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  • Protect Oregonians From Aerial Herbicide Sprays
    Aerial herbicide spraying in Oregon
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    A new bill in the Oregon state legislature called the Public Health and Water Resources Protection Act looks to rectify a shared problem for both people and wildlife. For years the state has allowed clearcut forest lands to be blanketed with herbicides in areas dangerously close to homes, habitat and water supplies.

    The Act proposes the following common-sense reforms:

    -- Providing notice to communities prior to aerial sprays, so they and their animals can take cover and avoid direct herbicide exposure;

    -- Mandating buffers to protect human health, drinking water and wildlife habitat; and

    -- Ensuring that the public can freely access information after herbicide applications, so that, among other things, those who have been exposed can seek proper treatment.

    Take action below -- urge your legislators to support this important new bill and protect Oregonians from indiscriminate aerial spraying.

  • Bats in Big Trouble -- Take Action
    Northern long-eared bat with white-nose syndrome
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    Northern long-eared bats are amazing little creatures that can eat their own weight in insects each night. But in recent years a terrible disease called white-nose syndrome has been laying waste to whole bat colonies across 25 states and five provinces. In several populations as many as 99 percent of the bats have died.  

    In response the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first proposed safeguarding these bats under the Endangered Species Act in 2013. But since then the timber, oil, gas and mining industries have mustered political leaders to their side and painted a picture of economic devastation if full protections come to pass.

    The Service is even considering backpedaling on its plan, weakening protections and giving logging and other potentially harmful activities in these areas a free pass.

    Take action below -- tell the Service not to cave to special interests and give these bats the strong protections they urgently need to escape extinction.

  • Save New York's Precious and Rare Wildlife
    Bicknell's thrush chicks
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    As part of a periodic review, New York's wildlife officials are now assessing which of the state's species are in greatest conservation need. This review has brought together an unlikely set of threatened animals -- three bats, the giant eastern hellbender salamander, and a bird called Bicknell's thrush.

    But all five have at least this in common: They're native New Yorkers, their long-term survival is in jeopardy, and protecting them would be good for us too since we all need stability in the face of disease, water pollution and climate change.

    Take action below -- urge the state to add these animals to its endangered species list. New York's law is a good one, but no new species have been put under its protection for far too long.

  • Free Global Climate Leader Jailed in Home Country

    Mohamed NasheedOne of the leaders in the global movement for climate justice has just been arrested and imprisoned in his home country. We need your help to free him.

    Mohamed Nasheed was elected president of the Maldives in 2008 in the first free and fair election following 30 years of authoritarian rule. The following year he led the heroic fight for a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty at the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen. He inspired millions through his eloquent entreaty for global action that would save his own tiny island nation from rising seas and the rest of the world from climate disaster.

    As president, Nasheed pledged to make his country carbon neutral by 2020, held a cabinet meeting underwater in scuba gear to draw attention to the climate crisis, and has worked tirelessly to address the coming mass displacement of people due to rising seas and climate disruption.

    President Nasheed was forced from office in 2012 by the prior authoritarian regime, and last weekend he was violently arrested and jailed on political charges.

    Please sign the petition below to urge Maldives' current president Yameen Abdul Gayoom to immediately release Nasheed.

  • End the Sale of Blood Ivory in Hawaii
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    A sudden increase in demand for ivory in recent years has had a horrifying effect on elephant populations across Africa, such that almost 100 elephants are killed each day for their tusks. Confusion, too, over what is legal vs. illegal ivory has allowed the black market to persist, fueling the current poaching crisis.

    Within the United States, New York and New Jersey have banned ivory sales in response. Now it's time for Hawaii to follow their lead. The state has the third-largest market domestically and up to 89 percent of its ivory comes from illegal or unknown origins.

    House Bill 837 from Hawaii's legislature promises to stop the flow of bloody ivory in and out of the state by banning its sale with few exceptions.

    Take action below -- urge the state's legislators to do the right thing by supporting this bill and letting elephants live.

  • Stop the New NRA Attack on Wildlife
    Loon
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    For the third consecutive year, the NRA has gotten the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus to introduce legislation aimed at preventing the EPA from doing its job by regulating lead that kills wildlife.

    Toxic lead has been sensibly removed from water pipes, gasoline, paint and other sources dangerous to people -- but tons of spent lead from hunting and fishing gear are still left in the wild every year, where they enter the food chain and exact a deadly toll.

    Lead ammo also poses serious health risks to humans who consume wild game riddled with lead-shot. Since effective, nontoxic bullets, shot and fishing weights are now widely available and comparable in price to lead, more than 250 organizations in 40 states are calling on the EPA to get the lead out.

    Don't let the NRA's politics of fear undercut our environmental laws.

    Take action below -- help us protect eagles, falcons, loons, cranes, condors and people from unnecessary lead poisoning by urging your representatives to stop the cruel and misguided "Sportsmen's Act."

  • Tell Congress: Don't Mess With Wolf Recovery
    Gray wolves
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    Congressional efforts are now underway to remove federal protections from wolves in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan -- in direct contravention of two recent federal court orders as well as the Endangered Species Act.

    Indeed H.R. 884 and H.R. 843 threaten to reopen the door to widespread slaughter of these intelligent, social animals -- killing that could include more trophy hunts and cruel traps. We can't let these bills pass.

    Deciding when to remove Endangered Species Act protections is not the role of politicians, and so these bills would set a dangerous precedent and weaken this bedrock environmental law. Wolves would lose the Act's lifesaving protections for no reason other than being unpopular with special interests and extremists.

    Take action below -- tell Congress to vote no on these anti-wolf bills and any other attempts to undermine science and the integrity of the Endangered Species Act.

    Then, if you can, help support our work by donating to our Wolf Defense Fund.

  • Tell the Government: Bomb Trains Must Be Stopped
    Oil train explosion in North Dakota
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    Back-to-back oil train disasters -- one in Ontario, the other in West Virginia -- provide another painful reminder about the dangers "bomb trains" pose to people, wildlife and the environment.

    Please take a moment to tell President Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation to impose an immediate moratorium on oil trains.

    Oil-by-rail transport has increased 40-fold since 2008 -- and we've seen a dangerous increase in derailments, explosions, oil spills and evacuations. In fact, more oil spilled in 2013 than the total amount from 1975-2012, and there were more oil train spills in 2014 than in any year since the federal government began collecting data.

    The latest wrecks involved trains carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil, causing huge fires that were still burning days later. In West Virginia, the derailed train spewed burning oil into the Kanawha River and set a house ablaze, prompting the West Virginia governor to declare a state of emergency. The accident forced the evacuation of two nearby communities and threatened municipal drinking water supplies and habitat for several rare and vulnerable aquatic species.

    It's time for this to stop. Putting people, our water and imperiled species at risk so oil companies can profit from moving millions of gallons of explosive oil through our communities daily is simply wrong.

    Take action below -- tell President Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx that a moratorium on oil trains is needed to prevent further disaster.

  • Give Ringed Seals the Home They Need
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    As the primary food for polar bears, ringed seals are a key link in the Arctic food chain -- but they're also fascinating and lovely in their own right. They use their long claws to excavate snow caves on top of sea ice to create shelters for nursing pups. But as the Arctic warms, tragically, the sea ice is breaking up earlier, and rain is falling on snow, causing these caves to collapse.

    In 2012 the Center for Biological Diversity succeeded in protecting ringed seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. But now it's time to protect their sea-ice home, and we need your help.

    The National Marine Fisheries Service recently proposed to protect more than 226 million acres of ringed seal habitat -- the largest critical habitat designation in history. But if oil companies like Shell have their way, this proposal will never become final, and these waters will be protected instead for oil rigs.

    Take action below -- help us keep the pressure on the Fisheries Service to do the right thing and protect the seals' home from further destruction.

  • Make Florida Frack-free
    Salmon spawning
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    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced that state and local bans on fracking are "the wrong way to go."

    But we know that these bans are the only way to go — the only way to protect ourselves from the toxic and climate-warming effects of fracking.

