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, September 27, 2018
Reviews of Glyphosate's Cancer Risk Failed to Fully Disclose Monsanto's Role
The scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology has issued a rare “Expression of Concern” and requested corrections to articles it published that failed to fully disclose Monsanto’s role in reviews of glyphosate’s cancer risks. The journal said all five articles it published in a 2016...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
EPA Watchdog: 'Emergency' Pesticide Approval Process Is Flawed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of the Inspector General released a report today finding that the agency’s practice of routinely granting “emergency” approval for use of pesticides across millions of acres does not effectively measure risks to human health or the environment. The...
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Monday, September 17, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump's Refusal to Set Airplane Pollution Standards
The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Trump administration for refusing to release public records related to the government’s failure to develop greenhouse gas emission standards for airplanes as required by the Clean Air Act. The lawsuit, filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in D.C.,...
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Analysis: 11 Disadvantaged L.A. Communities See Heaviest Oil-drilling Pollution
Eleven disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities endure the heaviest use of toxic oil-drilling chemicals in Los Angeles County, according to South Coast Air Quality Management District data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. The 15 zip codes in which oil companies used the most...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Legal Petition Urges Feds to End Toxic Agricultural Pesticide Use on Alabama Wildlife Refuge Complex
Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end toxic agricultural pesticide use on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which was established to protect endangered species, migrating birds and other wildlife. The private commercial farming of...
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Monday, August 27, 2018
Senate Urged to Block Super-Polluting Supersonic Flights Over U.S. Land
Thirty-eight environmental, public-health and community groups today called on the Senate to reject a bill provision that would lift the ban on civilian supersonic flight over U.S. soil. As today’s letter notes, the provision would boost the return of luxury supersonic planes projected to burn five...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Analysis: Most Oil Wells Approved by Gov. Brown Are in Low-income Areas, Communities of Color
More than three-quarters of new oil wells approved during California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure are in low-income communities and communities of color, according to state data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Today’s analysis found that 77 percent of the permits for new oil and gas...
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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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