat to survive.

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Supreme Court Limits Climate Action Under Clean Air Act

June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court today limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate power plant emissions under the Clean Air Act. The decision in West Virginia v. EPA is a blow to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from coal and gas fired power plants. It spotlights the need for the Biden administration to use its broad range of executive powers to combat the climate emergency.

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EPA Urged to Reject Carbon Capture Projects in Central California

June 29, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Citing threats to the environment and public health, more than 80 environmental justice and conservation groups urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to stop an influx of carbon capture, use and storage, or CCUS, project applications in California’s Central Valley.

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden’s Resumption of Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands

June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON— Climate and conservation groups filed a lawsuit late Tuesday challenging the Biden administration’s resumption of oil and gas leasing on public lands today — the first auctions since the president paused leasing shortly after taking office.

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Rural New Mexico County Votes to Stop Funding Federal Wildlife-Killing

June 28, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Grant County commissioners voted 2-1 against renewing a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program last Thursday because the federal agency, which kills carnivores on behalf of the livestock industry, ignored requirements within its last contract.

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Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Private Timber Company

June 28, 2022

EUGENE, Ore.— A U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling today preventing Scott Timber from clearcutting old-growth forest that was previously part of the Elliott State Forest. The court found that the proposed logging of the Benson Ridge parcel by the subsidiary of Roseburg Forest Products would harm and harass threatened marbled murrelets, in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The court’s ruling permanently enjoins logging of the occupied murrelet habitat.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Failure to Protect Shortfin Mako Shark

June 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice today of their intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect the shortfin mako shark under the Endangered Species Act.

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Demandan por la falta de protección federal del tiburón mako de aleta corta como especie amenazada o en peligro de extinción

June 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Defenders of Wildlife y el Centro para la Diversidad Biológica enviaron hoy una notificación sobre su intención de demandar a NOAA Fisheries por no haber resuelto en torno a la protección del tiburón mako de aleta corta bajo la Ley de Especies en Peligro (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés). La ley exige que NOAA Fisheries determine si se justifica la inclusión del tiburón mako de aleta corta en la ESA a más tardar 12 meses después de recibir una petición de inclusión en la que haya llegado a un “dictamen positivo de los 90 días”.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022

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

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New Vilsack Guidance to Forest Service Falls Short of Protecting Old, Mature Forests

June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a memorandum today clarifying the U.S. Forest Service’s direction on climate policy. The memo follows a recent White House executive order highlighting the importance of conserving mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a climate solution.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for Colorful Arizona Snake

June 23, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protections to the Tucson shovel-nosed snake for a second time. The snakes live only in a small area of southern Arizona.

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Biden Administration Rescinds Trump Rule Limiting Habitat Protections for Endangered Species

June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration finalized a rule today rescinding a Trump-era regulation that severely limited the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants like wolverines and golden-winged warblers need to survive and recover.

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Imperiled Southeast Flower Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

June 21, 2022

ATLANTA— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the Ocmulgee skullcap as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Only 19 populations of this rare flower remain in Georgia and South Carolina, with many of these having fewer than 20 individual plants.

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House Democrats Provide Long-Overdue Funding for Endangered Species Act

June 21, 2022

WASHINGTON— The House Appropriations Committee will vote on a funding bill today for the U.S. Department of the Interior that would provide $355 million for endangered species conservation — an increase of $77 million above last year’s budget.

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Oregon Commission Votes to Better Protect Wildlife From Trapping

June 17, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules today that reduce some of the state’s trap check times, making it less likely that animals will suffer for extended periods of time and more likely that non-target wildlife can be safely released.

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California Commission Deadlocks on Protecting Western Joshua Trees as Threatened Species

June 16, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The California Fish and Game Commission deadlocked today on whether to give western Joshua trees permanent protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act, delaying a final decision until at least October.

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EPA Confirms Three Widely Used Neonicotinoid Pesticides Likely Harm Vast Majority of Endangered Plants, Animals

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released final biological evaluations today confirming that three widely used neonicotinoid insecticides likely harm roughly three-fourths of all endangered plants and animals, including all 39 species of amphibians protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Report: TVA’s New Board Members Can Fast-Track Transition to 100% Renewable, Just Energy Future

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new board members will have the legal authority to transform the nation’s largest public power provider from a fossil-fuel utility to a renewable energy pioneer, according to a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Agencies Warned for Ignoring Florida Nuclear Plant’s Harm to American Crocodiles

June 16, 2022

MIAMI— The Center for Biological Diversity warned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they’re violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to lawfully consult over the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant’s current harm to imperiled American crocodiles and their habitat. The violations relate to the federal approval of a 20-year operational extension for nuclear units 3 and 4 at Turkey Point.

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Petition Aims to Protect Great Hammerhead Sharks Under Endangered Species Act

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition today urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the great hammerhead shark under the Endangered Species Act.

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100 Groups Urge Global Leaders to Stop Extinction

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 100 organizations from five continents today urged negotiators headed to a world biodiversity meeting to commit to stopping human-caused extinctions of species. The groups’ letter comes as negotiations over the global framework to combat biodiversity loss are set to resume June 21 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Virgin Islands Flower Finally Gets Endangered Species Protections After 47 Years

June 15, 2022

BOQUERÓN, Puerto Rico— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the marrón bacora as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and designated 2,548 acres as critical habitat. Marrón bacora is a 10-foot-tall flowering shrub that has been reduced to just seven fragmented populations on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and one population on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

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Temblor Legless Lizard Wins California Endangered Species Act Protections

June 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Fish and Game Commission unanimously agreed today to protect the Temblor legless lizard under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The move grants legal protection to the rare lizards for at least a year.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for 12 Endangered Coral Species

June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to finalize protections for 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The corals all received Endangered Species Act listings in 2014 but not the critical habitat designation the law requires.

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Lawsuit Challenges Biden-Approved Oil Drilling Permits for Failing to Protect Climate-Imperiled Wildlife, Public Lands

June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— Environmental organizations sued the Bureau of Land Management today for issuing more than 3,500 oil and gas drilling permits in New Mexico and Wyoming during the first 16 months of the Biden administration in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The lawsuit was filed in the federal District Court of Washington, D.C.

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House Passes Historic Legislation Securing Billions for Imperiled Wildlife

June 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 2773, by a 231 to 190 vote today. If approved by the Senate, the legislation will provide unprecedented levels of funding to states, Tribal Nations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve and recover imperiled wildlife and plant species, including those listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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9th Circuit Court to Hear Arguments Wednesday Challenging Geothermal Plant Endangering Sacred Site, Rare Toad

June 14, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— Attorneys for conservation advocates and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe will present oral arguments Wednesday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenging the government’s approval of a geothermal power plant. The plant threatens to destroy a Nevada sacred site and drive the rare Dixie Valley toad to extinction.

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Commission Votes Wednesday on Protecting California’s Joshua Trees as Threatened Species

June 14, 2022

LOS ANGELES― The California Fish and Game Commission will vote Wednesday on whether to permanently protect western Joshua trees under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Delayed Protection Imperils Oregon Beetle, Virgin Islands Plant, Two Southeast Mussels

June 14, 2022

SALEM, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to determine if the Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle warrants Endangered Species Act protection, and for failing to finalize protection for three other species, a plant called the marrón bacora and the longsolid and Canoe Creek clubshell mussels.

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Lawmakers, Organizations Warn Biden Against Rushed Pipeline Restart Off California Coast

June 14, 2022

LONG BEACH, Calif.— A coalition of groups today joined eight Southern California members of Congress in urging the Biden administration not to issue fast-track authorization for the repair and restart of Amplify Energy’s offshore oil pipeline, which ruptured off the California coast in October.

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El Cuerpo de Ingenieros Enfrentará Demanda por Proyecto de Transporte de GNL en Puerto Rico por Impactos a la Vida Silvestre y a las Comunidades

June 13, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército recibió hoy una notificación advirtiendo que su proyecto de dragado para ampliar el canal de navegación de la Bahía de San Juan viola la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción. El proyecto permitiría el paso de mega buques que transporten gas natural licuado (GNL).

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SpaceX’s Texas Site Needs Full Environmental Review, Conservationists Say

June 13, 2022

BROWNSVILLE, Texas— The Federal Aviation Administration today declined to conduct a full environmental review of the proposed expansion of SpaceX’s launch site at Boca Chica, Texas, despite calls from conservation organizations to take a closer look at the environmental impacts of the rocket launches.

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Congress to Hold Wednesday Hearing on Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Deaths of Over 2,500 Pets

June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON— The House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy will hold a hearing on Wednesday to investigate the Seresto flea collar, which has been linked to thousands of pet deaths.

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Army Corps to Face Lawsuit for Puerto Rico LNG Shipping Project’s Threats to Wildlife, Communities

June 13, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The Army Corps of Engineers received a notice letter today warning that its dredging project to expand the San Juan Bay shipping channel violates the Endangered Species Act. The project would permit the passage of mega vessels carrying liquified natural gas, or LNG.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge Green Salamanders

June 13, 2022

BAT CAVE, N.C.— Conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect Hickory Nut Gorge green salamanders under the Endangered Species Act.

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Mobile Billboard Calls Out Biden’s Broken Climate Promises During Santa Fe Visit

June 10, 2022

SANTA FE, N.M.— Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians will display a mobile billboard Saturday during President Biden’s visit to Santa Fe, criticizing the administration for its broken promises to end oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters. Biden will receive an update on the historic wildfires that have burned nearly 500 square miles of New Mexico.

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Rare Southwest Wildflower Protected Under Endangered Species Act

June 9, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Arizona eryngo under the Endangered Species Act. Only four populations of the critically imperiled wetland plant survive in Arizona and Mexico.

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Conservationists Urge Halt to Mexico’s Maya Train Project, Call For Sanctions

June 9, 2022

MEXICO CITY— Conservation groups filed comments today with Semarnat, Mexico’s environmental ministry, identifying a large number of omissions and inaccuracies in a government assessment of the environmental impacts of the section five south of the Maya train project.

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Lawsuits Challenge Two Massive Bay Area Biofuel Refinery Projects

June 8, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Communities for a Better Environment and the Center for Biological Diversity sued Contra Costa County on Tuesday over its rushed approval of two proposed biofuel refineries in the Bay Area using incomplete and misleading environmental reviews.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Wetland-Dependent Midwestern Snake

June 8, 2022

CHICAGO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Hoosier Environmental Council sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protections to the imperiled Kirtland’s snake.

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Legal Petition Aims to Phase Out Toxic Lead Ammo, Fishing Tackle on National Wildlife Refuges

June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Sierra Club filed a formal legal petition today calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. Numerous scientific studies have linked lead ammunition to poisonings of wildlife and people.

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Senate Committee Considers Grand Canyon Protection Act

June 7, 2022

PHOENIX— A U.S. Senate subcommittee held a hearing today for the Grand Canyon Protection Act, an important step toward passage of legislation to protect about 1 million acres of public lands near Grand Canyon National Park from toxic uranium mining. The Act would make permanent a ban on mining that was enacted administratively in 2012.

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Lawsuit Filed to Compel EPA to Enforce Smog-Reduction Measures in Los Angeles, Sacramento, New Hampshire

June 7, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Environmental and public-health groups filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that Los Angeles, Sacramento and New Hampshire have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Selkirk’s Piping Plover Mural Highlights Endangered Species

June 7, 2022

SELKIRK, Manitoba— The Center for Biological Diversity and Interlake Art Board will host a community event on June 15 to celebrate a new mural of the piping plover, an endangered shorebird that summers in Canada and the northern United States before flying south for the winter.

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Biden Use of Defense Production Act Signals Pivot on Climate, Renewables

June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— President Biden signaled a major shift in climate strategy today, announcing executive actions that use the Defense Production Act to manufacture solar panel components, heat pumps, insulation, and grid transformers needed to speed the country toward renewable energy.

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California Drift Gillnets Entangled About 12 Humpback Whales in 2021

June 6, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— After new federal reports estimated that the California drift gillnet fishery caught about 12 Pacific humpbacks in 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity warned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to expect to be sued for failing to protect these endangered whales from entanglements in drift nets.

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New Right Whale Endangered Species Condom Distributed for World Ocean Day, Marine Mammal Protection Act Anniversary

June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 8 to distribute Endangered Species Condoms in honor of World Ocean Day and mark the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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9th Circuit Affirms Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Off California, Orders More Review

June 3, 2022

LOS ANGELES— A federal appeals court today affirmed a lower court decision that prohibits offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast.

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EPA Finalizes Damaging Renewable Fuels Standard

June 3, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to finalize its renewable fuel standards for corn ethanol and other biofuels for 2020, 2021 and 2022 today, setting 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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Conservationists Back Havasupai Tribe’s Opposition to Grand Canyon Uranium Mine

June 1, 2022

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK― Conservation groups joined the Havasupai Tribe today to denounce the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of a key permit for a uranium mine near Grand Canyon’s South Rim. On Friday the Tribe sent a letter to Arizona officials reasserting its opposition to the mine and calling for new hydrological studies, regular meetings and monitoring data for the Pinyon Plain Mine.

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Legal Agreement Will Protect Critical Habitat for Threatened Florida Manatees

June 1, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Save the Manatee Club, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service committed today to revise critical habitat for the Florida manatee by September 2024. The manatee’s critical habitat has not been updated since its original designation in 1976.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Pesticide-Spraying Program Affecting Millions of Acres of Western Rangelands

May 31, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Xerces Society and Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today over its program allowing insecticide spraying on millions of acres in 17 western states.

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Southern California Fish Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

May 31, 2022

LOS ANGELES— In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to dates by which it will make decisions on whether Santa Ana speckled dace and Long Valley speckled dace warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Giraffes One Step Closer to U.S. Endangered Species Protections

May 31, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit by conservation and animal protection groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to a deadline of November 2024 for deciding if giraffes warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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$30,000 Reward Offered for Info on Washington Wolf Killings

May 27, 2022

SEATTLE— Conservation and animal-protection groups announced a combined $30,000 reward today for information leading to a conviction in the illegal killing of four wolves in northeastern Washington earlier this year.

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Court Restores Wolverine Protections While Agency Reconsiders Endangered Species Decision

May 27, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont.— In a victory for wolverines, a Montana District Court decided late Thursday to restore the species as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The court agreed with conservation groups that wolverines need additional protections while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reconsiders its 2020 decision not to protect the species as threatened or endangered.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Extinction of Guam’s Endangered Animals, Plants

May 26, 2022

HAGÅTÑA, Guam— The Center for Biological Diversity, Blue Ocean Law and Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian notified the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today that they intend to sue to stop the ongoing construction of a machine gun range and the relocation of 5,000 U.S. Marines to Guam.

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California Assembly Passes Bill to Improve Wildlife Connectivity, Public Safety

May 26, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that would improve wildlife connectivity and make California roads safer. The Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act would prioritize wildlife crossings and other infrastructure projects that improve wildlife connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collision risk.

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Lawsuit Launched to Seek Habitat Protection for 49 Endangered Hawaiian Species

May 25, 2022

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect critical habitat for 49 endangered Hawaiian Islands species. These species include the ‘Akē‘akē, also known as the band-rumped storm-petrel, and the Nalo Meli Maoli, also called the Hawaiian yellow-faced bee.

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Legal Petition Urges EPA to Require Commonsense Safeguards on Pesticide Labels to Protect Farmworkers, Endangered Species

May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition for rulemaking to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs today to require new safeguards on pesticide labels. The new measures would be aimed at protecting people and endangered species. Pesticide labels and instructions must be followed properly for the use of a pesticide to be considered lawful.

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Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Up Slightly, Still Below Extinction Threshold

May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— The yearly count released today of monarch butterflies that overwintered in Mexico continues to show imperilment for the migratory butterfly. This year’s count of 2.84 hectares (7 acres) of occupied winter habitat is up slightly from last year but still below the 6 hectare threshold scientists say is necessary for the iconic pollinator to be out of the extinction danger zone in North America.

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Utah Judge to Hear Arguments Wednesday on Misuse of Public Money for Oil Train

May 24, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY― A Utah district court judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging the misuse of public funds on fossil fuel projects, including the proposed Uinta Basin Railway.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging USDA’s Failure to Protect Endangered Species From Insecticide Sprays Over Millions of Acres in U.S. West

May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Xerces Society and Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s secretive Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for failing to properly consider harms to endangered species caused by insecticide spraying across millions of acres of western grasslands.

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Oregon’s North Coast Red Tree Voles Get New Shot at Crucial Protections

May 24, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— In a legal victory, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to reconsider whether red tree voles on Oregon’s North Coast need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has until January 31, 2024, to make a decision.

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Federal Judge Stops 35,000-Acre Fracking Plan in Western Colorado

May 20, 2022

DENVER― A U.S. District Court judge today vacated a federal plan that allowed fracking across 35,000 acres of Colorado’s Western Slope.

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Federal Watchdog to Investigate EPA’s Inaction on Seresto Flea Collars

May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Office of Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is investigating whether the agency violated federal law by failing to take action on the Seresto flea collar linked to thousands of pet deaths.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard From Extinction

May 19, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for again stalling in making a decision on whether to grant Endangered Species Act protections to the dunes sagebrush lizard. The agency has delayed protecting the lizard for four decades.

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Legal Protests Target Biden’s Plans To Resume Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands

May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON— Climate, conservation and community groups from across the country filed administrative protests today challenging the Biden administration’s plans to resume oil and gas leasing in June, saying the president should end new leasing to heed his own climate goals while protecting communities, water and wildlife.

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Legal Petition Seeks Federal Trade Commission Investigation of Energy Utility Abuses

May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups urged the Federal Trade Commission today to investigate the electric utility industry for widespread abuses. These include bribery, fake dark-money campaigns and denying customers access to renewable energy.

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Court Rules Federal Agency Wrongly Withdrew Bi-State Sage Grouse Protections

May 17, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO― A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally withdrew its proposal to list the bi-state sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Massive Kootenai National Forest Timber Sale Challenged by Conservation Groups

May 17, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to stop a large timber sale in the Kootenai National Forest that threatens a small and imperiled population of grizzly bears near the Montana-Canada border. The groups notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue it, as well.

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Lawsuit Challenges California Biofuel Refinery Expansion

May 16, 2022

LOS ANGELES— Environmental justice and conservation groups sued the city of Paramount, California today over its approval of a biofuel refinery expansion without adequate environmental review.

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Legal Agreement Requires Federal Government to Update Marine Mammal Assessments

May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network, the Biden administration today agreed to release long-overdue population reports for manatees in Florida and Puerto Rico and sea otters and walruses in Alaska, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Eliminates Cap on Population, Restricts Killing

May 13, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed today that it will eliminate its current population cap of 325 Mexican gray wolves that are allowed to live in the wild in the Southwest. Today’s announcement follows a 2018 legal victory by conservation organizations. In the same decision, the agency rejected science-based reforms that would increase genetic diversity at a faster rate.

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Rare Florida Lizard Back on Course for Endangered Species Protection

May 13, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to reconsider its denial of Endangered Species Act protections to the Cedar Key mole skink, a highly imperiled lizard found only on a few islands off Florida’s Nature Coast. The Service must make a new decision by July 31, 2024.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Decision to Halt Rosemont Mine in Arizona

May 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal appeals court today upheld the invalidation of the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a controversial open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Delay of Endangered Species Protections for 11 Species

May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity announced its intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying critically needed Endangered Species Act protections for 11 imperiled plants and animals. The species range from the Puerto Rico harlequin butterfly and the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle to a rare wetlands wildflower found only in Arizona and Mexico.

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Lawsuit Expands Challenge to Damaging Grazing in Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona

May 10, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society initiated new legal proceedings against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today to stop cattle in four grazing allotments from further damaging streams and riparian areas of the Agua Fria National Monument in central Arizona.

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Legal Appeal Aims to Defend Wyoming’s Path of the Pronghorn From Massive Fracking Project

May 10, 2022

DENVER— Conservation groups today appealed a federal court’s decision upholding a Trump-era plan to allow 3,500 new gas wells in southwestern Wyoming.

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Lawsuit: EPA Must Protect Manatees From Water Pollution

May 10, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla.— Three conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to protect manatees and sea turtles from water pollution in Florida.

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Legal Agreement Forces EPA to Assess Toxicity of Plastics

May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency will analyze the toxic effects of polyvinyl chloride, commonly referred to as “PVC” or “vinyl”, as the result of a legal agreement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Seeks Documents on Biden Administration Plans to Weaken Endangered Species Act

May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s failure to release documents detailing discussions between political officials, other agency staff, and members of Congress over potential legislation that would further weaken the Endangered Species Act.

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Report: Electric Utilities Shut Off Power 3.6 Million Times While Increasing Payouts to Shareholders, Executives

May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON— Electric utilities have disconnected U.S. households more than 3.5 million times since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, while shareholder returns and executive compensation have skyrocketed, according to Powerless in the Pandemic 2.0, a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity and BailoutWatch.

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Arizona OKs Uranium Mining Permit That Puts Grand Canyon’s Groundwater, Springs at Risk

April 29, 2022

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality approved an aquifer protection permit late Thursday for a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park.

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Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Postal Service Plan to Buy 150,000 Gas-Guzzling Trucks

April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, CleanAirNow, Sierra Club, and 16 states filed lawsuits in California federal court today challenging the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to replace its aging fleet with close to 150,000 gas-burning delivery trucks.

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Tope Sharks Take Step Toward Endangered Species Protection

April 28, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Following a petition, the National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that the tope shark — also known as the “soupfin shark” — may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Actions Challenge Huge Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest

April 27, 2022

VENTURA, Calif.— A coalition of environmental, business and recreational organizations — joined by the county of Ventura and the city of Ojai — filed suit in federal court today to challenge a commercial logging and vegetation removal project atop Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak in the Los Padres National Forest.

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Proposed Montana Gypsum Mine Scrapped in Victory for Rare Plant

April 27, 2022

BILLINGS, Mont.— The mining company Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua has withdrawn its plan for gypsum mining exploration in southern Montana’s Pryor Desert. The plan would have disturbed Jurassic Period fossils, Crow and Northern Cheyenne archaeological sites, the imperiled greater sage grouse and many sensitive plant species, including the thick-leaf bladderpod.

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500 Global Groups Urge Biden to End Fossil Fuel Era in Response to Russia-Ukraine War

April 27, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 500 organizations from six continents sent a letter to President Biden and other world leaders today, urging them to speed the end of the fossil fuel era and spur a just and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy.

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Lawsuit Demands Halt to Mexico’s Maya Train

April 27, 2022

CANCUN, Mexico— Conservation groups have sued the Mexican government over its plan to build a “Maya train” through one of Mexico’s most biodiverse forests. This controversial tourist train — one of President López Obrador’s flagship infrastructure projects — will connect holiday destinations across the Yucatán peninsula. The lawsuit challenges the government’s failure to issue an environmental assessment before approving the train’s fifth and most-controversial section.

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Rare Southern Nevada Wildflower, Bee One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

April 26, 2022

LAS VEGAS— In response to litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to dates for decisions on endangered species protections for the Las Vegas bearpoppy and the Mojave poppy bee, as well as 25 other species across the United States.

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Monarch Butterflies, Dozens of Other Species One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to three lawsuits brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to dates for decisions on whether 18 plants and animals from across the country warrant protection as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service will also consider identifying and protecting critical habitat for another nine species.

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Federal Officials Forced to Reexamine Kentucky Pipeline’s Threats to Endangered Bats

April 25, 2022

CEDAR GROVE, Ky.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will return to the drawing board to ensure that a proposed methane gas pipeline will not jeopardize the survival of three imperiled bat species.

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First Red Wolf Pups Born in Wild Since 2018, Raising Hope for Brighter Future for Species

April 22, 2022

ALBERMARLE, N.C.— For the first time in four years, a litter of pups has been born into eastern North Carolina’s struggling population of wild red wolves. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program staff confirmed this week that six pups were born to a wild red wolf pair in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The Service announced late Thursday night that the new litter includes four females and two male pups.

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Cultural, Environmental Groups Launch Utom Conservation Fund Scholarship, Fellowship

April 22, 2022

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— An alliance of cultural and environmental organizations launched fellowships and scholarships today worth $100,000 for students committed to the protection of Southern California’s signature river. The Utom Conservation Fund Scholarship and Fellowship, announced on Earth Day, will be awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate school students committed to researching and preserving the cultural values and ecological function of the Utom watershed.

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Biden Launches Process for Protecting Mature, Old-Growth Forests on Federal Lands

April 22, 2022

SEATTLE— President Joe Biden will issue an executive order today that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal OK of Arizona Freeway That Will Harm Climate, Wildlife, Public Lands

April 21, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups sued the Federal Highway Administration today to challenge its approval of Interstate 11, a proposed north-south highway in Arizona that would destroy pristine Sonoran Desert, harm threatened desert tortoises and other wildlife, and worsen air pollution.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Rare Parasitic Bumblebees That Play Critical Role in Keeping Other Bee Populations Diverse, Robust

April 21, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebees warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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For Earth Day, ‘Frostpaw the Polar Bear’ to Urge Rep. DeLauro, Sen. Leahy to Fully Fund Endangered Species Act

April 21, 2022

NEWTOWN, Conn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Frostpaw, the Center’s polar bear mascot, will be tending a booth at Newtown Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 to hand out endangered species postcards that urge Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to increase funding for endangered species and help stem the global extinction crisis.

