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Suit Filed Over Huge Trump Oil Rush in Gulf of Mexico

The Trump administration has offered up more of the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling than history has ever seen: 78 million acres, virtually all the available public acreage. So the Center for Biological Diversity and allies this week sued Trump's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Our lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., challenges the agency's failure to analyze risks to people and wildlife from the massive selloff.

"Trump is turning over the Gulf of Mexico to oil companies so they can drill and frack with no regard for the consequences. Shortcutting environmental review puts the natural world at risk and will push us deeper into the climate crisis," said Kristen Monsell, legal director of the Center's Oceans program.

We've filed more than 80 lawsuits against the Trump administration. Read more about our latest in The Hill.

Yellowstone Grizzlies Need You Right Now

Our campaign to save Yellowstone's grizzly bears from trophy hunters is kicking into high gear. Starting Sept. 1, more than 20 grizzlies that wander out of Yellowstone National Park and into Wyoming and Idaho could be shot and killed. We're mobilizing across the country to stop the hunt and get federal protection restored to these beloved bears.

We need your help. If you want to attend or host an event in your area, sign up at Ignite Change and we'll give you the details of next week's webinars on how to get involved. You can also help raise funds — whether for activists traveling to Yellowstone or billboards in the region. Gifts supporting this fight will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous Center member.

And don't forget to sign the petition calling on the Trump administration to restore protection to Yellowstone's grizzlies immediately.

26 Scientists to Gov. Brown: Phase Out Dirty Oil Drilling

Oil derrick

Twenty-six prominent climate and environmental scientists have delivered a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown urging him to halt new oil and gas projects and plan to phase out all fossil fuel drilling and fracking in the state. California is one of the nation's top oil-producing states, extracting some of the world's dirtiest oil.

The letter — one of whose signatories is the Center's Climate Science Director Shaye Wolf — warns that halting the state's oil and gas program is necessary to meet Paris Agreement climate targets and protect Californians. Read more.

Judge Halts Pruitt's Last-minute Decision on Polluting Trucks

Truck exhaust

Less than a day after an emergency motion filed by the Center and allies, a federal judge on Wednesday halted the EPA's decision to stop enforcing caps on super-polluting diesel "glider" trucks. The EPA's decision was made on the last night of Scott Pruitt's tenure at the agency.

"The D.C. Circuit's swift action highlights the extreme nature of this lawless attempt to put more ultra-dirty trucks on our roads," said the Center's Vera Pardee. "Andrew Wheeler didn't block Pruitt's putrid final shot at harming the American public, but the court did." Get details from The Hill.

Mexican gray wolves

Enviros to Feds: Release More Mexican Gray Wolf Packs

The Center and two dozen other groups have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release three captive-bred Mexican gray wolf packs — families with pups — to New Mexico's Gila Wilderness this summer. More wolves are urgently needed by the Southwest's small wild-wolf population, whose survival is threatened by low genetic diversity.

A decade ago, the Service — kowtowing to the cattle industry — halted most releases of captive-born wolves into the wild. Instead, in 2016 it began "cross-fostering": releasing captive pups into existing wild packs, without their parents.

The approach seems to be failing: Only two of 10 cross-fostered pups from 2016–2017 are known to still be alive.

Read more in our press release.

Supersonic Planes = Super-climate Impact

Supersonic airplane

Luxury supersonic planes, which may be staging a comeback, will likely burn five to seven times more fuel per passenger than typical airliners, according to a new report.

Efforts to build the high-speed planes are again underway, despite the Concorde's flop decades ago. These aircraft would intensify the climate effects of airline travel, already one of the world's fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution.

"Supersonic aircraft would be an exorbitant, environmentally catastrophic luxury for the world's glitterati," said the Center's Vera Pardee. Read more.

Revelator: The Science and Philosophy of Wolf Recovery

Gray wolf

Wolf lovers get a twofer this week from The Revelator.

First up is an interview with biologist Carter Niemeyer. Carter is one of the people who helped return wolves to Yellowstone National Park. In this interview he shares his insight on what wolves need to thrive in the wild. (Hint: It isn't hatred or fear.)

Then environmental philosopher Michael Paul Nelson — the official historian of the Isle Royale wolf-moose project — talks with us about the ethics of wolf conservation. It's a fascinating discussion that digs deep into our relationship with animals and nature.

Bald eagle

GOP Launches Slew of Attacks on Endangered Species Act

Congressional Republicans have just launched more than a dozen new attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the 1,800 imperiled animals and plants protected by this landmark law.

The Senate held a hearing Tuesday on legislation that would virtually obliterate the Act and push hundreds of species toward extinction, including grizzly bears, wolves and Pacific salmon. Meanwhile the House is poised to vote on 13 policy riders attempting to gut the Act. These attacks follow a nine-bill package introduced last week seeking to eviscerate the law.

"This legislation is deeply out of touch with the values of most Americans," said the Center's Brett Hartl. "Since the Act was passed, it has prevented hundreds of extinctions."

Read more in our press release.

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Wild & Weird: Deep-sea Drama Off the Carolina Coast

Exploring the ocean depths a few dozen miles off the coast of North Carolina earlier this year, researchers captured amazing and rare footage. Check out the seafloor drama of predation in the deep sea — starring a barracuda and a burrow-dwelling "Atlantic midshipman" fish — in our new video on Facebook and YouTube.

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Photo credits: Bottlenose dolphins by Willy Volk/Flickr; oil derrick by David Meyer/Flickr; truck exhaust courtesy EPA; Mexican gray wolves by Chad Horwedel/Flickr; supersonic airplane by
TSGT Charles W. Diggs Jr./Wikimedia; gray wolf courtesy ODFW; bald eagle by Alan D. Wilson/Nature's Pics Online; Atlantic midshipman fish courtesy NOAA.

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