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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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New Dungeons & Dragons Book to Support Endangered Species Protection

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. A newly launched project called The Book of Extinction tells the stranger-than-fiction true stories of animals now lost, alongside game statistics […]

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

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. The agency’s process for protecting species involves multiple layers of bureaucracy and upwards of 20 people who […]

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

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. According to the report, the multimillion-dollar program last year killed […]

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

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2022— 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. The lawmakers also urged Biden to issue executive orders to advance environmental justice and make clean air and water accessible for all. “There’s […]

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Omnibus Budget Ignores Climate Emergency, Extinction Crisis

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2022 — The Democratic-controlled Congress today released the final appropriations bill to fund fiscal year 2022, which began five months earlier. Because of inflation, the bill’s modest increases to agency budgets are in fact a cut in real dollars from the previous year. The Environmental Protection Agency received an increase of just 3% — […]

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

DULUTH, Minn. January 25, 2022— 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. The 528-acre open-pit mine would destroy important habitat for […]

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California Court Rules Lawsuit Against State Oil Regulator Can Proceed

OAKLAND, Calif. December 23, 2021— 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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Legal Petition Seeks Federal Ropeless Rule to Save Whales, Turtles From Fishing Gear

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2021— 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 […]

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

LOS ANGELES, December 3, 2021 — 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. Today’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks to vacate the Bureau’s approval […]

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Legal Challenge to USDA’s Deceptive and Discriminatory GMO Labeling Scheme Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO, November 29, 2021 — Last week, Center for Food Safety (CFS) took an important step in its lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rules on labeling genetically engineered (GE) or GMO foods, which USDA now calls “bioengineered foods,” detailing its legal arguments and asking a federal court to strike down […]

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