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Group Celebrates Earth Day by Expanding Nature Preserve System Throughout West

April 20, 2022

BEND, Ore.— The Wildlands Conservancy, owner of California’s largest nonprofit nature preserve system, announced today the group’s expansion into additional Western states. The Conservancy’s first out-of-state acquisition is the purchase of the 30,000-acre Cherry Creek Ranch in central Oregon, newly named Enchanted Rocks Preserve after the landscape’s fascinating geology.

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Top Scientists: California Must End Neighborhood Oil Drilling, Phase Out Fossil Fuels

April 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Nearly 200 scientists marked Earth Week by sending a letter today calling on the Newsom administration to immediately end neighborhood oil drilling and rapidly phase out fossil fuel production in California.

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Oregon’s Wolf Population Increases by Only Two After Year of Poaching Deaths

April 19, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon’s wolf population increased by two confirmed animals in 2021 — from 173 to 175 wolves — according to a report released today by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. There were 21 reported packs in 2021, while the number of breeding pairs decreased by one for a total of 16.

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Legal Action Defends Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

April 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— Longtime conservation partners the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society took to the courts today to fight once more to protect the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher. This tiny, highly endangered songbird depends on the increasingly rare and threatened streamside forests of the arid southwestern United States.

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15,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away for Earth Day

April 19, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— More than 140 volunteers will give away 15,000 free Endangered Species Condoms from the Center for Biological Diversity in time for Earth Day on Friday. The condoms will be given away at Earth Day events and on college campuses across the country.

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New Study Shows People of Color in U.S. Are More Likely to Be Harmed by Pesticides Due to Weak Regulations, Lax Enforcement

April 18, 2022

WASHINGTON— A peer-reviewed study published today in the academic journal BMC Public Health finds that Black, Indigenous and people of color, along with low-income communities, shoulder an outsized burden of the harms caused by pesticides in the United States.

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Legal Victory Secures Habitat Protection for 23 Imperiled Micronesian Species

April 18, 2022

HAGÅTÑA, Guam— Following a successful legal challenge by the Center for Biological Diversity and Blue Ocean Law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must now identify and protect critical habitat for 23 endangered and threatened species located throughout greater Micronesia. The Service now has to act on critical habitat for these nine rare animals and 14 plants by June 26, 2025.

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Appeals Court Upholds Habitat Protections for New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

April 18, 2022

DENVER, Colo.— The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge brought by two cattlemen’s associations seeking to overturn the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse’s critical habitat designation. This decision gives this remarkable mouse a fighting chance of survival.

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Biden Administration to Restart Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands

April 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will resume oil and gas leasing on public lands, violating President Biden’s campaign promise to end new oil and gas leasing and locking in new extraction that thwarts his pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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‘Los Angeles Times’ Ad Urges California to Ramp Up Clean Car Rules

April 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES— Environmental, equity and health groups placed a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times today warning that California’s weak draft auto emissions rule falls short of needed progress and jeopardizes the state’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2045.

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California’s Clear Lake Hitch Back on Track for Endangered Species Protections

April 14, 2022

CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to again consider Endangered Species Act protections for the Clear Lake hitch. This large minnow is found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake.

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Mining Company Told to Stop Illegal Dumping in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains

April 14, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue an international mining company to protect critical desert streams and washes in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.

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Temblor Legless Lizard Gets Closer to California Endangered Species Protection

April 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended that the Temblor legless lizard move toward protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The action came in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Independent Scientific Review Panel: EPA’s Weakening of Groundwater Protections From Pesticides Is Not Justified

April 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— In a peer-review report released this week, an independent panel of scientists gave a scathing critique of recent changes made by the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken its estimates of pesticide pollution in U.S. groundwater.

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California Issues Weak Clean Cars Rule, Fails to Lead Aggressive Electric Push

April 13, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California proposed a new clean car rule today that jeopardizes the state’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2045. The Advanced Clean Cars II Rule charts inadequate progress toward 100% zero-emission vehicle, or ZEV, sales and ignores tailpipe pollution from millions of gas-powered cars sold until that transition is complete.

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State Wildlife Agency Recommends Ending Protection for California’s Climate-Threatened Western Joshua Trees

April 13, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a report released today, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended ending interim protections for imperiled western Joshua trees, opening the door for widespread destruction of one of California’s most iconic species.

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Federal Officials Revise Plan to Recover Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves

April 13, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Responding to a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will release a draft revision to its 2017 Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. The new draft, which will be released Thursday, is intended to provide measures to reduce human-caused mortality that the 2017 plan lacked.

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Lawsuit Launched to Seek Federal Protection for Thick-Leaf Bladderpod

April 13, 2022

BILLINGS, Mont.— Three conservation groups today announced their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the thick-leaf bladderpod, a rare plant found only at the base of the Pryor Mountains in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. The plant is under imminent threat from gypsum mining.

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Lawsuit Aims to Push EPA to Set New Limits on Soot, Sulfur, Nitrogen Pollution

April 13, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Environmental groups filed a lawsuit today to force the Environmental Protection Agency to update limits on harmful soot, sulfur and nitrogen air pollution.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nevada’s Railroad Valley Toad

April 12, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the critically imperiled Railroad Valley toad, which is threatened by a proposed lithium production project and oil drilling.

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New Report: Gender Equity Solutions Missing From Municipal Climate Plans

April 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A newly released report by the Center for Biological Diversity that analyzed municipal climate plans found that, although women and gender-diverse people are disproportionately affected by climate change, none of the reviewed plans mentioned family planning, contraception, or reproductive health solutions. Only one mentioned gender equity.

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Autoridad ambiental del T-MEC recomienda investigación formal por fallas en la protección de la vaquita marina en México

April 11, 2022

MONTRÉAL— Un organismo clave del acuerdo comercial entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) recomendó hoy una investigación formal sobre el incumplimiento de México de sus leyes de pesca y de vida silvestre, lo que está causando la casi extinción de la vaquita marina. Redes de pesca ilegales colocadas para atrapar camarones y totoabas, un pez en peligro y codiciado en China por su vejiga natatoria, enredan y matan a la vaquita. Es probable que queden diez o menos vaquitas.

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International Environmental Authority Recommends Full Investigation of Mexico’s Vaquita Failures

April 11, 2022

MONTRéAL— A key U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement body recommended a formal investigation today into Mexico’s failure to comply with its fishing and wildlife trade laws, which is causing the near-extinction of the vaquita porpoise. Illegal fishing nets set to catch shrimp and totoaba, an imperiled fish coveted in China for its swim bladder, entangle and kill vaquita. Ten or fewer vaquita likely remain.

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More Than 200 Wolves Reported in Washington in 2021

April 11, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The official Washington wolf population numbers released today show a statewide total of 206 wolves in 33 packs, with 19 successful breeding pairs. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife documented 30 wolves killed by people in 2021, up from 16 last year.

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New Dungeons & Dragons Book to Support Endangered Species Protection

April 11, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Mage Hand Press and creator Lucas Zellers to resurrect the histories of extinct animals in a surprising new way: through the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

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Documents: Biden Administration Misled Public Over Secret Plan to Weaken Whooping Crane Protections

April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been planning to weaken whooping crane protections since early 2021, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Developer Ditches Plan to Dam Arizona’s San Francisco River

April 7, 2022

PHOENIX— A developer notified federal regulators today that it has abandoned plans for a 200-foot-tall dam along a remote, biodiverse stretch of the San Francisco River at the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Power Plant Construction, Save Nevada Toad After Endangered Species Listing

April 7, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to halt construction of the Dixie Meadows geothermal power plant. Federal wildlife managers say the plant poses a significant risk of extinction to the Dixie Valley toad.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Redwood Forest in California From Logging

April 6, 2022

MENDOCINO, Calif.― Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the Mendocino Redwood Company from logging nearly 1,000 acres of redwood forest in a California watershed that provides habitat for threatened northern spotted owls and fish.

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140 Groups Call for Major Reforms at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Restore Scientific Integrity

April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and 139 other organizations sent a letter today urging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams to take immediate action to reform the agency’s process for listing imperiled species as threatened or endangered.

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Bill Calls for Turbocharging Renewable Energy Manufacturing Under Defense Production Act to Ensure True Energy Security, End Fossil Fuels

April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) introduced legislation today that would require President Biden to use the Defense Production Act to build a renewable energy industrial base to protect communities and achieve energy independence from fossil fuels.

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Los Angeles County Moves to Limit New Sprawl in Fire-Prone Areas

April 5, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an update to the county’s general plan today that limits new development in wildfire hazard zones, reducing regional risk as California braces for what could be another intense fire season.

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Federal Court Rejects Fort Huachuca’s Groundwater Pumping Plan for Fourth Time

April 5, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge has rejected the latest plan by the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aimed at preventing damage to the San Pedro River and its endangered species from groundwater pumping to serve Fort Huachuca and the Fort’s population in surrounding areas.

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Ban Wildlife Killing Contests on Public Lands

April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than a dozen members of Congress introduced legislation today that would prohibit organizing, sponsoring, conducting or participating in wildlife killing contests on more than 500 million acres of U.S. public lands.

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New Coalition Pressures Tennessee Valley Authority to Cut Fossil-Fuel Emissions, Ramp Up Renewable Energy

April 5, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Dozens of organizations in the Tennessee Valley came together today to launch the Clean Up TVA Coalition, demanding immediate action from the Tennessee Valley Authority to cut carbon emissions and transition to a fossil-fuel-free and just energy future by 2030.

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California Oil Company Warned for Cutting Corners in Repairing Leaky Pipeline

April 5, 2022

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity warned DCOR, LLC in a letter today that the company failed to comply with a California law requiring a Coastal Development Permit for its repair of an offshore oil pipeline that leaked in December.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Gives Rare Nevada Toad Emergency Endangered Species Protection

April 4, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it would immediately protect the rare Dixie Valley toad under the Endangered Species Act on an emergency basis. The toads face an acute threat of extinction from the construction of a geothermal power plant adjacent to their only home at Dixie Meadows, a hot spring-fed wetland in Churchill County, Nevada.

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100 Groups Demand EPA Set Protective Airplane-Pollution Limits

April 4, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and more than 100 allies submitted comments today opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed particulate matter pollution standards for aircraft.

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Arizona Game and Fish Fails to Ban Spring Bear Hunting With New Guidelines

April 1, 2022

PHOENIX, Ariz.— The Arizona Game and Fish Commission finalized new five-year hunting guidelines today that offer slightly better protections for mountain lions and bears but still fail to give the animals a fair chance, allowing hound hunting and a spring bear hunt to proceed.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Destruction of Endangered California Tiger Salamander Habitat

April 1, 2022

SANTA MARIA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the Santa Maria Airport District this week of its intent to sue over the destruction of hundreds of acres of critical habitat for endangered California tiger salamanders.

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Alaska’s Ice Seals Gain Critical Habitat Protection

March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON— Following a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced two final rules today to protect critical habitat for bearded seals and ringed seals, two types of Arctic ice seals in Alaska.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers Rose to Just Under 200 Last Year

March 30, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The population of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico grew by 10 animals last year, from 186 animals in 2020 to 196 in 2021. While this represents an overall increase, the pace of recovery is being hampered by illegal killings, disease, and genetic mismanagement.

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Coastal California Sunflower Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

March 30, 2022

EUREKA, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today changed the Endangered Species Act status of beach layia, a small sunflower that grows only in California’s coastal dunes, reclassifying it from endangered to threatened. The change is due to reduced impacts from offroad vehicles, grazing, and development throughout much of the species’ range.

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Groups Call for Oil Industry to Fund California’s Costly Oil Well Cleanup

March 30, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— California climate, health and community groups sent a letter to the U.S. Interior Department today urging it to force polluters to pay for the cleanup of tens of thousands of dangerous abandoned oil and gas wells in the state.

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Biden Budget Shortchanges Key Programs to Protect, Recover Endangered Species

March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Despite an overall increase of $86.4 million for endangered species conservation, President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, released today, still falls short of what’s needed to stem the loss of our nation’s biodiversity and halt the global extinction crisis.

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for Tiny Virginia Fish

March 25, 2022

RICHMOND, Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the roughhead shiner, an olive-colored minnow found only in the upper James River watershed in western Virginia.

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Agreement Prohibits Military Spending on Border Wall, Requires Restoration, Damage Study

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— Several federal agencies and the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund reached an agreement today that prohibits military spending on border walls.

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Lawsuit Filed to Fight EPA Delay in Reducing Asthma-Causing Smog

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— Four environmental groups filed a lawsuit today to force the Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the smog rating in eight areas from serious to severe. The downgrade in the ratings will trigger more protective measures to reduce pollution emissions

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New Documents: EPA Managers Reportedly Instructed Staff Not to Document in Emails Concerns About Flea Collars Linked to Thousands of Pet Deaths

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— Scientists in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pesticide office were instructed to refrain from emailing about their growing concerns about the safety of flea collars linked to thousands of pet deaths, according to statements in emails released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Hippos

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— Wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect hippos under the Endangered Species Act. The legal petition was filed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Center for Biological Diversity.

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14,000 Objections Filed Against Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan

March 23, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— More than 14,000 objections have been filed in opposition to the federal plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, marking the highest number ever received by the U.S. Forest Service over such a plan.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect California’s Temblor Legless Lizard

March 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether the temblor legless lizard in California warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Northern Long-Eared Bats Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

March 22, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— In a reversal of a previous “threatened” listing that exempted destruction of the northern long-eared bat’s habitat from protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a proposal to list the bat as endangered. This change in legal status will afford the species far greater protection under the Endangered Species Act as it struggles to survive in the face of devastating white-nose syndrome and human development.

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400,000 Native Animals Killed by Federal Program Last Year, New Data Shows

March 22, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services reported killing 404,538 native animals in 2021, according to new data released by the program today. The federal wildlife-killing program targets wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals, primarily to benefit the agriculture industry in states like Texas, Colorado and Idaho.

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Lawsuit Filed Against EPA to Protect Endangered Species From Cadmium Pollution

March 22, 2022

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

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Lawsuit Seeks Interior Department Documents Behind Oil, Gas Leasing Report

March 22, 2022

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Climate and conservation groups sued the U.S. Interior Department on Friday for failing to release public records, including documents behind the development of a federal oil and gas leasing report, related to President Biden’s 2021 executive order to address climate change.

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Rare Sand Dune-Dwelling Plant in Oregon, California Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

March 21, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the sand dune phacelia as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Just 26 populations of this rare plant remain in the coastal dunes of southern Oregon and northern California.

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Washington Wildlife Commission Again Votes Down Spring Bear Hunt

March 19, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 today against a proposed 2022 spring bear-hunting season. The vote by the commission, which oversees the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, is the second related to this year’s season. It follows an attempt by hunting groups to reverse the original November 2021 suspension of the hunt.

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U.S. Company Seeks to Extend License for Deep-Sea Mining in Pacific

March 18, 2022

WASHINGTON— Federal officials today published an application by Lockheed Martin to extend two licenses to mine the deep ocean. These licenses propose exploratory deep-sea mining work in the Pacific Ocean’s Clarion-Clipperton Zone, halfway between Mexico and Hawaii.

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Mining Company Nixes California Gold Exploration That Threatened Rare Daisy

March 17, 2022

LOS ANGELES— A Canadian mining company has announced it’s suspending a proposal to expand gold mining exploration and road building on California’s Conglomerate Mesa after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management required an environmental impact statement for the project.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Moves Flawed Endangered Species Plan Forward

March 17, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Forestry and the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a draft environmental impact statement today for a habitat conservation plan that regulates logging on more than 600,000 acres of state forest in western Oregon.

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Progressive Caucus Urges Biden to Declare Climate Emergency, Stop New Fossil Fuel Extraction, Turbocharge Renewables

March 17, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Congressional Progressive Caucus called on President Biden today to declare a climate emergency, ban federal fossil fuel leasing and extraction, and build distributed renewable energy systems under the Defense Production Act.

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Five Years After ‘Cyanide Bomb’ Injures Idaho Teen, Efforts Continue to Ban Deadly Devices

March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON— This week marks the fifth anniversary of an Idaho teen nearly being fatally poisoned by an M-44, commonly known as a “cyanide bomb.” The incident received worldwide media coverage and spurred federal and state efforts to ban these wildlife-killing devices.

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Federal Court Rejects Weld County’s Request to Delay Reductions of Dangerous Smog Pollution From Oil, Gas Operations

March 16, 2022

DENVER— A federal appeals court has rejected Weld County’s attempt to delay steps to reduce pollution from the Colorado county’s oil and gas operations that contributes to asthma-causing smog in the Metro-Denver and Front Range region.

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Two Appalachian Crayfish Gain 446 Miles of Lifesaving Critical Habitat

March 14, 2022

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Following a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 446 stream miles of critical habitat for the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfish in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.

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New Wildlife Data Reveals Disturbing U.S. Trophy Trade Trends

March 14, 2022

WASHINGTON— U.S. hunters imported more than 700,000 trophies taken from giraffes, rhinos and many other species around the globe from 2016 to 2020, according to data newly obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The data shows a steady and sizeable annual increase in U.S. trade in hunting trophies — including mounts, skulls, skins, teeth and other parts — throughout the Trump administration. The trophy trade declined only after the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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California Court Rules Against Big Bear Development Over Wildfire Concerns, Harms to Rare Plant

March 11, 2022

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif.— A judge ruled against a controversial development proposed on the north shore of Big Bear Lake over concerns about wildfire evacuation risks and threats to a plant unique to the area.

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CITES Approves Totoaba Trade in Major Blow to Imperiled Vaquita Porpoise

March 11, 2022

LYON, France— The Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora voted 9-6 Thursday to permit Earth Ocean Farms, an aquaculture facility in Mexico, to engage in trade of captive-bred totoaba fish. This decision may seal the fate of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, which becomes entangled in fishing nets used to catch totoaba for the totoaba bladder (or maw) trade.

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CITES aprueba el comercio de totoaba en un gran golpe para la vaquita marina

March 11, 2022

LYON, Francia— El Comité Permanente de la Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flora Silvestres (CITES) votó el jueves 9 a 5 para permitir que Earth Ocean Farms (EOF), una instalación de acuacultura en México, participe en el comercio internacional de peces totoaba criados en cautiverio. Esta decisión puede sellar el destino de la vaquita marina que está en peligro crítico de extinción, la cual queda atrapada en las redes de pesca que capturan totoaba para comercializar su vejiga (o buches).

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Congress Urged to Increase Spending to $700 Million for Endangered Species Conservation

March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON— Citing the global extinction crisis, more than 150 groups urged Congress today to significantly increase the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget for endangered species conservation from $300 million to $704 million — an increase of more than $400 million over the fiscal year 2022 budget.

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Expanded Alaska Habitat Protections Sought for World’s Most Endangered Whale

March 10, 2022

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservationists filed a formal petition today urging the federal government to expand the critical habitat designation in Alaska for North Pacific right whales — the most endangered whale population in the world.

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Report Card: North Carolina’s Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan Flunks

March 10, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— A report card issued by the Center for Biological Diversity and endorsed by 100 organizations and businesses gives failing grades to the newly released Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan. The Forest Service plan would dramatically increase logging in the country’s most popular national forest while reducing protections for its most important recreation and conservation areas.

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California Court Rejects Sprawl Development Near San Diego

March 9, 2022

SAN DIEGO— Citing wildfire concerns, a judge ruled against a 3,000-home development proposed for the city of Santee. The Fanita Ranch project would be built on more than 2,600 acres of fire-prone hillsides north of the city that serve as habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher, western spadefoot toad and other rare species.

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Biden Urged to Invoke Defense Protection Act, Resist Shortsighted Domestic Fossil Fuel Policies

March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON— Following President Biden’s announcement Tuesday that the United States will ban all Russian oil imports, more than 200 climate, Indigenous, social justice, religious, and progressive groups sent a letter to the White House today urging the president to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to ramp up the deployment of renewable energy to transition the world off the fossil fuels that are leading to global instability.

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Omnibus Budget Ignores Climate Emergency, Extinction Crisis

March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Democratic-controlled Congress today released the final appropriations bill to fund fiscal year 2022, which began five months earlier.

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Santa Barbara County Rejects ExxonMobil Oil-Trucking Plan

March 8, 2022

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted today to reject ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highways. The plan would have helped the company restart three 1980s-era drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast that have been shut down since the Refugio oil spill disaster seven years ago.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reverses Course, Asserts That Neurotoxic Pesticide Malathion Will Not Put a Single Protected Species At Risk of Extinction

March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the widely used insecticide malathion does not pose an extinction risk to a single protected animal or plant and refused to implement any immediate, enforceable measures to protect species from the chemical poison.

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Petition Urges Biden Administration to Strengthen Endangered Species Act to Save Life on Earth

March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a comprehensive legal petition today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to take bold, unprecedented action to stem the global wildlife extinction crisis by strengthening the Endangered Species Act’s implementing regulations.

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Eighty Groups Demand Gov. Newsom Set Nation-Leading Clean Car Standard

March 7, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— More than 80 environmental and justice organizations delivered a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom today urging him to strengthen the state’s clean car regulations. The letter comes ahead of Newsom’s State of the State address Tuesday, in which he’s expected to outline his top priorities.

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Legal Petition Demands Biden Administration Halt Imports of Russian Fossil Fuels

March 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce today to review and ban all fossil fuel imports from Russia — including oil, coal, petroleum gas products and petcoke — under the U.S. Trade Act because of the national security threat those imports pose to the United States.

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Oregon Passes Law to Prevent Spread of Diseases Linked to Wildlife Trafficking

March 2, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law today to help Oregon prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases linked to the import, trade and handling of wildlife. H.B. 4128 passed with bipartisan support in the Oregon legislature.

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National Marine Fisheries Service Analysis: Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon, Malathion Jeopardize Dozens of Endangered Species

March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service released a revised draft biological opinion today finding that three widely used insecticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — jeopardize the continued existence of dozens of endangered marine species, including salmon and Puget Sound orcas.

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Two Freshwater Mussels Proposed for Federal Protections in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana

March 2, 2022

ST. LOUIS— In response to a 2010 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the western and Ouachita fanshell mussels under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also plans to designate 654 miles of protected critical habitat in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri for the two species.

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State of the Union: Amid Global Crisis, Biden Must Move to End Fossil Fuel Era

March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, released the following statement after President Biden’s State of the Union address.

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Seabird Protection From Federal Fisheries On Horizon

March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this week that it intends to regulate commercial fisheries’ incidental killing of seabirds. In an email sent Monday to the Center, the Service said it will publish a proposed bird-bycatch rule this summer.

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U.S. Officials Urged to Deny Elephant Trophy Imports by March 16 Deadline

March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal welfare groups urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to deny permits to hunters seeking to import elephant trophies into the United States from Zimbabwe and Namibia. Under a settlement with the Dallas Safari Club, the agency must decide on eight pending permit applications by mid-March following a multi-year permitting hiatus for elephant trophy imports into the country.

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Biden Climate Leadership Needed in Wake of Supreme Court Argument

February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in West Virginia v. EPA, a case that could shape the contours of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate power plant emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental respondent in the case, urged the court to either uphold the EPA’s authority to set appropriate standards for coal and gas fired power plants or dismiss the case for lack of appellate standing.

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Last Rattlesnake Roundup in Georgia Replaced by Humane Wildlife Festival

February 28, 2022

ATLANTA— Following advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and conservation allies, the Whigham Rattlesnake Roundup will hold its first ever wildlife-friendly event this Saturday, March 5. The revamped roundup in Whigham, Georgia, will celebrate snakes instead of collecting and butchering them for their meat and skins.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Bats From Methane Gas Pipeline

February 28, 2022

CEDAR GROVE, Ky.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Kentucky Resources Council filed a formal notice of intent to sue two federal agencies for failing to protect imperiled bats from harm threatened by the construction of the proposed Bullitt County Transmission Line in Kentucky.

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Grupos exhortan a juzgado mexicano fallar a favor de jóvenes indígenas mayas en amparo constitucional ante mega granja porcícola en Yucatán

February 25, 2022

CDMX, México— Grupos ambientalistas, científicos, médicos y expertos en salud pública presentaron hoy un informe legal que respalda las demandas constitucionales presentadas por jóvenes mayas, quienes se oponen a la aprobación y operación de una instalación industrial masiva de cerdos en tierras ecológicamente sensibles y culturalmente importantes en la península de Yucatán.

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Mexican Court Urged to Rule for Indigenous Mayan Youth in Constitutional Challenge to Massive Industrial Hog Operation on Yucatán Peninsula

February 25, 2022

MEXICO CITY, Mexico— Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief today supporting constitutional claims raised by Mayan children who oppose approval and operation of a massive industrial hog farm on ecologically sensitive and culturally important lands in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Peppered Chub Placed on Endangered List

February 25, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added a fish called the peppered chub to the endangered species list today. The agency also designated 872 river miles of critical habitat in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma for the chub, a 3-inch-long, torpedo-shaped fish of the Great Plains.

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Supreme Court Argument Highlights Need for Biden Climate Action

February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON— A high-stakes argument before the Supreme Court on Monday will spotlight the urgent need for President Biden to take bold executive action to fight climate change, but the best outcome could be for the court to decline to decide the case at all.

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Lawsuit Targets EPA’s Failure to Protect Washington’s Endangered Salmon, Orcas, Trout From Cyanide Pollution

February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Environmental Law Center sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today over its failure to protect Chinook and coho salmon, Southern Resident killer whales, steelhead trout and bull trout from the effects of toxic cyanide in Washington’s waters.

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Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to Ban Toxic Agricultural Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges

February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition today calling for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the use of dangerous agricultural pesticides on national wildlife refuges.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sued for Refusing to Stop Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon From Killing Endangered Animals, Plants

February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— 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 the pesticides chlorpyrifos and diazinon, as required by the Endangered Species Act.

