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Trump Launches War on Wolves — Join the Fight Now

We knew this was coming: On Wednesday the Trump administration rolled out plans to end protections for nearly every wolf in the lower 48 states. This will be the single worst blow against wolf recovery in more than 40 years.

If Trump's plan goes through, it'll return us to the days when wolves were shot, poisoned, trapped and mercilessly persecuted to the brink of extinction. We can't let that happen.

We're mobilizing right now, planning our legal action and activating our grassroots volunteers from coast to coast. There are over 60 events happening this week with volunteers from Ignite Change, the Center for Biological Diversity's organizing arm. We're just getting started and we need you.

Sign up for a webinar tonight on how we can fight to save wolves and consider donating to our Wolf Defense Fund.

Barton Springs salamander

We're Headed to Court for Texas Salamanders

The Center and allies just filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a highway project's threats to the endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders.

We recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project in Austin has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sinkholes and other karst features that are home to these vanishing creatures. There's a high risk that construction will pollute the two species' habitat.

"Ripping open these caves to build the Intersections Project has created a huge pollution threat to Austin's endangered salamanders," said the Center's Jenny Loda.

Get more from KUT News.

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Laiken Jordahl

In this video Laiken Jordahl, our borderlands campaigner, talks about an endangered Mexican gray wolf's astonishing journey across the border. Border-wall construction threatens the continued existence of Mexican wolves and 93 other imperiled species. Watch on Facebook or YouTube.

The Revelator Talks With Climate Science Pioneer

Dr. Warren Washington

Dr. Warren Washington is a trailblazer in the field of atmospheric computer modeling, a tool now widely used to help understand climate change. Over the course of his career, he's advised six presidential administrations and won many awards.

After more than 50 years of research on the Earth's climate, Washington has had an up-close view of scientific discovery and political inaction — and has plenty to say about both. Read an interview at The Revelator and sign up for The Revelator's newsletter.

Borax Lake chub

Endangered Species Act Recovery: Tiny Oregon Fish

First protected under the Endangered Species Act almost 40 years ago, a two-inch fish called the Borax Lake chub has been proposed for removal from the Act's protection.

The chub was once threatened by developments affecting the streams feeding into the 10-acre lake it lives in — which can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit because of thermal hot springs. We're glad this species will join more than a dozen others declared recovered by the Act over the past three years.

"I'm happy this unique little fish will continue to thrive in the wild," said the Center's Stephanie Kurose. "The Act is the world's most successful wildlife conservation law, and the chub's recovery is another powerful testament to its effectiveness."

Read more at Oregon Live.

Suit Filed to Stop Alaska Drilling

National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

The Center and allies — represented by Earthjustice — just sued the Trump administration for approving ConocoPhillips' oil-drilling program in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, America's largest area of public land.

The drilling would damage some of the world's most important migratory bird habitat. It would also harm the home of the Teshekpuk caribou herd — critical to the local Iñupiat people of Nuiqsut (whose tribal government is part of our lawsuit). Read more.

Groups to Congress: Endangered Species Act Needs Funding

Polar bears

More than 215 public-interest groups have come together to urge Congress to increase the budget for endangered species conservation from about $252 million to $486 million. Hundreds of endangered species receive less than $1,000 a year for their recovery, and many receive no federal funding at all.

"The Endangered Species Act has been starved for decades, and incredible animals and plants have been pushed toward extinction because of it," said the Center's Stephanie Kurose. "Enough is enough." Get more from the Courthouse News Service.

Oil-shale mining

Suit Launched Over Huge Utah Oil-shale Mine Plan

In a reckless gambit to usher in the nation's first oil-shale development, the feds have approved rights-of-way for a massive, polluting mine in Utah — just when we need to decisively ditch fossil fuels. Oil shale is one of the world's most carbon- and water-intensive fuels.

The strip mine and related facilities would siphon billions of gallons of water from the Green River, threatening wildlife and boosting global warming. So the Center and allies filed a notice of intent to sue Trump's Bureau of Land Management.

"This project would spell disaster for the climate, the Colorado River and endangered species," said the Center's Taylor McKinnon. "Draining rivers to mine high-carbon fossil fuels makes no sense."

Read more in The Hill.

Clouded leopard

Wild & Weird: 'Extinct' Taiwanese Leopard Spotted

Dreams sometimes do come true. One of the world's most beautiful cats, the Formosan clouded leopard, was declared extinct in 2013 ... but it now seems to have reappeared. Rangers spotted more than one leopard on the outskirts of a township hunting goats, while a group of motorists reported a lone leopard prowling around their scooters.

This isn't the first time a large, supposedly vanished animal has nonchalantly walked back into our lives from oblivion. In February a giant "extinct" tortoise, last seen in 1906, showed up on an island in the Galápagos.

Read more about the Formosan clouded leopard at Taiwan News.

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Photo credits: Wolf by Pixel-mixer/Pixabay; Barton Springs salamander by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS; CREDO logo; Laiken Jordahl by Leslie Ann Epperson and Russ McSpadden; Dr. Warren Washington by Ginger Hein/UCAR; Borax Lake chub by Bridget Moran/USFWS; National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska by Mifter/Wikimedia; polar bears by Susanne Miller/USFWS; oil shale mining by rocbolt/Flickr; clouded leopard by Ltshears/Wikimedia.

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