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, August 08, 2018
Trump Administration Moves to Reopen California Public Lands to Oil Leasing
The Trump administration today took the first step in a process that could open more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The move could end a five-year-old moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies...
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Legal Action Challenges Trump Reversal of Prohibition on Bee-killing Pesticides, Genetically Modified Crops on National Wildlife Refuges
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for suddenly reversing a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified, pesticide-resistant crops on national wildlife refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s acting...
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
California Study: Four Widely Used Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees
Four commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides can harm bees and other pollinators, according to a new analysis by California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation. The study found that current approved uses of the “neonics” on crops like tomatoes, berries, almonds, corn and oranges exposes bees to...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critically Endangered Alabama Fish From Auto Plant
The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A. Inc. and the city of Huntsville over the construction and operation of an automobile manufacturing plant in the heart of the most important habitat for one of Alabama’s rarest fishes...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Emergency Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Super-polluter Truck Loophole
The Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club today filed an emergency motion for a stay or summary reversal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to stop enforcing production caps on super-polluting diesel “glider” trucks. Today’s filing in the Circuit...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Massive Utah Oil Shale Project Threatens Public Health, Water Supply
Conservation groups today formally opposed the Trump administration’s plan to facilitate the first commercial oil shale development in the United States, a massive Utah project that would generate enormous greenhouse gas and deadly ozone pollution in regions already exceeding federal air-pollution...
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Friday, July 06, 2018
Dozens of Small Business Owners, Religious Groups, Scientists Ask Supreme Court to Maintain Habitat Protections for Endangered Frogs
From economists and scientists to religious leaders and business owners, dozens of groups this week submitted “friend of the court” briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to maintain protections for 1,600 acres of “critical habitat” designated in Louisiana for endangered dusky gopher frogs . “It’s...
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Navy’s Pacific Training Could Kill Hundreds of Dolphins, Threaten Recovery of Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals
The U.S. Navy has proposed training and testing exercises in the Pacific Ocean that could injure or kill thousands of marine mammals, including endangered whales and seals. The proposal would allow the Navy to harm marine mammals approximately 15 million times over five years. That take, which the...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
House Farm Bill Wipes Out Protections for Water, Wildlife From Pesticides
In a narrow vote, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a 2018 Farm Bill that contains an unprecedented provision that would allow the killing of endangered wildlife with pesticides. With every Democrat and 20 Republicans voting in opposition, H.R. 2, the so-called Agriculture and...
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks to Force EPA to Curb Risks From Dangerous Pesticide Malathion
Conservation and public health groups sued the Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt today for failing to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from the dangerous pesticide malathion. Today’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
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