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.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Congressional Resolution Declares Climate Emergency
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) unveiled a concurrent resolution today to declare the climate crisis an emergency warranting a “massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address” its consequences. “With an unhinged climate...
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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Trump EPA Warned That New Rule Curbing Public Access to Environmental Records Is Dangerous, Unlawful
A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule gives Trump administration appointees dangerous and unlawful new power to curb the public release of crucial environmental records, nonprofit conservation and transparency organizations warned today. In today’s letter to the EPA, the Environmental...
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Monday, July 01, 2019
New Legal Challenges Launched to Keystone XL Pipeline Approval
Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands without evaluating the project’s impacts as required by the National...
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Friday, June 28, 2019
California to Evaluate Curbing Oil, Gas Extraction
Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday signed into law this year’s California budget, which includes the allocation of $1.5 million toward a study to “identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels.” The provision marks the first step the state has taken toward decreasing the state’s fossil...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critically Endangered Okinawa Woodpecker
The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the Okinawa woodpecker under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Only between 50-249 mature individual Okinawa woodpeckers remain, and many inhabit a U.S. military facility in...
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
75 Groups Call for Reforms to Climate-killing Export-Import Bank
More than 75 conservation groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, today called on Congress to curb the Export-Import Bank’s funding of dangerous fossil fuel projects. The request follows legislation introduced last week by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to reauthorize the bank. Over...
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Friday, June 21, 2019
Trump Administration Guts Climate Change Reviews for Federal Actions
The Trump administration issued proposed guidance today restricting when and how federal agencies can consider climate change impacts when they complete environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. The nine-page guidance — a quarter as long as the previous Obama-era guidance...
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Monday, June 17, 2019
Lawsuit Seeks Info on Trump Administration Eliminating Environmental Grades
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to release public records on why it abruptly stopped issuing public grades on environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. In 1969 Congress gave the EPA oversight to determine how...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Lawsuit Seeks to Protect South Platte River From Colorado Slaughterhouse Pollution
The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the JBS-Swift Beef Company to stop illegal discharges of slaughterhouse pollution into Colorado’s South Platte River. The Lone Tree Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greeley receives up to 4...
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Friday, May 17, 2019
Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 27 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California
The closure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline after it ruptured four years ago has prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 27 million metric tons of...
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