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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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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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Berkeley City Council Passes Resolution Against Offshore Fracking, Drilling
The Berkeley City Council last night approved a resolution opposing new drilling off the California coast and fracking in existing offshore oil and gas wells. The vote follows President Trump’s April 28 executive order urging federal agencies to expand oil and gas leasing in federal waters. Trump’s...
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Friday, September 08, 2017
Analysis: Majority of Flooded Texas Superfund Sites in Low-income Neighborhoods, Communities of Color
A majority of polluted Superfund sites flooded in Texas by Hurricane Harvey are in low-income neighborhoods or communities of color, according to U.S. Census data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Today’s analysis found that nine of the 16 Superfund sites reported flooded by the U.S...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration's Fuel Efficiency Giveaway to Automakers
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed a lawsuit today to overturn the Trump administration’s indefinite delay of higher penalties for new cars and trucks that do not meet minimum fuel-economy standards. Automobiles are now America’s largest source of carbon pollution. Today’s suit,...
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Friday, September 01, 2017
Analysis: Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Seven Deadly Air Pollutants Released by Texas Refineries During Harvey Floods
Refineries and petrochemical plants in south Texas released nearly 1 million pounds of seven especially dangerous air pollutants during flaring and chemical spills triggered by Hurricane Harvey, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of industry data. Staggering amounts of...
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Emails Sought to Expose Fossil Fuel Industry Role in Trump's Climate Advisory Committee Dismissal
The Center for Biological Diversity submitted Freedom of Information Act requests today for emails and other public records related to the Trump administration’s decision to disband a federal climate advisory panel. Today’s requests also seek records that would illuminate whether the administration...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Request Seeks Evidence That Trump's Reversal of Coastal Flood Protections Is Driven By Climate Denial, Contempt For Obama
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking public records connected to President Trump's rollback of an Obama executive order and federal flood-protection rule. Just 10 days before Harvey struck Texas, Trump issued an executive order revoking the...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Public Records Sought On Auto Industry's Role In Potential Fuel Economy Rule Rollback
The Center for Biological Diversity today formally requested communications between auto industry lobbyists and the federal agency overseeing vehicle fuel economy standards. Today’s Freedom of Information Act request seeks records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Public Records Sought on Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
The Center for Biological Diversity submitted Freedom of Information Act requests today seeking public records from three federal agencies to shine a light on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The request seeks all reports and memoranda that the...
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Friday, August 18, 2017
Analysis: Nevada National Monuments Targeted by Oil and Gas Speculators
Oil and gas speculators have aggressively targeted two Nevada national monuments under threat of elimination by President Trump, an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals. Federal documents show that speculators blanketed Gold Butte and Basin and Range national...
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