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, December 10, 2018
Zinke Puts Koch Crony in Charge of Interior Department’s Public Records Process
In an order quietly signed right before Thanksgiving, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reassigned the responsibility of overseeing Freedom of Information Act requests from a career staffer to the Interior Department’s solicitor — a political appointee who oversees the department’s legal work...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
EPA Sued for Records of Andrew Wheeler Meetings With Oil Lobbyists
The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for refusing to release public records concerning meetings and communications with the lobbying firm Faegre Baker Daniels, the former employer of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “...
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Analysis: San Diego Projects to Put 40,000 People in High Fire-hazard Areas
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is approving or considering the approval of nine large developments that would add 40,000 new residents in chaparral and grasslands naturally prone to fire, according to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity. The proposed and recently...
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Friday, November 09, 2018
In Blow to Pipeline Project, Court Invalidates Trump Administration’s Keystone XL Environmental Review, Blocks Construction
A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its...
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Trump Administration Approves Offshore Oil Drilling Project in Arctic
The Trump administration today approved the first Arctic offshore oil drilling development in federal waters. Hilcorp Alaska received approval to build the controversial Liberty project, an artificial drilling island and underwater pipeline that risks oil spills in the sensitive Beaufort Sea and...
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Reviews of Glyphosate's Cancer Risk Failed to Fully Disclose Monsanto's Role
The scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology has issued a rare “Expression of Concern” and requested corrections to articles it published that failed to fully disclose Monsanto’s role in reviews of glyphosate’s cancer risks. The journal said all five articles it published in a 2016...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
EPA Watchdog: 'Emergency' Pesticide Approval Process Is Flawed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of the Inspector General released a report today finding that the agency’s practice of routinely granting “emergency” approval for use of pesticides across millions of acres does not effectively measure risks to human health or the environment. The...
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Monday, September 17, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump's Refusal to Set Airplane Pollution Standards
The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Trump administration for refusing to release public records related to the government’s failure to develop greenhouse gas emission standards for airplanes as required by the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit, filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in D.C.,...
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Analysis: 11 Disadvantaged L.A. Communities See Heaviest Oil-drilling Pollution
Eleven disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities endure the heaviest use of toxic oil-drilling chemicals in Los Angeles County, according to South Coast Air Quality Management District data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. The 15 zip codes in which oil companies used the most...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Legal Petition Urges Feds to End Toxic Agricultural Pesticide Use on Alabama Wildlife Refuge Complex
Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end toxic agricultural pesticide use on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which was established to protect endangered species, migrating birds and other wildlife. The private commercial farming of...
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