Center for Biological Diversity

Republicans Advance Three Bills Attacking Forests, Public Lands

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider legislation Wednesday that would weaken environmental safeguards on, or outright give away, more than 630,000 acres of national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands, clearing the way for private developers.

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I Gave My Boyfriend a Vegetarian Challenge: Here's How a Burger Lover Survived 30 Days Without Meat

“He finally did it!” I announced over the phone to my mom.

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The Escalating Use of Pesticides Is Harming Already Imperiled Aquatic Invertebrates

A new analysis published this month by U.S. Geological Survey scientists found pesticides at high enough concentrations to harm already imperiled aquatic invertebrates in more than half of 100 streams studied in the Midwest and Great Plains. The pesticide levels threaten species like the Hine's emerald dragonfly and the sheepnose mussel.

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Weak U.S. Air Quality Standards Contribute Directly to Thousands of Premature Deaths

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that weak U.S. standards for ground-level ozone and particulate matter contribute directly to thousands of premature deaths.

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House Committee Advances GOP Legislation Attacking National Forest Protections

A key House committee Tuesday approved legislation that would devastate national forests by gutting endangered species protections, limiting public comment and environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and increasing unfettered logging across all national forests and public forests run by the Bureau of Land Management. 

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Common Pesticides Are Found in Majority of Human Umbilical Cords and May Harm Almost All Endangered Species

The Environmental Protection Agency last week released its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides. Another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon. The results released today are the final biological evaluations the EPA completed as part of its examination of the impacts of these pesticides on endangered species.

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Non-Profit Funded by Koch and Exxon Attempts to Mislead Consumers About Solar Energy

Earlier this month, the Institute for Energy Research released a new report, The High Cost of Rooftop Solar Subsidies, which contained misleading claims about the economic costs of rooftop-solar subsidies and net-metering policies that support expansion of the distributed solar-energy market.

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Californians May Be Drinking Cancer-Causing Oil Industry Chemicals

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- People in California's Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report recently released by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific.

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Californians May Be Ingesting Cancer-Causing Oil Industry Chemicals

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- People in California's Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report recently released by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific.

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Obama Administration Urged to Halt Dumping of Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico

An Obama administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens endangered marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned over the weekend.

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