    The Florida state government is now considering following Vermont, New York and many local communities by prohibiting the dangerous practice.

    Let's show Florida that we support protecting the climate and public health: Urge the state government to pass the fracking ban.

  • Defend Oregon's Rivers From Fracked Gas Exports
    Salmon spawning
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    Liquified natural gas, or LNG, is often touted as a "bridge fuel" to buy us time in the transition to a clean energy economy. But studies from NASA and Stanford have shown it's a bridge to nowhere.

    The lifecycle carbon impacts of LNG are just as bad as coal -- and when methane is fracked, piped hundreds of miles, supercooled to a liquid and shipped overseas, it is not a "clean" and "efficient" product. In fact, any leaked methane is 86 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.

    That's why we must stop all LNG export facilities trying to make a buck shipping these climate-changing fossil fuels to Asian markets, including the latest plan in Oregon at Coos Bay.

    If this project comes to pass, Oregon's water and salmon will lose big. The amount of soil that'll be dredged out of Coos Bay to make way for the proposed terminal could fill the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif. -- 14 times. And to move the gas would require 230 miles of pipeline and a giant clearcut across three national forests and 400 waterways.

    Take action below -- urge the Oregon DEQ to protect the incredible waters and wildlife people have come to expect from the state by denying this project's permit.

  • Join the Apache Resistance Against Arizona Copper Mine
    Apache Leap, Arizona
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    Stand with us in joining the San Carlos Apache tribe to protect Oak Flat campground, a sacred Apache site in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.

    International mining giant Rio Tinto's plans to develop a massive copper mine there would leave a depression in the ground the size of the Winslow meteor crater, drain the aquifer and destroy important streams, springs and wildlife habitat.

    Oak Flat is also home to numerous species of wildlife, including an ocelot that was killed on a nearby road several years ago. The area was formally withdrawn from mining by presidential order 50 years ago, but Congress recently approved a land swap that allows the company to obtain private control of the land and evade environmental laws in the process.

    Please take a moment to urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to oppose this project.

  • Washington: Stop These 7 Anti-wolf Bills
    Gray wolf
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    In 2011, after a comprehensive five-year public process involving a wide range of stakeholders, the state of Washington finally approved a wolf plan that seemed to mark the dawn of a new, hopeful era for people coexisting with wildlife.

    All that hard work though is now under attack from a series of anti-wolf bills before the state legislature. Please take a moment to speak up for Washington's wolves; we have to stop these bills in their tracks.

    The state wildlife agency just hired a brand new director and convened a Wolf Advisory Group to include even more voices and an expert in conflict prevention. Instead of tossing out the wolf plan and interfering with this working group, the legislature should focus on passing a budget that will fund nonlethal, conflict-deterrence measures that have been proven to work.

    Take action below -- urge your state legislators to stand by Washington's hard-won, existing state wolf plan and oppose House Bills 1199, 1224, 1225, 1676, 1791 and 1792; Senate Bill 5583; and House Joint Memorial 4002.

    Then call your state representatives and learn more about these anti-wolf bills.

  • America's Biggest Methane Plume -- Take Action
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    This past fall NASA scientists discovered a large red blob on a national map hovering over northwest New Mexico -- a problem, they thought, with their display. But what they'd stumbled onto was actually America's biggest methane cloud -- located directly above a landscape checkered with coal gasfields.

    Now that climate-destroying plume could get bigger and give the area an even darker black eye: The Bureau of Land Management wants to OK a crude-oil pipeline whose 50,000 barrel-per-day capacity could quadruple oil and gas fracking in the region.

    The Four Corners is already riddled by decades of oil, gas and coal pollution. Communities have suffered, and endangered fish like the Colorado pikeminnow have been poisoned. The Piñon Pipeline and its fracking would magnify those problems and threaten to industrialize ancestral Indian lands, including Chaco Canyon -- a World Heritage Site once a center of Ancestral Puebloan civilization.

    Take action below -- add your voice to the growing chorus by urging the BLM to reject this proposal and keep these fossil fuels in the ground.

  • End Bobcat Trapping in California
    Bobcats
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    Over the past few years, a rising demand for bobcat pelts in China and Russia has driven up fur prices and caused a boom in bobcat trapping in California. As a result, trappers have been targeting the boundaries of national parks -- luring the cats out of these safe havens and into their deadly snares and cages.

    Fortunately California's legislature passed the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 to protect our parks and wildlife from such commercial exploits. And yet the problem continues because trapping continues in other parts of the state, and because the law has yet to be truly enforced.

    The California Fish and Game Commission is tasked with this rulemaking, and one option it is now seriously considering is a statewide ban on all bobcat trapping. But the commission will only choose that option if they hear loud and clear that we value our wildlife alive -- not trapped, killed, skinned and exported to be worn as fur coats in Moscow or Beijing.  

    Take action below -- urge the commission to protect these ecologically important California natives by banning all bobcat trapping throughout the state.

  • New York City: Ban Bluefin Now
    Bluefin tuna
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    When a single bluefin tuna can legally sell for as much as $20,000, it's no surprise that a market has developed to devastate that fish.

    Fortunately there's hope that, with grassroots support, strong leadership at the local level can help turn the tide for these ocean giants: New York's city council will soon hold a hearing on a bill to ban the sale of this highly imperiled fish.

    All three of the world's bluefin tuna populations -- Atlantic, Pacific and southern -- are struggling to recover from decades of overfishing. But you can act now and have a very real effect by helping to take bluefin off menus in a city with vast influence.

    Write now in support of the bill to ban the sale of bluefin tuna in New York City and we'll take your letter to the hearing.

    And if you're interested in testifying in person, send an email to bluefin@biologicaldiversity.org to get a future notice about the time and date.

  • Don't Frack Maryland
    Fracking rig
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    Maryland Governor O'Malley has kept fracking out of his state until now, and he's leaving office in January.

    But he just signaled that he wants to use his remaining months to let in the dangerous practice, which would place communities at risk of air and water pollution.

    Fracking also threatens our climate: We need to transition to a clean energy economy, not expand exploitation of dirty fossil fuels.

    Tell Governor O'Malley that his parting shot shouldn't put Maryland communities and our climate in danger. Ask him to keep fracking out of the state.


  • Obama: Reject KXL Once and for All
    White House Keystone XL rally
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    President Obama has pledged to veto the Keystone XL bill being pushed through Congress by climate-denying conservatives. But Big Oil and its pals in Washington won't give up -- Congress will continue pushing this disastrous pipeline unless Obama steps up to reject it now.

    We need President Obama to stay true to his climate promise and protect our wildlife, air, water and people.

    With mass public pressure, we've stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from being built for more than six years. We're calling on you to help us finish the job and stop this destructive project once and for all.

    Take action now and tell President Obama now is the time to reject Keystone XL.

  • Tell Congress: Keep Your Hands Off Our Wolves
    Gray wolf
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    The Endangered Species Act requires science-based standards for adding or removing protections from a particular species, but recently Congress has used must-pass bills to dodge this process. These bills include unconnected provisions called riders that get forced through because the main legislation needs to be passed -- and now Congress has set its sights on gray wolves.

    Lawmakers are attempting to strip wolves of their protections via this underhanded, anti-democratic process. We need your help to stop it.

    Judges have repeatedly overturned rules stripping wolves of their federal protection -- with only 5 percent of suitable wolf habitat currently occupied and almost constant threats to their safety, these apex predators still desperately need the Act's protection to survive.

    In places where wolves don't have protection, like Idaho and Montana, ruthless killing is decimating their populations. And these wolves lost protection in 2011 because of a rider attached to a budget bill -- we can't let that happen to the rest of America's wolves.

    Act now: Use the form below to tell Congress not to strip Endangered Species Act protection from wolves.

  • Help Protect North Carolina's Red Wolves
    Red wolf
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    Red wolves were once widespread across the Southeast but are now limited to just a single, reintroduced population of about 100 wolves in North Carolina.

