Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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Trump Takes Aim at 27 National Monuments

President Trump on Wednesday launched a devastating new attack on our public lands -- this time targeting national monuments. These monuments include more than 1 billion acres of America's most cherished natural and cultural wonders, but Trump would rather see them industrialized for corporate profit.

His executive order tells the Interior Department to review the designation of every monument that's been protected since 1996. His goal? To turn our most magnificent places over to special interests like coal and logging.

Twenty-seven national monuments are now at risk, from Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah to vast marine areas in the Pacific and Caribbean. The Center for Biological Diversity will be fighting this attack every step of the way.

Check out our press release for a state-by-state list of monuments at risk and tell your member of Congress to stand up to these attacks.

Mexican gray wolf

Win: Court OKs Much-needed Wolf Releases in New Mexico

Big news for endangered Mexican gray wolves: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals this week struck down a lower court's injunction against releases of these rare wolves into the wilds of New Mexico.

The Center and other organizations intervened in the case on the side of the federal government in support of wolf releases. The new ruling reinstates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's authority to release wolves from captivity into the wild despite state objections. The new animals will infuse the wild population -- last counted at 113 in Arizona and New Mexico -- with critical genetic diversity and help make it self-sustaining.

"This ruling is a lifesaver for our beleaguered Mexican gray wolves," said the Center's Michael Robinson.

Read more in the Albuquerque Journal.

Thousands Gear Up for Nationwide Climate March

Peoples Climate March marchers

On Saturday -- which happens to be Trump's 100th day in office -- thousands of people across the country will participate in the Peoples Climate March, defending climate science from seemingly endless attacks by the current administration. The Center's staff will be there, and we hope you will too.

With more at stake than ever this year, we'll also be rallying for wildlife, wildlands including the 27 monuments Trump attacked this week, climate justice and, in fact, social justice in all its forms. Join us in D.C. or find a sister march near you.


Public Records Sought on Dow Chemical's Sway Over Trump

The Center this week submitted requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking access to public records from the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Commerce to illuminate reports about Dow Chemical pressuring the Trump administration to abandon efforts to protect endangered species from pesticides.

In January the EPA pronounced Dow's insecticide chlorpyrifos likely to harm 97 percent of federally protected species (about 1,800). Then last week Dow -- which has spent millions of dollars on political causes, and whose CEO is pally with Trump -- told the administration to scrap its four-year effort to protect these species from the dangerous chemical.

"Taxpayers have a right to know exactly how Dow Chemical is profiting from the corporate swamp in our nation's capital," said the Center's Brett Hartl.

Read more in our press release.

Bears Ears National Monument

Trump has launched a new attack on our national monuments. In our new video, see some of the beautiful lands that may be turned over to special interests like coal and logging. Watch and share from Facebook or YouTube.

'Fascism in America' Teach-in: Livestream or Attend in NYC

Kieran Suckling

Is fascism rising in America? Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director, will join New Yorker contributor George Prochnik, Andy Zee of Revolution Books NYC, and Rita Dentino of Casa Freehold of National Day Laborers Organizing Network tonight at a free event in Manhattan's West Village to discuss Trump's authoritarian threat.

The teach-in, organized by Refuse Fascism, will be livestreamed, so if you're not in New York you can still participate. It will explore the nature of the current administration, the relevance of historic fascism and the dangers of normalization. Find out more.

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#EcoList of Things We Love

5 Animals Whose Parts Are in Odd Places

Wild Energy website

The Future of Energy Is Wild

Through wildlife-friendly solutions like rooftop solar; energy efficiency; and other clean, equitable and sustainable energy sources, we can fight human-induced climate change and protect wildlife and wild places. The Center is advocating for local, state and federal policies to advance renewable energy, urging companies to invest in distributed solar, and standing up to powerful special interests that are trying to keep solar energy in the dark.

Check out our new Wild Energy website for latest actions and information on how we're building an energy future that benefits both wildlife and human communities.

'Toddler vs. Lettuce' -- One Family's Fight Against Food Waste

A food-wasting monster

Making her debut on Medium this month, the Center's Population and Sustainability Media Specialist Jess Herrera tackled the problem of battling food waste when you have a family -- particularly when you have a toddler.

Eat the wee one's leftovers? Jess tried that. Feed those scraps to the dog? Jess tried that, too. But she found that the best way to fight food waste is to shop more carefully and consume more wisely as a family.

Read more on Medium.

Mount Graham squirrel

Wild & Weird: One of the Rarest Squirrels in the World

Mount Graham red squirrels are an endangered subspecies of North American red squirrel. They live in the higher elevations of a single Sky Island mountain range in southern Arizona, the Pinaleño Mountains, where they've been isolated from other red squirrels since the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago.

Climate change and habitat loss -- along with an introduced squirrel species that outcompetes them -- threaten the survival of this rare squirrel population of only 200 to 300 individuals. A pilot captive-breeding program is underway, but according to researchers, female Mount Grahams are only receptive to breeding for 8 hours one day a year.

Watch our new video on Facebook or YouTube to get a peek at these adorable and endangered squirrels.

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Photo credits: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by ascanio/Flickr; Mexican gray wolf by Jim Clark/USFWS; Peoples Climate March by Joe Brusky/Flickr; ladybug by mxkai/Flickr; Bears Ears National Monument; Kierán Suckling by Taylor McKinnon; Flotsam logo courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; Wild Energy website courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; food-waste monster by Jessica Herrera; Mount Graham red squirrel video still by Arizona Fish and Game.

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