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

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2023 — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of the Interior today to challenge its failure to release public records about why it rejected a rulemaking petition to phase out oil and gas extraction on public lands by 2035. “This lawsuit will shed light on the Biden administration’s dumbfounding refusal to align our […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Save Imperiled Appalachian Species From Coal Mining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Nov. 9, 2023 — The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices yesterday sued the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect highly imperiled wildlife from the devastating harms of coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. The agencies have failed to implement […]

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Debut Graphic Novel Highlights Plight of California Mountain Lions

SAN FRANCISCO, October 20, 2023 — A lone puma’s journey across the diverse landscapes of Central California is the focus of a new graphic novel that will be released on Oct. 24. Written by Center for Biological Diversity scientist Tiffany Yap, D.Env./Ph.D. and illustrated by Seattle-based artist Meital Smith, “Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s […]

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 28, 2023 — In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition and lawsuits, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in California under the Endangered Species Act. The protected frog populations are in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills, North Feather River, Central Coast and South Coast. “This is a lifeline […]

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California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. June 28, 2023 — California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species. The new law cleared the Assembly 54-15 and the Senate 31-8 as part of the state budget agreement. It’s expected to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week and take effect July 1. Western […]

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Legal Agreement Gives West Coast Fishers New Shot At Crucial Protections

SAN FRANCISCO— In a legal victory, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to reconsider whether West Coast fishers in northern California and southern Oregon warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are relatives of mink, otters and wolverines, and live in old-growth forests. The Service has until Aug. 21, 2025, to decide whether to […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Require California to Close Loophole, Regulate Pesticide-Treated Seeds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 22, 2023 — Environmental and public health groups have filed a legal challenge seeking to close the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s loophole allowing crop seeds treated with pesticides to avoid regulation as pesticides. Nationwide, treated seeds are a major source of pesticide contamination of soil, water and ecosystems. This includes contamination from neonicotinoid insecticides, […]

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U.S. Border Wall Endangers Mexican World Heritage Site

PARIS, February 16, 2023 — The Center for Biological Diversity called for “in danger” status today for a Mexican World Heritage site harmed by the U.S. border wall. The controversial U.S. wall cuts the world’s largest swath of protected desert habitat in two, walling off critical habitat connectivity. Today’s letter urges the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to […]

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New Joshua Tree Bill Spurs California Commission to Delay Decision on Protecting Iconic Plants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to postpone a decision on whether to permanently protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act. The commission agreed to wait to see whether a new bill proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration becomes law. Western Joshua trees will stay protected under California’s endangered species […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2023 — Conservation and wildlife advocacy groups are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act this year, commemorating five decades of effective and crucial protection for imperiled animals and plants. Passed nearly unanimously by Congress and signed into law by Richard Nixon on Dec. 28, 1973, the […]

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Petition Seeks Sea Otter Reintroduction Along Broader West Coast

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2023 — The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce sea otters to a large stretch of the West Coast. Threatened southern sea otters occupy only 13% of their historic range, and a small population of the animals currently lives on California’s central coast. “Bringing the sea […]

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Reindeer Population Wins Endangered Species Protection in Time for Holidays

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2022— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Dolphin and Union caribou today as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This specific population of barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) — also known as reindeer — inhabits the Arctic regions of Canada’s northern territories. The endangered listing restricts trade in Dolphin and Union caribou […]

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$60K Awarded to Students Focused on Protecting Southern California’s Signature River

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – The Utom Conservation Fund, a group of cultural and environmental organizations, has awarded $60,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students dedicated to the conservation of the Santa Clara River, also known as Utom. Five undergraduate students received scholarships of $2,000 each and four graduate students received fellowships of $12,500 each to further their […]

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California Regulators Urged to Ban Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

OAKLAND, Calif. Nov. 4, 2022— Conservation and public health groups today called on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to reevaluate approval of the herbicide paraquat and ban its use in the state. Banned in 58 countries, paraquat is one of the most lethal herbicides still approved for use in the United States and has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. […]

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California Senate passes Safe Roads Bill, putting statewide wildlife connectivity within reach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 30, 2022 — The California Senate passed the Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act on Monday in a 35-0 vote, paving the way for more wildlife crossings across the state’s roadway system. Assembly Bill 2344 now awaits approval from the governor after a concurrence vote in the Assembly, which it passed in May. “California lawmakers agree that […]

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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

OAKLAND, Calif. July 5, 2022— 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. The areas cited in the notice include Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and three areas of California: […]

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Southern California Fish Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2022 — 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. “I’m relieved to see these […]

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

SEATTLE, April 22, 2022— 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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