Center for Biological Diversity

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Scientist Condemns “Absurd” Trump Fossil Fuel Panel at UN Conference
The Trump administration hosted a panel at the United Nations climate conference today to promote the use of coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as climate mitigation strategies. “It’s patently absurd to suggest that coal has any role to play in solving the climate crisis,” said John Fleming, a...
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Endangered Species Protection Sought for Imperiled Los Angeles Snail
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a rare snail that lives only in the Los Angeles area. Before the city was developed, the San Gabriel chestnut snail was found from south of Compton to the...
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
New Report: California Oil Among World's Dirtiest
Three-quarters of California’s oil is as climate-damaging as Canadian tar sands crude, according to a Center for Biological Diversity report released today at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Oil Stain: How Dirty Crude Undercuts California’s Climate Progress found that...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
FEMA Flood Insurance Proposal Ignores Sea-level Rise
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released proposed guidelines today for the National Flood Insurance Program that ignore the increasing risks of sea-level rise. FEMA acknowledged flood risks will “expand to new areas along the coast and coastal waterways,” but failed to incorporate the...
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
European Parliament Votes to Ban Glyphosate
The European Parliament, representing 28 countries and more than 500 million people, voted today in support of phasing out glyphosate over the next five years and immediately banning its use in households. “The European Parliament has correctly acknowledged the magnitude of glyphosate’s risks,”...
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee
The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Federal Highway Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation for failing to prevent harm to the endangered rusty patched bumblebee. In awarding Endangered Species Act protection to the bee in March, the...
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Phillips 66 Dismisses Lawsuit Fighting for California Oil Train Expansion
Phillips 66 agreed yesterday to dismiss its lawsuit challenging the county of San Luis Obispo’s denial of its proposed oil train terminal in the coastal town of Nipomo, Calif. “Phillips 66 has finally given up fighting the county’s rejection of its reckless plan to run trains carrying explosive...
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Friday, September 29, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Falsely Claims His Travel Expenses Are Publicly Available
In response to new revelations about charter flights he has taken, U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke falsely suggested in a speech today that the department makes all his travel expenses available to the public. In fact the Interior Department has only made five months of Zinke’s “trip...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Lawsuit: Trump's EPA Is Failing to Enforce Air Pollution Conflict-of-interest Rules in Alabama, Mississippi
Conservation and public-health groups filed a lawsuit today to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that Alabama and Mississippi have measures prohibiting conflicts of interest on state boards overseeing air pollution permits. The two states have been violating conflict-of-interest...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Trump's EPA Rolls Back Limits on Toxic Heavy Metal Pollution From Power Plants
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized its decision to delay portions of an Obama-era rule limiting toxic metals in wastewater discharged from steam-powered electricity plants. Enforcement of the rule would have reduced the amount of toxic heavy metals and other pollutants entering...
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