Center for Biological Diversity

  • Associated Press Nov 21, 2019

    EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

    Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration says it’s focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the biggest and worst offenders, an Associated Press analysis...

  • director Jul 13, 2019

    EPA Restores Broad Use of Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

    The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing chemical industry private studies that the agency says show the product is only a lower-level threat to bees and other wildlife. Friday’s EPA announcement makes sulfoxaflor the latest bug- and weed-killer defended by the Trump administration despite lawsuits alleging environmental or...

  • United States Jul 13, 2019

    EPA Restores Broad Use of Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

    The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing chemical industry private studies that the agency says show the product is only a lower-level threat to bees and other wildlife. Friday’s EPA announcement makes sulfoxaflor the latest bug- and weed-killer defended by the Trump administration despite lawsuits alleging environmental or...

  • Donald Trump May 15, 2019

    Border Wall to Go Up in National Monument, Wildlife Refuge

    The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday again waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Funding will come from...

  • California Mar 26, 2019

    California Crab Fisheries to Close Early to Protect Whales

    California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state’s coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

  • Donald Trump Feb 9, 2019

    US to Waive Environmental Reviews for San Diego Border Wall

    The Trump administration will waive environmental reviews to replace up to 14 miles of border barrier in San Diego, shielding itself from potentially crippling delays. The Department of Homeland Security said it would issue the sixth waiver of Donald Trump’s presidency under a 2005 law that empowers the secretary to waive reviews required under environmental laws if the border barrier...

  • United States Jan 4, 2019

    Environmental Groups Threaten to Sue EPA Over Air Quality

    A coalition of environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue on Thursday, warning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it must hold Utah and Arizona accountable for missing deadlines to submit plans to clean up air pollution. The announcement came just as a new layer of dirty air settled in over Salt Lake City in the latest winter inversion,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2018

    As Sea Ice Melts, Some Say Walruses Need Better Protection

    Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there’s going to be far less ice around. How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of...

  • Trump administration Aug 24, 2018

    Trump Administration Agrees to Protect West Coast Humpbacks

    In a settlement with environmental groups, the Trump administration has agreed to designate critical Pacific Ocean habitat for endangered humpback whales. The suit by the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation, a nonprofit that represents Native American tribes, was settled Friday in federal district court in San Francisco.

  • Donald Trump Aug 17, 2018

    Group Sues to Expand Protected Orca Habitat Along West Coast

    An environmental group sued President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest’s endangered orcas.

  • President Jul 19, 2018

    Trump Admin. Proposes Limiting Habitat Protections for Endangered Species

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used. “These rules will be very protective,” said U.S. Interior Department Deputy...

  • United States Apr 28, 2018

    US Won't Restore Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Protections

    U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government’s rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to an announcement Friday in in the Federal Register. The disclosure from the Interior Department follows a months-long review of a...

  • United States Mar 27, 2018

    ‘Truly Alarming': No Babies for Endangered Right Whales

    The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales has nearly ended with zero newborns spotted in the past four months — a reproductive drought that scientists who study the fragile species haven’t seen in three decades. Survey flights to look for mother-and-calf pairs off the Atlantic coasts of Georgia and Florida are scheduled to wrap up when the month...

  • Donald Trump Mar 6, 2018

    Trump Administration Once Again Lifts Elephant Trophy Ban

    The Trump administration has quietly decided once again to allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport, despite presidential tweets decrying the practice as a “horror show.” President Donald Trump personally intervened in November when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first said it would lift an Obama-era ban on elephants imported from Zimbabwe and...

  • Donald Trump Feb 28, 2018

    Judge Dismisses Challenges to Border Wall Construction

    On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that “sections of the wall that California wants built now will not be built until the whole wall is approved.”

  • Donald Trump Feb 10, 2018

    Judge Delays Ruling on Environmental Lawsuit Against Border Wall Until Next Week

    After hearing arguments in a lawsuit that could block construction of a border wall with Mexico, Judge Gonzalo Curiel asked both sides to submit more information by next Tuesday before he makes a ruling two days later.

  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2017

    US Agency to Decide If Pacific Walrus Is Threatened Species

    A federal agency faces a deadline this week to decide whether the iconic Pacific walrus will join the polar bear on the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a court settlement has until Saturday to decide whether the Pacific walrus should be put on the list because of threats to its sea ice habitat due to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 13, 2017

    Government Waives Reviews for Border Wall in California

    The Trump administration on Tuesday waived environmental laws and other reviews to replace a small stretch of border wall in Calexico, California, the second time it has exercised that authority in less than two months. Critics said the move was an overreach and a threat to the environment. The waiver extends 3 miles (5 kilometers) west from the downtown border...

  • United States Jul 7, 2017

    Free Condoms at Chicago Zoo Warn of Overpopulation

    Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo will offer a foreboding new exhibit Thursday on the birds and the bees.

  • Attorney Jun 22, 2017

    US Officials to Lift Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Protections

    Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when just 136 bears...

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