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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 […]

Posted inEnviro

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

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2021 – 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. The finalized evaluations found that use of the herbicide glyphosate is likely causing harm to 1,676 of the plants and animals protected under […]

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

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2021— 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. “The Biden administration is lighting […]

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California Delays Some Dungeness Crab Fishing to Protect Whales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 2, 2021 – 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. The delay is based on data from the state’s recently created Risk […]

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Outdated Offshore Drilling Plans Spur Lawsuit Notice After California Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.November 2, 2021— 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 […]

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USFW proposed today to remove 22 animals and a plant from the endangered species list because of extinction

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. Species being proposed for delisting include the ivory-billed woodpecker, Bachman’s warbler, Scioto madtom, San Marcos gambusia, eight species of Southeastern freshwater mussels, eight […]

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

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. “It’s shocking […]

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

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. This latest agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency follows a $50 million civil settlement with Texas residents in 2019 over the […]