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BASF to Stop Selling Pesticide Trifludimoxazin Rather Than Continue Litigation

February 23, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity, chemical giant BASF has agreed to stop the manufacture and sale of the pesticide trifludimoxazin, according a court filing today.

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$22,500 Reward Offered for Info on Illegal Killing of Wolf in Northeast Oregon

February 23, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation and animal-protection groups announced a combined $22,500 reward today for information leading to a conviction in the killing of a collared wolf outside the town of Cove in Northeast Oregon.

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Report Details Key Powers Biden Can Unlock With National Climate Emergency, Echoes Congressional Calls for Declaration

February 23, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released a groundbreaking report today outlining the suite of specific powers that President Biden could unlock to fight the climate crisis by declaring a national climate emergency.

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Agreement Sets Swift Deadline for Decision on Dixie Valley Toad Protections

February 22, 2022

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement today requiring the agency to decide by April 4 whether Nevada’s rare Dixie Valley toad warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Regulators Urged to End Utility Practice of Funneling Ratepayer Money to Anti-Environment Trade Groups

February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 300 energy justice, environmental and community groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to address utility company behavior that forces millions of customers to finance anti-environment trade groups.

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New Report: More Than 200 Million Pounds of Pesticides in U.S. Are Applied to Crops Grown to Feed Animals on Factory Farms

February 22, 2022

NEW YORK— Hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic pesticides used in the United States are applied to corn and soy crops that are grown to feed factory farmed animals, according to a new report, Collateral Damage, released today by World Animal Protection, US and the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Nevada Geothermal Project Breaks Ground While Court Battles Rage

February 18, 2022

RENO, Nev.— Bulldozers broke ground this week at geothermal developer Ormat’s Dixie Meadows Geothermal Project in Churchill County, Nevada, while court battles over the project’s fate continue.

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California Officials Urged to Decommission Leaky Offshore Oil Pipeline

February 17, 2022

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— Eight conservation groups asked California officials today to reject plans to repair and restart a broken pipeline that caused a December oil spill in coastal waters off Orange County.

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California Bill Aims to Improve Wildlife Connectivity, Public Safety

February 17, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Assemblymembers Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would prioritize crossings and other infrastructure projects that improve wildlife connectivity and make California roads safer.

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Legal Intervention Backs California’s Authority to Protect Oceano Dunes From Off-Road Vehicles

February 16, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— Conservation, Native American and community groups filed a motion this week to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the California Coastal Commission’s March 2021 decision phasing out off-highway vehicle use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

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Court Upholds Protections for California’s Western Joshua Trees

February 16, 2022

FRESNO, Calif.— A Fresno County Superior Court judge today rejected an effort by construction and real estate interests, along with the city of Hesperia, to strip away legal protections for the imperiled western Joshua tree.

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Petition Aims to Protect Tope Shark Under Endangered Species Act

February 15, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation organizations submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service today requesting protection of the tope shark under the Endangered Species Act.

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Missing Link in Biden’s Climate Agenda: Letting Older Trees Grow

February 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— A coalition of more than 70 groups launched a new campaign today called the Climate Forests Campaign and called on the Biden administration to take executive action to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands, which are critical in the fight against climate change.

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Rare Plant in South Texas, Mexico Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

February 14, 2022

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the prostrate milkweed as endangered. Just 24 populations of the plant survive in South Texas and northern Mexico, where they serve up large quantities of nectar to bees and tarantula hawks.

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Lawsuit Targets Federal OK of Railway That Would Quadruple Oil Production in Utah’s Uinta Basin

February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today to challenge its approval of a new rail line designed to quadruple oil production in Utah’s Uinta Basin and send most of the crude to Gulf Coast refineries.

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EE.UU. presenta demanda comercial en contra de México por la falta de protección a la vaquita marina

February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON— La Representante de Comercio de Estados Unidos, Katherine Tai, solicitó formalmente consultas medioambientales con México por su pesca ilegal con el objetivo de proteger a la vaquita marina, en peligro crítico de extinción. La solicitud es el primer paso en el marco del mecanismo de implementación y disputa del Acuerdo México-Estados Unidos-Canadá, que podría dar lugar a sanciones comerciales contra México.

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U.S. Launches Trade Complaint Over Mexico’s Failure to Protect Vaquita

February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON— U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai formally requested environmental consultations with Mexico today over its illegal fishing. Aimed at protecting the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, the request is the first step under the enforcement and dispute mechanism of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which could lead to trade sanctions against Mexico.

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Federal Court Restores Gray Wolf’s Endangered Species Act Protection

February 10, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal judge today restored protection to gray wolves, reversing a Trump-era rule that removed Endangered Species Act protection from the animals across most of the country. Today’s ruling prohibits wolf hunting and trapping in states outside of the northern Rocky Mountains.

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Endangered Species Condoms to Be Handed Out at El Paso Zoo for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away free Endangered Species Condoms ahead of Valentine’s Day at the El Paso Zoo Society’s Wild at Heart event, an adults-only Valentine’s Day event featuring food, games, live music and education about some of the interesting mating courtships found in nature. The colorful condom packages include species threatened by human population growth and slogans like “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender.”

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30,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away 30,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country ahead of Valentine’s Day to help couples understand population growth’s threat to wildlife and the planet. Distributions will occur at adult-only events, including the Virginia Zoo’s Kiss and Tail, the Tallahassee Museum’s Frolics of Florida, Zoo Idaho’s Date Night, and Safari West’s Wild Jungle Love in Santa Rosa, California.

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Lawsuit Launched to Secure Endangered Status for Secretive Eastern Black Rail

February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a Trump administration decision that the eastern black rail should have threatened rather than endangered status under the Endangered Species Act. The Service predicts that the critically imperiled marsh bird will likely be extinct by 2068.

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Court Upholds Ventura County Ordinances to Safeguard Wildlife Connectivity

February 9, 2022

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— A pair of Ventura County ordinances that increases protections for wildlife corridors has prevailed after a judge ruled on the side of county leaders and conservationists.

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California Senate Bill Would Eliminate Dirty, Dangerous Offshore Drilling

February 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Legislation introduced today in the California Senate would phase out offshore drilling for oil and gas in the state’s coastal waters. The bill follows October’s big oil spill off Orange County and other recent oil industry spills and legal violations.

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Army Corps Urged to Block Louisiana Methanol Facility Over Potential Groundwater Harms

February 9, 2022

NEW ORLEANS— Groups opposing a South Louisiana Methanol project sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today calling attention to the agency’s failure to obtain critical information about the facility’s possible threats to the freshwater Gramercy Aquifer. The $2.2 billion complex, planned for a 1,500-acre site in St. James Parish, would be one of the world’s largest methanol plants.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumblebees

February 9, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect imperiled Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebees under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Petition Demands Biden Administration Stop Unlawful Gulf of Mexico Oil Drilling

February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 300 environmental, public health, Indigenous, faith-based and community groups sent a legal petition today demanding that the Biden administration immediately stop authorizing new exploration plans, development plans and drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico until it properly examines the climate damage from more offshore drilling.

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Rare Montana Plant Moves Closer to Endangered Species Protection

February 7, 2022

BILLINGS, Mont.— In response to a 2021 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the thick-leaf bladderpod may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service will now begin a full status review of the species.

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Maui Grand Wailea Resort Sued for Lights That Harm Endangered Seabirds

February 7, 2022

HONOLULU— Conservation groups in Hawai‘i, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit today against Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort for its bright lights that attract Hawaiian petrels, frequently leading to their grounding and death.

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Variable Cuckoo Bumblebee Moves One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

February 7, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the variable cuckoo bumblebee, a critically imperiled species that has not been observed since 1999, may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement kicks off a one-year status assessment of the species.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critical Habitat for Florida Bonneted Bat, Again

February 7, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Tropical Audubon Society and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to designate lifesaving critical habitat for Florida’s largest bat.

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Federal Appeals Court Axes Commercial Logging in Los Padres National Forest Roadless Area in California

February 4, 2022

LOS ANGELES― A federal appeals court blocked a commercial logging project in a roadless area of the Los Padres National Forest today, siding with three conservation groups to protect 1,100 acres of old-growth forest actively used by endangered California condors.

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America COMPETES Act Includes Big Wins for Wildlife, Pandemic Prevention

February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON— The America COMPETES Act passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives contains several provisions that would help prevent future pandemics.

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Federal Court Invalidates Another Key Permit in Endangered Species Act Case, Casting Serious Doubt on Future of Mountain Valley Pipeline

February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit today invalidated the biological opinion and incidental take statement issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to Stop Buying Single-Use Plastic

February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 180 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today demanding that the U.S. government stop buying plastic bags and other single-use plastic products. Supporting organizations include the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, Oceana, Surfrider and Greenpeace.

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Congressional Oversight Urged for Tennessee Valley Authority

February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON— Clean energy groups urged a congressional committee today to call Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Jeffrey Lyash before an oversight hearing to answer questions about the massive public utility’s business practices, including its financing of anti-environment trade groups.

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Red Wolf Recovery Program to Resume in Earnest, Raising Ray of Hope for Survival

February 2, 2022

RALEIGH, N.C.— After years of litigation and advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday night that it is revitalizing the effort to save the red wolf from extinction. In an online meeting, the Service announced that it is redoubling its efforts to ensure that the red wolf not only survives in the wild but makes a full recovery.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA’s Failure to Update Air Pollution Emission Standards for Soot, Sulfur, Nitrogen

February 2, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif.— Environmental groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to update limits on soot, sulfur and nitrogen air pollution.

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Critical Habitat Protections Proposed for Tiehm’s Buckwheat

February 2, 2022

RENO, Nev.— As a result of successful litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting 910 acres of critical habitat for Nevada’s Tiehm’s buckwheat, including the areas where all the flower’s populations live and a 500-meter protective buffer.

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In Another Endangered Species Act Success, Central California Coast Snail On Road to Recovery

February 2, 2022

MORRO BAY, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today formally changed the status of the Morro shoulderband snail from endangered to threatened, citing Endangered Species Act protections that have helped spur its recovery.

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Federal, California Protections Sought for Rare Daisy Imperiled by Gold Mining

February 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, California Native Plant Society and a botanist who studies the rare Inyo rock daisy formally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect the rare daisy under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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In-Danger Designation Requested for Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay

February 2, 2022

GLAND, Switzerland— Conservation groups sent an urgent letter to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention today requesting a full assessment of damage caused by recent fires to in the Pantanal — the largest tropical wetland in the world — in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Health of Gadsden, Alabama Residents, Coosa River Wildlife From Chronic Sewage Overflows

February 1, 2022

GADSDEN, Ala.— Conservation and community groups sued the Water Works and Sewer Board of the city of Gadsden, Alabama today for neglecting its duty to maintain public sewers and not properly reporting on sewage pollution that it discharges, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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EPA to Consider ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide Clothianidin on Florida Oranges for Ninth Straight Year

February 1, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is considering granting “emergency” approval of a bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticide for use on as many as 125,000 acres of Florida citrus crops, including oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons and limes.

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As Deaths Soar, Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Critical Habitat for Florida Manatees

February 1, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation organizations today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to revise outdated critical habitat for Florida manatees. A record number of manatees — more than 1,100 — died in 2021, with many of these deaths attributable primarily to pollution of manatee habitat.

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Utah BLM Urged to Cease Destruction of Dinosaur Tracksite

January 31, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a cease-and-desist letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Utah office today urging the agency to immediately halt the destruction of irreplaceable paleontological resources at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite near Moab.

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Mr. Goodbar, Famed Wandering Wolf of Borderlands, Shot in New Mexico But Survives

January 28, 2022

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The endangered Mexican gray wolf who spent five days pacing along the border wall in New Mexico before turning back was found shot but alive Wednesday.

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Court: Massive Offshore Oil Lease Sale in Gulf Based on Faulty Legal Analysis

January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON— The D.C. District Court today invalidated the Department of the Interior's decision to offer 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing, marking a pivotal victory in the fight to defend Gulf communities and the planet from the worsening climate crisis.

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Lawsuit Seeks Documents on Biden Administration’s Border Levee Wall Construction in Texas

January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today for failing to release public records about construction of new border walls on levees along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

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Under Pressure From EPA, North Carolina Moves to Comply With Clean Air Act Requirement for Deciding on Permits in 18 Months

January 27, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has proposed a rule requiring state regulators to issue decisions on air-pollution permits within 18 months, as required by the federal Clean Air Act.

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California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Measure Z Oil, Gas Protections Case

January 26, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the years-long legal fight over Measure Z, a ballot initiative that would block oil and gas development in Monterey County.

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100-Plus Environmental Groups Urge Agriculture Secretary to Block Oil Train Railway Through Utah, Colorado

January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 100 environmental organizations, representing millions of supporters across the country, urged Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack today to block a proposed right-of-way through a Utah national forest that would enable construction of the Uinta Basin Railway.

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Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Endangered Species Protection for Florida Lizard

January 26, 2022

MIAMI— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for a Trump Administration decision to deny protection to the Cedar Key mole skink under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Whales, Other Endangered Animals From Pacific Offshore Oil Drilling

January 26, 2022

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Biden administration today for failing to protect endangered whales, sea turtles and other species from continued oil and gas drilling off California’s coast.

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Agreement Reached to Ensure New Protections for Rare Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly as Nevada Ski Resort Expands

January 25, 2022

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity and Lee Canyon reached an agreement today to allow the proposed expansion of the Lee Canyon Ski Area to move forward with significant new protections in place for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Oregon Wildflower

January 25, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— 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 respond to a petition to protect a plant called the tall western penstemon under the Endangered Species Act. The species is one of the rarest vascular plants in the Pacific Northwest and is threatened by development, habitat degradation, climate change and competition from non-native species.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Threatened Lynx, Bats From Massive Copper Mine in Superior National Forest in Minnesota

January 25, 2022

DULUTH, Minn.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, saying their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine and land exchange in the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota violates the Endangered Species Act.

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Gov. Inslee Makes Three New Appointments to Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

January 24, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Gov. Jay Inslee appointed three new members to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today. These new commissioners — Tim Ragen, John Lehmkhul and Melanie Rowland — will complete the nine-member body that makes decisions regarding management of the state’s fish, wildlife and other resources.

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Denied Protection for Two Decades, New Mexico Butterfly Finally Proposed for ‘Endangered’ Status

January 24, 2022

WASHINGTON— In response to a third legal petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protection for the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. The orange-and-black checkered butterfly is found only in high-elevation meadows around the village of Cloudcroft in the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico. Only eight butterflies and no larval tents could be found in the latest survey.

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Petition Aims to Protect Famed Ghost Orchids Under Endangered Species Act

January 24, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation organizations submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today requesting protection of the ghost orchid under the Endangered Species Act. The ghost orchid, one of the most famous and imperiled flowers in Florida, has declined by more than 90% globally.

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Forest Service Proposes Quadrupling Timber Harvests in Country’s Most Popular National Forest

January 21, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The long-awaited Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan released today proposes a massive increase in timber harvests while weakening protections for old-growth forests and rare species.

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New Data: Biden’s First Year Drilling Permitting Stomps Trump’s By 34%

January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON— New federal data shows the Biden administration approved 3,557 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first year, far outpacing the Trump administration’s first-year total of 2,658.

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Legal Petition Seeks to Halt Federally Authorized Harm to Last of Alaska’s Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Investigation Agency, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, and Cook Inletkeeper submitted a legal petition today demanding that the Secretary of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service stop issuing “take” authorizations to oil companies and others to harm and harass Cook Inlet beluga whales in Alaska.

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Legal Petition Calls On Biden to Phase Out Federal Oil, Gas by 2035

January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON— More than 360 climate, tribal, religious and conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to use its executive authority to phase out oil and gas production on public lands and oceans.

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Agreement Reached Securing Clean Air Act Compliance for Colorado Coal Mine

January 18, 2022

DENVER— A federal judge approved a consent agreement today that requires Mountain Coal Co., a subsidiary of Arch Coal, to operate pollution-control equipment and obtain and comply with a Clean Air Act permit for its West Elk coal mine.

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California Judge Revives Lawsuit Against Controversial Tejon Ranchcorp Development

January 14, 2022

LOS ANGELES— In a ruling that puts the fate of a destructive development outside Los Angeles once again in question, a judge declared today that two conservation groups are prevailing parties in a successful lawsuit, continuing the legal battle over the Centennial project.

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$16,500 Reward Offered for Info on Wolf Killed Illegally in Oregon’s Wallowa County

January 13, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups announced today a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of a two-year-old collared female wolf in Wallowa County in early January. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Turn in Poachers (TIP) division also offers a potential $300 reward for information regarding illegal wolf killings.

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Petition Seeks to Protect Southern Bog Turtle Under Endangered Species Act

January 13, 2022

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the southern population of the bog turtle as a federal endangered species in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

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Lawsuit Challenges Destructive Grazing in Agua Fria National Monument

January 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today to challenge widespread, destructive cattle grazing in streams and riparian areas of the Agua Fria National Monument in central Arizona.

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EPA Reapproves Enlist One, Enlist Duo Pesticides With New Protections for Endangered Species

January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today issued seven-year reapprovals for both Enlist Duo and Enlist One for use on conventional and genetically engineered corn, cotton and soybeans.

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Press Conference to Introduce New Utah 30x30 Coalition, Survey Results on Protecting Land, Water

January 11, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY— The new Utah 30x30 Coalition will hold a virtual press conference Thursday to announce its goals, invite Utahns to join the effort and release results of a survey showing what lands and waters Utahns want to see protected.

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EPA Proposes Reforms to Assess New Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species

January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency’s pesticide office announced new policies today designed to address the agency’s multi-decade failure to assess harms to endangered species before approving new pesticides.

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Lawsuit Challenges Point Reyes Ranching, Elk-Killing Plan

January 10, 2022

POINT REYES, Calif.— Three conservation groups today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the National Park Service’s controversial management plan for expanding private agriculture at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore, one of a handful of national parks that permits cattle grazing.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Pacific Humpbacks From Deadly Fishing Gear

January 10, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to protect endangered Pacific humpback whales from deadly entanglements in sablefish pot gear off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

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California Court Orders Lake County to Set Aside Approval of Mega-Resort

January 6, 2022

LAKE COUNTY, Calif.— A judge has ruled that Lake County must set aside its approval of an ultra-luxury development in Northern California’s Guenoc Valley because it failed to consider the effect on community safety and wildfire evacuation from bringing thousands of new residents and visitors to the highly fire-prone area.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Kirtland’s Snake

January 6, 2022

CHICAGO— Conservation groups formally notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue over a 2017 decision to deny the Kirtland’s snake protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA’s Failure to Protect Endangered Species From Hundreds of Harmful Pyrethroid Pesticides

January 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for approving more than 300 pyrethroid insecticide products without considering their harm to endangered plants and animals.

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Lawsuit Filed to Fight EPA Delay in Reducing Smog in 6 States With Some of Nation’s Worst Air Quality

January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit today to force the Environmental Protection Agency to require areas in six states to clean up harmful smog pollution.

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Judge Halts Nevada Geothermal Energy Project Days Before Bulldozers Set to Start Destroying Sacred Springs

January 4, 2022

RENO, Nev.— A federal judge today halted the start of construction on the Dixie Meadows geothermal energy project in central Nevada. The judge found that the project posed significant risk of harm to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the ecosystems there.

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Florida’s Panama City Crayfish Protected Under Endangered Species Act

January 4, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Panama City crayfish as a threatened species with 4,138 acres of critical habitat.

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Following California Oil Spill, Amplify Energy Is Warned That Pipeline Activities Are Unlawful Without Permit

January 3, 2022

LONG BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter today to Amplify Energy — operator of the offshore oil pipeline that ruptured off the California coast in October — warning that its proposed activities to restart the pipeline are unlawful without a permit to disturb marine mammals. Amplify Energy has proposed to cut out portions of the broken pipeline, weld in new parts, sand blast the seafloor, and drop concrete mats in San Pedro Bay.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Tucson Shovel-Nosed Snakes Under Endangered Species Act

January 3, 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 once again denying protection to Tucson shovel-nosed snakes under the Endangered Species Act. In response to a September 2020 petition from the Center, the Service denied protection to the species for the second time in September 2021.

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Four California Frog Populations Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

December 27, 2021

SACRAMENTO— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition and lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in the Sierra Nevada and central and Southern California. This stream-dwelling frog species has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state.

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Sunflower Sea Star One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

December 27, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Following a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that imperiled sunflower sea stars may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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California Court Rules Lawsuit Against State Oil Regulator Can Proceed

December 23, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif— A judge has ruled decisively in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity’s ability to proceed with a suit over California’s oil and gas regulator committing widespread violations of environmental laws. The regulator and an oil-industry lobbying group had tried to dismiss the Center’s case, but on Wednesday the court rejected their arguments.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Polar Bears From Arctic Oil Exploration

December 22, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect imperiled polar bears from an oil exploration project in the Western Arctic.

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Tecolote bajeño propuesto de nuevo para ser protegido bajo la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción

December 22, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— Tras múltiples peticiones y demandas del Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Defenders of Wildlife, el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. propuso proteger al tecolote bajeño una vez más conforme la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción, esta vez como una especie amenazada.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Washington’s Endangered Salmon, Orcas, Trout From Cyanide Pollution

December 21, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation organizations filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue multiple federal agencies and Washington’s Department of Ecology for their failure to protect multiple populations of chinook and coho salmon, Southern Resident killer whales, steelhead trout and bull trout from the effects of cyanide in Washington’s waters.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Obey Court Order to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Toxic Pesticide

December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing, over the past four years, to comply with a court order requiring it to protect endangered species from the toxic insecticide cyantraniliprole.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Biden Administration’s Texas Border Levee Wall Construction

December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for failing to protect endangered ocelots during construction of border levees along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owls Proposed for Renewed Endangered Species Act Protection

December 21, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— Following multiple petitions and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect cactus ferruginous pygmy owls once again under the Endangered Species Act — this time as a threatened species.

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Rare Southern California Butterfly Protected as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

December 20, 2021

SAN DIEGO, Calif.— After nearly 30 years of petitions and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected one of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper butterfly, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Biden Administration Finalizes Weak Auto Emission Standards

December 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration finalized new auto emission rules today that improve on those proposed in August but still fail to cut climate pollution fast enough to confront the climate emergency.

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EPA to Be Sued for Failure to Protect Manatees From Water Pollution

December 20, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Three conservation groups issued a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect manatees from water pollution in Florida.

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Biden Administration Rushes Forward on Likely Illegal Plan to Repair Pipeline Behind California Oil Spill

December 16, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is fast-tracking a likely illegal permit to repair a pipeline that recently spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil off the Southern California coast, according to leaked documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Geothermal Project From Destroying Nevada Springs

December 16, 2021

RENO, Nev.— The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wednesday over its approval of the Dixie Meadows geothermal energy project, which could dry up nearby springs and harm an extremely rare amphibian, the Dixie Valley toad.

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Court Urged to Overturn EPA Approval of Toxic New Pesticide Known to Harm Endangered Salmon, Sturgeon

December 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity filed legal papers today seeking to strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 approval of the pesticide trifludimoxazin, a potent herbicide approved nationwide for use in corn, soy and many other crops.

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Florida Approves Rule to Protect Diamondback Terrapin Turtles From Collection, Drowning in Recreational Crab Traps

December 16, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Following nearly two years of advocacy and a petition filed by conservationists and turtle experts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a final rule today to protect diamondback terrapins from wild collection and drowning in recreational blue crab traps.

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Wandering Mexican Gray Wolf in New Mexico Blocked by Border Wall

December 13, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In the first documented instance of the U.S.-Mexico border wall separating two endangered wolf populations, a Mexican gray wolf — likely in search of a new home and mate — was blocked at the border in New Mexico last month. The wolf’s GPS collar periodically beamed his locations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which last week released them to the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Napa Supervisors to Make Final Call on Walt Ranch Vineyard’s Climate Plan

December 13, 2021

NAPA, Calif.— The Napa County Board of Supervisors will consider on Tuesday an appeal of an approved climate mitigation plan for the Walt Ranch vineyard project. Local residents and Center for Biological Diversity staff will attend the meeting to urge the board to require science-based measures to offset the 14,000 carbon-sequestering trees that will be destroyed by this huge vineyard development.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Plans to Gut Protections for Whooping Crane, Florida Panther, Key Deer

December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— Buried in the Biden administration’s unified regulatory agenda released last week is a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to weaken or end protections for several iconic species, including the whooping crane, key deer and Florida panther.

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Law Requires Biden to Cancel February Oil Lease Sale to Prevent Climate Harm

December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups submitted formal comments today urging cancelation of February’s federal oil and gas lease auctions, saying the Biden administration is legally required to prevent harm from the leasing program’s greenhouse gas emissions, not just disclose it.

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Legal Victory Compels Federal Wolf Trappers to Address Risks to Minnesota’s Endangered Lynx

December 10, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS— In response to legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, two federal agencies have agreed to analyze and mitigate the risks to federally protected Canada lynx caused by the trapping of Minnesota’s wolves by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program.

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Another Endangered Southeast Washington Wolf Killed Despite No New Livestock Conflicts

December 9, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today that a livestock owner in southeast Washington killed a juvenile wolf on Dec. 8, despite the lack of any new livestock conflicts since Nov. 15. An adult male wolf from the same pack already was killed by the agency Nov. 18.

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New Global Extinction Assessment Highlights Imperiled Freshwater Species

December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— An update released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that more than a quarter of plants and animals around the globe are threatened with extinction.

