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Take Action for a Strong Global Plastics Treaty
Plastic pollution is a global problem that needs a global solution, hurting people and wildlife at every phase of plastics production and existence. From the climate-killing emissions of extracting and refining fossil fuels — which plastic is made of — to the water pollution of single-use bags that choke seals and sea turtles, plastics are a far-reaching threat. And we can't recycle or burn our way out of this dilemma.
International leaders are working toward a treaty to fully address the plastics problem. At the end of this month, negotiators will gather in Paris, France. Now the really hard work begins: making sure their initial commitments turn into a strong, binding treaty.
Add your voice: Urge the U.S. delegation to help make that happen. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Julie Teel Simmonds will be in Paris to hand-deliver your signatures.
Roughhead Shiners May Get Help
A tiny Virginia fish the Center petitioned for in 2022 may get federal protection, pending a one-year status review. As the Center’s Tierra Curry told the Chesapeake area Bay Journal, efforts to save the species would probably involve captive breeding: In the stretch of the St. James River where the roughhead shiner lives, it’s being displaced by an invasive fish called the telescope shiner.
The little, bumpy-headed shiner is on the verge of extinction. “As are a lot of little species nobody is paying attention to,” said Tierra. “It’s a story that’s happening everywhere and largely being ignored.”
Lawsuit Launched to Save Railroad Valley Toads
This week the Center filed a notice of intent to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Railroad Valley toads, found at just one spring-fed wetland area in arid Railroad Valley, Nevada. Unfortunately oil and gas extraction and a proposed lithium mining project threaten the springs the toads depend on.
Only first described as a distinct species in 2020, these warty, earth-colored amphibians are among the smallest members of their species group. We petitioned to protect them under the Endangered Species Act last year, and the Service was supposed to decide whether to grant safeguards by April.
Fighting Fossil Fuels in New Mexico
The Center just joined youth, frontline and Indigenous allies in suing New Mexico for failing to control oil and gas pollution. This landmark lawsuit hinges on a state constitutional amendment requiring the state to protect its environment.
Did you know New Mexico is the second-largest oil-producing U.S. state? There are almost 40,000 wells within the Greater Chaco Landscape alone — a place held sacred by our Pueblo and Diné (Navajo) allies. While Big Oil rakes in profits, the rest of us pay in the form of toxic spills, hazardous air pollution, and climate damage.
To shed light on the dangers of fossil fuel extraction in the Land of Enchantment, we also rallied last week in Santa Fe to launch our historic lawsuit.
That’s Wild: Amphibians Who Pollinate?
Biologists have observed — possibly for the first time — a frog pollinating a flower. Tropical amphibians called Izecksohn's Brazilian tree frogs dunk their bodies into flowers for the nectar and then hop around dispersing the pollen, according to a study just published in Food Webs.
“We observed individuals entering large flowers and leaving covered in pollen without destroying the flower structures,” said the study’s lead author. “The species meets some of the requirements to be a pollinator, but we still need further study to actually prove this.”
Watch footage of a flower-pollinating frog on Facebook or YouTube.
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Photo credits: Hawaiian monk seal by Matthew Chauvin/NOAA; P-22 by Jeff Sikich/NPS; half-black bumblebee on Furbish's lousewort courtesy USFWS; roughhead shiner by Derek Wheaton; Railroad Valley toad © Gary Nafis; New Mexico rally by Liz VanDenzen/Center for Biological Diversity; Matschie’s tree kangaroo courtesy San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; Izecksohn's Brazilian tree frog screenshot from video courtesy Carlos Henrique de-Oliveira-Nogueira.
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