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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Thursday, November 05, 2020
EPA: Widely Used Pesticide Atrazine Likely Harms More Than 1,000 Endangered Species
The Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment today finding that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine is likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation's most endangered plants and animals. The finding is a result of the agency's first-ever nationwide assessment of an herbicide's...
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Endangered Species Act Protections Stripped From Gray Wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule today that removes protection from all gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The Service made its decision despite the fact that wolves are still functionally extinct in...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Lawsuit Aims to Save Leopards From Import to U.S. as Hunting Trophies
Conservation and animal-protection groups filed a lawsuit today challenging decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that authorize leopard trophy imports from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia into the United States. The Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act Would End Offshore Oil Leasing, Protect Marine Habitat
Legislation to end the federal offshore oil-leasing program and pursue other oceans-related solutions to the climate change crisis was introduced today by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva. The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act of 2020 also seeks to restore coastal ecosystems,...
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Monday, October 19, 2020
Efficient, Electric: Report Offers Path to U.S. Aviation Climate Pollution Cuts
Planet-warming pollution from U.S. aviation could be cut by three-quarters or more in the next 20 years, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity . The report challenges airplane emissions standards recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency as...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Public Records Sought Over Delays in National Climate Report
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking records relating to delays in preparing the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The request for records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comes amid government delays in recruiting the...
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Forest Service Review Would Greenlight Extreme Sports in Rare Nevada Butterfly Habitat
A final environmental impact statement released by the U.S. Forest Service claims that a proposed Lee Canyon Ski Area expansion is “likely to be beneficial” for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly despite crisscrossing its most important habitat with a network of high-speed downhill...
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Thursday, October 08, 2020
Lawsuit Targets Feds’ Failure to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19
Labor unions representing healthcare workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to sue the federal government over its failure to provide adequate reusable respirators, N95 masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment...
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Friday, October 02, 2020
Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ Louisiana Plant Move to Overturn Federal Approval
Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ plan to build one of the world’s largest plastic plants in St. James Parish, Louisiana have filed a motion seeking a judgment in their lawsuit challenging the project’s federal approval. The community and conservation organizations asked the federal district judge to...
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Monday, September 28, 2020
Report: America’s Massive Wildlife Imports Fuel Global Pandemic Risks
The United States imported almost 23 million whole animals, parts, samples and products made from bats, primates and rodents over a recent five-year period, according to a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Rodents, bats and primates harbor 75% of known zoonotic viruses...
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