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California Botanist Named 2021 E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Award Recipient

December 9, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif.— A conservation botanist and director of conservation at the California Botanic Garden, Naomi Fraga, Ph.D., is the 2021 recipient of the Center for Biological Diversity’s annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation.

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Legal Petition Seeks Federal Ropeless Rule to Save Whales, Turtles From Fishing Gear

December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— Entanglement in fishing gear has become a leading threat to endangered whales and sea turtles on all U.S. coastlines. So the Center for Biological Diversity formally petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to require crab, lobster and other trap fisheries to convert to new ropeless or “pop-up” gear within the next five years. The petition requests that the agency prioritize the transition in national marine sanctuaries.

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John Beard Jr. Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism

December 8, 2021

PORT ARTHUR, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity has awarded the 2021 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to John Beard Jr.

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Lawsuit Challenges Idaho Wolf Trapping Laws That Endanger Grizzlies, Lynx

December 6, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— Thirteen conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging Idaho’s extreme wolf-trapping rules, which facilitate the slaughter of up to 90% of Idaho’s gray wolf population. The lawsuit contends that continued and expanded wolf trapping and snaring will injure and kill non-target grizzly bears and Canada lynx, which are federally protected species.

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Reward Increased to $36,000 for Info on Fatal Poisoning of Eight Gray Wolves in Eastern Oregon

December 6, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Three conservation groups have added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to a conviction in the deliberate poisoning and killing of eight gray wolves in eastern Oregon earlier this year, bringing the total award to $36,000.

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Biden Administration Moves to Withdraw Trump-Era Pipeline Approval for Cadiz’s California Desert Water Grab

December 3, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management today moved to scrap a Trump administration decision challenged by conservation groups last March that illegally granted a pipeline right-of-way to Cadiz Inc. without the required environmental review.

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Federal Process Could Reopen Vacant Hammond Grazing Allotments in Oregon

December 3, 2021

BURNS, Ore.— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management launched a process today that could allow new grazing on four allotments near Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon on public land previously grazed by Hammond Ranches. Conservation groups want cattle kept out of this sensitive wildlife habitat, which was subjected to decades of harmful grazing.

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$26,000 Reward Offered for Info on Fatal Poisoning of 8 Gray Wolves in Eastern Oregon

December 2, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation and animal protection groups are offering a combined $26,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the deliberate poisoning and killing of eight gray wolves in eastern Oregon earlier this year.

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Records Sought on Climate Failure of Biden Oil, Gas Review

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— Climate and conservation groups filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking public records from the Interior Department relating to its recent report reviewing the federal oil and gas leasing programs that presumes expanded leasing.

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Atlantic Humpback Dolphin Takes Step Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it would begin a status review to determine whether the highly imperiled Atlantic humpback dolphin should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The agency’s decision came in response to a September petition filed by the Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and VIVA Vaquita.

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La Corte Constitucional de Ecuador hace valer los “Derechos de la Naturaleza” constitucionales para salvaguardar el Bosque Protector Los Cedros

December 2, 2021

QUITO, Ecuador— En un caso sin precedentes, la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador ha aplicado la disposición constitucional sobre los “Derechos de la Naturaleza” para salvaguardar el bosque nuboso Los Cedros de las concesiones mineras. La Corte votó 7 a favor y 2 abstenciones.

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Ecuador's Highest Court Enforces Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’ to Safeguard Los Cedros Protected Forest

December 2, 2021

QUITO, Ecuador— In an unprecedented case, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has applied the constitutional provision on the “Rights of Nature” to safeguard the Los Cedros cloud forest from mining concessions. The court voted seven in favor, with two abstentions.

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Legal Petition Demands Federal Government Use Buying Power for Climate Gains

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the General Services Administration today to use its unique buying power to advance climate goals by purchasing renewable energy and zero-emission vehicles.

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Legal Motion Defends Rejection of Harmful Southern California Development

December 1, 2021

CALABASAS, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the California Native Plant Society filed a motion this week to defend a Calabasas City Council’s denial of a residential and commercial development proposed for the city’s fire-prone hillsides. In May city leaders unanimously voted against the 180-unit West Village at Calabasas project, citing wildfire risks and the loss of open space.

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Deadline Today: Will Nations Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market?

November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— By today’s deadline, seafood-exporting nations worldwide must have adopted regulations to reduce entanglements of whales, dolphins and seals in fishing gear or face a U.S. import ban.

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Agreement Reached to Conduct New Status Review of California Spotted Owls

November 30, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups reached an agreement today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agency to conduct a new Endangered Species Act review of California spotted owls by Feb. 25, 2023.

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New Study Finds Deadly Fungal Disease in California Salamanders

November 29, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— A scientific study published today revealed the emergence of a deadly fungus in two terrestrial salamander species in California, signaling a need to end the dangerous wildlife trade. This is the first study to document the disease in these species.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Massive Sport Hunting, Fishing Expansion on National Wildlife Refuges

November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect endangered wildlife harmed by expanded hunting and fishing on national wildlife refuges across the country.

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California’s Epic Traveling Wolf OR-93 is Dead After Vehicle Strike Along I-5

November 24, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— State wildlife agency officials announced today that OR-93, a radio-collared male wolf from Oregon who first entered California on Jan. 30, has died after being struck by a vehicle along Interstate 5 in Kern County.

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Biden Administration Urged to Consult Tribal Nations on Gray Wolf Management, Protection

November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON— Following the conclusion of last week’s White House Tribal Nations Summit, more than 60 conservation groups today called for the Biden administration to immediately relist the gray wolf and engage with Tribal nations on wolf management and protection.

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Pearl River Map Turtles Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in Mississippi, Louisiana

November 22, 2021

NEW ORLEANS— As the result of a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect Pearl River map turtles as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Historic Legislation Reintroduced in Congress to Ban Pesticides Dangerous to Children, Farmworkers

November 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced historic legislation today to protect children and farmworkers by banning dangerous pesticides like paraquat, neonicotinoids and organophosphates.

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Florida Order Weakens Protections for Imperiled Gopher Tortoise

November 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued an executive order that weakens protections for tortoises displaced from development sites around the state and authorizes indefinite “temporary relocation” measures. The order comes as uncontrolled urban sprawl has caused a shortage of relocation sites for the rare and beloved tortoise.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

November 19, 2021

Statement from Kierán Suckling, executive director, Center for Biological Diversity, on the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial:

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Biden Administration Urged to Protect Older, Mature Forests in Climate Action Plans

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration’s plans to help federal forests combat and adapt to climate change fail to protect mature and old-growth forests, a glaring omission conservation groups noted in formal comments submitted today.

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California Supreme Court Review Sought for Oil, Gas Protections in Monterey County

November 19, 2021

MONTEREY, Calif.— Proponents of a Monterey County ballot initiative aimed at restricting oil and gas extraction and pollution asked the California Supreme Court today to overturn an appellate court decision that struck down major provisions in the ordinance.

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Washington Wildlife Commission Suspends Spring Bear Hunt

November 19, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The state of Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-4 today to suspend a proposed 2022 spring bear-hunting season. The spring hunt, which the commission reviews annually, required a majority to authorize, so the tie vote puts the hunt on hold.

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Lawsuit Aims to Speed U.S. Protection for Foreign Birds, Butterflies

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose Endangered Species Act protection for seven foreign wildlife species. The species — four butterflies and three birds — are parked on the Service’s “candidate” waitlist, where some have lingered unprotected for more than 30 years.

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State Endangered Species Protection Sought for Rare Central California Lizard

November 18, 2021

McKITTRICK, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity formally petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect the Temblor legless lizard under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Seeks Records on Federal Loans Fueling Coal, Gas Plants in Arizona, North Carolina

November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service today for failing to release public records regarding federal loans to electric generation and transmission cooperatives in Arizona and North Carolina.

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Lawsuit Launched to Address Sewage Overflows in Alabama, Coosa River

November 18, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala.— Conservation and community groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the city of Gadsden, Alabama for years of Clean Water Act violations by the city’s wastewater-treatment system. The city’s failure to properly maintain its system has resulted in cracked sewer pipes, leaking manholes, blockages and pump-station failures.

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Report: Wool Production Carries Heavy Biodiversity Loss, Climate Price Tag

November 17, 2021

NEW YORK, N.Y.— Wool production is a key contributor to biodiversity loss and climate change, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity and Collective Fashion Justice’s CIRCUMFAUNA initiative.

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New FERC Commissioner Urged to Prioritize Environmental, Energy Justice

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Senate voted Tuesday evening to confirm Willie Phillips to fill an open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Phillips, former chairman of the DC Public Service Commission, will serve a five-year term on the commission, which regulates energy infrastructure including pipelines, liquid natural gas terminals and interstate transmission of electricity, fracked gas and oil.

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California’s Historic Dean Witter Ranch Protected for Conservation, Free Public Access

November 17, 2021

OAK GLEN, Calif.― After a two-and-a-half-year effort and with support from private donors, volunteers, state agencies, partner organizations and elected leaders, The Wildlands Conservancy, a California nonprofit, has secured the 29,600-acre Lone Pine Ranch ― which will be known as the Eel River Canyon Preserve.

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Lawsuits Launched Over Denial, Delay of Federal Protections to 10 Species

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed two formal notices of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for denying or delaying Endangered Species Act protections for 10 species.

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Court Reinstates Gulf of Maine Lobstering Restriction to Protect Endangered Right Whales

November 17, 2021

BOSTON— The First Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted an emergency motion to reinstate a seasonal prohibition on lobster fishing with buoy lines in an area roughly 30 nautical miles off the coast of Maine. The National Marine Fisheries Service implemented the measure to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from deadly entanglements in lobster gear.

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Lawsuit Demands Crucial U.S. Wildlife Trade Data

November 17, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to release data on wildlife traded across U.S. borders. The United States imports millions of animals, plants and wildlife products each year from around the globe, and these imports are all tracked by the Service.

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Legal Agreement on Seattle Harbor Project Will Help West Coast Orcas

November 16, 2021

SEATTLE— The Port of Seattle and Center for Biological Diversity have reached a legal agreement associated with the Seattle Harbor Navigation Improvement Project that will benefit orcas.

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Biden Administration to Lease Out 80 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico for Oil, Days After Climate Summit

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Interior Department is scheduled to auction off more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday for oil and gas leasing, the largest U.S. lease sale ever. The sale comes just days after President Biden pledged at COP26 to reduce climate emissions.

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Agencies Warned Alabama Coal Mine May Violate State, Federal Laws

November 16, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two conservation groups today notified state and federal agencies, as well as Mays Mining Incorporated, that they intend to sue over the approval of a mine on the banks of the Mulberry Fork in Alabama.

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EPA: Two Most Widely Used Pesticides Likely Harm Majority of Endangered Species

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine and cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate are each likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

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Freshwater Mussel Gains Endangered Species Act Protection in North Carolina, Virginia

November 15, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Following a petition and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today listed the Atlantic pigtoe freshwater mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and designated 563 river miles of protected critical habitat in North Carolina and Virginia.

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COP26 Summit Ends Without Biden Taking Crucial Action on Fossil Fuels

November 13, 2021

GLASGOW, Scotland— The United Nations climate summit ended in Glasgow today with the United States still failing to make crucial domestic and global commitments to address the climate emergency.

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Court Rejects Federal Attempt to Sink Right Whale Ship Strike Lawsuit

November 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— A federal court on Wednesday rejected the Biden administration's effort to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at protecting critically endangered right whales from being run over and killed by ships and boats in U.S. waters. The case challenges the National Marine Fisheries Service’s unlawful delay in responding to rulemaking petitions on vessel strikes.

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Federal Judge to Hear Arguments on Removal of Federal Protection From Gray Wolves

November 10, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— Conservation advocates will present oral arguments Friday in U.S. District Court in a case that will decide whether federal Endangered Species Act protection is restored to gray wolves across much of the country.

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After 46 Years, Rare Texas Flower At Last Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

November 9, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the beautiful but disappearing bracted twistflower, in central Texas, under the Endangered Species Act. With 16 remaining naturally occurring populations, plus one struggling introduced population, the twistflower will gain threatened status, protection of 1,606 acres as critical habitat, and eventually a recovery plan.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect African Leopards From U.S. Trophy Hunters

November 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— Animal protection and conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose stricter protections for African leopards under the U.S. Endangered Species Act to address the harms of trophy hunting.

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Endangered Species Protection Proposed for Alligator Snapping Turtle

November 8, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a petition and legal victory from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the alligator snapping turtle under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.

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Anti-Fossil Fuel Protest Meets U.S. Interior Secretary at COP26

November 4, 2021

GLASGOW, Scotland— Leaders from the Build Back Fossil Free campaign unfurled a large banner today at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow urging the Biden administration to halt federal oil, gas and coal expansion on public lands and oceans.

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Anti-Fossil Fuel Protest to Meet U.S. Interior Secretary at COP26

November 4, 2021

GLASGOW, Scotland— Grassroots leaders from the U.S. Gulf Coast will gather for a photo and speaking opportunity ahead of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s remarks at the U.N. climate summit today. Just three days after the end of COP26, the Biden administration is slated to hold a major offshore oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The representatives of impacted communities and other climate justice groups in the Build Back Fossil Free campaign will demand President Biden keep his promise to end new federal fossil fuel leasing and permitting on public lands and waters.

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Santa Barbara Commission Vote Puts Exxon Oil Trucking Plan on Thin Ice

November 3, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted today to recommend denial of ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highways. The plan would help the company restart three drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast.

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Biden Makes Climate Pledge at Glasgow While Pushing Oil, Gas Leasing in U.S.

November 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— U.S. climate groups slammed the Biden administration today for ignoring climate impacts and refusing to stop oil and gas leasing on public lands despite President Biden’s Glasgow pledge to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The revised plans for February lease sales in seven western states, announced this week by the Bureau of Land Management, defer some acres to protect imperiled species but none for climate mitigation.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Act Protection for Rare California Fish

November 3, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect two populations of imperiled speckled dace under the Endangered Species Act. The Service failed to make required decisions on protection for the Santa Ana speckled dace, in Southern California, and the Long Valley speckled dace in Mono County, which is nearing extinction in the wild.

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Outdated Offshore Drilling Plans Spur Lawsuit Notice After California Oil Spill

November 2, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the federal government for allowing Platform Elly and other offshore oil production in the Beta oilfield to operate under outdated drilling plans written in the 1970s and ‘80s. The notice comes after a major Southern California oil spill linked to Platform Elly.

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California Delays Some Dungeness Crab Fishing to Protect Whales

November 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Following an entanglement of a humpback whale in California crabbing gear and information showing many humpback whales are currently feeding off California, the state’s fish and wildlife director ordered a delay today in opening some coastal areas to Dungeness crab fishing.

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U.S. Grassroots Leaders Greet Biden at COP26 With Push to End Fossil Fuel Era

November 1, 2021

GLASGOW, Scotland— Grassroots leaders from the Build Back Fossil Free campaign rallied ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks at the United Nations climate summit today in Glasgow, Scotland. Representatives of Indigenous, Black and frontline communities — along with dozens of other climate justice groups — demanded Biden take executive action to stop fossil fuel project approvals and declare a climate emergency.

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New Analysis: Gov. Newsom Urgently Needs to Stop Permitting New Oil, Gas Wells in California

November 1, 2021

GLASGOW, Scotland— As a delegation of Newsom administration officials attends the U.N. climate talks following the governor’s call for an end to global reliance on oil, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity shows the staggering cost of the state’s approval of new oil and gas wells, the majority of which are located in California’s most polluted communities.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Approval of Pennsylvania’s Flawed Plan for Reducing Asthma-Causing Smog From 8 Large Polluters

November 1, 2021

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Pennsylvania’s plan to clean up smog from eight industrial polluters, including a fracked gas facility.

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U.S. Activists: Biden Climate Credibility in Glasgow Depends on Executive Action

November 1, 2021

GLASGOW— U.S. grassroots activists from the Build Back Fossil Free coalition will gather for a photo and speaking opportunity ahead of President Biden’s remarks at the U.N. climate summit today. The representatives of frontline communities and dozens of other climate justice groups will demand Biden take executive action to stop fossil fuel project approvals and declare a climate emergency, building on the historic People vs. Fossil Fuels week of action last month in Washington, D.C.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Abortion Rights

October 29, 2021

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

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128 Groups to Biden Administration: Protect Old, Mature Forests

October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— As the Biden administration prepares for the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, 128 environmental groups delivered a letter to the White House asking that the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management stop the logging of older forests and trees on public lands. The letter asks that this commitment be part of the United States’ larger climate goals.

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Biden Administration Drops Ball on Federal Protections for More Than 60 Species Facing Extinction

October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration failed to make required protection decisions for 66 imperiled species in fiscal year 2021, violating promises in a workplan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 2016 plan was intended to address a backlog of hundreds of species awaiting protection, including the Hermes copper butterfly, Florida bonneted bat, Rio Grande cooter turtle and 63 more.

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Federal Proposal Would Eliminate Cap on Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers, Restrict Killing

October 27, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Following a 2018 legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to eliminate its population cap on the number of Mexican gray wolves allowed to live in the wild in the Southwest.

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

October 27, 2021

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for approving Pennsylvania’s inadequate 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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Biden Urged to Prioritize Environmental Justice in Build Back Better Act

October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups called on Congress and the White House today to prioritize environmental justice in the Build Back Better Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change and WE ACT for Environmental Justice say this legislation will be a litmus test of President Biden’s commitment to make environmental justice a crucial pillar of his climate policy.

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Gov. Inslee Urged to Take Emergency Action After Key Puget Sound Orca Dies

October 26, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance urged Gov. Jay Inslee today to take immediate action to protect Puget Sound’s endangered Southern Resident killer whales after recent reports that a member of the L pod, a matriarch known as Marina, is missing and likely dead.

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Legal Petition Challenges EPA Inaction on Factory Farm Air Pollution

October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— As President Biden continues to promise that his administration will address the climate crisis and protect the air we breathe from industrial polluters, 24 advocacy organizations are demanding his Environmental Protection Agency live up to that promise by doing more to protect communities from factory farms.

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Biden Administration to Rescind Trump Rules Limiting Habitat Protections for Endangered Species

October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration announced today it will rescind two Trump regulations. One Trump rule severely limits the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants need to survive and recover. The second opened up the exclusion of habitat from protection based on trumped-up economic claims.

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Appeal Challenges Weak Climate Plan for Harmful Napa Vineyard Project

October 25, 2021

NAPA COUNTY, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal today challenging a mitigation plan that fails to address the climate harms of a massive vineyard project near Napa. The appeal to the Napa County Board of Supervisors outlines steps to improve mitigation for the destruction of more than 14,000 trees for the Walt Ranch development.

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Biden’s Forest Service Poised to Facilitate Quadrupling of Crude Oil Production in Utah’s Uinta Basin Days Before Glasgow Climate Summit

October 22, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY— In a massive blow to U.S. efforts to address the climate crisis, the Biden administration is poised to approve a right-of-way through the Ashley National Forest that would take the climate-damaging Uinta Basin Railway one step closer to being built.

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Humboldt Martens to Gain More Than 1 Million Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in Oregon, California

October 22, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Following more than a decade of efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity and Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to designate 1,413,305 acres in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon as critical habitat for Humboldt martens, also known as coastal martens.

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Lawsuit Challenges Gold Drilling in Sage Grouse Habitat in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada

October 21, 2021

SACRAMENTO— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to stop exploratory drilling in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains that threatens an endangered fish and a dwindling population of bi-state sage grouse.

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Oregon Kills Nearly All Remaining Members of Lookout Mountain Wolf Pack

October 20, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced that the agency killed three more members of the Lookout Mountain Pack, including a yearling and two pups too young to hunt, in response to conflicts with livestock in Baker County.

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Five Executive Actions Biden Must Take As Climate Program Falters in Congress

October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— As Congress struggles to pass major climate legislation, President Joe Biden can use existing executive powers to take at least five major actions to establish global leadership at the international climate talks in November, according to legal experts at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Biden Administration Won’t Appeal Decision Shutting Down Western Arctic Oil Drilling Project

October 20, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Biden administration cemented a climate victory today by not appealing a federal district court decision halting ConocoPhillips’ Willow Master Development Plan. Willow would be the largest oil-and-gas drilling project in the Alaskan Arctic and would be located in a vast and biodiverse landscape in the Western Arctic.

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Imperiled, Fish-Eating Snake Gains 447 Miles of Protected Streams in Arizona, New Mexico

October 20, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to nearly two decades of scientific and legal advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 447 stream miles in the Southwest as critical habitat for the narrow-headed garter snake. That amounts to 23,785 protected acres in Arizona and New Mexico.

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After Spill, Legal Petition Urges Biden Administration to End Oil Drilling Off California

October 20, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— In the wake of Orange County’s disastrous offshore oil spill, more than 35 organizations sent an emergency legal petition today demanding that the Department of the Interior take emergency action to immediately suspend and ultimately cancel all oil and gas leases in federal waters off California.

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San Luis Obispo County Approves Disputed Drilling at Arroyo Grande Oilfield

October 19, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors rejected an appeal from the Center for Biological Diversity and the pleas of concerned community members today in approving dozens of new oil and gas wells at the Arroyo Grande oilfield.

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Court of Appeal Rejects California’s Blanket Approval of Pesticide Spraying

October 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a major victory for health and environmental groups, California’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a statewide pesticide-spraying program violates the law by failing to study and minimize the threats from pesticides and to properly inform the public about the risks of spraying.

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Pacific Fishers to Gain Half Million Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in California

October 18, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— Following years of efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to designate 554,454 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada as critical habitat for a distinct and endangered population of Pacific fishers.

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Secretary Haaland Urged to Sign Order to End Extinction Crisis

October 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, along with more than 100 other conservation groups, called on Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today to issue a secretarial order to halt the extinction crisis by protecting biodiversity and restoring abundant wildlife and plant populations both in the United States and around the world.

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Court Rules Federal Officials Must Address Poaching of Mexican Wolves in New Recovery Plan

October 15, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a lawsuit by conservation groups, a judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must add specific actions to address illegal killing of Mexican wolves to its plan for the species’ recovery.

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California Protects Leatherback Sea Turtles as Endangered

October 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to protect leatherback sea turtles as endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The commission acted on the recommendation of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is concerned by the turtles’ dramatic decline in state waters.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Species From Livestock on Arizona’s Verde River

October 13, 2021

PHOENIX— A federal judge approved an agreement today among the Center for Biological Diversity, Maricopa Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to protect the Verde River, its tributaries and streambanks from cattle grazing.

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Court Strikes Down Oil Industry Pollution Protections in Monterey County

October 13, 2021

SAN JOSE, Calif.— A California appeals court on Tuesday struck down the landmark Measure Z ballot initiative that banned new oil and gas wells and phased out waste fluid disposal in Monterey County.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Minnesota’s Lynx, Wolves From Federal Trappers

October 13, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity notified two federal agencies today of its plans to sue for inadequate analysis of the risks to federally protected Canada lynx caused by trapping of wolves by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program.

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Lawsuit Challenges Agency’s Failure to Protect Imperiled Wildlife From Marine Highway Program

October 12, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration for failing to ensure that protected species are not jeopardized by the America’s Marine Highway Program. The program seeks to expand shipping on major rivers and coastal areas in Washington, Oregon, Virginia and other states where listed species are at risk.

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Press Conference Wednesday at Interior Department to Deliver Millions of Signatures Calling for Ending Federal Fossil Fuel Extraction

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— Indigenous, climate and conservation groups, including members of frontline New Mexico communities, will hold a press conference Wednesday at the U.S. Interior Department before delivering letters and petitions from more than 1,000 groups containing millions of signatures calling for an end to federal oil, gas and coal extraction.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Government’s Failure to Protect Giraffes

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal protection groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose critical Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population. Each year giraffe parts, including bones and skins, are imported into the United States to be turned into home décor, frivolous accessories and fashion.

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Coalición internacional solicita a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que investigue las violaciones a derechos humanos de las mega fábricas de carne

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Grupos indígenas y de derechos humanos, ambientalistas, personas científicas, médicas y expertas en salud pública solicitaron hoy a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que celebre una audiencia temática sobre los abusos de derechos humanos causados por las mega granjas o fábricas de carne, también conocidas como Operaciones Concentradas de Alimentación Animal, en toda América (incluyendo América del Norte y América del Sur).

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International Coalition Petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Investigate Factory Farm Abuses

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— Indigenous and human-rights groups, conservationists, scientists, doctors and public-health experts petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today to hold a formal hearing on human-rights abuses caused by factory farms, also known as industrial animal feeding operations, across North America and South America.

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Del Rio Endangered Species Mural to Be Painted This Week, Celebration Slated for Oct. 16

October 11, 2021

DEL RIO, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Del Rio’s Casa de la Cultura will host a community event Oct.16 to celebrate a new mural of the Mexican blindcat, an endangered catfish found in underground aquifers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas and northern Coahuila. The 250-square foot painting will be the latest installment in the Center’s national endangered species mural project, which highlights imperiled plants and animals that are special to their regions.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Protect Freshwater Endangered Species From Pesticides Applied Directly to Water

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing a Clean Water Act permit that fails to fully assess the risks posed to freshwater endangered species by pesticides applied directly to water.

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Biden Administration Urged to Triple Listing Budget for Endangered Species

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, along with 38 other conservation organizations, urged the Biden administration today to increase its request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Act listing budget for fiscal year 2023 to at least $63.7 million — more than three times the wildlife agency’s current budget.

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Part One of UN Biodiversity Meetings Starts: Will World Call for Halt to Extinctions in 2022?