    And North Carolina's red wolves are still threatened by illegal shootings and politically powerful interests that want them gone. But this small population could soon get a big boost from a proposal by the state's Wildlife Resources Commission.

    Under the proposal, North Carolina will finally protect red wolves under the state's endangered species act. And, because dispersing wolves are often shot on accident by hunters who mistake them for coyotes, the proposed plan is to ban coyote hunting at night in red wolf recovery areas. The new rules would seek to reduce hunting mistakes by more strictly regulating some forms of hunting and prohibiting coyote-killing contests in places designated for red wolf recovery.

    Take action below -- urge the commission to pass these desperately needed rules and help recover red wolves beyond this single small, struggling population.

  • Tell Secretary Kerry: Support Zero by 2050
    Secretary of State John Kerry
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    An exciting new idea to protect our planet from global warming is gathering steam. At the recent United Nations climate talks in Peru, negotiators agreed to consider ending virtually all fossil fuel use by 2050.

    This breakthrough proposal could help preserve a livable climate, but the alternative is grim: A recent U.N. report warned that global warming will cause mass wildlife extinctions and inflict terrible suffering on the world's poorest populations.

    That's why we need an international agreement that keeps most dirty fossil fuels in the ground and helps developing nations embrace a clean-energy economy.

    Dozens of countries support this revolutionary proposal, but the United States is holding back. As we move toward the Paris climate summit next year, U.S. negotiators -- led by Secretary of State John Kerry -- must take a strong stance against fossil fuels.

    Please take action to urge Secretary Kerry to support the "zero by 2050" plan.

  • Save Rare Beetle From the Mandibles of Yet Another Mall
    Miami tiger beetle
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    Unlike humans, who have managed to spread and dominate nearly everywhere they go, most species are just out of luck once left without a home.

    That's why the situation is now so grim for many South Florida natives, including the Florida bonneted bat and several other federally protected plants and butterflies. Unchecked urban and agricultural sprawl have destroyed all but 2 percent of their increasingly rare pine rockland homes.

    Now construction of the ironically named Coral Reef Commons (a shopping mall anchored by a Walmart) and Miami Wilds (yet another Florida theme park) on this rare habitat adds insult to injury. And one species -- the fierce, mandible-mashing Miami tiger beetle -- was recently thought extinct until it was rediscovered nestled between the mall and theme park's footprint.

    In January 2015 Miami-Dade County commissioners will vote on a proposal that would label this rare pine rockland habitat a "blight" and a "slum," which could give developers a tax break and social license to destroy the land.

    Take action below -- urge the commissioners not to fall for this ruse and instead protect this rare habitat for all the species that desperately need it to survive. 

  • Tell the U.S. Senate: Don’t Fast-track Fracking
    Walrus and calf
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    The U.S. is gearing up for a boom in LNG exports -- unless we work to stop it.

    The Senate is considering a bill could green-light LNG export projects without proper consideration of the hazardous impacts.

    An expansion of LNG means an expansion of fracking -- this threatens our climate with potent methane emissions and puts our communities at risk.

    Stand up for the climate and our communities -- tell the Senate to vote “no” on this horrible bill.



  • Save Salamanders From a Skin-eating Fungus
    Blue Ridge two-lined salamander
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    Whether black-bellied or red-backed, blue- or white-spotted, gray-cheeked or four-toed, all of America's nearly 200 salamander species now face a new threat with potentially disastrous consequences.

    A deadly skin-eating fungus called Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (literally "devouring salamanders"), or Bsal, is spreading like wildfire in Europe and could soon jump to the United States through the pet trade.

    With a mortality rate of 96 percent, the new fungus has practically wiped out fire salamanders in the Netherlands. Lab tests show that the fungus is fatal to American salamanders, and infected salamanders have been documented in the pet trade.

    Once the disease enters wild populations, it'll be near-impossible to stop.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the power to prevent this invasion. Under the Lacey Act, the agency can suspend the import of all salamanders unless screened with a DNA test.

    Take action below -- urge the Service to protect our salamanders from this disease and avoid the same terrible fate that has ravaged our frogs and bats.

  • Protect Nemo From Warming Oceans
    Protect Nemo From Warming Oceans
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    The orange clownfish spends nearly its entire life protected within anemones on coral reefs. Warming and acidifying oceans resulting from our carbon dioxide pollution are destroying the clownfish's anemone and coral reef habitat.

    What's more, ocean acidification scrambles the clownfish's senses. Acidic waters damage the hearing and smell of young fish, causing them to become attracted to their predators and unable to find their coral reef homes.

    The federal government is considering protecting the orange clownfish under the Endangered Species Act.
    These protections would help reduce dangers to the clownfish and would encourage government action to fight climate change.

    Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the orange clownfish from climate change and other threats.

  • Tell President Obama: Don't Wait, Reject KXL Now

    Keystone XL protestTell President Obama that now is the time for leadership.

    Congress just narrowly failed to force an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Big Oil agenda will be back in full force when the Republican-controlled Congress resumes in the new year. That's why the president must reject Keystone XL now.

    Every way you look at it, Keystone XL is an environmental nightmare. It would have devastating effects on the climate as it transports 35 million gallons per day of the world's dirtiest oil. And it would cut right through the heartland of America -- putting precious water, land, air and wildlife directly in harm's way.

    Please take action now and demand an end to Keystone XL, once and for all, so our country can move on to debating real clean-energy solutions.

  • Protect Alaska's Walruses From Dirty Oil Drilling and Global Warming
    Walrus and calf
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    Walrus moms and their babies spend all year living on the sea ice off Alaska. But global warming is melting that ice and forcing them to come to shore.

    Walrus babies face greater risks on land because they are vulnerable to being trampled to death in stampedes and attacked by predators. In 2007, 3,000 to 4,000 young walruses perished after being crushed to death in stampedes.

    Walruses also face a serious threat from big oil companies that want to open up offshore drilling in the walrus's ocean home off Alaska. This drilling will put walruses at risk from oil spills and worsen the global warming pollution that is destroying the sea ice they need for survival.

    The federal government is considering giving walruses increased protections under the Endangered Species Act that would help reduce dangers to walruses and encourage government action to fight global warming.

    Please sign the petition below asking the government to protect the walrus as an endangered species and put a permanent halt to offshore drilling off Alaska.

  • Keep Dangerous Oil Trains Out of California
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    Dozens of towns along California's treasured central coast, from Sacramento to Los Angeles, could soon see mile-long oil trains rumbling through filled with dangerous crude oil if we don't act fast.

    On the table before San Luis Obispo officials is a proposal for a crude-by-rail expansion in Santa Maria by oil-giant Phillips 66. The only possible benefit from this project is added profit for the oil company -- everyone else along the rail route will be left to deal with the fallout.

    Our railways weren't built to transport this kind of oil, and our first responders aren't prepared to fight the fires, explosions and spills that could ensue. The toxic tar sands these trains carry is also some of the most climate-polluting crude on Earth. Even Phillips 66 admits that transporting this oil will result in "significant and unavoidable" levels of toxins released into the air along the rail route.

    We beg to differ: The many harms from this project are significant, but they're not unavoidable.

    Take action below -- tell the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to use their vote to block this dangerous project. Then check out a national map of the oil train blast zone.

  • Tell EPA: Cut Carbon Emissions From Airplanes
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    Aviation alone accounts for 11 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. transportation sector.

    And according to recent studies, global warming pollution from flights is quickly growing, and is expected to fully triple by the middle of the century if we continue with business as usual.

    We don't have time for baby steps. The EPA has already set climate change standards for cars and power plants -- now the agency must do the same for airplanes.

    Take action below -- sign our petition urging the EPA to take serious action, and soon.




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  • Calling All Youth: Take Action for the Wild
    American pika
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    Take the Pledge

    You’re young. You’re dismayed by the evidence of so many animals and plants becoming endangered and going extinct; you’re alarmed by the fact that our governments aren’t doing more to curb dangerous climate change.

    You want to do all you can to stop extinctions and curb global warming.

