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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Friday, September 18, 2020
EPA Scraps Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer
The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved the pesticide atrazine today, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people. Today’s approval eliminates longstanding safeguards for children’s health and...
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Thursday, September 17, 2020
EPA Airplane Pollution Rule Blasted for Failing to Help Climate
The Center for Biological Diversity today offered live testimony opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for aircraft . The Center argued at a public hearing that the rules, which mirror those adopted by the International Civil Aviation...
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Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Congress Urged to Provide Immediate Pandemic Relief to U.S Food, Farm, Fish Systems
While the U.S. Senate was out on recess, a broad coalition of over 160 organizations warned in a letter addressed to congressional leaders of dire consequences for the American food, farm, and fish systems—and the historically underserved communities that make them work—unless Congress acts now to...
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Friday, September 04, 2020
Gov. Inslee Orders Rework of Washington’s Wolf-killing Policies
In a win for wolf advocates, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. This action reverses the commission’s denial of a petition filed by advocates in May that called for...
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Friday, September 04, 2020
Trump Administration Further Weakens Habitat Protection for Endangered Species
The Trump administration proposed new regulations today that radically alter the existing process for deciding when to exclude a particular area from a critical habitat designation for wildlife or plants protected by the Endangered Species Act. Under the Act the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must...
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Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Documents: Trump Administration Waiving Rules for Oil Drilling, Mining
Documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity show that a presidential executive order has prompted the Department of the Interior to consider exemptions to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for more than 50 major projects. Twenty-one...
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Monday, August 31, 2020
Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA Decision to Dismiss Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s “ Revised Methods ” for assessing pesticide risks to endangered species. At the request of the pesticide industry, the EPA made extensive changes to the process set forth by...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Protection for Wolves, Grizzly Bears on Alaska’s National Preserves
Thirteen groups filed a federal lawsuit today to restore Obama-era protections for Alaska’s wildlife on national preserves managed by the National Park Service. The suit challenges a Park Service rule that greenlights killing grizzly bears over bait and with hounds. The rule would also allow...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period
More than 350,000 pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides were sprayed on more than 363,000 acres of crops on America’s national wildlife refuges in 2018, a 34% increase over the acreage sprayed in 2016, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis released today. The data for...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Legal Petition Demands Tennessee Valley Authority Halt Electricity Shutoffs, Fund Debt Relief
Dozens of climate-justice organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to immediately impose a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and fund debt relief for its customers. The petition also calls on the massive utility company to accelerate the Valley’s clean energy...
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