October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— As countries prepare to gather online starting Oct. 11 for the 15th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, conservationists are calling on attendees to adopt an agreement to halt human-induced extinctions in 2022.

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Lawsuit Launched After California Oil Spill to Protect Whales, Other Endangered Animals From Offshore Drilling

October 8, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent today to sue the Biden administration if it does not immediately reexamine the offshore oil industry’s threat to California’s endangered species and their habitats.

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Court Rules Against San Diego Sprawl Development

October 8, 2021

SAN DIEGO— A judge on Thursday rejected the environmental review of a San Diego development that would pave over critical wildlife habitat while building 1,100 homes on fire-prone land.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect National Conservation Area in Arizona From Destructive Cattle Grazing

October 7, 2021

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 to force them to protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in southeastern Arizona.

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Analysis: Even Before Orange County Leak, California Pipeline Incidents Caused $1.2 Billion In Damages

October 7, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— As Orange County beaches suffer a massive oil spill reportedly caused by an undersea pipeline linked to offshore drilling rigs, a new analysis reveals a troubling history of pipeline accidents in California.

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Hundreds of Scientists Tell Biden: Halt Fossil Fuel Development Now

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 330 U.S. research scientists sent a letter to President Biden today urging him to use his executive authority to stop all new fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency — actions they say are necessary to avoid the worst damages of the climate crisis and deliver on environmental justice.

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Biden Administration Defends Wildlife Services’ Killing of Wolf Pups in Idaho

October 6, 2021

BOISE, Idaho—The Biden administration defended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services’ actions in Idaho in a letter Tuesday after the agency preemptively killed eight wolf pups from Idaho’s Timberline pack in response to complaints from a rancher grazing livestock on public lands.

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Lawsuit Targets Trespass Grazing Destruction of Endangered Plant in Arizona’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

October 6, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today for failing to protect a semi-aquatic endangered plant in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area from rampant trespass livestock grazing.

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Legal Petition Demands Biden Administration Stop Unlawful Fossil Fuel Projects

October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 380 environmental, public health, Indigenous, faith-based and community groups sent a legal petition today demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stop issuing permits, and revoke illegally and inappropriately issued permits, for fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

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Oil Spill in Southern California Highlights Offshore Drilling’s Huge Risks

October 4, 2021

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The environmental disaster that spilled at least 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Orange County this weekend is highlighting the massive risks of offshore drilling. The oil spill, first detected on Saturday around Huntington Beach, is disastrous for wildlife and will harm many species for months and years to come.

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Objections Target Biden’s Oil Leasing Plan Amidst Climate ‘Code Red’

October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed formal objections today to the Biden administration’s plans to offer 734,000 acres of public lands for oil and gas leasing amid what the president himself has called a climate “code red.” Oil and gas in the proposed leases contain up to 246 million tons of climate pollution — as much as 62 coal-fired power plants emit in one year.

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Tiehm’s Buckwheat Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protections

October 1, 2021

LAS VEGAS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule today to list the rare wildflower Tiehm’s buckwheat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Rejects ExxonMobil’s Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil

September 30, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has voted to deny ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highway so it can restart three drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast. The 3-2 initial vote came unexpectedly on Sept. 29, during the first of two days of scheduled public hearings on the project, and is expected to be followed Nov. 3 with a formal vote and findings recommending the Board of Supervisors deny the project.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Utah’s Least Chub

September 30, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled least chub.

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Federal Judge Overturns Oil, Gas Lease Sales on 58,000 Acres of Public Lands in Colorado

September 30, 2021

DENVER— A federal judge late Tuesday overturned the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to lease 58,000 acres of public land in western Colorado for oil and gas extraction, agreeing with conservation groups that fracking and drilling will worsen air quality in a region where smog levels have exceeded federal pollution standards and threaten public health.

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Report: Electric Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Bailouts, Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times

September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and BailoutWatch today released Powerless in the Pandemic, a report showing that some of the nation’s top utilities received a collective $1.25 billion from last year’s government bailouts while shutting off families’ electric service nearly 1 million times.

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9 Species From Hawaiʻi Lost to Extinction

September 29, 2021

HONOLULU— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove eight birds and a plant in Hawai‘i from the endangered species list because of extinction. They join the list of 650 U.S. species that have likely been lost to extinction.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Manatee County Over Proposal to Inject Toxic Waste From Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack Into Aquifer

September 29, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue Manatee County for its plan to inject toxic pollutants from the Piney Point phosphogypsum stack into the lower Floridan aquifer.

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23 Species From 19 States Lost to Extinction

September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove 22 animals and a plant from the endangered species list because of extinction. They join the list of 650 U.S. species that have likely been lost to extinction.

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Oregon Coast Tiger Beetle Eyed for Endangered Species Act Safeguards

September 28, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the imperiled Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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American Bumblebee Takes Step Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

September 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the American bumblebee, whose populations have plummeted by nearly 90%, may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement kicks off a one-year status assessment of the species.

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Santa Barbara County to Hold Public Hearings on ExxonMobil’s Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil

September 28, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will hold online public hearings Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 on ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highways so it can restart three drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast.

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Southern California Fish One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

September 28, 2021

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif.— In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined today that the Long Valley speckled dace may be extinct in the wild and warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The small fish formerly inhabited warm springs and creeks in the Upper Owens River watershed in Mono County.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Reducing Smog Pollution in 10 Areas With Some of Nation’s Worst Air Quality

September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to find that 10 areas recently designated as in “serious” nonattainment for the Clean Air Act’s ozone standards missed deadlines to evaluate and reduce ozone pollution.

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Federal Officials Urged to End States’ Wildlife Management Funding in Response to Extreme Wolf-Killing Programs

September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON— State game agencies could lose a substantial portion of their budgets for eradicating their wolf populations under a proposal put forward by the Global Indigenous Council, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the Center for Biological Diversity and a coalition of 25 Native American, conservation, and animal welfare organizations. The plan would deny federal wildlife management funding to states that excessively target predators, such as wolves, cougars and grizzly bears.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Deadly Pesticide for 15 More Years

September 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Farmworker groups, environmentalists and health organizations represented by Earthjustice sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving the continued use of the deadly pesticide paraquat, which has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.

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Biden Administration Denies Protections to Imperiled Nevada Springsnails

September 24, 2021

LAS VEGAS— The Biden administration today denied Endangered Species Act protections to 10 rare species of Nevada springsnails, despite the dire threats of groundwater pumping and climate change faced by the tiny mollusks.

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New Study: Tiny Minority of Local Poachers Is Driving Red Wolves to Extinction

September 23, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation finds that poaching of red wolves is driven by a small minority of individuals who live in eastern North Carolina’s Red Wolf Recovery Area. The study indicates that the species enjoys robust local support among the general population, but a small group of local poachers has been effective in driving the species to the brink of extinction.

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1,400 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed at California Colleges, Universities for World Contraception Day

September 23, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will send 1,400 free Endangered Species Condoms to 12 college and university campuses across California in recognition of World Contraception Day on Sept. 26.

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Poll: 3 in 4 Arizonans Oppose Resolution Copper Mine, Support Protecting Sacred Oak Flat

September 22, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— A public opinion poll among likely Arizona voters found that 74% oppose the proposed Resolution Copper mine, which would destroy Oak Flat, a Native American sacred site located in the Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix.

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100 Groups Demand Biden Cut Airplane Climate Pollution

September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— One hundred environmental, community and public-health groups called on the Biden administration today to set strong standards to cut airplane pollution and avoid industry-promoted biofuel greenwashing.

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Oregon Expands Kill Order for Lookout Mountain Wolf Pack

September 17, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have expanded orders that authorize the killing of up to six members of the Lookout Mountain pack, including yearlings and 5-month-old pups. The latest kill order could leave the pack with just a single radio-collared female adult.

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Lawsuit Targets Federal OK of Off-Road Routes, Grazing Threatening Imperiled Species in California Deserts

September 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for authorizing damaging activities in the California Desert Conservation Area, including a vast network of off-road vehicle routes in the West Mojave Desert. The routes are driving desert tortoises and other threatened and endangered species closer to extinction and destroying these protected public lands.

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Tribes, Indigenous Groups, Conservation Organizations File Petition to Strengthen Federal Mining Rules

September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— Tribes, Indigenous groups and conservation organizations filed a rulemaking petition today with the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve and modernize hardrock mining oversight on public lands. The proposed revisions aim to safeguard critically important lands across the West and Alaska, including sacred lands and their cultural resources, vital wildlife habitat and invaluable water resources.

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Lawsuit Calls Out Biden Administration for Allowing Oil Operators to Harm Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bears

September 16, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups sued the Biden administration today for issuing a regulation that allows oil and gas companies to harass Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears despite the likelihood of causing injury and death.

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Mobile Billboard to Be Launched Friday in Atlanta to Spotlight Proposed Mine’s Threat to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

September 16, 2021

ATLANTA— A mobile video billboard urging Georgians to help save the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from a proposed mine will begin a three-day tour of Atlanta on Friday.

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BLM Withdraws Decision Allowing Grazing in California Area Protected for Desert Tortoises

September 15, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— An appeal by environmental groups forced the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late Tuesday to withdraw its decision allowing cattle grazing on public lands near California’s Mojave Desert. The area had been deemed permanently off limits to grazing under an earlier agreement to protect the federally threatened desert tortoise and other sensitive plants and animals.

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Maui Grand Wailea Resort Put on Notice for Lights That Kill Endangered Seabirds

September 15, 2021

HONOLULU— Conservation groups in Hawai‘i represented by Earthjustice sent a notice of intent today to sue the Grand Wailea Resort for violations of the Endangered Species Act if the hotel does not fix its lights that are killing native seabirds.

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Wolves in Northern Rockies One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

September 15, 2021

VICTOR, Idaho— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that wolves in the West may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to an emergency petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Sierra Club.

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Lake Sturgeon Will Get Endangered Species Decision in 2024

September 15, 2021

CHICAGO— A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a determination by 2024 whether imperiled populations of lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Millions of these giant, ancient fish once lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin, but today the population is less than 1% of historic levels.

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Formosa Plastics Fined $2.9 Million for Endangering Public, Workers in Texas

September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— Formosa Plastics Group has agreed to pay $2.85 million in federal fines for injuring its workers and endangering public health during a series of explosions, fires and toxic chemical releases from its Point Comfort, Texas, petrochemical plant.

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food, Environment, Social Justice

September 13, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its second annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival Sept. 16-19 featuring the award-winning documentaries Truly Texas Mexican, The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Harvest/La Cosecha and Seed: The Untold Story. Each film tells underrepresented cultural stories about food, the environment and social equity. The film festival is free and open to the public.

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Santa Barbara County Staff Recommends Approval of ExxonMobil’s Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil

September 10, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Santa Barbara County’s Planning and Development Department has issued a staff report recommending that policymakers approve ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks so it can restart three drilling platforms off the California coast. Opponents of the project vow to stop it, starting at Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearings on the plan set for Sept. 29 and Oct. 1.

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Federal Judge Blocks New Florida Law That Would Strip First Amendment Rights of Protesters

September 9, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A federal judge blocked a new Florida law today that sought to dramatically curtail free speech and the right to assembly and slash legal protections for protesters.

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New Legal Claims Challenge Feds’ Failure to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales From Deadly Fishing Gear Entanglement

September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife filed additional legal claims against the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to prevent critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from getting tangled up and killed in lobster gear.

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México debe responder ante fallas en el cumplimiento de la legislación ambiental para proteger a la vaquita: Comisión del T-MEC

September 9, 2021

MONTREAL— Según una decisión de la Comisión para la Cooperación Ambiental, un organismo de escrutinio ambiental bajo el Acuerdo comercial México-Estados Unidos-Canadá (T-MEC), el gobierno de México debe responder ante las acusaciones de no haber hecho cumplir la legislación ambiental para proteger a la vaquita marina en peligro crítico de extinción.

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USMCA Commission: Mexico Must Respond on Vaquita Enforcement Failures

September 9, 2021

MONTREAL— Mexico must respond to allegations that the government failed to enforce protections for critically endangered vaquita porpoises, according to a decision by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The commission is an environmental review body under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

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Coalition Petitions Federal Government to Ban Coral-Killing Chemicals in Sunscreens

September 9, 2021

HONOLULU— A coalition of 60 community leaders, conservation organizations, businesses, elected officials and academics has petitioned the federal government to ban three harmful, coral-killing chemicals from sunscreens and other personal care products. The petition cites scientific studies on the dangers to Hawai‘i’s coral reefs and coastal ecosystems posed by oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene.

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In Response to Lawsuit, EPA Pledges to Strengthen Standards for Slaughterhouse Water Pollution

September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a victory for clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late Wednesday that it will update water-pollution control standards for the slaughterhouse industry. The announcement follows a December 2019 lawsuit from community and conservation organizations challenging its prior decision not to do so.

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Lawsuit Filed Over TVA’s Millions in Payments to Dirty Energy Lobbyists

September 9, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Tennessee Valley Authority today over millions of dollars in ratepayer money the public utility diverts to anti-environmental advocacy groups like the Edison Electric Institute and the Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition. The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee, seeks an order compelling the utility to address a 2020 petition and supporting evidence seeking to regulate this kind of spending.

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California Oil Industry Lobby Group Files for Bankruptcy

September 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Independent Petroleum Association, one of the two main lobbying groups for the oil and gas industry in California, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a state bankruptcy court this week. The move comes after a Los Angeles court ordered the group to pay more than $2 million to the Center for Biological Diversity, youth groups from South Los Angeles and Wilmington, and the city of Los Angeles for filing a retaliatory lawsuit against them.

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Nevada Urged to Shut Down Upcoming Bear Hunt as Wildfires Rage

September 8, 2021

RENO, Nev.— Wildlife advocates called on the Nevada Department of Wildlife today to shut down the state’s bear hunt in units affected by or adjacent to the recent catastrophic wildfires that have wreaked havoc on Sierra Nevada communities.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Southeast Alaska Wolf

September 8, 2021

SITKA, Alaska— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the federal government for failing to act on a petition to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves in Southeast Alaska under the Endangered Species Act. Increased trapping and extensive logging have caused rapid population declines for these rare gray wolves.

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Biden Administration to Reexamine Trump’s Plan For More Western Arctic Oil Leasing

September 8, 2021

ANCHORAGE— In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Biden administration has announced it will reexamine a Trump administration plan to drastically expand western Arctic oil and gas leasing.

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Petition Seeks U.S. Protections for Atlantic Humpback Dolphin

September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to list the Atlantic humpback dolphin under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Atlantic humpback dolphin populations are in serious decline, and the species is already recognized as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, Red List.

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Biden Urged to Nominate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director

September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and more than 55 other organizations urged President Biden today to nominate a permanent director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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‘Stop Extinction’ Event Will Urge Rep. DeLauro to Fully Fund Endangered Species Act

September 7, 2021

NEW HAVEN— The Center for Biological Diversity, Connecticut activists and Frostpaw, the Center’s polar bear mascot, will gather outside Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to urge her to increase funding for endangered species and help stem the global extinction crisis.

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Oregon Denies Key Authorization for Controversial Dam in Mt. Hood National Forest

September 7, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water-quality certification for continued operations of Middle Fork Irrigation District’s water delivery system, including Clear Branch Dam, in Oregon’s Hood River basin. The decision came after conservation groups raised serious concerns about the project’s failure to comply with water-quality standards and its impact on threatened bull trout.

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Federal Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pacific Humpbacks From Fishing Gear

September 7, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice of intent today to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect endangered Pacific humpback whales from entanglements in sablefish fishing gear. The West Coast fisheries for the bottom-dwelling sablefish — also known as butterfish or black cod —operate without authorization to take whales under the Endangered Species Act.

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Alabama’s Slenderclaw Crayfish Gains Endangered Species Act Protection With 78 River Miles of Critical Habitat

September 7, 2021

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— Following more than a decade of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the slenderclaw crayfish as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The tiny crayfish survives only in two creeks on Sand Mountain, near Lake Guntersville in DeKalb and Marshall counties.

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Convenes to Tackle Global Priorities

September 3, 2021

MARSEILLE, France— Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will gather this week for the quadrennial World Conservation Congress to make critical policy decisions to address conservation priorities including the ongoing biodiversity crisis.

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Pyramid Pigtoe Mussel Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

September 3, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Following more than a decade of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the pyramid pigtoe mussel as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Critical Habitat Proposed for Rare South Florida Beetle

September 3, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the endangered Miami tiger beetle.

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Lawsuit Filed After Biden Opens 80 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico for Oil

August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON— Immediately following the Biden administration’s decision to offer more than 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing, environmental and Gulf groups today filed a challenge to the lease sale in court.

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

August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON— The National Marine Fisheries Service released its final rule today modifying regulations to reduce the number of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales killed in lobster gear off the coast of New England.

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Historic Accomplishment: Snail Darter Recovered

August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove the snail darter from the endangered species list due to recovery. Thanks to government and collaborative efforts, the little fish is no longer in danger of extinction.

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Rare Arizona Plant Threatened by Rosemont Copper Mine Receives Endangered Species Act Protection

August 30, 2021

TUSCON, Ariz.— Following a petition and legal action from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Bartram’s stonecrop, a succulent found in southern Arizona, will receive protection as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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EPA: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Vast Majority of All Endangered Species

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three neonicotinoid insecticides likely harm all of the country’s 38 protected amphibians and roughly three fourths of all other endangered plants and animals, according to long-anticipated studies released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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House Democrats to Provide $100 Million for Critically Endangered Species in Reconciliation Bill

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a memo released today by the House Natural Resources Committee, House Democrats will provide $550 million to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the upcoming budget reconciliation package, including $100 million for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States.

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Washington Agency Issues Kill Order on Another Endangered Wolf Pack

August 26, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order today authorizing the killing of up to two members of the Togo wolf pack in Ferry County. The Togo pack currently consists of at least five adults and four pups, according to the department.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Dismal Pace of Foreign Wildlife Protections

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity announced its intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to propose Endangered Species Act protection for 19 foreign wildlife species. The species, which include five butterflies, 13 birds and a clam, are parked on the Service’s “candidate” wait list, where some have lingered unprotected for over 30 years.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Approval of Destructive Northern California Development

August 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for approving a mixed-use development in Northern California and failing to protect endangered species habitat.

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Biden EPA Urged to Strengthen Clean Car Rules to Protect Climate

August 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity offered live testimony today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its newly proposed clean car rule to tackle the climate emergency. The Center argued at a public hearing that this make-or-break rulemaking can only meet President Biden’s climate commitments if it rejects the half-measures and loopholes in the current version.

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Six Texas Freshwater Mussels Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

August 25, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas— Following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect six species of Texas freshwater mussels under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also proposed designating 1,944 river miles as critical habitat for the mussels.

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Report: California in Urgent Need of Wildlife Connectivity to Protect Animals, People

August 24, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— A report published today called on California lawmakers, who returned from their summer recess this month, to protect sensitive species and prevent dangerous vehicle collisions by prioritizing wildlife crossings on roadways.

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Oregon Renews Kill Order for Members of Lookout Mountain Wolf Pack

August 23, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today re-authorized the killing of up to two more members of the Lookout Mountain wolf pack. The department first issued a kill order July 29, and two days later shot and killed two of the pack’s 4-month-old pups.

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Judge Rules Homeland Security Failed to Consider Environmental Harm of Ramping Up Border Militarization

August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON— A federal judge ruled today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated federal law by failing to analyze potential environmental harms from escalating militarization along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Records Reveal Years of Illegal Oil Drilling at California’s Arroyo Grande Oilfield

August 23, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity informed San Luis Obispo County leaders today that the operator of the Arroyo Grande oilfield has been drilling illegal oil wells for years. Evidence of the illegal drilling was uncovered by the Center through a recent public information request.

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Elusive Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Listed as Endangered

August 23, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Following legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today listed Franklin’s bumblebee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Chispa Florida Celebrará Conferencia de Prensa Sobre Marea Roja con Grupos Latinos y de Defensa del Medio Ambiente

August 20, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— El sábado 21 de agosto a las 10 a.m. el programa Chispa Florida de Florida Conservation Voters y líderes de comunidades latinas e indígenas ofrecerán una conferencia de prensa y un día de acción para alertar sobre cómo la marea roja está afectando el agua de nuestras comunidades en la costa oeste de Florida. El agua sucia tiene un impacto desproporcionado en la salud física y mental de las comunidades latinas, negras e indígenas, así como en la economía y el medio ambiente.

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Chispa Florida to Hold Red Tide Press Conference With Latinx, Environmental Advocacy Groups

August 20, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— On Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., Florida Conservation Voters’ Chispa Florida program and Latinx and Indigenous community leaders will host a press conference and day of advocacy. The event will share how red tide is affecting our communities' water on the west coast of Florida. Dirty water disproportionately impacts the physical and mental health of communities of color as well as the economy and environment.

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Court Rules Minnesota Lawsuit to Protect Lynx From Fur Trapping Can Continue

August 20, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS— A Minnesota federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity that seeks additional protections for federally protected Canada lynx can move forward. The case challenges state-permitted fur trapping in Minnesota that injures and kills Canada lynx.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Destruction of Endangered Amargosa Vole’s California Habitat

August 19, 2021

TECOPA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect critical habitat for Amargosa voles. The small, endangered mammals live only in marshes near increasingly popular desert hot springs in the Mojave Desert near Tecopa, Calif.

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Court Blocks Massive Arctic Oil Development Project Defended by Biden Administration

August 19, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal court in Alaska Wednesday vacated the approval of a large oil and gas project known as the Willow Master Development Plan in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The project was approved by the Trump administration but was being defended in court by the Biden administration, despite its climate action pledges and temporary suspension of fossil fuel leasing on public lands.

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Interior Department Announces Federal Coal Review, First Step Toward Ending Federal Leasing Program

August 19, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration today announced the launch of a long-overdue formal climate review of the federal coal program. President Biden has paused federal oil and gas leasing pending a climate review of that program.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Regulate Plastic as Hazardous Waste

August 19, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to regulate a common plastic — polyvinyl chloride (commonly called PVC or vinyl) — as hazardous waste. PVC is one of the most widely used and discarded forms of plastic, yet numerous studies have found it’s highly toxic to human health and the environment.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Species From Livestock on Arizona, New Mexico Waterways

August 18, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement today to protect rivers and streams in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico from cattle grazing. This agreement comes more than 20 years after the agencies first promised to keep cows off these riparian habitats to safeguard rare plants and animals.

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Army Corps Orders Full Environmental Review of Formosa Plastics’ Controversial Louisiana Plant

August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will require a full “environmental impact statement” for the massive petrochemical complex Formosa Plastics proposes to build in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The decision is a major victory for opponents of the plant, who sued to block the project in January 2020 and convinced the Army Corps to suspend its permit last fall.

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Petition Seeks Protection for Sunflower Sea Star After 90% Population Decline

August 18, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a federal petition today calling for the sunflower sea star to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Sunflowers, one of the world’s largest sea stars, have declined rapidly because of sea star wasting disease. They’ve lost more than 90% of their Pacific Ocean population since 2013.

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Lawsuit Launched Over EPA’s Delay in Fixing Colorado’s Plan to Reduce Smog, Acid Rain

August 18, 2021

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its delay in fixing Colorado’s flawed plan to protect people, wildlife and natural areas from smog and acid rain.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Files Suit to Remove Natural Resources Board Chair

August 18, 2021

MADISON, Wis.— Following a complaint by the Humane Society of the United States and Center for Biological Diversity, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has brought Natural Resources Board chair Frederick Prehn to court to oust him from his position. Prehn has refused to vacate his seat more than three months after his six-year term expired on May 1.

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Report: Utah Board Misused Public Money on Fossil Fuel Projects, Failed to Fund Rural Community Needs

August 17, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition released a report today showing Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Fund Board has funneled more than $109 million in public money to projects that promote or expand fossil fuel extraction, violating the federal Mineral Leasing Act.

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More Than 1,300 Acres of Critical Habitat Designated for Two Central Texas Salamanders

August 17, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas— Following a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 1,315 acres in the Austin area as protected critical habitat for the Georgetown and Salado salamanders.

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Lawsuit Seeks Protection for Northern California’s Clear Lake Hitch

August 17, 2021

CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today, in the Northern District of California, against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service challenging the agency’s failure to protect a fish called the Clear Lake hitch under the Endangered Species Act. Despite clear scientific evidence that the hitch is likely to become an endangered species due to many threats, including climate change, the Trump administration denied it protection in a December 2020 determination.

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Santa Barbara County Releases ExxonMobil’s Revised Plan to Restart Offshore Platforms, Truck Oil in California

August 16, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Santa Barbara County has released a revised final environmental impact report for ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks so it can restart three drilling platforms off California, setting up hearings and a vote on the project this fall. Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearings on the plan were set for Sept. 29 and Oct. 1.

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California Agency Recommends Listing Leatherback Sea Turtles as Endangered

August 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released its recommendation today to protect leatherback sea turtles as endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The status review precedes an October 2021 vote, by the California Fish and Game Commission, on whether to list the turtles.

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Report to Be Released on Misuse of Public Funds on Utah Fossil Fuel Projects

August 16, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition will release a report Tuesday showing Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Fund Board has funneled more than $109 million in public money to projects that promote or expand fossil fuel extraction, in violation of the federal Mineral Leasing Act.

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Appeal Challenges Federal Approval of Water Contract Threatening Utah’s Green River

August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON― Conservation groups today appealed a recent federal court decision upholding the Trump administration’s approval of a contract to allow additional water to be taken from the Green River below Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam.