    That’s all we need to know.

    In that case, please sign this pledge to go on record that you’re serious about preserving the wildlife and wild places of Earth — whether it’s by following our everyday life tips or starting your own nonprofit — to play a role in changing the world.

    This pledge won’t sign you up for any particular action. It’s our way of giving you a chance to take that leap in your mind and identify yourself as a conservationist.

    You’ll make a difference.

    For your own privacy, we ask that you please use only your first name. Thank you!

  • Save Jaguars and Ocelots From Open-pit Mining
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    In the past few years an endangered ocelot and America's only known jaguar have been repeatedly photographed by wildlife cameras in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.

    These beautiful cats are thriving in the prime habitat the area provides. They're intrepid pioneers attempting to reclaim areas where they were wiped out in the past century.

    But a proposed open-pit copper mine would destroy their homes, along with a critical movement corridor that's essential to other cats recolonizing Arizona, their home for thousands of years.

    Please take action below to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to uphold the Endangered Species Act and protect these big cats' homes.

  • Help Save Utah's Greater Canyonlands
    Labyrinth Canyon, Utah
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    When Franklin Roosevelt first proposed to protect Utah's canyon country in 1936, he envisioned a 4.5-million-acre area. But when Congress finally designated Canyonlands National Park in 1964, political pressure had whittled it down to just 257,000 acres.

    Today much of the land around Canyonlands is still wild. Narrow canyons cradle endangered species like southwestern willow flycatchers and yellow-billed cuckoos. Four rivers sustain highly endangered fish and provide water to 40 million Americans. And stark geology and sacred American Indian sites reveal a deep history. 

    But the march of industrialization is at the doorstep. Rampant fossil fuel development, mining and uncontrolled ORV use are pushing farther and farther into these remote wildlands, threatening to rob them of their wildness.

    With the stroke of a pen, President Obama can enact long-overdue protections for this region by designating a 1.8-million-acre Greater Canyonlands National Monument -- but only if the public convinces him to do so. 

    Take action below -- urge Obama to fulfill Roosevelt's vision and forever protect these canyonlands.

  • Save New Mexico's Last Free-flowing River
    Gila River
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    Originating in America's first designated wilderness area, New Mexico's Gila River is a biological gem. Its riparian forests boast one of the highest concentrations of breeding birds in the country -- including rare yellow-billed cuckoos -- and its waters sustain loach minnow, spike dace and Gila trout. The Gila is also a mainstay for the area's recreation economy.

    But the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission recently decided to move forward with a Gila River diversion project -- a billion-dollar boondoggle that could destroy this river as we know it. We need your help now to urge New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to reverse course. The project is unnecessary because the area's water needs can be met by other proven means -- through conservation, groundwater management, water recycling and watershed restoration. 

    Take action below -- urge Gov. Martinez to support cost-effective, non-diversion alternatives to protect the Gila and secure New Mexico's water future.

  • Don't Let Cows Run Elk Out of Our Parks
    Tule elk
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    For the 2.5 million people who visit California's Point Reyes National Seashore every year, a major attraction is the chance to catch sight of the area's magnificent tule elk, reintroduced in 1978 after being wiped out more than a century before.

    But now ranchers who enjoy subsidized grazing leases in the park are targeting the elk for eating grass they believe rightly belongs to their cattle -- and they're even characterizing the native elk as "invasive."

    Ranchers are pressuring the National Park Service to remove elk or build large fences to keep them out of ranching areas, and supposedly "green" politicians such as Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey and Northern California Congressman Jared Huffman are joining them.

    The manufactured elk controversy comes as the Park Service is initiating a planning process for the 18,000 acres of cattle ranches in the park, and considering extending ranching leases for up to 20 years.

    Tell the Park Service and politicians that tule elk play an important role in the ecology of Point Reyes National Seashore and free-ranging elk should stay on our public parklands.

  • Demand Sustainable Food Guidelines
    Polar bear
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    The environmental footprint of food served in schools, prisons, military facilities and government cafeterias is largely determined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. That means the guidelines have a huge amount of influence over our food system and makes them a target for the meat industry lobby.

    And those guidelines -- the ones that make up the classic food pyramid -- are up for review. For the first time ever, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is paying special attention to sustainability concerns, and it's clear a diet high in meat and dairy is unhealthy for people and for the planet.

    Predictably, the meat industry thinks environmental issues don't belong in the guidelines. It's pressuring the advisory committee to drop sustainability concerns from national food recommendations. That's why the advisory committee needs to hear from you -- so it knows how crucial sustainability is.

    University of Michigan researchers determined that, if we actually followed the last set of recommendations, the national dietary guidelines could increase diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12 percent -- largely due to increased dairy consumption.

    The average American diet has one of the biggest carbon footprints in the world -- but eliminating animal products from your diet can halve your diet-related greenhouse gas emissions. Even reducing your meat consumption by one-third can save the equivalent of driving as much as 2,700 fewer miles per year in greenhouse gas emissions.

    Act now: Tell the advisory committee to cut climate change from the American diet by keeping sustainability on the menu and including recommendations for reduced meat and dairy consumption in the 2015 dietary guidelines.

  • Tell Governor Inslee to Protect Washington's Wolves
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    Washington's state wolf plan was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2011 after being assembled over five years to incorporate the views of thousands of stakeholders and scientists. This plan is central to the state's efforts to recover wolves and minimize conflicts -- especially with commercial livestock operators, often opposed to wolf recovery.

    But the plan keeps being undermined by the commission and the state wildlife agency -- who have adopted new rules to expand who can kill wolves and under what circumstances.

    This summer the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the commission to adopt rules that would make key parts of the wolf plan enforceable. We asked for guidelines that ensure wolves are only killed when depredating livestock has become a chronic problem and that require ranchers to take nonlethal steps to protect their livestock before any wolf-caused losses could result in a wolf being killed. But on Aug. 1, the commission denied our petition.

    Now we're taking our case to the governor.

    Please join us and take action now to urge Governor Jay Inslee to protect wolves with strong, legally enforceable rules that honor the state's wolf plan.

  • Tell EPA: Our Ocean's Not a Dump for Fracking
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    Fracking is an inherently dangerous and dirty activity -- whether it happens on land or offshore.

    What's more, oil companies have EPA permission to discharge up to 9 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the ocean off California's coast -- as though it's a dump instead of a cherished home for all kinds of rare and vulnerable wildlife.

    Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and sea otters have no way of defending themselves. And the burden of proof shouldn't be on the public either to decide which and how many of these chemicals are toxic.

    The EPA has a clear responsibility to intervene to protect our health and wildlife from oil companies fracking off our coasts.

    Take action below -- urge the agency to ban the toxic practice of dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.

  • Tell New York to Ban Super-toxic Rat Poisons
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    New York's wildlife, pets and even children are being put at risk of poisoning by the continued use of super-toxic rat poisons.

    Called second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, these poisons induce a slow death by internal bleeding. And because they persist in body tissues, poisoned rats and mice are being turned into deadly meals for other animals up the food chain. More than 30 different New York wildlife species have been unintentionally poisoned -- from red-tailed hawks and great-horned owls to golden eagles and foxes.
     
    The collateral damage from these rodenticides also includes pets and children who can be unintentionally poisoned as well. Safe, effective and inexpensive alternatives to these rat poisons are widely available -- it's simply unnecessary to keep these most hazardous poisons on the market.

    Take action below -- tell New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that you support a ban on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides to protect wildlife, pets and children.

  • Turn Down the Heat for Flying Squirrels
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    The rare, truffle-eating flying squirrel of Southern California's mountains is in trouble.

    Its forest habitat is moving upslope as temperatures warm and drier conditions threaten its truffle food supply, which thrives in wet, cool conditions. The San Bernardino flying squirrel has already disappeared from one of the two mountain ranges it lives in near Los Angeles.

    The federal government is considering protecting these flying squirrels as an endangered species
    , reducing the dangers they face from forest habitat destruction and encouraging government action to fight climate change.

