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

February 13, 2024

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

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

February 8, 2024

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

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

January 11, 2024

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

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

January 8, 2024

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

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Survey: Most Americans Support Alternative Economies But Face Barriers

October 5, 2023

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

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Virtual Film Series Showcases Link Between Health, Capitalism

October 2, 2023

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

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Virtual Film Series Showcases Link Between Environmental, Reproductive Health

September 25, 2023

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

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

September 12, 2023

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

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sustainability

September 11, 2023

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

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

August 30, 2023

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

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

August 29, 2023

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

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

August 21, 2023

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

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Report Finds Americans Support Secondhand, DIY Gifts

June 29, 2023

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

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

May 4, 2023

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

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Analysis Finds Most Wool Knitwear Is Blended With Plastic

April 19, 2023

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

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

March 30, 2023

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

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

March 15, 2023

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

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College of Charleston to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

January 26, 2023

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

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New Survey: 90% of Americans Want Less Materialistic Holidays

November 21, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new national survey by the Center for Biological Diversity found that 90% of Americans wish the holiday season was less materialistic and 87% believe the holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts. The paid, national random online survey of over 900 people was conducted between Sept. 27 and Oct. 17, 2022.

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8 Billion People on Earth Crowding Out Imperiled Animals, Plants

November 15, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The world population hit 8 billion people today, accelerating the global extinction crisis for animals and plants imperiled by population growth’s effects on habitat, water, air, and other natural resources.

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Endangered Species Condoms Sent to UN to Highlight Population Growth’s Effects on Biodiversity

November 10, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity has mailed Endangered Species Condoms to the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Environment Program, and the United Nations Secretary General to encourage the organization to talk about how continued unsustainable population growth negatively affects biodiversity. The message is exceptionally important as humanity exceeds 8 billion people on Nov. 15.

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Daemen University to Host Free Screening of Childfree by Choice Film

October 18, 2022

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

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USDA’s $2.8 Billion Climate-Smart Corporate Handout Raises Questions About Industry Influence

October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records from communications between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and large corporate meat and dairy industry trade groups about massive funding increases for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities projects.

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10 Biden Administration Actions for Sustainable Food

September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health is jumpstarting a critical conversation about food and nutrition security. The Biden administration acknowledges the connection between climate change and food security, but its proposal lacks the urgency to address the existential threat the climate emergency poses to agriculture and the availability of nutritious food.

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Virtual Film Festival Highlights Link Between Food Justice, Sovereignty, Sustainability

September 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host its third annual virtual Food Justice Film Festival from Sept.15-18, featuring award-winning films and interviews with filmmakers and activists. This year’s featured films are Poisoning Paradise; Fruits of Labor; RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit; From Gangs to Gardens; The Seed Saver; and I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice: Black Farmers Fight Against the USDA. The film festival is free and open to the public.

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New Report Explores Link Between Environmental Harms of Capitalism, Reproductive Health

September 7, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity explores the harms caused by environmental threats like pollution and climate chaos to fertility, pregnant people, fetuses, infants and children.

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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed This Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— Ten thousand free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away across the country by the Center for Biological Diversity on Valentine’s Day to help couples consider population growth’s threat to wildlife and the planet. Distributions will occur at socially distanced events like the Valentine’s Dinner at the Oklahoma City Zoo and the adult-only Frolics of Florida at the Tallahassee Museum.

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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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