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Challenge Filed Over Vermont’s Refusal to Protect Endangered Bats From Deadly Insecticide Spraying

August 16, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Natural Resources Council and Center for Biological Diversity sued Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources today for refusing to require the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District to apply for permission to harm five threatened and endangered Vermont bat species.

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Changes Sought for Florida Manatee Critical Habitat as Deaths Set New Record

August 16, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation organizations today filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to revise outdated critical habitat for Florida manatees. More than 905 manatees have died in 2021, and those deaths are attributable primarily to habitat loss.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Control Air Pollution From Industrial Agriculture in Arizona

August 13, 2021

PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require Arizona to control air pollution from industrial agriculture via proper permitting across most of the state.

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North Carolina Air Regulators Eliminate Restrictions on Harmful Coal Emissions From UNC-Chapel Hill Power Plant

August 12, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has issued a new air-pollution permit for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant that eliminates crucial protections for local residents and the environment.

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Instan a Comisión del T-MEC a investigar la falta de protección a la vaquita marina

August 11, 2021

MONTREAL— Grupos de conservacionistas solicitaron hoy a la Comisión de Cooperación Ambiental (CCA) investigar el incumplimiento del gobierno de México a sus leyes de pesca y comercio. Las fallas de cumplimiento del gobierno de México violan el nuevo Acuerdo Comercial entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) y, si continúan, provocarán la extinción de la vaquita marina.

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Lawsuit Filed to Reduce Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Detroit, Baltimore

August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three public health and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that parts of Maryland and Michigan have effective plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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USMCA Commission Urged to Investigate Mexico’s Failure to Protect Vaquita Porpoise

August 11, 2021

MONTREAL— Conservation groups petitioned the Commission on Environmental Cooperation today to investigate Mexico’s failure to enforce its fishing and trade laws. Mexico’s enforcement failures violate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. If those enforcement failures continue, they’ll cause the vaquita porpoise to go extinct.

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Lawsuit Launched to Finalize Habitat Protections for Two Appalachian Crayfish

August 10, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect critical habitat in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky for the Guyandotte River crayfish and the Big Sandy crayfish.

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Court Orders EPA to Address Use of Oil Dispersants on Offshore Spills

August 9, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif.— A federal district court judge ruled today in favor of a coalition of individuals and environmental groups and ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update its decades-old regulations on the use of toxic chemical dispersants in oil spill responses.

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Rep. DeFazio Introduces Bill to Ban Deadly ‘Cyanide Bombs’ on Public Lands

August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— A bill introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) seeks to ban the use of wildlife-killing M-44 devices, commonly known as ‘‘cyanide bombs,’’ on federal public lands. These deadly devices — spring-loaded capsules armed with cyanide spray — have injured people and inhumanely killed thousands of animals every year.

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Los Angeles Leaders Urged to Advance City’s First Wildlife Connectivity Ordinance

August 9, 2021

LOS ANGELES— Conservation organizations urged the Los Angeles City Council today to approve and implement the city’s first wildlife connectivity ordinance to protect imperiled animals and crucial open space and reduce wildfire risk.

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U.S. Wildlife Officials Punt on Foreign Species Protections, Again

August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will keep 19 imperiled wildlife species on its “candidate” wait list, delaying much-needed Endangered Species Act protections. Some of the species, which include 13 birds, five butterflies and a clam, have been awaiting U.S. protections for more than 30 years.

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Center for Biological Diversity Recognizes Employee Union After Card Check

August 6, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity recognized its new employee union today following a union card count showing that 68% of the eligible workers support joining the union.

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Cooke Aquaculture Secures Permit to Stock Risky Washington Fish Farm

August 6, 2021

SEATTLE— Despite ongoing litigation and timing questions regarding the lease for the facility, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has granted fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture a permit to stock its Hope Island facility in-water net pens with steelhead.

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466 Groups Urge Biden to Fill FERC Seat With Environmental, Energy Justice Champion

August 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 460 environmental and energy justice, racial justice, faith and youth organizations from across the United States sent a letter today urging President Joe Biden to appoint a nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who will champion environmental and energy justice.

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Lawsuit Targets Cattle Grazing That Threatens Streamside Meadows, Endangered Species in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains

August 5, 2021

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

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Biden Yields to Automakers, Issues Weak Emissions Standards

August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration is proposing new tailpipe emissions standards today that are weaker than what automakers agreed to with the Obama administration nearly a decade ago.

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Rep. Tlaib Introduces Utility Debt Cancellation Bill

August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON— Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) today introduced the Maintaining Access to Essential Services Act, which would provide nearly $40 billion to help wipe away household water, power and broadband debt across the country.

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Biden Administration Lets Oil Companies Disturb Polar Bears, Walruses in Alaska’s Western Arctic, Beaufort Sea

August 4, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Biden administration issued a final rule today allowing oil and gas companies operating in the Beaufort Sea and Western Arctic to harass polar bears and Pacific walruses when drilling or searching for oil for the next five years.

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Two of California’s Three Wolf Packs Confirmed to Have Pups

August 3, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Two of California’s three existing wolf families, the Lassen pack and the Whaleback pack, have produced pups this year, according to a new quarterly report published by the California Department of Fish and Game.

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Utah Judge to Hear Case on Misuse of Public Money on Fossil Fuel Projects

August 3, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY― A Utah district court judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging the misuse of public funds on fossil fuel projects.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delays Decision on Revising Critical Habitat for Mount Graham Red Squirrels

August 3, 2021

TUSCON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed providing urgently needed revisions to the critical habitat essential to the survival and recovery of southeast Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrels.

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Emperor Penguin Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Protection

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Following a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed the emperor penguin for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The species is gravely threatened by sea-ice loss driven by the climate emergency.

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Federal Ban Sought to End Dangerous Trade in Live Wild Birds, Mammals

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to ban U.S. imports and exports of all live birds and mammals, including for food, pets and other uses. A proactive ban would reduce the risk of future zoonotic disease outbreaks like COVID-19, which jump from wildlife to people.

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EPA Reapproves Pesticide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today reapproved paraquat, the most acutely lethal pesticide still in use.

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Sierra Nevada Red Fox Population Gains Endangered Species Act Protection

August 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO— In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today granted endangered status to a population of one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Fish in Death Valley Region

July 30, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to seek Endangered Species Act protection for three populations of speckled dace that inhabit desert springs and streams in California’s Death Valley region.

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Endangered Orcas’ West Coast Habitat Receives New Federal Protection

July 30, 2021

SEATTLE— Responding to legal pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity, the federal government finalized a new rule today expanding critical habitat protection along the West Coast for critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales. The population of Southern Residents stands at just 74 orcas.

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Congress Calls for Lasting Protections for Migratory Birds

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) joined with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and 47 original co-sponsors today to introduce the Migratory Bird Protection Act, which reaffirms long-standing protections for migratory birds against industrial take, or the unintentional but predictable killing of birds.

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Energy Department Pushed for Roadmap on TVA’s Transition to 100% Just, Renewable Energy

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 80 energy justice, racial justice, faith and youth organizations urged the U.S. Department of Energy today to release a roadmap detailing how the Tennessee Valley Authority will transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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House Hearing to Focus on Bills to Save Critically Endangered Species

July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing Thursday to review more than a dozen conservation bills, which would provide millions of dollars in long-overdue funding for protecting and recovering critically endangered species and ecosystems.

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'New York Times' Ad Urges Biden to Dramatically Cut Tailpipe Pollution

July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity placed a full-page ad in The New York Times today warning that President Biden will put the planet in peril if he yields to automakers by setting the weak, loophole-riddled emission rules the administration has reportedly chosen.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over U.S. Failure to Protect Imperiled Wildlife From Marine Highway Program

July 27, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity fired a shot across the bow of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today for failing to ensure that protected species are not jeopardized by the America’s Marine Highway Program. The program seeks to expand shipping on major rivers and coastal areas in Washington, Oregon, Virginia and other states where listed species are at risk.

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Rare Southeast Alaska Wolf One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

July 26, 2021

SITKA, Alaska— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Alexander Archipelago wolves in Southeast Alaska may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and started a year-long status review. The decision comes in response to a July 2020 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska Rainforest Defenders and Defenders of Wildlife.

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La UNESCO insta a poner fin al muro fronterizo que amenaza la vida silvestre en sitio de Patrimonio Mundial en México

July 23, 2021

FUZHOU, China— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO instó hoy a los Estados Unidos a detener la construcción del muro fronterizo, trabajar con México para evaluar los daños del muro en la Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar en México y en las tierras protegidas adyacentes en los Estados Unidos, y restaurar el paisaje y hábitat de la vida silvestre.

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UNESCO Urges End to Border Wall Threatening World Heritage Site, Wildlife in Mexico

July 23, 2021

FUZHOU, China— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today urged the United States to stop border wall construction. The committee also called on the United States to work with Mexico to assess damage from the wall to a World Heritage site in Mexico and adjacent protected lands in the United States and recommend ways to restore the landscape and wildlife habitat.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Reduce Dangerous Smog Affecting Millions in California, Colorado

July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency committed today to steps that will ensure parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce smog.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect National Conservation Area in Arizona From Destructive Cattle Grazing

July 22, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.― The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society filed a notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in southeastern Arizona.

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Biden Administration Announces Decommissioning of Oil Rigs Off California

July 22, 2021

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The Biden administration today announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental analysis of the impacts of decommissioning oil and gas drilling platforms, pipelines and wells off southern California.

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Lawsuit Challenges Seismic Oil, Gas Testing in Gulf of Mexico

July 22, 2021

GREENBELT, Md.— NRDC and partner groups Healthy Gulf, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Surfrider Foundation sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today over a Trump administration decision to allow extensive seismic airgun testing in the Gulf of Mexico, with minimal protections for marine animals.

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Wildlife Protection Groups Call on Wisconsin Attorney General to Remove Natural Resources Board Chair

July 20, 2021

MADISON, Wisc.— The Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter today to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul requesting legal action to remove Natural Resources Board Chair Frederick Prehn, who continues to hold office more than two months after his six-year term expired May 1.

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Lawsuit Targets Wildlife Agency for Failing to Protect Habitat for 23 Endangered Micronesian Species

July 20, 2021

HAGÅTÑA, Guam— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect critical habitat for 23 endangered species in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Territory of Guam.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Idaho’s Harmful Wolf-Hunting Laws

July 19, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— Ten groups filed a notice of intent today to sue the state of Idaho to challenge the state’s new wolf-hunting laws, which also pose a serious risk to federally protected species like lynxes and grizzly bears.

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Gov. DeSantis Urged to Declare State of Emergency Due to Red Tide

July 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— More than two dozen local businesses and conservation groups today asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency due to the ongoing red tide and fish kills in and around Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg city council and mayor also have requested that the governor declare a state of emergency to help coordinate and fund desperately needed cleanup efforts and mitigate the worsening red tide.

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Groups Sue EPA Over Approval of Toxic Herbicide Citing Risks to Endangered Species, Drift Harms

July 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of trifludimoxazin.

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Mexico Drastically Eases Enforcement in Vaquita ‘Zero Tolerance’ Area

July 16, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— Mexico announced this week that it will ease enforcement in the vaquita’s core Upper Gulf of California habitat, at a time when only 10 of these unique, small porpoises remain on Earth. The move will hasten the porpoise’s extinction as vaquita are caught in the illegal gillnets of fishermen.

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Navy to Reexamine Effects of Pacific Training Exercises on Endangered Whales

July 15, 2021

SAN DIEGO— The U.S. Navy announced this week that it will reevaluate the impacts of its testing and training exercises on endangered whales off Southern California and Hawaiʻi. The move comes in response to a notice of intent to sue from the Center for Biological Diversity, filed after two dead fin whales were found on the hull of a military destroyer in San Diego in May.

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Buscan protección para el emblemático caracol rosado

July 15, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó hoy una petición que busca la protección del caracol rosado bajo la Norma NOM-059-Semarnat-2010, una regulación que enlista a las especies en riesgo de extinción. El caracol rosado tiene una gran demanda por su carne y su emblemática concha, que se utiliza para decoración y joyería; la sobrepesca y la captura furtiva han provocado su declive en el Caribe mexicano.

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Protection Sought for Mexico’s Iconic Queen Conch

July 15, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today seeking protection for the queen conch under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059, a federal law that protects at-risk species from extinction, like the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The large, marine snail is heavily in demand for its meat and iconic shell, which is used for décor and jewelry; overfishing and poaching have caused its decline in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Lawsuit Targets Hawai‘i Land Board’s Failure to Protect Reefs, Fish From Aquarium Pet Trade

July 13, 2021

HONOLULU— Conservation groups, Native Hawaiian fishers and cultural practitioners sued the Hawai‘i Board of Land and Natural Resources today to protect West Hawai‘i’s reefs and coastal areas from commercial extraction of fish and other wildlife for the aquarium pet trade.

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Biodiversity Negotiations Fail to Call for Global Halt to Species Extinctions

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— A draft of the global framework to combat biodiversity loss was released today, and it fails to call for a halt to species’ extinctions. The framework is being negotiated by parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity — 195 countries plus the European Union — and the Convention is meant to function as the premier international agreement on biodiversity conservation. The framework has been under negotiation since 2019 and is supposed to guide the parties in sustaining a healthy planet during the next decade and on to 2050.

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517 River Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in Mississippi Proposed to Protect Threatened Pearl Darter

July 12, 2021

BILOXI, Miss.— Following nearly two decades of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect 517 river miles of critical habitat for the pearl darter, a threatened fish from Mississippi.

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EPA Seeks Public Comments on Legal Petition to Cancel Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is opening a 60-day public comment period on a legal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets.

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Oregon Approves Petition to Increase Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protection

July 9, 2021

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved a petition filed by five conservation groups to give marbled murrelets more protection by reclassifying them from threatened to endangered under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The 4-3 decision comes two years after an Oregon judge ruled that the commission had violated state law by denying the petition without explanation in 2018.

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Los Angeles Court Makes Oil Industry Pay Over $2 Million for Retaliatory Lawsuit

July 8, 2021

LOS ANGELES— A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the oil industry this week to pay over $1.2 million in legal fees to Youth for Environmental Justice, the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition and the Center for Biological Diversity — and over $1 million to the city of Los Angeles — for bringing a retaliatory lawsuit against the groups.

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Congress Must Pass Save Oak Flat Act to Protect Sacred Land in Arizona From Massive Copper Mine

July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 conservation, Indigenous and religious groups urged Congress today to pass the Save Oak Flat Act to protect the sacred site in central Arizona from being destroyed by a massive copper mine.

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Offshore Fracking Report Finds Toxic Pollution in Gulf of Mexico

July 7, 2021

NEW ORLEANS— A report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity details how pervasive and damaging offshore fracking and other extreme oil and gas extraction methods have become in the Gulf of Mexico since 2010.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Approval for Luxury Marina, Housing Development on Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille

July 7, 2021

SANDPOINT, Idaho— In response to a formal notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Lake Pend Oreille Water Keeper and Idaho Conservation League, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reinitiate consultation under the Endangered Species Act and analyze the impacts of constructing a marina with 124 boat slips and five large luxury houses on Trestle Creek, an important spawning stream for bull trout.

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Indigenous-Directed Short Film Asks Interior Secretary Haaland to Return Federal Protection to Gray Wolves

July 7, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— The Global Indigenous Council today released Family, a short film highlighting the deep cultural connection Indigenous nations share with wolves and the major threats currently facing imperiled wolves in the lower 48 states.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reduce Razorback Sucker Protection Despite Lack of Successful Reproduction, Drying Colorado River

July 6, 2021

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to reduce protection for a fish called the razorback sucker by reclassifying it from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes despite threats to the fish’s wild populations and despite dire forecasts for worsening climate-driven declines in Colorado River flows. The fish, which can grow up to 3 feet long and live for 40 years, is threatened by population fragmentation by dams, predation by non-native fish, altered river flows and climate change.

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EPA Withdraws Disastrous Trump-Era Radioactive Roads Approval

July 2, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Biden administration announced it is withdrawing approval given by the Trump administration to use phosphogypsum in construction. The retracted approval had allowed the use of toxic, radioactive waste in constructing roads in parts of the United States prone to sinkholes and erosion.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Industrial Stormwater Permit’s Failure to Control U.S. Plastic Pollution, Protect Endangered Species

July 1, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency and federal wildlife agencies today over their approval of a Clean Water Act general permit covering stormwater discharges for thousands of industrial facilities across the country.

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Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Denial of Endangered Species Protection to Eastern Hellbenders

July 1, 2021

NEW YORK— A lawsuit filed today by five conservation groups challenges a decision made by the Trump administration to deny Endangered Species Act protection to eastern hellbenders.

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Environmentalists Set Deadline for Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to Fix Lights That Injure, Kill Rare Birds on Maui, Lāna‘i

June 30, 2021

HONOLULU— Two conservation groups today provided formal notice of their intent to sue the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation if it fails to take immediate steps to prevent bright lighting at state-operated airports and harbors on Maui and Lāna‘i from killing and injuring three species of critically imperiled seabirds.

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Florida Freshwater Mussel Threatened by Phosphate Mine Receives 190 Miles of Lifesaving Critical Habitat

June 30, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to several lawsuits brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 190 miles of stream channels as critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel found only in north Florida. The moccasinshell’s habitat in the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers has been harmed by pollution and reduced water flows and is now threatened by a proposed phosphate mine in Bradford and Union counties.

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Golden Paintbrush Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success Story

June 29, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove a flowering plant called the golden paintbrush, in the Pacific Northwest, from the endangered species list due to its recovery.

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Members of Congress Urge Secretary Haaland to Use Emergency Authority to Save Western Monarchs

June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— Fourteen members of Congress, led by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland today to take immediate action to protect the western population of monarch butterflies from extinction using her emergency authority under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Protections for Black Teatfish Sea Cucumbers

June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government today for failing to act on a petition to protect black teatfish sea cucumbers under the Endangered Species Act. Overfishing to supply the luxury seafood trade has caused rapid population declines for this sea cucumber species that is found in shallow waters outside the United States.

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Court Rejects USDA’s Attempt to Kill Lawsuit Challenging Weakened Pig-Slaughter Rules

June 28, 2021

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— A federal district court judge ruled today that a lawsuit challenging a 2019 decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to dramatically reduce federal oversight and eliminate line speed limits at pig slaughterhouses can move forward.

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Report: California Oil Among the Most Climate-damaging on Earth

June 28, 2021

LOS ANGELES— Oil produced in California is among the most climate-damaging on the planet and is rapidly getting worse, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Protect People in Seven States From Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency committed to important steps under the Clean Air Act to protect people from dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution in seven states.

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Congress to President Biden: Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— Nine members of Congress led by Reps. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) and Chuy García (D-Ill.) today introduced the Extinction Crisis Emergency Act, which would direct President Biden to declare the global wildlife extinction crisis a national emergency. The legislation would spur action across the entire federal government to stem the loss of animals and plants in the United States and around the world.

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Arizona to Permit Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Despite Ongoing Flooding, Water Contamination

June 24, 2021

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality proposed an aquifer-protection permit Wednesday for a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park, with a history of flooding. The mine flooding threatens to deplete shallow aquifers and contaminated water is putting regional aquifers and the springs they feed at risk.

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Federal Report Acknowledges Low Polar Bear Numbers

June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Biden administration today released long-overdue population reports for polar bears in Alaska and sea otters in California.

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Senators Support FERC Petition to Curb Misuse Of Ratepayer Funds on Anti-Environment Trade Groups

June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON— Five Democratic U.S. senators urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to grant a Center for Biological Diversity petition that would change the way ratepayers are charged for payments utilities make to trade groups obstructing the renewable energy transition.

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Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets Proposed for Reintroduction Throughout Arizona

June 24, 2021

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reintroduce endangered black-footed ferrets to four new areas in Arizona once their prey, prairie dogs, have increased sufficiently in numbers. A fifth area’s prairie dog population needs more growth and would be considered for ferret reintroduction later.

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Gov. DeSantis, Florida Regulators Sued for Mismanaging Toxic Waste at Piney Point, Endangering Public, Environment

June 24, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against Gov. Ron DeSantis, the acting secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings, LLC and the Manatee County Port Authority for the release of hundreds of tons of hazardous pollutants into Tampa Bay and groundwater.

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New Wolf Pack Confirmed in California’s Plumas County

June 23, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported today that a new wolf pack has established itself in southern Plumas County. Named the Beckwourth pack, the group of three wolves was first confirmed in May but not officially announced until today.

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Smooth Coneflower Recovering, Proposed for Downlisting

June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed downlisting the smooth coneflower from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal is based on increased occurrences of the flower and the growing number of populations in protected areas.

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Groups File Legal Notice Over Montana Wolf Trapping’s Threat to Grizzlies, Lynx

June 23, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— Citing the risk to other imperiled animals, Earthjustice sent a notice of intent to sue the state of Montana today for implementing new laws permitting snaring of wolves and expanding trapping seasons to reduce the wolf population.

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Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Failure to Protect Foreign Wildlife

June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to protect seven imperiled animals found outside U.S. borders. The animals include two beautiful Brazilian butterflies and a woodpecker threatened by U.S. jungle warfare training activities in Japan.

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Campaign Launched to Overhaul State Management of Wolves

June 23, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— A new set of planning guides and resources was released today by conservation groups working to improve state management of gray wolves and move agencies across the country away from traditional practices that largely focus on killing wolves.

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Recovering Blue Butterfly Proposed for Downlisting in Oregon

June 22, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed downlisting the Fender’s blue butterfly from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The proposal is based on the recovery of butterfly populations in northwest Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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$15,000 Reward Offered for Info on Wolf Poaching in Stevens County

June 17, 2021

SEATTLE— Conservation groups announced today a combined $15,000 reward for information on the poaching of the breeding female of the Wedge wolf pack. The wolf was found dead of a gunshot wound May 26 in the Sheep Creek area of Stevens County in northeast Washington state.

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Legless Lizard in California One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

June 16, 2021

McKITTRICK, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Temblor legless lizard may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Southern California Fish Moves Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

June 16, 2021

LOS ANGELES— In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Santa Ana speckled dace, a small minnow native to Southern California streams, may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Overturn Approval of Destructive Coal Mine in Alabama

June 16, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Two conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Alabama Surface Mining Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a controversial open-pit coal mine on the banks of the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River in Alabama.

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More than 50 Conservation Groups Ask Biden Administration to Immediately Restore Protections to Wolves in Northern Rockies

June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— As state wildlife agencies in Idaho and Montana work to implement legislation aimed at drastically reducing wolf populations, more than 50 wildlife conservation groups today asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

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Federal Report: More Than 260 Migratory Bird Species in Need of Conservation

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a new report today on bird conservation that takes into account how human impacts on North American birds will intensify with ongoing climate change.

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Coast Miwok Tribe Objects to Point Reyes Ranching, Elk-Killing Plan

June 15, 2021

POINT REYES, Calif.— The Coast Miwok Tribal Council, lineal descendants of the original inhabitants of Point Reyes, has sent Interior Secretary Deb Haaland a formal letter objecting to a National Park Service plan to prioritize cattle ranching and kill tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

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Data From 17 States Shows Over 1 Million Power Shutoffs During Pandemic

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 1 million household electricity shutoffs have occurred in 17 states since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an updated analysis of state utility commission data released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Georgia Power, for example, reported shutoffs equivalent to nearly 8% of its customers.

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Leader of Campaign to Stop Formosa Plastics Wins Top Environmental Award

June 15, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Louisiana’s Sharon Lavigne, who has led an international environmental campaign to stop Formosa Plastics from building one of the world’s biggest petrochemical complexes in her predominantly Black community, will be honored with a Goldman Environmental Prize today. She was recognized for stopping the Wanhua plastics plant, proposed for St. James Parish, Louisiana, in 2019 and her ongoing work against other polluting projects proposed for the region.

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Arizona Plant Threatened by Rosemont Copper Mine Receives Endangered Species Protection

June 14, 2021

TUSCON, Ariz.— Following a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the beardless chinchweed will receive protection as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service designated 10,604 acres in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties in Arizona as protected critical habitat for the rare sunflower.

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Threatened by Climate Change, Mt. Rainier Ptarmigan Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protections

June 14, 2021

SEATTLE— In response to a petition and litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect the Mt. Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Following a Trump administration regulation, the Service declined to identify and protect critical habitat for the ptarmigan.

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Legal Action Taken to Defend Essential Black Pinesnake Habitat in Alabama, Mississippi

June 14, 2021

MOBILE, Ala.— The Center for Biological Diversity today intervened in a lawsuit filed by a conservative legal group that aims to strip federal protections from some of the last, best remaining habitat for the threatened black pinesnake.

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Biden Administration Urged to Release Critical Records on Wildlife Imports

June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 20 groups urged the Biden administration on Friday to release wildlife import and export data hidden from the public since 2015. The data documents the millions of plants and animals that enter and leave the United States each year for the exotic pet trade, hunting trophies, medicinal products, fashion, décor and more. It is a unique and invaluable source of information for conservationists, scientists and members of the media alike.

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Developers End Pursuit of World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Planned for Washington

June 11, 2021

TACOMA, Wash.— In a stunning climate victory, Northwest Innovation Works, which backs a controversial fossil fuel processing and export proposal in Kalama, Washington, officially abandoned its fracked gas refinery and pipeline proposal, terminating the company’s lease with the Port of Kalama. The decision comes after years of local and regional activism to stop the massive fracked gas refinery, resulting in a series of legal defeats for the project.