    If these amazing flying squirrels don't get Endangered Species Act protection, global warming could push them out of their last mountain refuge.

    Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect these flying squirrels from the climate crisis and other threats.

  • Tell Walmart Developer: Stop Building on Priceless Habitat
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    Outside of Everglades National Park, the lush habitat provided by pine rockland forest is becoming increasingly rare in south Florida.

    Due to urban sprawl and relentless development, this type of habitat has been reduced to just 2 percent of its original amount. And last month the University of Miami sold 88 acres of this rare habitat to Ram Realty Services -- a developer with plans to build yet another strip mall full of chains like Walmart, Chili's and Chick-fil-A.

    We can't let this happen. This land is special; it provides some of the last remaining acres for rare and imperiled plants and wildlife like the Florida bonneted bat as well as the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak, two butterflies that just received Endangered Species Act protection.

    Take action below -- tell Ram we don't need another Walmart. What we need is for our native species to thrive without the constant threat of losing their homes.

  • Fight Sea-level Rise: Cut Carbon Pollution
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    Hurricane Sandy's lethal walls of water inflicted horrific devastation on New York and New Jersey in 2012. But future storms could be even deadlier because of higher ocean levels caused by manmade climate change
     
    Rising oceans pose a deadly threat to America's coastal communities. As global warming accelerates, sea-level rise increases the damage and danger from flooding and storm surges.

    If the climate crisis is left unchecked, we could suffer as much as 4 feet of sea-level rise and 10 degrees Fahrenheit of warming by century's end. And wildlife is also at risk: A recent analysis found that sea-level rise threatens hundreds of U.S. animal species.

    But it's not too late to protect our coastal communities if we join together and take immediate action. The science is clear: We need to move much more quickly to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Please urge President Obama to make the ambitious carbon pollution cuts we need to fight global warming and sea-level rise.

  • Don’t Suppress Climate Science
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    The U.S. House of Representatives just approved the military's new budget -- but included an amendment requiring the Department of Defense to completely ignore climate science.

    Military experts recently deemed climate change a national security threat, and the Pentagon is starting to work toward addressing the crisis.

    If climate deniers get their way, this amendment could undermine those efforts.

    Take action below -- tell Congress and the president not to suppress the science of climate change and let the military fight back.




  • Tell Idaho: Rein in Those Traps
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    In recent years, following the loss of federal protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies and a great rise in the price of bobcat hides, the state of Idaho has issued an increasing number of trapping licenses.

    This has been bad news for Canada lynx -- which look very similar to bobcats. Three of the state's estimated 100 lynx have been caught in traps since 2012, one of which was mistaken for a bobcat and killed. And while other states have already passed measures to keep this from happening, Idaho's wildlife agencies have turned a blind eye to the problem.

    It's also likely that many more lynx are being trapped -- as well as other imperiled species like wolverines and fisher cats -- but due to flaws in the existing rules, these trappings aren't reported.

    Take action below -- tell the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to rein in its trapping program to protect rare and threatened wildlife.

  • President Obama, Use the Clean Air Act to Solve the Climate Crisis
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    The science is clear: We need deep and rapid carbon pollution reductions if we want to avoid catastrophic, irreversible climate change.

    The president has promised to act boldly in the face of congressional gridlock -- and the Clean Air Act empowers him to fight climate change without Congress.

    80 U.S. communities have passed resolutions urging the president to ambitiously employ this cornerstone law to cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

    Tell the president to urgently implement the Clean Air Act.





  • President Obama, Listen to the Science and Protect Our Climate
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    The president's National Climate Assessment makes it clear that climate change could wreak devastation on our infrastructure, health, food supply, wildlife and economy.

    We can expect sea-level rise of 4 feet or more, skyrocketing temperatures, declines of major crop yields
    , and extinction of endangered species.

    Military researchers recently reported that climate change poses a threat to our national security, as climate disruption will fuel conflicts and displace people around the world.

    It's good that the president is paying attention to the science — but now he must act accordingly. Tell him to take bold, not fearful action to protect our climate.



  • Help Preserve the Grand Canyon's Watershed
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    The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking, awe-inspiring site visited by millions of people each year. And thanks to President Teddy Roosevelt, who first acknowledged the need to protect our country's wild places, the canyon was protected as a national monument in 1908 and as a national park in 1919.

    But tragically the lands surrounding the canyon remain unprotected and open to exploitation. Centuries-old ponderosa pines that provide habitat for the Kaibab squirrel and northern goshawk continue to be cut down. Off-road vehicle users tear through fragile soils and vegetation. Inappropriate livestock grazing erodes riparian areas. And uranium-mining pits mar the landscape and pollute a source of much of the Southwest's drinking water.

    Fortunately there is something we can do about it: We can urge President Obama to use his power under the Antiquities Act to fulfill Roosevelt's vision and forever protect these lands for future generations.

    Take action below -- tell Obama to leave a legacy we can all be proud of by designating the Grand Canyon watershed as a national monument.

  • Save Alaska's Bearded Seals and Our Climate
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    Bearded seals live in icy Arctic oceans and they use their long, lush mustaches to find clams on the seafloor. They desperately need Arctic sea ice floes for giving birth and raising their pups. That sea ice is rapidly disappearing because of global warming.

    Fortunately, the federal government recently gave bearded seals protections as an endangered species because global warming is rapidly melting their sea-ice nurseries. These protections will help reduce dangers to the seals and drive government action to fight climate change.

    Unfortunately, the state of Alaska is working to block these critical protections.


    Please sign the petition below urging the state of Alaska to stop standing in the way of protecting the bearded seal as an endangered species.

  • Tell Congress: Don't Fast-Track a Fracking Frenzy
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    A disastrous trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is currently being negotiated behind closed doors.

    The TPP, if passed, could expand exports of fracked natural gas and allow corporations to challenge fracking bans in a private court.

    That could create a fracking boom, fueling climate change through increased fossil fuel extraction and exposing more communities to air and water contamination.

    Support the movement to ban fracking by urging your representatives to vote no on fast-tracking the TPP.


  • Save the Polar Bear
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    Polar bears are dying. As global warming accelerates, the sea ice they depend on for survival is literally melting away. Bears are starving and drowning as they have to swim farther and farther to reach solid ice. Some are even turning to cannibalism in a desperate search for food. Those trapped on land hundreds of miles from the nearest ice often wander near villages in search of food and are shot.

    Two-thirds of all polar bears -- including all bears in Alaska -- could be extinct by 2050 if current trends continue. The rest of the species could be gone by the end of the century.

    But it's not too late to save the polar bear if we join together and take immediate action. The science is clear: We know what needs to be done -- we just need to build the political support to do it.

    Please sign the petition below urging President Obama to rein in global warming and save the polar bear now.

  • Reveal the Truth About Fracking Pollution
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    Over the past few years the EPA began studying water contamination in three fracked communities in Parker County, Texas; Dimock, Pennsylvania; and Pavilion, Wyoming.

    Despite evidence showing a direct link between fracking operations and water contamination EPA officials then abandoned the investigations -- and the people suffering from the harmful impacts of fracking.

    Remind the EPA that its job is to protect the American people, not oil and gas companies.

    Tell the agency to reopen its crucial investigations into water contamination in fracked communities.


  • Stop Tar Sands Extraction in Utah
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    Asphalt Ridge in Utah is on its way to becoming the first large-scale tar sands extraction site in the United States -- unless we stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing the land to foreign oil companies. 

    If the project gets the green light, a Canadian corporation hopes to begin producing tar sands from a pilot facility in the Asphalt Ridge deposit near Vernal, Utah. And that's only the beginning: The company plans to ramp up production to commercial levels if funding is secured. The extraction and burning of tar sands oil would destroy wildlife habitat and contribute to the climate crisis.

    The Obama administration recently released its third National Climate Assessment, highlighting the severe harms from climate change that are already affecting the western United States. The BLM's facilitation of dirty tar sands production on our federal public lands is irresponsible and directly at odds with the findings and conclusions of the administration's assessment.

