Latest Center for Biological Diversity Stories

2008-08-27 00:00:24

By Ken Ward Jr. Against the advice of outside experts, the Bush administration today will formally remove the West Virginia northern flying squirrel from the endangered species list. Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne announced the move Monday, in a news release that credited conservation efforts and habitat restoration with rescuing the squirrel from the brink of extinction. But two of three academic experts brought in by the Interior Department recommended against the delisting....

2008-08-06 12:50:00

Alaska filed a lawsuit on Monday against the United States over the placement of polar bears on the threatened species list because such a categorization will hurt Alaskan oil and gas exploration, fisheries and tourism. The lawsuit seeks the withdrawal of a May 14 decision to place polar bears on the threatened list of the Endangered Species Act due to climate change. "We believe that the ... decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data...

2008-07-31 06:00:35

By Tony Davis, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 31--The next place where development meets endangered species in Arizona could be Pinal County. And the next pygmy owl could be a little-known but colorful snake subspecies that stretches a little longer than a foot. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says listing of the Tucson shovel-nosed snake as a threatened or endangered species may be justified. Responding to a petition from Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, the...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jun. 25--BARSTOW -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Monday to consider new protections for the habitat of a rare plant that grows only in the Mojave Desert in and around Fort Irwin. The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit environmental advocacy group, sued the Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to make the department reconsider an April 2005 decision not to designate any critical habitat for the Lane Mountain...

2008-06-15 00:05:00

Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to search for oil and natural gas among them. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations this week providing legal protection to seven oil companies planning to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern coast of Alaska, even if "small numbers" of polar bears or Pacific walruses are incidentally harmed by their...

2008-01-09 18:40:00

Three conservation groups began legal action today to force the Bush administration to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace submitted a formal notice to federal agencies and officials who will make the decision in Washington, D.C., of their intent to sue the administration for missing the deadline to decide whether polar bears will be listed due to global warming. A formal...

2005-03-31 07:44:46

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A conservative legal foundation filed twin federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging federal protections for 42 species, 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools across much of California and in far southern Oregon. The Pacific Legal Foundation says the critical habitat designations that together cover 1.5 million acres in 42 counties drive up housing costs and taxes and harm private property rights without doing much to save species. The suits, filed...

2005-02-17 13:10:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A conservation group filed a formal petition Wednesday seeking to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying global warming could make it extinct by the end of the century. The Arctic sea ice habitat polar bears use for feeding, mating and maternity denning is breaking up earlier each spring and forming later in the autumn, said Kassie Siegel, lead author of the petition submitted by the Center for Biological...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.