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Groups to Biden: Halt New Oil Drilling, Cancel Trump Leases on Public Lands

June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— Climate and conservation groups today called on the Biden administration to halt new drilling permits and cancel unlawful Trump-era oil and gas leases on public lands. The letter urges the Interior Department to enact a range of interim actions to protect the climate, public lands, oceans and communities pending completion of the department’s climate review of federal fossil fuel programs.

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Court Halts Drilling on 630 Square Miles of Federal Oil Leases in Key Sage Grouse Habitat

June 10, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge on Wednesday suspended new drilling and fracking on 605 federal oil and gas leases spanning 403,820 acres of greater sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Montana.

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TVA’s Plans to Replace Largest Coal Plant With Dirty Gas Meet Opposition

June 10, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity urged the Tennessee Valley Authority today to replace its largest coal plant with renewable energy sources that will protect the climate and public health. Today’s public scoping comments from the Center oppose the federal agency’s current plans to replace the Cumberland Fossil Plant near Clarksville, Tennessee, with polluting fossil gas.

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First New Wolf Pups In a Century Born In Northern Colorado

June 9, 2021

DENVER— At least three wolf pups have been born in the North Park area of Colorado, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Gov. Jared Polis. These are the first wolves known to have been born in the wild in the state since 1926 or 1927.

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Lifesaving Habitat Protection Proposed for Vanishing Mussel in Texas, New Mexico

June 9, 2021

EL PASO, Texas— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 463 miles of the Rio Grande and its tributaries in Texas and New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered Texas hornshell, a large brown and green mussel.

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Forest Service Protections Sought for Wolves in Idaho, Montana Wildernesses

June 9, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— A coalition of wildlife advocacy groups, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked the U.S. Forest Service to issue new protections for wolves in designated wilderness areas following Idaho and Montana’s enactment of a rash of aggressive anti-wolf laws.

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‘A Wake for the Whales’ Marks Bay Area Deaths, Calls for New Protections

June 8, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups and whale lovers gathered today — which is World Oceans Day — at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco to honor the 12 dead whales that have washed up in the Bay Area so far this year and call for greater protections. Attendees took actions calling for specific solutions to the three top threats to whales: ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and climate change.

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EPA Agrees to Ban Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide Propazine

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has reached an agreement to phase out the endocrine-disrupting pesticide propazine within one year.

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North Carolina Catfish, Salamander Protected Under Endangered Species Act

June 8, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Following a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity spanning a decade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized protection for the Carolina madtom catfish and Neuse River waterdog salamander under the Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Last-Minute Approval of Toxic Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Countries

June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

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Flea-Control Products Found to Be Infested With Forever Chemicals

June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— Popular pet flea collars and treatments contain high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals, according to laboratory test results posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Mouse, Riparian Areas in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains

June 4, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for failing to protect riparian areas in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains from cattle. The area is critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Biden Administration Promises to Rescind, Revise Trump Endangered Species Rules

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Biden administration announced today it will rescind or revise five regulations instituted by the Trump administration that sharply undercut protections for the nation’s endangered species. The rules opened the door to consideration of economic factors in decisions for species protections, weakened protections for critical habitat and left threatened species without guaranteed protections.

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Tucson Save Oak Flat Events to Send Off Apache Stronghold Members on D.C. Road Trip

June 4, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.― Community events next week will rally support for the Save Oak Flat Act and send off members of Apache Stronghold as they start a cross-country road trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the bill’s passage. Stronghold leaders, including former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie Sr., will attend a community event Sunday and an interfaith blessing Wednesday evening.

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Lawsuit Targets Utah Highway Through Protected Conservation Lands, Threatened Tortoise Habitat

June 4, 2021

ST. GEORGE, Utah— Conservation groups sued federal officials Thursday to stop construction of the Northern Corridor Highway, a controversial four-lane highway through the protected Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in southwest Utah.

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‘A Wake for the Whales’ to Mark Bay Area Deaths, Call for New Protections

June 4, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups and whale lovers will gather on Tuesday, June 8, which is World Oceans Day, at Crissy Field East Beach in San Francisco to honor the 12 dead whales that have washed up in the Bay Area so far this year and call for greater protections.

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Records: More Than 1,000 Loggerhead Sea Turtles Died in Mexico in 2020

June 3, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— According to newly obtained official data from the Mexican government, at least 1,088 North Pacific loggerhead turtles died in 2020 in Baja California Sur, Mexico, likely because of entanglement in fishing gear.

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Federal Appeals Court Reverses Failure to Protect Pacific Walrus

June 3, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly denied Endangered Species Act protections to the Pacific walrus.

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Congressional Resolution Calls for Public Power System to Combat Climate Emergency

June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Democratic House Representatives Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman have introduced a congressional resolution that calls for transforming the country’s largely private energy system into a publicly owned and governed network. The resolution also urges a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and a ban on utility shutoffs, which disproportionately affect low-wealth people and communities of color.

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Tiehm’s Buckwheat Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

June 3, 2021

LAS VEGAS— In response to a petition and litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect Tiehm’s buckwheat under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Reverse Trump Administration Denial of Endangered Species Protection to West Coast Fishers

June 2, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its denial of Endangered Species Act protection to the majority of fishers on the West Coast.

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Lawsuit Seeks Public Accountability for U.S. Financing of Climate-Damaging International Projects

June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups sued the United States International Development Finance Corporation, or DFC, today for illegally exempting itself from the Sunshine Act, which requires multi-member federal agencies to open deliberations to the public. The DFC provides billions of dollars in financing each year to international projects, including fracking and environmentally destructive road-building.

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Salmon Fishery Plan Change Proposed to Protect Endangered Orcas

June 1, 2021

SEATTLE— Federal fisheries managers proposed an amendment to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan today to ensure critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales don’t starve. The proposal would limit non-tribal commercial Chinook salmon fishing in years where the estimated population falls below 966,000 salmon so that the orcas can still get enough to eat.

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Biden Budget Fails to Address Extinction Crisis

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— With today’s release of President Biden’s first full budget, the administration signaled that stemming the wildlife extinction crisis and safeguarding the nation’s endangered species will not be a top priority, despite the warnings of scientists that one million species are at risk of going extinct around the world without intervention.

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Biden Administration Proposes to Allow Oil Companies to Disturb Polar Bears, Walruses in Alaska’s Arctic

May 28, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Biden administration issued a proposed rule today allowing oil companies operating in the Beaufort Sea and Western Arctic to harass polar bears and Pacific walruses when drilling or searching for oil for the next five years.

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In Court, Justice Department Defends Trump’s Approval of Large Oil-Drilling Project in Western Arctic

May 27, 2021

ANCHORAGE— The Department of Justice has filed a legal brief defending the Trump administration’s approval of a massive oil and gas project known as the Willow Master Development Plan in Alaska’s Western Arctic.

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Agreement Reached to Speed Endangered Species Protection for Caribbean Lizards

May 27, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement today that requires the Service to make endangered species decisions for eight rare species of skink — a type of lizard — by Dec. 12, 2024.The skinks are found on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and face extinction because of introduced predators, habitat destruction and climate change.

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Lawsuit Launched Over DDT Ocean Dumping off Southern California

May 27, 2021

TORRANCE, Calif.— Following the recent discovery that up to 500,000 barrels of the banned pesticide DDT were dumped into the Pacific Ocean off Southern California, the Center for Biological Diversity sent Montrose Chemical Corp. and its successor parent company, Bayer Corp., a notice of intent to sue them today. Today’s notice letter calls for the companies to take responsibility for this toxic threat to public health and wildlife.

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Florida Billboard Launched to Raise Awareness of Radioactive Toxic Waste

May 27, 2021

ARCADIA, Fla.— A new billboard message highlighting the risks phosphate mining and phosphogypsum pose to communities, water and the environment has been installed along State Route 70 in DeSoto County. The 36-foot-wide billboard directs motorists to www.RadioactiveFlorida.org.

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Lesser Prairie Chicken Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

May 26, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In response to a 2016 petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that adequate plans are in place to control pollution from the oil and methane gas industry in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, home to almost 35 million people.

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Documents: TVA Used $3M in Ratepayer Money to Fund Anti-Clean Energy Efforts

May 26, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Four nonprofit organizations called today for a federal investigation of newly uncovered records showing that the Tennessee Valley Authority used $3 million of ratepayer money to fund litigation and lobbying efforts by organizations that fight the EPA’s Clean Air Act rules. TVA is the largest public energy provider in the United States.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Wolves in Northern Rockies

May 26, 2021

VICTOR, Idaho— The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Sierra Club today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protection under the Endangered Species Act to gray wolves, after Idaho and Montana passed legislation aimed at drastically reducing wolf populations in those states.

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Gov. Newsom Urged to Invest $1 Billion in Wildlife Connectivity

May 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups called on Gov. Gavin Newsom today to set aside $1 billion in his budget for increased investments in wildlife crossings and habitat connectivity.

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EPA Watchdog Report: Senior Staffers in Trump EPA Changed, Omitted Science During 2018 Review of Dicamba; Skipped Internal Peer-Review Process

May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON— A scathing report released today by a federal oversight agency revealed that high-ranking officials in the Trump Environmental Protection Agency purposely excluded scientific evidence of dicamba’s drift risks before reapproving its use in 2018.

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Attorneys General Demand Deeper Army Corps Analysis of Formosa Plastics’ Louisiana Project

May 24, 2021

NEW ORLEANS— New York State Attorney General Letitia James and four other attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today demanding a deeper analysis of the climate, wildlife and environmental justice impacts of Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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Senate Bill Aims to Protect Americans From Utility Shutoffs, Mounting Debt Crisis

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced a bill today that would place a national moratorium on the disconnection of electric, water and broadband utility service due to uncollected payments. An increasing number of people in the country are at risk of losing access to vital utilities, including electricity, water and broadband, as utility debt increases nationwide.

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Wolf-Killing Could Disqualify Montana for $24 Million in Federal Funding, State Warned

May 20, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity called today for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to show restraint in implementing new legislation that could lead to the slaughter of more than 80% of the state’s wolves.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Save Endangered Butterflies, Fish, Plants, Mollusks

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today reintroduced the Extinction Prevention Act of 2021, which would fund crucial conservation work for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States.

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Legal Petition Urges EPA to Assess Pesticides’ Harms to Soil Health

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth U.S. filed a formal legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to incorporate a robust assessment of harm to soil ecosystems in pesticide regulatory decisions.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Federal Regulation of PVC as Hazardous Waste

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the federal government for failing to regulate polyvinyl chloride — more commonly known as PVC or vinyl — as hazardous waste. PVC is one of the mostly commonly used and discarded forms of plastic, yet numerous studies have found it’s highly toxic to human health and the environment.

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As New Algae Bloom Spreads Across Lake Okeechobee, Florida Urged to Set Standards Critical to Protecting People, Wildlife From Harmful Toxins

May 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.― Conservation groups sent a letter today urging Florida officials to set water-quality standards for the harmful toxins in algal blooms that threaten the health of the state’s residents and wildlife.

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California to Close Commercial Crab Fishery Early to Avoid Whale Entanglements

May 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham today ordered the state’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery to close at noon on June 1 to avoid entangling endangered humpback whales now migrating along California’s coastline. The season typically ends June 30 in central California and July 15 in Northern California.

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Environmental Groups Head to Court Against Biden Administration’s Defense of Federal Coal Leasing

May 18, 2021

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Tribal and environmental groups filed their opening brief today challenging the Biden administration’s decision to defend a Trump-era policy continuing coal leasing on public lands. The brief argues that the Trump administration unlawfully tried to paper over fatal flaws in its rushed attempt to justify a policy reopening public lands to polluting coal mining.

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Lawsuit Launched to Reduce Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Detroit, Baltimore

May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups filed notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of Maryland and Michigan have effective plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings, Manatee County Port Authority Over Piney Point Disaster

May 18, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings and the Manatee County Port Authority for releasing hundreds of tons of toxic pollutants into Tampa Bay and groundwater, endangering the public, marine ecosystems and protected species.

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Agreement Sets Swift Timeline for Federal Government’s Decisions on Tiehm’s Buckwheat Protection

May 17, 2021

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached an agreement today that requires the agency to decide by May 31 whether Nevada’s rare Tiehm’s buckwheat warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agreement is the result of litigation by the Center and a recent ruling by a federal judge that the Service must make a determination on protections for the imperiled plant.

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Lawsuit Launched After Pair of Fin Whales Killed During Military Exercise

May 17, 2021

SAN DIEGO— After two dead fin whales were found on the hull of a military destroyer in San Diego, California on May 8, the Center for Biological Diversity sent the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Navy a letter today demanding the agencies consult on ways to avoid killing endangered whales. The Center’s letter warned the agencies it will be forced to sue if they fail to do so.

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Forest Service Halts Huge Clearcutting Plan Next to Yellowstone National Park That Threatened Grizzlies, Lynx

May 14, 2021

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.— Following a challenge by multiple conservation groups, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it was halting a plan to clearcut more than 4,600 acres of pine forests, log across an additional 9,000 acres and bulldoze up to 56 miles of road on lands just outside Yellowstone National Park in the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

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Heinrich Fossil Fuels Transition Bill Is Step in Right Direction, But Needs Work to Make States Less Dependent on Oil, Gas Revenue

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) plans to introduce legislation (Schools and State Budgets Certainty Act) to allow states to recoup revenue losses from the transition away from fossil fuels to meet the climate crisis.

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Los Angeles County Leaders Urged to Put People, Wildlife First in L.A. River Master Plan

May 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity urged Los Angeles County officials today to enhance the ecological function of the L.A. River in its master plan, rather than placating outside interests by supporting harmful development projects.

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President Biden’s TVA Nominees Urged to Lead Utility’s Transition to 100% Just, Renewable Energy

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 200 energy justice, racial justice, faith and youth organizations are calling on President Joe Biden’s four nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors to commit to transitioning the utility to 100% renewable and just energy by 2030. TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider.

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115 Top U.S. Wolf Experts, Scientists Urge Biden Administration to Restore Federal Protections for Gray Wolves

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 scientists today called upon Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reinstate federal protections for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

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650 Groups Tell Congress: Leave Dirty Power Out of Clean Electricity Standard

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 650 national advocacy and grassroots groups sent a letter today calling on Congress to develop a truly clean, renewable and just energy standard for electricity as part of an evolving infrastructure package.

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Petition Filed to Save Gulf of Mexico Whale From Ship Strikes

May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— A coalition of groups filed a petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish a year-round mandatory 10-knot speed limit and other vessel-related regulations within the core habitat of the Gulf of Mexico whale, south of the Florida panhandle.

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Climate Lawsuit Challenges Fracking Plan That Threatens Three National Forests in Colorado

May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service's 2020 approval of a plan that allows fracking across 35,000 acres of Colorado’s Western Slope. The North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan allows 35 new fracking wells in the North Fork Valley and Thompson Divide areas of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests.

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Agreement Reached on Mining Exploration Permits Near Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota

May 10, 2021

DULUTH, Minn.— Conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reached an agreement today that requires the agency to revisit its decision to renew 13 prospecting permits. The permits could have allowed Antofagasta’s Twin Metals Minnesota to significantly expand its proposed sulfide-ore copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.

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Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumblebee Takes Step Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

May 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebee, a critically imperiled species that has recently declined by more than 90%, may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement kicks off a one-year status assessment of the species.

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Survey: Grazing Destroying Critical Habitat in Arizona’s Agua Fria National Monument

May 6, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.― The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is failing to protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species from destructive cattle grazing within Agua Fria National Monument, field surveys by the Center for Biological Diversity show. The Center has urged the BLM to remove the cattle so the monument’s streams and riparian areas can recover.

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UN Report: Methane Cuts Are Critical to Confronting Climate Emergency

May 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— Slashing emissions from methane, including from the fossil fuel industry, is far more critical than previously thought to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to a United Nations report released today.

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Biden Administration’s ‘America the Beautiful’ Plan Opens Door for Arizonans to Protect Lands, Waters

May 6, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— Arizona conservation groups today welcomed the Biden administration’s plan to conserve at least 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 and urged state and local officials to commit to the urgent work of protecting biodiversity, slowing the wildlife extinction crisis and addressing the climate emergency.

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Expertos en salud pública y conservacionistas piden al Tribunal Supremo de México que defienda la suspensión de la operación de una granja de 49 mil cerdos en la península de Yucatán

May 5, 2021

CDMX, México— Grupos conservacionistas, científicos, médicos y expertos en salud pública presentaron hoy un escrito legal en la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación de México apoyando los reclamos constitucionales planteados por niñas y niños mayas, que se oponen a la aprobación y operación de una granja industrial de animales en la Península de Yucatán.

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Public Health Experts, Conservationists Ask Mexico’s Highest Court to Uphold Suspension of 49,000-Hog Industrial Animal Operation in Yucatán Peninsula

May 5, 2021

MEXICO CITY, Mexico— Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief with Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation today supporting constitutional claims raised by Mayan children who oppose approval and operation of an industrial animal operation in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Delaware Urged to Ban Commercial Trapping of Wild Turtles

May 5, 2021

DOVER, Del.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Delaware Riverkeeper Network petitioned the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control today to end commercial collection of the state’s common snapping turtles. Under current state law, turtle trappers can legally collect unlimited numbers of common snapping turtles to sell domestically or export for food and medicinal markets.

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Bell’s Sparrow, Four Plants Found Only on San Clemente Island Are Latest Endangered Species Act Success

May 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove Endangered Species Act protection from the San Clemente Island Bell's sparrow and four plant species, all found only on San Clemente Island, one of the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California.

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New Study: Agricultural Pesticides Cause Widespread Harm to Soil Health, Threaten Biodiversity

May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON— A new study published today by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds that pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change. Yet those harms are not considered by U.S. regulators.

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100,000 Petitioners Call for Biden to Act on Plastic Pollution, Production

May 3, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Members of the national coalition behind the Presidential Plastics Action Plan gathered outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s San Francisco office today to deliver more than 100,000 petitions calling for President Biden and his administration to adopt the plan.

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Army Corps Sued for Failure to Protect Waterways, Endangered Wildlife From Pipeline Construction

May 3, 2021

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a nationwide permit that allows streamlined development of oil and gas pipelines through wetlands, streams and rivers. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Montana by the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Waterkeeper Alliance and Montana Environmental Information Center.

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Federal Officials Urged to End Idaho’s Wildlife Management Funding in Response to Extreme Wolf-Killing Legislation

May 3, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— In response to legislation recently approved by Idaho lawmakers that could lead to the slaughter of up to 90% of the state’s wolves, the Center for Biological Diversity today asked the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to disqualify Idaho from receiving federal funding under the Pittman-Robertson Act.

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100,000 Petitioners Call for Biden to Act on Plastic Pollution, Production

April 30, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Members of the national coalition behind the Presidential Plastics Action Plan will gather outside the Environmental Protection Agency’s San Francisco office on Monday to deliver speeches and more than 100,000 petitions calling for President Biden and his administration to adopt the plan.

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100-Plus Groups Demand Actions Critical to Protecting Endangered Species, Wildlife Refuges From Toxic Pesticides

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 groups sent three letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today outlining urgent actions needed to protect the nation’s wildlife and their habitats from dangerous pesticides.

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Southern California Mega-Warehouse Will Heavily Electrify Operations, Per Landmark Agreement Worth $47 Million

April 29, 2021

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.— Environmental and community groups reached a landmark settlement today with the developer of the World Logistics Center Project in Moreno Valley, California to invest approximately $47 million in electric vehicles and equipment, rooftop solar, EV charging infrastructure, and other solutions to electrify the facility and reduce harms to local air quality, wildlife and the climate.

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Members of Congress Request $50 Million to Save Monarch Butterflies

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— For the first time ever, 56 U.S. representatives have urged the House Appropriations Committee to spend $50 million per year to stabilize and help recover monarch butterflies. Today’s letter, led by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), notes that the monarch population has plummeted more than 80% in the past two decades.

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Senate Urged to Reject Fossil Fuel Attorney Beaudreau for Deputy Interior Secretary

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 30 conservation groups today urged members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to oppose attorney Tommy Beaudreau’s nomination for deputy Interior secretary, saying his representation of fossil fuel companies would undermine President Biden’s climate agenda. The committee is scheduled to consider Beaudreau’s nomination Thursday.

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Los Angeles Leaders Urged to Prioritize Wildlife Corridor Funding

April 28, 2021

LOS ANGELES— Local conservation advocates will urge city leaders to make wildlife corridors a budget priority during a Thursday discussion with the Los Angeles planning and building and safety departments.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Overturns PolyMet Mining Permit, Sends It Back for New Hearing

April 28, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn.— The Minnesota Supreme Court sided with clean water advocacy groups and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa today, striking down PolyMet’s permit to mine and crippling the company’s sulfide mining proposal in northeastern Minnesota.

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Video Shows NRA Leader Trying to Gun Down Imperiled African Elephant

April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— Newly surfaced video shows Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, trying to kill an endangered savanna elephant in Botswana during a trophy hunt.

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$40,000 Reward Offered Over Illegal Shooting of Mother Grizzly Bear in Idaho

April 28, 2021

ISLAND PARK, Idaho— Five conservation organizations are offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the illegal shooting of a female grizzly bear in Fremont County, Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed Monday that a 6-to-8-week-old cub also died in its den as a result of its mother’s death.

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Groups File Third Intervention Defending Pause on Federal Oil, Gas Leasing

April 28, 2021

LAKE CHARLES, La.— Conservation groups moved today to intervene in a lawsuit defending the Biden administration’s decision to pause new federal oil and gas leasing while it reviews the government leasing program.

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Federal Petition Seeks Ship Speed Limits to Protect Whales Off California

April 28, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition with the Biden administration today requesting mandatory speed limits for vessels off California to protect whales. Vessel strikes are one of the leading causes of death for blue, fin and humpback whales off California’s coast.

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Bill Aimed at Killing 90% of Idaho’s Wolves Headed to Governor’s Desk

April 27, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— The Idaho House of Representatives today approved a bill allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill up to 90% of Idaho’s wolf population of approximately 1,500 wolves.

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Northern Mexican Garter Snake Gains 20,326 Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in Arizona, New Mexico

April 27, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to nearly two decades of action by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized critical habitat protection for the northern Mexican garter snake under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Southeast Idaho Phosphate Mine

April 27, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a decision made by the Trump administration to greenlight the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine in southeast Idaho.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Variable Cuckoo Bumblebee

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to the critically endangered variable cuckoo bumblebee.

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North Carolina Air Regulators Propose to Eliminate Restrictions on Harmful Coal Emissions From UNC-Chapel Hill Power Plant

April 26, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has proposed a new air-pollution permit for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant that eliminates crucial protections for local residents and the environment.

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Forest Service’s Huge Clearcutting Plan Next to Yellowstone National Park Threatens Grizzlies, Lynx

April 23, 2021

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.— Four conservation groups today challenged a U.S. Forest Service plan to clearcut more than 4,600 acres of pine forests, log across an additional 9,000 acres, and bulldoze up to 56 miles of road on lands just outside Yellowstone National Park within the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

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Newsom Announces Plans to Ban Fracking, Phase Out Oil Extraction in California

April 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.― Gov. Gavin Newsom directed state agencies today to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024 and analyze pathways to phase out oil extraction in California by 2045.

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Washington’s Wolf Population Increased 22% in 2020

April 23, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s wolf population increased by 22% in 2020, according to figures released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This is an increase of 24 wolves, three packs and three additional breeding pairs from 2019.

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Biden Administration Urged to Use Lacey Act to Ban Wildlife Imports That May Spread Disease

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a bid to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases entering the United States, a group of conservation organizations urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to assess and designate wildlife species as “injurious” based on their potential to transmit diseases that could threaten human health.

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U.S. Wildlife Officials Petitioned to Ban Import, Sale of Banggai Cardinalfish

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a petition today urging the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to ban the import and sale of threatened Banggai cardinalfish from Indonesia.

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U.S. Climate Target Falls Short of What Science, Justice Demand

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— The new U.S. target for reducing climate-heating emissions 50%-52% by 2030 fails to meet the demands of climate science and environmental and energy justice.

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Oregon’s Wolf Population Grows to 173, But Pack Count Remains at 22

April 21, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon’s wolf population increased by 15 confirmed animals, from 158 to 173 wolves in 2020, according to a report released today by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. But the number of packs — 22 — stayed the same as last year, while breeding pairs declined from 19 in 2019 to only 17 in 2020.

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Legal Victory Compels Federal Government to Decide on Tiehm’s Buckwheat Protections

April 21, 2021

RENO, Nev.— As a result of litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide whether or not to protect Nevada’s rare Tiehm’s buckwheat under the Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Analysis Finds Insecticide Malathion Imperils Continued Existence of 78 Endangered Plants, Animals

April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis released today has found that the commonly used insecticide malathion jeopardizes the continued existence of 78 endangered plants and animals.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Guilty Verdict for Murder of George Floyd

April 20, 2021

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

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Earth Day Celebration at Port of Seattle Seeks to Protect Ocean, Endangered Orcas From Vessels in Salish Sea

April 20, 2021

SEATTLE— Thursday’s socially distanced Earth Day gathering across from the Port of Seattle offices will celebrate the year-long absence of noisy and polluting cruise ships from the Salish Sea.

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After $6 Million Agreement, Dismissal Sought for Lawsuit Challenging Placer Ranch Development

April 20, 2021

PLACER COUNTY, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity requested the dismissal today of a lawsuit challenging the Placer Ranch development in Northern California.

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Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Gains 298,845 Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in Seven Western States

April 20, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 298,845 acres in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and Utah as critical habitat for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.