    Please take action below -- urge the BLM to deny tar sands leasing at Asphalt Ridge.

  • Save Penguins and Our Climate
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    The unique emperor penguin is being driven extinct by the melting of sea ice in Antarctica. Star of "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," this charismatic bird needs sea-ice habitat to raise its chicks.

    The federal government is considering protecting this penguin as an "endangered species" because global warming is melting its icy Antarctic home. This protection will help protect the penguin from harm and encourage government action to fight climate change.

    Slowing climate change to prevent the melting of ice sheets in Antarctica is critical to maintaining a safe climate.


    Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the emperor penguin from climate change.

  • Tell McDonald's: Billions of Burgers Are Bad for Our Future
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    McDonald's spends hundreds of millions of dollars on ads convincing people to eat more meat. And of course, those ads fail to mention that producing those burgers is sickening our planet -- making a massive contribution to climate change and pollution and driving wildlife out of their homes.

    That's why it's quite the stretch for the fast-food giant to claim it will start sourcing its burgers from "sustainable beef" in 2016.

    At the rate McDonald's sells its burgers -- an estimated 75 per second -- the toll of that much meat production on wildlife and the planet is devastating no matter where the meat comes from. Meanwhile, McDonald's doesn't offer a single Earth-friendly entrée with plant-based protein; its only meatless options are limited to sides like salads and apple slices.

    McDonald's may not be the restaurant of choice for many environmentalists, but it's the choice of about 70 million people every day. This gives McDonald's a huge influence over the industry and the eating habits of people throughout the world -- and by extension, over our planet's future.

    Take action below -- urge McDonald's to be a leader and work for real sustainability by including meatless options in its menu.

  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Airplanes
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    Airplanes are a fast and convenient way to travel, but they also produce large and growing amounts of greenhouse pollution. Sign the petition below to urge airlines to protect the climate.

    Alarmingly, aircraft emissions are expected to more than triple by mid-century.

    But new research shows that dramatic pollution reductions are clearly possible today.

    American Airlines and United Airlines are major polluters and have also opposed government rules to cut greenhouse gas pollution.

    Tell American and United: Action is needed now to cut greenhouse pollution from air travel.

  • Stick Up for Scaly-Slimies
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    Amphibians and reptiles are in the midst of a profound, human-driven extinction crisis that demands immediate action.

    With threats like habitat destruction, toxic pesticides and climate change, these animals are dying off at up to 10,000 times the historic extinction rate. This loss is especially alarming because frogs, salamanders and snakes play important roles as predators and prey in their ecosystems and are key indicators of ecosystem health.

    That's why the Center for Biological Diversity in July 2012 filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect 53 of our nation's rarest amphibians and reptiles under the Endangered Species Act. It was the largest petition of its kind in history to help an emergency situation -- but more than two and a half years later, the Service has yet to act.

    These animals can’t afford delay. 

    Please -- act now and urge the Service to move quickly to protect these rare amphibians and reptiles.

  • Save Rare Desert Snail From Extinction
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    Mohave shoulderband snails are unlikely desert dwellers. They're moisture dependent in a place known for its deadly heat. And they're exceedingly rare, existing on just three small hills in Southern California.

    Indeed, they're one of the Mojave's many wonders, and for tens of thousands of years they've managed to persist. But they're at risk now of extinction from an open-pit mine underway -- a project expected to last just 31 years.

    The problem is global as well as local, as mollusks are one of the groups of animals most sensitive to human changes. Since the year 1500, approximately 40 percent of recorded extinctions have been mollusks, including 260 species of slugs and snails.

    Without Endangered Species Act protection, California's Golden Queen Mine will continue as planned, likely killing more than half the snail's global population and driving this species perilously close to extinction.

    Take action below and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Mohave shoulderbands under the Act before it's too late.

  • Save Wolves, Old-Growth Forests and Our Climate
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    A unique Alaskan wolf species is being driven extinct by the clearcutting of its old-growth forest home. These same forests trap enormous amounts of carbon, slowing down global warming.

    The federal government is considering listing this wolf as an "endangered species" to save it from reckless logging and hunting. This will also help slow global warming.

    Alaska is home to some of the last, best old-growth forest on Earth. By saving the forest we can save our climate too.

    Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the wolf and its old-growth forest home.

  • End Unfair Tax Breaks for Dirty Energy
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    Our government gives billions of dollars of taxpayer money to gigantic dirty energy companies every year. It's unfair, unnecessary, and it hurts clean-energy companies.

    Unfair government payments to some of the world's largest corporations make dirty energy like oil and coal cheaper, giving them an advantage over clean power sources like wind and solar.

    These payments are not just hugely wasteful -- they also increase greenhouse pollution and speed climate change. President Barack Obama needs to protect our climate and our wallets by fighting these dirty giveaways.

    Take action now stop these outrageous handouts fueling climate change.

  • Shield America's Polar Bear Seas From Dangerous Oil Drilling
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    Offshore oil drilling could soon jeopardize America's Arctic Ocean, a wild and wonderful place full of polar bears.

    An oil spill or industrial accident in these remote, icy waters would cause incredible harm and be almost impossible to contain or clean up.

    And drilling for oil in this extreme environment would deepen America's commitment to dirty fossil fuel just when we should be moving quickly to a clean-energy future to protect the climate.

    President Barack Obama should halt Arctic drilling to protect this beautiful wild ecosystem and our climate.

    Please act now to stop this dangerous drilling.

  • Clean the Air and Save the Climate in Your Community
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    The Clean Air Act is an environmental law that holds polluters accountable for poisoning the air we breathe and causing the planet to warm. The oil, gas and coal lobbies have slowed and even stopped the government from using the law to stop global warming.

    Cities across the country are rallying together to end the delays. They are asking the federal government to set strong, swift, lifesaving standards to reduce global warming pollution.

    Sign the petition below to encourage your city or town to join the growing network of Clean Air Cities.

  • Stop Massive Fracking Pollution Increase in California
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    California is poised for an explosive growth of oil fracking, which will destroy farmland, rural communities and the water we all drink.

    Fracking causes dangerous chemicals to seep into our air, water, soil and food. These chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

    Fracking California will make global warming worse by opening vast new oil reserves, furthering our addiction to fossil fuels and undercutting the transition to a clean-energy future.

    If this fracking explosion is allowed to happen, it will also increase greenhouse gas pollution and speed climate change.

    Please sign the petition below asking Gov. Jerry Brown to take action before it's too late.

  • Don't Outlaw Climate Science
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    Flooding and storm surges endanger people in coastal communities, and climate change ramps up the risk by raising sea levels.

    We need our leaders to make decisions about our future based on facts.

    But North Carolina actually passed a law banning the use of climate science on sea-level rise in rules for coastal protection.

    Don't let other states go the way of North Carolina. Sign the petition to overturn this anti-science law.

  • This Land Is Our Land -- Don't Frack It Up
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    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the dangerous process of blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals underground to crack open rock formations and extract oil and gas.

    And the fracking-induced oil and gas boom has transformed our energy landscape, undercutting clean energy and furthering our addiction to fossil fuels while polluting our air, wasting water and threatening wildlife.

    To avoid catastrophic climate change, we need to leave at least 80 percent of proven fossil fuels in the ground -- including the majority of shale oil and gas reserves. We simply can't afford to employ a toxic practice that will prolong our dependence on oil and gas.

    Methane leakage from fracking poses a grave threat to our climate, as methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 20-year period.

    And our public lands are right in the bull's-eye of this fracking rush. The Interior Department leases millions of acres of our federal lands to private companies for oil and gas drilling and estimates that 90 percent of new wells on federal land today are fracked. Many of our national parks, including Grand Teton and Big Cypress, are even at risk from oil and gas drilling.

    The best way to protect our climate, health and wildlife is to ban fracking. And what better place to start than on our public lands?

    Please join us in telling Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: Our national treasures belong to us, not Big Oil -- ban fracking on public land.

