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, March 21, 2019
Retired Interior Department Employees Urge Senators to Block Bernhardt
Retired employees with a combined 737 years of service at the U.S. Department of the Interior today urged senators Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin to oppose President Trump’s nominee David Bernhardt as Interior Department secretary. The senators are chairwoman and ranking member of the Committee on...
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Why Is Trump Skipping Endangered Species Act Review for Clean Car Rollback?
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for withholding public records related to its decision that its proposal to gut vehicle fuel-efficiency and tailpipe standards does not require Endangered Species Act review. The proposal would radically increase vehicle...
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Monday, March 11, 2019
Trump Slashes Funds for Endangered Species, Environmental Programs
The Trump administration’s 2019 budget proposal contains an unprecedented $2 billion (14 percent) cut for the Department of the Interior and a $2.8 billion (31 percent) cut for the Environmental Protection Agency, while adding $8.6 billion for border-wall construction. “Trump’s budget is a...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Trump Administration Announces Stripping Gray Wolf Protections Across Country
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protection across the lower 48 states. If finalized the proposal will allow trophy hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes states. It will slow or completely halt recovery of wolves in...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Congress Urged to Fully Fund Endangered Species Act With $486 Million
More than 215 groups today urged the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to increase the budget for endangered species conservation from about $252 million to $486 million. The groups submitted a letter asking for the budgetary boost to the Endangered Species Act as part of the...
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Monday, February 25, 2019
Senator Feinstein Proposes Weak Green New Deal Substitute
Following a confrontation with young people from the Sunrise Movement on Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a draft resolution calling for a carbon tax and the restoration of Obama-era climate policies. Feinstein’s proposal is meant to serve as an alternative to the Green New Deal resolution...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Santa Barbara County Advances Plains' Coastal Oil Pipeline Project
Santa Barbara County has announced public hearings for the Plains All-American Pipeline’s proposal to build a coastal oil pipeline to serve offshore drilling platforms. It would follow the same route as Plains’ Line 901, the severely corroded pipeline that failed in 2015, causing a large coastal...
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Friday, February 15, 2019
Court Rejects Oil Industry's Retaliatory Lawsuit Against L.A. Youth Groups
A California appeals court today dismissed an oil-industry lawsuit against youth groups from South Los Angeles and Wilmington, the Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Los Angeles. The California Independent Petroleum Association, which represents Exxon, Chevron and hundreds of crude-oil...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Study: Return of Supersonic Planes Would Be Dirty, Noisy Climate Disaster
The return of supersonic airplanes would result in 96 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year, according to a new study released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation. “In our era of runaway climate change, swapping fuel efficiency for speed is a devil’s bargain,” said...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Trump Administration Urged Not to Block Access to Records on Wildlife, Public Lands
The Center for Biological Diversity and other groups today urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to withdraw proposed rule changes that would hinder public access to records on agency actions that hurt wildlife and public lands. The Interior Department’s proposed rule would illegally give...
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