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New Lawsuit Aims to Stop Yellowstone Grizzly Killings

Our fight to protect Yellowstone-area grizzly bears goes on.

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies just launched a lawsuit over the Trump administration's plan to let 72 grizzly bears be killed in the name of livestock grazing in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Instead of making sure that measures to reduce grizzly bear conflicts are enforceable, Trump's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorized more and more killings of Yellowstone's grizzlies — a unique, highly threatened population.

"Wiping out Yellowstone grizzlies to make way for cattle to graze cheaply on our public lands makes no sense," said the Center's Andrea Santarsiere. "These treasured bears deserve better."

Watch a news report at KPAX and consider supporting our lawsuit with a donation to our Predator Defense Fund.

Big Sandy crayfish

445 River Miles to Be Protected for Two Coalfield Crayfish

Two crayfish species that live among the coalfields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia will soon be thrown a lifeline. After a petition and lawsuit by the Center, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Monday to protect 445 miles of waterways as critical habitat for Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish under the Endangered Species Act.

"Coal mines are bad for the health of every living being around them," said Perrin de Jong, a Center attorney based in Asheville, North Carolina. "These rare crayfish could be wiped out by the mines, which also threaten people by polluting their air and drinking water."

Get more from The Washington Post.

Energy Justice program team

Center Launches Energy Justice Program

The Center has launched an Energy Justice program to drive the urgent transition to a clean energy future.

Most utility companies are private monopolies. They choke off the development of cleaner energy through price-fixing and court battles aimed at maintaining the existing fossil fuel infrastructure that brings them such easy profits.

Our new program, staffed by attorneys and green energy experts, will wage innovative campaigns to challenge utility corruption and build toward democratic, decentralized, renewable electricity.

"In this era of climate catastrophe, we have to stop these outdated monopolies and usher in a new electricity future," said Jean Su, the new program's director. "We're seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design a new system of accountable, equitable, truly public power."

Get more from Common Dreams.

Black-footed ferrets

With critically endangered species, every individual matters. In this new video from The Revelator, meet "Stevie Nicks" — a blind black-footed ferret who's played a key role in a conservation success story. For years the Center has defended these endangered animals against fracking in their habitat, trapping and killing, the Keystone XL Pipeline, toxic pesticides, and other threats. Watch the video and get more from The Revelator.

Bald eagle

House Dems Stand Up to Defend Endangered Species Act

Good news: The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday voted to approve legislation to reverse the Trump administration's rollbacks of the Endangered Species Act.

Last fall Trump launched a massive, unprecedented attack on the lifesaving law, severely weakening protections for threatened and endangered species. We asked you to speak up, and you answered the call swiftly and strongly: 500,000 people signed our petition urging elected officials to fight back.

Your collective action made a difference — thank you.

The newly approved bill, named the Protect America's Wildlife and Fish in Need of Conservation Act, now goes to a vote by the entire U.S. House of Representatives. We'll keep you posted.

Diamondback terrapin

Keeping Florida's Terrapins From Dying in Crab Traps

Diamondback terrapins — beautiful little turtles that grace the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Massachusetts to Texas — are in decline in many of the places they live.

So the Center and allies petitioned Florida state wildlife officials on Tuesday to adopt laws protecting them from drowning in blue-crab traps.

The use of "bycatch reduction devices" — small, inexpensive attachments for the traps that stop turtles from getting in — could save many terrapin lives with little to no effect on crab haul.

It's a simple solution. We're counting on state officials to do the right thing.

Learn more in our press release.

Suit Filed to Clean Up Smog for 80 Million People

Los Angeles smog

The Center and allies just sued Trump's Environmental Protection Agency to force action on smog pollution. Our suit challenges the EPA's failure to ensure the reduction of dangerous ground-level ozone from oil and gas drilling in parts of 11 states. The polluted areas, in states from Arizona to Maine, are home to 80 million Americans.

"Smog triggers asthma attacks and other serious health problems that routinely send people to the hospital," said Center attorney Robert Ukeiley.

Learn more.

San Pedro River protest

Around 1,000 people gathered on Sunday at the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona to show their love for this fragile waterway, now targeted for border-wall construction.

Trump has waived 41 laws in Arizona to build his wall, an ecological and cultural disaster that's already well underway. Follow the Center's Borderlands Campaigner Laiken Jordahl on Twitter for news from the front lines.

The Revelator: Can Citizen Science Help Rescue Our Reefs?

Coral reef restoration

Coral reefs, so vital to ocean biodiversity, are in dramatic peril from climate change and other threats. Without swift reductions in greenhouse gases, they're predicted to go extinct worldwide by 2100. A new Revelator piece looks at how volunteer reef-restoration projects, led by scientists, might help buy corals time and pull them back from the brink.

Read the article and sign up for The Revelator's e-newsletter.

Sandhill cranes

Wild & Weird: Crane Snowbirds Come to Arizona From Siberia

Some 20,000 sandhill cranes are now occupying their winter home in a southern Arizona wetland. Many migrated to Whitewater Draw all the way from Alaska and Siberia, with others making shorter trips from Colorado and Utah. The sight of so many large, boisterous birds finding refuge in the arid grasslands near the U.S.-Mexico border is breathtaking.

Watch video of sandhill cranes at Whitewater Draw.

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Photo credits: Yellowstone grizzly bear by Terry Tollefsbol/USFWS; Big Sandy crayfish by Derek Wheaton/Enchanting Ectotherms; Energy Justice program team courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; black-footed ferrets by Kimberly Fraser/USFWS; bald eagle by Jerry McFarland/Flickr; diamondback terrapin by Alicia Pimental/Chesapeake Bay Program; Los Angeles smog by Brian Wallace/Flickr; San Pedro River protest by Laiken Jordahl/Center for Biological Diversity; coral restoration courtesy U.S. Pacific Fleet; sandhill cranes by Russ McSpadden/Center for Biological Diversity.

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