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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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Trump Administration Plan Expands Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve
The Trump administration announced release of a final plan for Alaska’s Western Arctic region today that would expand oil and gas leasing into protected wildlife habitat. The plan would turn over about 18.6 million acres of public lands in the largest roadless area in the United States to the oil...
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Trump Administration Plan Expands Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Reserve
The Trump administration announced release of a final plan for Alaska’s Western Arctic region today that would expand oil and gas leasing into protected wildlife habitat. The plan would turn over about 18.6 million acres of public lands in the largest roadless area in the United States to the oil...
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Monday, June 15, 2020
Trump Administration Seeks to Thwart Resident Reporting of Coal-mining Violations
More than 36 organizations have joined a chorus of lawmakers and regulatory officials calling for an extended public comment period on a major overhaul to coal-mining oversight that would hinder citizen and federal monitoring of state programs. The comment period on the proposed changes to the...
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Monday, June 15, 2020
450 Environmental, Energy Justice Groups Urge Federal Commission to Reject Threat to Solar Net Metering
More than 450 environmental and energy-justice, faith and labor groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to reject the New England Ratepayers Association’s petition seeking federal jurisdiction over state solar policies. An April petition filed by the secretive “ratepayers...
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Appeals Court Upholds Order Blocking Keystone XL’s Water-crossing Permit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today left in place a district court decision blocking a key water crossing permit for Keystone XL and other oil and gas pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward. In April the U.S. District Court in Montana ruled that the Trump...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Push to Gut Car Pollution Standards
Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to block a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles. The revised standards will worsen dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads...
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Friday, May 15, 2020
Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 34 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California
The failure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline five years ago prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 33.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide...
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Court Allows Slaughterhouse Pollution Lawsuit to Move Forward
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to update national standards to control water pollution from slaughterhouses. Wednesday’s decision, in a lawsuit filed by community and conservation groups...
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Seven State Bans on Electricity Shutoffs Expiring Soon
The Center for Biological Diversity released an issue brief today analyzing state orders suspending electricity disconnections due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The brief found that 42% of states currently have no legally binding protections against electric utility shutoffs. Moreover, seven...
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Study: Cutting U.S. Meat Intake in Half Could Prevent 1.6 Billion Tons of Climate Pollution
New research released by the University of Michigan and Tulane University today found that replacing 50% of animal products with plant-based foods in the United States would prevent more than 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. If beef consumption were reduced by 90% alongside the...
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