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

December 22, 2020

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

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New Website Provides Tips to Simplify the Holidays

November 19, 2020

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

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

November 16, 2020

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

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Survey: Most Americans Believe Human Population Is Driving Wildlife Extinctions

November 12, 2020

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

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

September 17, 2020

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

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Environmental Justice

September 16, 2020

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

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

August 21, 2020

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

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Study: Cutting U.S. Meat Intake in Half Could Prevent 1.6 Billion Tons of Climate Pollution

April 30, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— New research released by the University of Michigan and Tulane University today found that replacing 50% of animal products with plant-based foods in the United States would prevent more than 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030.

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54 Groups Urge Congress: Don’t Use COVID-19 Funds to Prop Up Factory Farms

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 50 organizations called on Congress today to prevent factory farms from receiving COVID-19 relief and stimulus funds.

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40,000 Endangered Species Condoms Sent to Top 10 ‘Sexually Satisfied’ Cities

February 13, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will give away more than 40,000 free Endangered Species Condoms on Valentine’s Day in the most sexually satisfied cities in the country to help couples consider population growth's threat to wildlife and the planet.

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Today: 400 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away in Boise

February 7, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— Four hundred free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away by the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, Feb. 7 as part of the Discovery Center of Idaho’s “A Drink With Tink” adult night event.

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Census Estimates More Than 330 Million Americans Will Ring in New Year

December 31, 2019

WASHINGTON— According to population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 330 million people will ring in the new year in the United States. This is an increase of more than 2 million people from the previous year, nearly the same number added in 2018.

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Center for Biological Diversity Endorses Impossible, Beyond Burgers

December 11, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today released a statement of support for plant-based meats, including the Impossible and Beyond burgers.

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Leaders at Climate Summit Urged to Reduce Greenhouse Pollution From Food, Agriculture

December 4, 2019

MADRID, Spain— The Center for Biological Diversity, Brighter Green and 13 other organizations today released a policy brief calling on organizers and attendees of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change conference COP25 to take immediate action to reduce planet-warming emissions from food and agriculture.

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Analysis: Earth-friendly Event Menus Can Save Up to 10 Tons of Climate Pollution

December 4, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— Replacing meat-heavy menu choices with Earth-friendly, plant-based options can reduce the carbon footprint of a 500-person event like a conference or large wedding by 10 tons of greenhouse gas equivalents, according to an analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Legal Action Challenges North Carolina Utilities’ Unlawful Use of Ratepayer Funds

November 22, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity today submitted a brief to the North Carolina Utilities Commission arguing that utilities cannot use ratepayer funds for trade association dues as it violates customers’ First Amendment rights. Money from ratepayers is frequently channeled into campaigns against rooftop solar.

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Legal Challenge Opposes Duke Energy’s North Carolina Rate Hike

October 17, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition today to intervene in Duke Energy Carolinas’ application to substantially increase electricity rates in North Carolina without also promoting renewable energy. The groups argued that simply raising rates, without concrete policies to advance the clean energy transition, is wrong for North Carolina, its people and the climate.

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Analysis: Seven of America's 10 Biggest Supermarkets Haven’t Committed to Zero Food Waste

September 23, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— Seven of the 10 largest grocery chains in the United States still have not taken the first step toward eliminating food waste by 2025, according to analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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North Carolina Governor Urged to End Duke Monopoly, Transform Energy System

September 9, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.— In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Energy Justice NC Coalition today called on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to end Duke Energy’s monopoly and transform the state’s electricity system to 100 percent renewable energy as soon as possible.

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One Millionth Endangered Species Condom to Be Given Away on World Population Day

July 11, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will distribute its one millionth free Endangered Species Condom today for World Population Day. The giveaway of 10,000 condoms in total also marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the campaign, which seeks to make the connection between unsustainable human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis by highlighting the need for universal access to reproductive healthcare and education.

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Study Identifies 20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy

July 9, 2019

DAVIS, Calif.— A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat — and offers an important new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.

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New Data Finds U.S. Birth Rate at Lowest Level in 32 Years

May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON— Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that last year the United States had the lowest number of births in 32 years.

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