  • Pledge to Take Extinction Off Your Plate
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    Meat production is one of the planet's largest causes of environmental degradation and most significant threats to wildlife.

    And the problem is rapidly getting worse: Production of beef, poultry, pork and other meat products tripled between 1980 and 2010 and will likely double again by 2050. This increasing meat consumption in a world of more than 7 billion people is already taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate. Meanwhile, Americans eat more meat per capita than almost any other country in the world.

    By signing the pledge below to reduce meat consumption by one-third or more, we can start to take extinction off our plates. Join the Center for Biological Diversity's Earth-friendly Diet Campaign today.

    Already a vegetarian? Then you're a valuable wildlife advocate who can help others join the movement. Spread the word by taking the pledge today and asking your friends to sign.

    Protect wildlife -- pledge today to eat an Earth-friendly diet.

  • Tell Congress: Stop the Fracking Frenzy
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    A disastrous trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated behind closed doors. If passed, it could severely hinder our efforts to stop fracking, the dangerous fossil fuel extraction technique that pollutes our environment, threatens public health and hurts wildlife, from California condors to San Joaquin kit foxes.

    The TPP would allow corporations to sue if they think their profits are in jeopardy -- even if the challenge to the company comes from a citizen-approved ban on fracking.

    Just last year one enterprise sued Canada for $250 million after the people of Quebec passed a moratorium on fracking under the St. Lawrence River. We cannot allow corporations to run roughshod over local communities' efforts to protect their health and environment from this toxic practice.

    The trade deal could also encourage an expansion of dangerous fracking for shale gas by automatically approving future exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas to all parties to the agreement.

    President Obama is asking Congress to "fast-track" approval of the TPP by holding an up-or-down vote without allowing for full debate. But we can't let this deal get jammed through Congress.

    Take action now and urge your state's representatives to vote no on fast-tracking the TPP.

  • Ban the Big, Bad Bullfrog
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    Voracious, exotic bullfrogs are destroying native wildlife across the western United States.

    In California bullfrogs eat and outcompete animals like the endangered California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog. They also spread deadly diseases like chytrid fungus, which is wiping out native frog and toad populations.

    Millions of bullfrogs are imported into the Golden State each year for food, pets or dissection. But many bullfrogs escape or get set free, largely defeating taxpayer-funded conservation efforts to remove nonnative bullfrogs from the wild.

    Bullfrogs also threaten California's amphibian populations, which already face unprecedented declines from habitat destruction, climate change and other forces.

    Sign the Center for Biological Diversity's petition below and tell Governor Jerry Brown to ban the import and sale of bullfrogs in California. 

  • Tell the EPA -- Get Poisonous Lead out of Hunting Ammo
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    We've gotten lead out of gasoline and paint. It's time to get the lead out of hunting ammunition.

    Every year, millions of animals -- including endangered condors and bald eagles -- are poisoned when they eat spent lead shot or lead fragments from lead ammunition that's been used to kill wild game. More than 130 species of wildlife are being needlessly poisoned and killed. Hunters and their families are also put at risk if they eat game shot with lead ammunition.

    It's time for the Environmental Protection Agency to take action.

    The EPA can address these preventable deaths through the Toxic Substances Control Act, a well-established and time-tested federal law aimed at limiting exposure to dangerous substances like lead. This landmark law can be used to phase out toxic lead ammunition.

    Effective, nontoxic bullets and shot are widely available and in many cases are now comparable in price to lead -- there's simply no reason to continue to use toxic ammo for hunting when it ends up in the food chain.

    The NRA has been fighting common-sense measures to protect wildlife from lead ammunition. But, if we're going to save birds and other animals from lead poisoning, we must set aside politics and do what's right for America's wildlife.

    Use the form below to tell the EPA to get poisonous lead out of hunting ammunition.

  • Stop Catching Wild Turtles for Turtle Races
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    Turtles are dying off at an alarming pace -- rates never seen before -- under terrible pressure from habitat loss, road kill and other threats. But one of those threats could prove fairly simple to tackle: turtle races. Annual turtle races strain native turtle populations every year -- thousands of turtles are removed from the wild and raced at turtle races held in small towns across the country.

    It’s easy to believe little harm is done when turtles caught, then released back into the wild after the races, but the fact is that these races can expose turtles to deadly diseases. Those diseases spread to wild populations when the turtles are released. Ranavirus is a sickness causing particular concern; it has caused widespread turtle, frog and salamander deaths in 25 states.

    Many of the threats native turtles face are difficult problems to solve -- but turtle races have an easy fix. Just stop using turtles caught in the wild. Many towns already use creative substitutes for wild-caught turtles, such as river races using rubber turtles or races where people pull toy turtles on strings.

    Please take action now: Sign the petition below and ask communities to stop using wild-caught turtles in their turtle races.

  • Stop the Destructive Delta Tunnels
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    California's water, environment and wildlife urgently need your help.

    Currently dry regions in the south of the state get water pumped from the far north via the San Francisco-San Joaquin Bay Delta. Limits on this pumping help protect endangered species: The pumps must be shut off or pumping reduced periodically in order to protect endangered Delta smelt from getting sucked into the pumps.

    Unfortunately a newly proposed "solution" to these protections, called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, would divert the water around the Delta with two massive underground tunnels. This solution will further harm the smelt and other wildlife that depend on the Delta. 

    The Center for Biological Diversity is actively challenging the plan to make sure that endangered species are not harmed by the tunnels, but we need your help.

    Please take action using the form below. Tell state and federal agencies to protect endangered species and reject the Delta Plan and its twin tunnels.

  • Protect Appalachia from Destructive Mountaintop Removal
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    Every day the wildlands of Appalachia are under attack as millions of pounds of explosives are detonated in the mountains, sending toxic dust into the air. Then the mining waste is then dumped directly into streams. All of this destruction is in the name of mountaintop removal mining that poisons water and destroys wildlife habitats and human communities.

    Right now Congress has the opportunity to place a moratorium on this dangerous practice -- and we need your help to make that happen.

    More than 500 mountains and 2,000 miles of streams have already been destroyed. In some counties, nearly a quarter of the total land area has been permitted for surface mining with devastating effects on human health and wildlife.

    People living in areas of mountaintop removal mining face significantly elevated rates of cancer, birth defects and other major health problems like kidney, heart and respiratory diseases. And what's bad for people is also bad for wildlife. Mountaintop removal threatens endangered fish, salamanders, crayfish and freshwater mussels found nowhere else in the world.

    A new bill in Congress would protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal and ensure that human health and endangered species aren't sacrificed for the coal industry's profit. Please take action now to urge your representatives to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act and place a moratorium on mountaintop removal permits.

  • Take the Pledge to Stop Keystone
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    Any way you look at it, Keystone XL is an environmental nightmare.

    If we're going to stop this disastrous project and preserve a safer, saner future for our planet, we have to take to the streets and town halls and store fronts and the pipeline route to make our presence felt.

    President Obama needs to hear from Americans in every corner of the country, from the rooftops of Brooklyn to the grasslands of Nebraska to the coasts of California.

    Please join with the Center for Biological Diversity in signing our pledge to stop Keystone XL and demand a future that preserves the animals and the wild places we all love. More than 60,000 have already signed.

  • Protect Southern California Wildlife From Runaway Road Building
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    Don't let the politicians and bureaucrats fool you: The Mid County Parkway is an environmental and financial boondoggle.

    The parkway would hurt threatened and endangered species and habitat for thousands of birds including the Southwestern willow flycatcher. It would encourage urban sprawl, increase traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, threaten water supplies and reduce available farmland. This new highway is slated to cut through the heart of the San Jacinto Valley, a biodiversity hotspot and globally important bird nesting and breeding area.

    To add insult to injury, with a price tag of $2 billion it's a major waste of taxpayer money. There are smarter, cleaner, cheaper transportation options. Even at half its original size, the Mid County Parkway is still an oversized disaster.

    Use the form below to speak out now. Tell the Riverside County Transportation Commission to say no to outdated road building that favors trucks and big-money developers over people and threatens one of Southern California's most precious biodiversity hotspots.

