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 04, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Endangered Appalachian Species From Coal Mining
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining in Appalachia in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Pollution, razing forests...
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Trump Urged to Block Return of Super-polluting Supersonic Planes
Twenty-eight public-interest groups called on Trump’s Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday to stop the comeback of highly polluting luxury supersonic planes, which are projected to burn five to seven times more fuel per passenger than typical airliners. Efforts to build the high-speed planes are...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Farmers, Conservationists Challenge Approval of Monsanto’s Crop-damaging Dicamba Pesticide
Four public-interest organizations representing farmers and conservationists have made their legal case in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, challenges the approval of a pesticide that was designed to be sprayed on...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Trump Administration Denies Protection to Six More Imperiled Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to six species from around the country, including an imperiled bee and the Siskiyou Mountains salamander. The agency was responding to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups. The Trump...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Lawsuit Takes on Trump’s Dirty Power Plan
Ten environmental groups sued Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency today to overturn the administration’s Dirty Power Plan and reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Today’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argues that the EPA failed its legal...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Failure to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog
The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unlawfully delayed a decision on the county’s...
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Monday, August 12, 2019
Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act
In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will be challenged in court. The...
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Lawsuit: Trump Is Failing to Protect Emperor Penguins From Climate Crisis
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to act on a petition to protect emperor penguins under the Endangered Species Act. Today’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., follows news that the world’s second-largest emperor penguin...
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Political Meddling in EPA Public Records Changes
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Integrity Project sued the Trump administration today over sweeping changes to how the Environmental Protection Agency handles public-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The EPA’s new rule will take effect Friday. The...
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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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