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Biden Administration Protects Endangered Pacific Humpback Whale Habitat

April 20, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Biden administration issued a final rule today protecting 116,098 square nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for three populations of endangered humpback whales. The rule could begin to help protect migrating whales from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and oil spills.

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Coalition Moves to Defend Biden Administration’s Oil, Gas Leasing Pause

April 19, 2021

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Farmers and ranchers, conservation, recreation and tribal groups filed motions to intervene today to defend the Biden administration’s pause on federal oil and gas leasing pending the Interior Department’s comprehensive review of the program.

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Judge Rules Against Federal Sheep Station Grazing in Idaho’s Centennial Mountains

April 16, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— A federal court today ruled against a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to reauthorize and expand domestic sheep grazing in and around the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in the Centennial Mountains on the Idaho–Montana border.

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Lawsuit Filed to Obtain Protection for Rare Southern Nevada Wildflower, Bee

April 16, 2021

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week to force it to protect 19 imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act, including southern Nevada’s own Las Vegas bearpoppy and one of its main pollinators, the Mojave poppy bee.

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New Study: Undisclosed Inert Ingredients in Some Popular Roundup Products Found to Be Highly Toxic to Bumblebees

April 16, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Popular herbicide products widely available at hardware and garden stores contain undisclosed “inert” ingredients that can kill bumblebees, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Corte de Ecuador insta a proteger ranas en peligro de extinción de proyecto minero y hacer cumplir los 'derechos de la naturaleza' constitucionales

April 15, 2021

QUITO, Ecuador— Grupos ambientalistas presentaron hoy un escrito legal instando a la Corte Provincial de Imbabura en Ecuador a detener todos los permisos ambientales de un proyecto minero, porque el gobierno no consideró los efectos de la mina sobre dos ranas en peligro de extinción recientemente descubiertas, entre otras especies vulnerables.

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Ecuador Court Urged to Protect Endangered Frogs From Mining Project, Enforce Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’

April 15, 2021

QUITO, Ecuador— Environmental groups filed a legal brief today urging the Provincial Court of Imbabura in Ecuador to halt all environmental permits for a mining project because the government failed to consider the mine’s effects on two endangered, recently discovered frogs, among other vulnerable species.

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Federal Court Halts Proposed Rock Creek Mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains

April 15, 2021

MISSOULA, Mont.— The federal district court in Montana on Tuesday invalidated the federal government’s approval of the first phase of the Rock Creek Mine, a major copper and silver mine proposed beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana.

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Legal Agreement on Placer County Project Requires Climate Pollution Cuts, Secures Funding to Protect Wildlife Habitat

April 15, 2021

PLACER COUNTY, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity approved a legal agreement yesterday that secures significant measures to reduce greenhouse gases from a Placer County development, as well as funding for electric vehicles, habitat acquisition and environmental conservation efforts in the county and elsewhere in California.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Act Protections for 19 Species Left to Languish by Trump Administration

April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect 19 imperiled species from across the United States under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Stop Post-Fire Logging on Oregon State Forest

April 14, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— A coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the ongoing post-fire clearcutting in the Santiam State Forest east of Salem. The state forest has been closed to visitors since the Labor Day wildfires and is currently being extensively logged by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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200 Groups to Biden: Align Federal Fossil Fuel Programs With U.S. Climate Goals

April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— Hundreds of climate, Native American, religious, business and conservation organizations today called on the Biden administration to do a comprehensive environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws to align federal fossil fuel programs with U.S. climate goals to curb global warming.

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Lifesaving Critical Habitat Protection Proposed for Panama City Crayfish

April 14, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protection today for 7,177 acres of critical habitat for Panama City crayfishes. The Center and Service also reached an agreement today requiring the Service to finalize listing protection by December.

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Biden EPA Urged to Set Climate Pollution Cap

April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org urged the Environmental Protection Agency today to set a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Refusal to Release Public Documents on Seresto Flea Collar Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to release documents regarding the Seresto flea and tick collar, which has generated more than 75,000 reports of harm ranging from skin irritation to death of pets.

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Congress Urged to Reform Freedom of Information Act

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and 40 other public-interest and conservation groups urged Congress today to take immediate action to correct federal agencies’ refusal to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

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Congress Urged to Investigate Huge Wastewater Release, Threat of Catastrophic Collapse of Florida’s Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack

April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation and public-health groups called on Congress today to investigate the near-collapse of the radioactive Piney Point phosphogypsum stack and the ongoing emergency caused by the discharge of hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater.

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Court Rules Marin County’s Protections for Endangered Coho Salmon Inadequate

April 9, 2021

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.— The Marin County Superior Court today ruled that the county in Northern California failed to adequately protect coho salmon and their habitat in the San Geronimo Valley.

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Hike, Rally to Save Everglades’ Big Cypress Set for Saturday

April 8, 2021

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla.— At 9 a.m. on Saturday conservation advocates Betty Osceola and the Rev. Houston Cypress will lead environmental leaders and the media on a socially distanced hike in Big Cypress National Preserve along the route of a proposed oil well pad access road.

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Judge Blocks Massive Tejon Ranchcorp Development in L.A. County

April 8, 2021

LOS ANGELES— In a major victory against a destructive development larger than Griffith Park, a judge has issued a ruling blocking Tejon Ranchcorp’s Centennial. The project would have put 57,000 residents on remote, fire-prone wildlands 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

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Legal Petition Calls On EPA to Cancel Seresto Flea Collar Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets.

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Instan a funcionarios mexicanos a responder a los reclamos de comunidades mayas por las violaciones a sus derechos soberanos por la construcción de granjas industriales porcinas en la península de Yucatán

April 7, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Greenpeace México presentaron una solicitud formal instando al gobierno mexicano a respetar el derecho soberano de las comunidades Indígenas, según la ley mexicana, a los derechos humanos básicos, incluida la autodeterminación y la consulta sobre la concesión de permisos y el funcionamiento de las granjas industriales en expansión en los estados de Yucatán, Campeche y Quintana Roo, así como atender la solicitud de los pueblos mayas de una moratoria sobre todas las aprobaciones de nuevas de granjas industriales porcinas y ampliaciones hasta que se resuelvan los problemas de los derechos del pueblo maya y el daño a la calidad del aire y el agua, la biodiversidad y la salud humana.

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Mexican Officials Urged to Address Violations of Mayan Sovereign Rights Caused by Construction of Industrial Pig Farms in Yucatán Peninsula

April 7, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace Mexico submitted a formal request today urging the Mexican government to respect the sovereign right of Indigenous communities under Mexican law and to basic human rights, including self-determination and consultation, on the permitting and operation of industrial pig farms in the states of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

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Yellow Lance Mussel Gains 319 River Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

April 7, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C.— Following 10 years of advocacy and litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized protection today for 319 river miles of critical habitat for the threatened yellow lance freshwater mussel in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Reduce Smog Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago

April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require adequate smog controls for the oil and methane gas industry in the Metro Chicago area and five parts of California. Many of these areas, which together are home to more than 26 million people, already have some of the worst air quality in the country.

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Lawsuit Launched to Overturn Trump Administration Denial of Endangered Species Protection to 21 Species

April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s denial of endangered species protection to 21 species under the Trump administration. From MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow on the Atlantic Coast to the Kirtland’s snake in the Midwest, these species face serious threats to their survival from habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species and pollution.

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Endangered Species Protection Proposed for Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

April 6, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following a petition and legal victory from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.

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Groups Sue to Prevent Imperiled Sea Turtles From Drowning in Fishing Nets

April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today to prevent sea turtles from drowning when they get caught in shrimp trawl nets in the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic.

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Endangered Candy Darter Fish Wins 368 Stream Miles of Protected Critical Habitat in Virginia, West Virginia

April 6, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.V.— In response to a decade of action from conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized critical habitat protection for the candy darter, a small, brightly colored fish, under the Endangered Species Act.

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400 Groups Petition EPA to Control Methane, Ethane Pollution

April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 400 groups, representing tens of millions of people, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to control harmful methane and ethane emissions that are the largest industrial source of compounds causing ozone pollution, also known as smog.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Federal OK of Vernal Pool Destruction in Northern California

April 5, 2021

CHICO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of its intent to file a lawsuit challenging the permitting of a Northern California development that would harm endangered species.

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Imminent Failure of Phosphogypsum Stack in Tampa Bay Exposes Phosphate Industry Risks

April 3, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Manatee County officials have issued evacuation orders for the area surrounding Florida’s Piney Point in anticipation of the imminent catastrophic collapse of a phosphogypsum stack retention pond holding up to 700 million gallons of wastewater.

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Ad Campaign Calls on Biden to Dramatically Cut Car Pollution

April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity launched an online ad and petition campaign today urging President Joe Biden to set strong clean-car standards and reject automaker pleas for weak ones.

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Legal Victory Puts Arizona, New Mexico Fish Back On Path to Federal Protections

April 2, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge on Thursday overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017 withdrawal of a proposed rule to protect the lower Colorado River basin roundtail chub as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The judge ordered the agency to reconsider within a year whether the fish warrants protection.

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Exhorto a líderes mundiales de sancionar a México para salvar a las marsopas en peligro de extinción

April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— En una serie de cartas entregadas hoy, grupos conservacionistas instaron a autoridades estadounidenses e internacionales a emplear sanciones para presionar a México y que salve a la vaquita marina, cuya población se ha reducido a tan solo 10 animales. A pesar de repetidas promesas durante décadas, el gobierno mexicano no ha logrado detener el uso de redes de enmalle mortales que enredan, ahogan y matan a estas marsopas, llevándolas a la extinción.

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Global Leaders Urged to Sanction Mexico to Save Critically Endangered Porpoises

April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a series of letters delivered today, conservation groups urged the United States and international authorities to use sanctions to pressure Mexico to save the vaquita, whose population has dwindled to just 10 remaining animals. Despite repeated promises for decades, the Mexican government has failed to stop the use of deadly gillnets that are entangling, drowning and killing these porpoises — driving them to extinction.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect 10 Species Left in Regulatory Purgatory by Trump Administration

April 1, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit today over the Trump administration’s failure to provide Endangered Species Act protection to 10 species it admitted needed them. The species that have been kept waiting are the monarch butterfly, eastern gopher tortoise, Peñasco least chipmunk, longfin smelt, three Texas mussels, magnificent ramshorn snail, bracted twistflower and northern spotted owl.

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Federal Officials Discount Reintroduction, Recovery Proposals for Grizzly Bears in Long-Overdue Status Report

March 31, 2021

MISSOULA, Mont.— In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a status report on the threats facing grizzly bears in the lower 48 states that declines to evaluate reintroduction proposals for areas of the species’ historical range.

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Court Halts Funding of Unwarranted Colorado Mountain Lion, Black Bear Cull

March 31, 2021

DENVER— The U.S. District Court of Colorado has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law by funding a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions and dozens of black bears without properly analyzing the risks to those animals’ populations and the rest of the environment.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds Ignoring Ocean Acidification in Oregon

March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to recognize that Oregon’s coastal waters are impaired by ocean acidification related to climate change, so that action can be taken to combat the problem.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Oregon Coast Spring Chinook Salmon

March 31, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Native Fish Society and Umpqua Watersheds filed a notice today of their intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to force it to decide whether Oregon coast spring-run Chinook salmon warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The decision has been overdue since last September.

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Court Rejects Rule Allowing Oil Company to Harass Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

March 30, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal court in Alaska today rejected a rule issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service allowing Hilcorp Alaska LLC to harm and harass Cook Inlet beluga whales and other marine mammals incidental to its offshore oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet.

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WHO Report: Wildlife Exploitation Likely Caused COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2021

GENEVA— The SARS-CoV-2 virus likely originated from human exploitation of wildlife, according to today’s findings from a World Health Organization-led investigation.

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More Than 100 Conservation Groups, Businesses Urge Interior’s Haaland to Reject Oil-drilling in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve

March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 conservation groups and businesses urged the U.S. Department of the Interior today to deny requests to drill for oil in Big Cypress National Preserve. The preserve, which is part of the greater Everglades region and a unit of the National Park System, provides vital habitat for endangered Florida panthers and Florida bonneted bats.

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Petition Asks Federal Officials to Protect Rare Plant’s Habitat From Nevada Mine

March 29, 2021

LAS VEGAS— Conservationists submitted a petition to the Bureau of Land Management today nominating 4,015 acres of surrounding habitat for the rare plant Tiehm’s buckwheat as an “area of critical environmental concern.” This includes a one-mile buffer zone and would give the highly imperiled plant new management protection.

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Federal Judge Voids Western Colorado Fracking Plan, Requires New Analysis of Climate Harm

March 29, 2021

DENVER— A federal judge Friday approved the Bureau of Land Management’s request to rescind the Grand Junction resource management plan following a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the agency’s failure to analyze its potential harm to the climate. The plan, which the agency must now redo, opened nearly 1 million acres of public land in western Colorado to fracking and drilling and prioritized fossil fuel production over all other public-lands values.

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New Federal Study: Extremely Toxic Pesticide Breakdown Products Found in 90% of Streams Sampled Across U.S.

March 26, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Pesticides and their highly toxic, long-lived breakdown products were found in 90% of the 442 U.S. streams sampled by federal scientists, according to a new study published this week by a journal of the American Chemical Society.

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New Recovery Plans Will Help Save Southeast’s Critically Imperiled Salamanders

March 26, 2021

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published draft recovery plans for the critically endangered reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders in Florida and other southeastern states.

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Wolf-Killing Rancher Loses Bid to Keep Public-Land Grazing Permit in New Mexico

March 26, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Craig Thiessen, the rancher responsible for the brutal death of young Mexican wolf Mia Tuk, lost his case Monday against the Gila National Forest. Thiessen had argued that the U.S. Forest Service couldn’t revoke his grazing permit because he has property rights to the Canyon del Buey grazing allotment. The Forest Service revoked Thiessen’s permit in 2019 after he pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act when he bludgeoned the trapped and collared wolf in 2015.

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EPA Withdraws Trump-Era Permit for Virgin Islands Oil Refinery

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today withdrew a federal permit for the controversial Limetree Bay refinery on the Caribbean island of St. Croix.

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Federal Officials Urged to Deny Another Subsidy for West Elk Coal Mine in Colorado National Forest

March 25, 2021

DENVER— Conservation groups urged the Bureau of Land Management today to deny another request from Mountain Coal to lower its royalty rates for the West Elk coal mine in Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect North Oregon Coast Red Tree Voles

March 25, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a decision by the Trump administration to deny the north Oregon coast population of red tree voles protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Demanda impugna la aprobación de la EPA sobre el uso de antibióticos de importancia médica como plaguicida en cultivos de cítricos

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— Una coalición de grupos de interés público, incluidos trabajadores agrícolas, organizaciones de conservación y justicia de la salud, demandó hoy a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA por sus siglas en inglés) por aprobar la fumigación generalizada de estreptomicina, un antibiótico de importancia médica, en árboles de cítricos para prevenir o tratar la enfermedad del enverdecimiento de los cítricos o cancro de los cítricos.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Use of Medically Important Antibiotic as Pesticide on Citrus Crops

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— A coalition of public-interest groups, including farmworker, health-justice and conservation organizations, sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving widespread spraying of streptomycin, a medically important antibiotic, on citrus trees to prevent or treat citrus greening disease or citrus canker.

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Elephants in Africa Face Grave Extinction Threat, New Expert Assessment Finds

March 25, 2021

GENEVA— In a long-awaited move, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced today that elephants in Africa face a serious risk of extinction. At the same time, it is officially identifying African elephants as two distinct species: savanna elephants and forest elephants.

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Lawsuit Filed to Restore Endangered Species Protection to American Burying Beetles

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s downlisting of the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened. The lawsuit asks for the reinstatement of the beetle’s status as endangered because the species continues to face threats from climate change and habitat destruction that are pushing it to the brink of extinction.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Project Threatening Desert Tortoises, Other Imperiled Species in California Deserts

March 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing activities in the California Desert Conservation Area that are driving desert tortoises and other threatened and endangered species toward extinction.

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Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Receives National Support

March 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Organizations and activists across the country are welcoming this week’s introduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act in Congress by projecting anti-plastic messages on landmarks in seven major U.S. cities.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Denial of Crucial Habitat Protection to Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON—Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for refusing to designate critical habitat for the highly endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

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Report: Montana’s Governor Illegally Trapped, Killed Gray Wolf Outside Yellowstone

March 23, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— In violation of state regulations, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte trapped and killed a gray wolf on a ranch 10 miles north of Yellowstone National Park in February without first completing a state-required wolf-trapping certification class, according to the Mountain West News Bureau.

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California’s Newest Wolf Reaches Fresno County

March 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— State wildlife agency officials announced late Monday that OR-93, a radio-collared wolf from Oregon who first entered California on Jan. 30, has now made it all the way south into Fresno County.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Reinstate Protections on 3.4 Million Acres of Critical Northern Spotted Owl Habitat

March 23, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups in the Pacific Northwest filed a legal challenge today to reinstate federal protections on more than 3.4 million acres of federal old-growth forests, which are essential for the survival of the threatened northern spotted owl. The lawsuit asks the court to reject a rule issued in the last days of the Trump administration that eliminated one-third of the critical habitat protections for the species.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration’s Last-minute Pipeline Approval for California Desert Water Grab

March 23, 2021

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today for granting a right-of-way to Cadiz, Inc. to push billions of gallons of water through a mothballed oil-and-gas pipeline that crosses Mojave Trails National Monument and other protected public land in southeastern California.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Oil, Gas Leases in Central California

March 22, 2021

FRESNO, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the Bureau of Land Management today over the Trump administration’s rushed sale of seven oil and gas leases on public lands in Kern County, California.

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New Mexico House of Representatives Approves Bill to Outlaw Traps, Wildlife Poisons on Public Land

March 19, 2021

SANTA FE, N.M.— With a close 35-34 vote, the New Mexico House of Representatives yesterday approved the Wildlife Conservation and Public Safety Act, also known as “Roxy’s Law,” which would prohibit traps, snares and poisons on public lands.

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California Coastal Commission Orders End to Off-Roading at Oceano Dunes

March 19, 2021

OCEANO, Calif.— The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously (10-0) last night to completely phase out off-road vehicle use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area over the next three years. The California Department of Parks and Recreation will be required to implement these coastal permit conditions, with a few minor amendments.

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Study Finds Glyphosate in More Than Half of All Sampled Florida Manatees

March 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A scientific study published this week concludes that Florida manatees are chronically exposed to glyphosate because of application of the pesticide to sugarcane and aquatic weeds.

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Congress Urged to Overturn Trump Administration Rule That Prioritizes Oil, Gas Over Protecting Gulf of Mexico Corals

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Turtle Island Restoration Network, Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife called on Congress today to overturn a Trump administration rule from January that rolled back the planned expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the only known nursery in the world for giant manta rays, and it offers important feeding grounds for sea turtles, sharks and many species of fish.

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Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Georgia Killings, Rise of Violence Against Asians and Pacific Islanders Throughout United States

March 17, 2021

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

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Mouse, Riparian Areas in Arizona’s White Mountains

March 17, 2021

TUCSON― Conservation groups and the U.S. Forest Service reached an agreement today to protect meadows and streams in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains from cows and horses. The riparian areas are home to the critically endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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$37,000 Reward Offered for Info on Slain Mexican Wolf in Arizona

March 17, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a combined reward of up to $37,000 for information leading to a conviction in connection with the suspicious death of a Mexican gray wolf found in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, near Eagar, Arizona.

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Killing of Native Wildlife by Federal ‘Wildlife Services’ Declined Sharply in 2020

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services reported killing 433,192 native animals in 2020, according to new data released by the program this week.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Save Western Monarch Butterflies

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation today that would provide $125 million in emergency funds over five years to save the western population of monarch butterflies from extinction.

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Scientists Identify 20 Million Acre Habitat Area for Jaguars in Arizona, New Mexico

March 17, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— A team of scientists has identified a wide swath of habitat in Arizona and New Mexico — 20 million acres, or about 32,000 square miles — that could eventually support more than 150 jaguars.

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Legal Petition Aims to Stop Utilities From Forcing Customers to Bankroll Anti-Environment Trade Groups

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to prevent electric utilities from forcing customers to finance anti-environment trade groups.

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Northwest Senators Urged to Reject Rep. Simpson’s Disastrous Plan for Endangered Salmon

March 16, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— A coalition of conservation, water policy, and agricultural sustainability groups representing millions of Americans is voicing the first environmental opposition to a proposed dam breaching deal that has, until now, garnered praise.

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Legal Petition Asks Biden Administration to Extend Offshore Oil Leasing Halt

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation and Native American groups petitioned the Department of the Interior today to put a five-year block on the leasing of all federal waters for offshore oil and gas development. The petition cites climate change impacts, loss of biodiversity, and threats to coastal communities as urgent reasons for action.

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

March 16, 2021

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

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Data From 10 States Shows Alarming Number of Utility Shutoffs During Pandemic

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— Utilities in just 10 states have reported at least 765,262 household power shutoffs since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Georgia Power, for example, reported more than 131,000 shutoffs — equivalent to 6% of its customers.

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Inspiring New Leadership at Interior Department: Senate Confirms Deb Haaland

March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) today as the next Interior Department secretary. She becomes the first Native American to hold a cabinet position and the second highest-ranking enrolled Native American in history to serve in the federal government.

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House Bill Introduced to Save Sacred Oak Flat, in Arizona, From Massive Copper Mine

March 15, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced the Save Oak Flat Act today to protect the Indigenous sacred site in central Arizona from being destroyed by a massive copper mine.

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On COVID Anniversary, Justice Groups Gather in D.C. to Demand Utility-shutoffs Moratorium

March 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— The national #NoShutOffs Coalition and We Power DC mobilized today outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building to call on President Biden and local D.C. officials to impose a moratorium on power, water and broadband shutoffs.

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Forest Service Denies Heliskiing Permit Application in Centennial Mountains

March 12, 2021

BOZEMAN, Mont.— The U.S. Forest Service denied a permit application today for heliskiing in the Centennial Mountains, an important wildlife corridor for grizzly bears, wolves and other wildlife in southwest Montana and Idaho.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers Rose to 186 in 2020

March 12, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves grew by 23 animals, from 163 in in 2019 to 186 in 2020, according to a legal filing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The March 10 filing is part of the agency’s request for an extension of time to rewrite its 2015 Mexican wolf management rule, which the U.S. District Court in Arizona struck down in 2018.

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Kern County Sued Over Fast-tracking of Tens of Thousands of New Oil Wells

March 11, 2021

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Community and environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Kern County’s adoption of an ordinance that would fast-track permitting for oil and gas projects and eliminate future environmental reviews and public participation.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Montana Plant

March 11, 2021

BILLINGS, Mont.— Conservation groups filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the thick-leaf bladderpod under the Endangered Species Act. The rare plant is found in a small area of southern Montana’s Pryor Desert, where it is supposed to be protected, but instead is under imminent threat by gypsum mining.

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Environmental Justice Activists to Rally in D.C. for Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— One year after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, the national #NoShutOffs coalition and the D.C.-based We Power DC will mobilize Saturday outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to call on President Joe Biden and HHS Acting Secretary Nathan Cochran to issue a nationwide utility-shutoff moratorium. The socially distanced action will also urge local officials to extend the soon-expiring D.C. moratorium on Pepco disconnections.

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Court: Interior Department Failed to Provide Records on Trump Administration Collusion With Coal Industry

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— The chief judge of the federal district court in D.C. ruled yesterday that Trump officials unlawfully failed to provide public records to the Center for Biological Diversity about their decision to reverse the Obama administration’s “pause” on coal extraction on federal public lands.

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Hawai‘i Senate Bill Bans Harmful Sunscreen Chemicals

March 9, 2021

HONOLULU— Sunscreens containing two harmful petrochemicals, avobenzone and octocrylene, would be banned from sale in Hawai‘i under a bill passed today by the Hawai‘i Senate.

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Court Blocks Oil, Gas Extraction on Ohio’s Only National Forest

March 9, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio― A federal judge blocked new oil and gas leasing and fracking in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest late Monday, following a ruling last year rebuking the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service for failing to consider threats to public health, endangered species and watersheds before opening more than 40,000 acres of the forest to fracking.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley Tui Chub

March 9, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today seeking Endangered Species Act protections for the critically imperiled Fish Lake Valley tui chub.

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Congress Urged to Provide $100 Million Per Year to Save Monarch Butterflies

March 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 80 groups today called on Congress to provide $100 million per year for the conservation of monarch butterflies to help stem their rapid population decline and prevent them from slipping further towards extinction.

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Missouri Population of Eastern Hellbenders Granted Endangered Species Protection

March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated the Missouri distinct population of the eastern hellbender salamander as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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New York Court Upholds State Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn Sales

March 8, 2021

NEW YORK— A federal court in New York on Friday upheld the state’s ban on sales and in-store displays of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn — rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America challenged the law in 2018.

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EPA Reopens Consideration of National Climate Pollution Cap

March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has reopened consideration of a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act, moving Thursday to withdraw the Trump administration’s last-day denial of a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org.

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California Court Stops Big Bear Development From Relying on Expired, Decades-old Permits

March 5, 2021

FAWNSKIN, Calif.— A California Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of conservation groups and found that the Marina Point Development on the shores of Big Bear Lake lacks valid permits. The project threatened habitat for bald eagles and other wildlife.

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Willamette Valley Prairie Flower Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

March 5, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Bradshaw’s desert parsley, a wet-prairie wildflower found in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and adjacent southwestern Washington, has fully recovered and can be removed from the endangered species list.

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Facebook Live Workshop on Radioactive Phosphogypsum Pollution March 8

March 5, 2021