  • Gov. Brown: Don't Frack California
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    California is on the brink of rapidly expanding fracking in our Golden State, despite the risks to our air, water, wildlife, communities and climate.

    Across the country, more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination have been associated with fracking and drilling, which pollutes our air with toxic chemicals and emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. It also opens up new areas to fossil fuel development at a time when we need to transition rapidly to a clean and renewable energy future.

    Governor Brown should follow the lead of New York, New Jersey and Vermont and prohibit fracking to protect our wildlife, our natural resources, our health and our climate. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is joining our allies in pushing to get more signatures in support of a fracking ban than on any other environmental petition in the state’s history. We need your help now to make it happen.

    Please use the form below to sign the Center's petition to urge Gov. Brown to ban fracking.

  • Get Deadly Poisons Off Store Shelves
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    Rat poisons are made to kill rats, but many of the most dangerous of these poisons accidentally poison wildlife, pets and even children.

    The most hazardous of all are what's called second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides -- or "super-toxic" rat poisons. They work by interfering with normal blood clotting and induce a slow, agonizing death by internal bleeding. Endangered San Joaquin kit foxes, golden eagles and Pacific fishers are bleeding to death because of them.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to address the problem of accidental poisoning by banning super-toxic poisons and by placing common-sense restrictions on certain dangerous products. The makers of d-CON -- one brand of those products -- are opposing the agency's decision in order to continue selling hazardous poisons.

    Thankfully, stores have the power to control which poisons they put on the shelves. Please use the form below to ask retailers to save countless lives by pulling deadly d-CON poisons from their stores.

  • Save Tesla Park From ORV Destruction
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    California's ORV division has never addressed the serious environmental damage to soil, water quality, vegetation and endangered species at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area, a moonscape of completely eroded hills. Yet the agency now wants to let intensive ORV use tear up Alameda-Tesla purchase lands.

    Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area is updating its general plan and will be preparing an "environmental impact report," but its notice for the environmental review leaves out any mention of expanding destructive ORV use. It likewise fails to describe the important biological resources in the Tesla area that would be destroyed -- or any alternative uses for the park.

    The Center for Biological Diversity has joined with the Friends of Tesla Park to preserve the Tesla lands as a nonmotorized park and low-impact recreation area, to save its historic and natural resources.

    Please use the form below to protect Tesla from being pulverized by ORVs.

  • Eliminate Subsidies to Big Oil, Coal and Gas
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    In 2011 the Big Five oil companies made $137 billion in profits. During just the first quarter of 2012, Chevron, BP, Conoco Phillips, Shell and Exxon Mobil made a combined $368 million per day. At the same time, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are now the highest the Earth has seen in 15 million years, and the decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record.

    Despite this crisis, our government continues to subsidize fossil fuels at nearly six times the rate of renewable energy. Our government needs to stop rewarding big polluters for destroying our climate. At a time when they should be slapped with a damage bill, offering these dirty-energy profiteers a government handout is absurd.

    But the fossil fuel giants aren't going to give up without a fight, so we need an unstoppable groundswell of support for this important effort.


    Please, sign the petition to Congress and join the Center for Biological Diversity, 350.org and other organizations around the country to support stripping away these outrageous subsidies.

  • Protect Corals, Fish and Sea Turtles From Ocean Acidification
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    Your beach may be more polluted than you think. Each hour we dump one ton of invisible pollution into the ocean; if it were a visible, tangible substance like oil, we would demand that the spill be halted. Even though you can't see it, this pollution threatens our sea life -- from the smallest of plankton to the greatest of whales.

    The pollution is carbon dioxide, and it's making our oceans more acidic. Ocean acidification is linked to global warming in that both are caused by CO2 buildup and both threaten to cause unprecedented devastation to the planet's biome. The early effects are already here: Baby oysters cannot survive in waters off the Pacific Northwest, coral growth has been stunted in Florida, and polar waters have eroded the shells of prey that sustain Alaska's salmon and whales.

    Sign the petition below and tell the president and the Environmental Protection Agency we must act now to end ocean acidification. The science is in, and there's no debate: Ocean acidification threatens our marine life and coastal communities. The EPA has the tools to prevent ocean acidification from hurting corals, sea otters, salmon and whales, but it must act swiftly.

  • Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals

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    Each year thousands of rattlesnakes are removed from the wild and killed at "rattlesnake roundups." Rattlesnakes play a key role in the food web, maintaining balance in nature by preying on rodents, but hunting of snakes for roundups is pushing some species toward extinction.

    Please sign this petition asking communities to change their roundups to festivals where snakes are not hunted or killed. Several communities have already changed their roundups to wildlife-appreciation festivals, which generate important income for the communities and educate the public about the importance of saving native species, not slaughtering them.

  • Take the Pledge: Join the Bluefin Boycott

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    Overfishing is pushing bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction. These magnificent animals are famous for their racecar-like speeds, but their population has been reduced to historically low levels by more than 80 percent since industrial fishing began.

    The government ignored the danger to bluefin tuna and gave industry its way when it denied Endangered Species Act protection to the fish in June 2011. After years of catching Pacific bluefin tuna before they reproduced, now Pacific populations are at critically low levels, having declined 96.4 percent from unfished levels.

    So right now the best way to stop overfishing is to vote with your plate.

    Bluefin tuna remains a prized menu item in some restaurants. Send the message that serving bluefin tuna is unacceptable by signing our pledge; then share this with your friends and local restaurants.

  • People's Petition to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million

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    Prominent climate researchers have warned that we must reduce the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million (ppm) or below in order to stabilize climate change and avoid global catastrophe. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with Bill McKibben's group 350.org, is advocating strongly for this necessary standard.

    While carbon dioxide isn’t the only global warming pollutant we need to control, it’s the number-one contributor to climate change.

    Please take one minute to join us in moving toward a real solution to the climate crisis by calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do its job as science, the law and common sense require. Sign the People's Petition to Cap Carbon at 350 Parts Per Million today.

  • Help Save Okinawa Dugong and Coral Reef Ecosystem

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    Okinawa is home to ecologically significant coral reefs that support more than 1,000 species of reef fish, marine mammals, and sea turtles. Creatures like the highly imperiled dugong, a critically endangered and culturally treasured animal, rely on these reefs for their survival.

    But the U.S. government is planning to build a new American military base atop a healthy coral reef that will likely destroy the diverse array of animal life the reef supports, including at least nine species threatened with extinction. Okinawa's coral reefs are already threatened by global warming and pollution: More than half have disappeared over the past decade. We must protect the reef and its inhabitants.

    American, Japanese, and international organizations have spoken out for this critical area and against the potential harm that the new military base would cause. Back in 1997, Japan's Mammalogical Society placed the mighty dugong, a distant relative of the manatee, on its "Red List of Mammals," estimating the population in Okinawa to be critically endangered. Our own Endangered Species Act lists the dugong and three sea turtles affected by the project as endangered or threatened. The U.S. government's Marine Mammals Commission has weighed in with fears that the project would be a serious threat to the dugong and other animals' survival, and the World Conservation Union's dugong specialists have expressed similar concerns.

    Construction of the offshore facility will devastate the marine environment and have dramatic consequences for oceangoing birds and coastal species as well. In addition to destruction of the coral reef off the coast of Henoko village, the planned base will deplete essential freshwater supplies, increase the human population in sensitive areas, and encourage more environmentally harmful development -- causing irreversible ecological damage to one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The U.S. government must abandon this plan.

    Environmental groups from both sides of the Pacific Ocean -- the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network in the United States and Dugong Network Okinawa, Save the Dugong Foundation, Committee Against Heliport Construction/Save Life Society, and the Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation in Japan -- have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco against the U.S. Department of Defense to stop the base. While early success in the case stalled the project for several years, the Center and its allies are now back in court fighting to end to the construction.

    We need your help to speak out. Please take a minute to send the letter below to President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador to Japan John Roos.