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Lawsuit Filed to Save Giraffes

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies this morning sued the Trump administration for failing to consider protecting Africa's rapidly shrinking giraffe population under the Endangered Species Act.

Fewer than 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild, a 40-percent drop over the past three decades. Giraffes are being killed by habitat loss, civil unrest, illegal and trophy hunting, and international trade.

Today's suit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refusal to act on a 2017 petition seeking protection.

"Giraffes capture our imaginations from childhood on, but people don't realize how few are left in the wild," said the Center's Tanya Sanerib. "Instead of throwing these unique animals a lifeline under the Endangered Species Act, Trump officials are twiddling their thumbs."

Read more and consider donating to our Endangered Species Act Protection Fund to save these incredible animals.

Shasta salamander

Center Launches Suits to Save Three Rare Salamanders

We went to court twice this week to protect three sensitive salamander species.

We sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for ignoring a 2012 petition to protect California's Shasta salamanders. And we filed a notice of intent to sue the Service for missing its deadline by more than four years to set aside critical habitat for Georgetown salamanders and Salado salamanders in Texas.

The Service's long delays on Endangered Species Act decisions are a persistent, deadly problem. More than 40 species have gone extinct waiting for protection decisions. Lawsuits like these put necessary public pressure on the Service to do its job and save species. Thank you for your support of this lifesaving work.

Who Was the Worst Eco-villain of 2018? Vote Now.

Rubber Dodo Award

It's time to pick the most outrageous eco-villain of 2018. Every year we give out the Rubber Dodo Award, spotlighting those who are destroying wild places, driving species extinct and tearing down the planet's life-support system. Named after the most famous extinct species on Earth, the award does not come with a cash prize.

This year's nominees are Donald Trump, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Read more and cast your vote now.

COP24 panel

Our Message to World Leaders on Climate Action

Global leaders are in Poland for COP24, the latest international climate talks — and the Center's Climate Law Institute is there too.

This week we held a panel on the global movement to phase out oil, gas and coal production. We're part of Reclaim Power, a grassroots campaign demanding that governments make a fast, just transition to clean energy.

Before the talks we released an analysis of COP24's meat-heavy menu, which could emit an extra 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. To curb climate change we must start cutting down the meat in our diets now, along with quickly, drastically reducing fossil fuel use.

Get details on our panel and our analysis of COP24's menu.

Revelator: For Vanishing Species, What's in a Name?

Lebbiea grandiflora and "Hello" sticker

Sometimes species are discovered just as a major threat to their survival, like a dam or a mine, looms. They can't always be saved. But one thing's for sure: If they're to have any hope of avoiding extinction, the first thing they need is a name.

Read more in The Revelator and sign up for the e-newsletter.


Trump Trumped in Attempt to Halt Vaquita Safeguards

The Trump administration just failed in its third attempt to undo a court-imposed seafood-import ban that helps protect the world's rarest porpoise.

Litigation by the Center and allies forced the United States to ban the import of Mexican seafood caught by gillnets in the Upper Gulf of California. Gillnets are deadly for vaquitas, small porpoises that live there — and likely only 15 vaquitas remain.

"This victory helps U.S. consumers fight the vaquita's extinction before it's too late," said the Center's Sarah Uhlemann.

Get more from Fronteras.

Last Chance to Stop This L.A. County Mega-sprawl

Grasslands near proposed site of Centennial development

Next Tuesday L.A. County might greenlight a sprawling 12,000-acre development called "Centennial." The massive project would bulldoze the Antelope Valley wildlands, home to endangered California condors and San Joaquin kit foxes. It would also destroy a key wildlife corridor plus California's largest wildflower fields and grasslands.

State officials have deemed this a "high fire hazard" area — so a new city here would put people directly in harm's way, too.

Tell L.A. County's supervisors to ditch this disastrous project once and for all.

Humpback whale

Trump OKs Harmful Airgun Blasts in Atlantic

To open the Atlantic Ocean up to drilling, the Trump administration just revoked a ban on underwater airgun blasts for oil exploration.

This seismic blasting poses widespread, unacceptable risks to marine life. It can cause long-lasting harm to fish and mammals, including severely endangered North Atlantic right whales. At least 20 right whales have died since April 2017 — leaving only 411 individuals on Earth.

"It's so sad to see whales and dolphins attacked for oil we shouldn't drill anyway," said the Center's Kristen Monsell. "We need to protect the Atlantic, not let industry destroy it."

Read more at ThinkProgress.

Op-ed: Oregon Must Protect Its Rare Martens

Humboldt marten

Only a couple hundred "cute but fierce" Humboldt martens survive in Oregon's forests, writes the Center's Tierra Curry in a new op-ed. Yet state wildlife managers stubbornly refuse to throw them a lifeline. A major study shows that killing only two or three of these catlike creatures per year could wipe out the Central Coast population by 2050 — so it's urgent that Oregon take action.

Read Tierra's piece in The Register-Guard.

Toxeus magnus

Wild & Weird: Spider Milk?

Milk. It's what's for dinner if you're an infant mammal — bat, whale or human. In fact, lactating is considered a distinctly mammalian attribute.

But researchers, led by conservation biologist Rui-Chang Quan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, just published a study that complicates things. It's all about a spider in Southeast Asia that suckles her babies on a liquid solution of sugars, fats and proteins from her body.

Has this arachnid got milk?

Find out at National Geographic.

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Photo credits: Giraffe by Sponchia/Pixabay; Shasta salamander by flicktree/Flickr; Rubber Dodo Award courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; COP24 panel by Ben Goloff/Center for Biological Diversity; graphic based on photo of Lebbiea grandiflora by Martin Cheek/Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and "Hello" sticker by Eviatar Bach; vaquita by Barbara Taylor/NOAA; {{if --[[Southern California (16 Counties)]] SavedSearch_500098}}grasslands near proposed site of Centennial development by Richard Dickey; {{end}}humpback whale by Ed Lyman/NOAA; Humboldt marten courtesy USFS; Toxeus magnus by Sarefo/Wikimedia.

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