2018 Summer Membership Newsletter
In this edition you’ll read about our fight against trophy hunting, both in the United States (for species like grizzly bears) and abroad (defending animals like giraffes and African elephants). Also in this issue: monarch butterflies and the perilous pesticide dicamba; safeguarding U.S. coasts from Trump's planned offshore-drilling expansion, shining a light on anti-solar policies, and much more.
A Wall in the Wild: The Disastrous Impacts of Trump's Border Wall on Wildlife
Trump's border wall will be a deathblow to already endangered animals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This study examines the impacts of construction of that wall on threatened and endangered species that live along the border, from jaguars to ocelots to tiny, rare owls found nowhere else.
A Wild Success
This in-depth report — the first of its kind — examines the population trends of all 120 bird species that have ever been protected under the Endangered Species Act, finding that this crucial law has been extraordinarily successful in recovering imperiled birds. Read the report now.
A renewable energy future depends largely on distributed solar energy, whose U.S. expansion relies largely on state policies — yet many states' pol;icies donmt make the grade. For this report, we highlight and "grade" 10 states that are blocking distributed solar potential through overtly lacking and destructive distributed solar policy. You can also check out our webpage on the report.
The protections of the Endangered Species Act — one of the world's most effective laws for protecting biodiversity — are being fought by powerful specialinterests, such as big agriculture, the oil and gas industry, developers and ranchers. In response to political pressure from these interests, the feds have used an obscure provision of the Act to subvert the law's intent and green-light many of the very activities putting species at risk. Learn the dangerous details.
Ending new federal fossil fuel leasing would be the most significant climate action undertaken by any U.S. president — and Barack Obama has the power to do it. By stopping new fossil fuel leasing and ensuing industrialization, he can also conserve the irreplaceable values of America's public lands and oceans. Read about the benefits of keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
Politics of Extinction
Despite its success, the Endangered Species Act is under attack like never before. Congressional Republicans have launched a barrage of legislative assaults on endangered species in recent years, seeking to block, remove or weaken their protections. Learn more in our report.
Costs and Consequences: The Real Price of Livestock Grazing on America?s Public Lands
This analysis finds that U.S. taxpayers have lost more than $1 billion over the past decade on a program that allows cows and sheep to graze on public land. Last year alone taxpayers lost $125 million in grazing subsidies on federal land. Read the report to find out more.
Making Room for Wolf Recovery: The Case for Maintaining Endangered Species Act Protections for America's Wolves
This first-of-its-kind analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity identifies 359,000 square miles of additional habitat for gray wolves in 19 of the lower 48 states that could significantly boost the nation's 40-year wolf recovery efforts.
Troubled Waters: Offshore Fracking's Threat to California's Ocean, Air and Seismic Stability
This report released by Center scientists outlines the serious dangers posed by toxic chemicals, air pollution and increased earthquake risk linked to offshore fracking near Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Collision Course: The Government's Failing System for Protecting Manatees From Deadly Boat Strikes
Collisions with watercraft are a persistent and often deadly threat to endangered Florida manatees — yet our report shows that neither the Army Corps of Engineers nor the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have truly protected them while authorizing thousands of risky projects.