Northern Arizona's Coconino National Forest is home to some of the most beautiful land in the world -- from red-rock desert valleys to snow-peaked mountains covered in pine trees. It's home to rare and incredible birds like the northern goshawk and Mexican spotted owl. But like many wild places throughout our country, it's also at considerable risk.
Right now 90 percent of the native fish in the Coconino are vulnerable to extinction. Too many miles of streams are polluted with sediment from off-road vehicles. And livestock grazing has in many parts degraded the land.
The U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan that could steer the Coconino back toward a more sustainable future. But the agency needs to hear your support for management strategies that would better protect wildlife and make space for quiet recreation.
Please take action now and tell the Forest Service how you'd like it to protect the Coconino for this and future generations.
On Tuesday, March 11, the Dan A. Hughes Company is seeking approval from the EPA for a dangerous oil-drilling permit that could harm sensitive wildlife and pollute drinking water sources in South Florida.
The EPA permit would allow the company to build an injection well in prime Florida panther habitat -- within a mile of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
And if the company gets the go-ahead for an injection well, it will also be able to dispose of the wastewater from oil drilling by injecting it deep into the ground -- just below freshwater and municipal water resources. This brine water can contain hazardous, cancer-causing chemicals like benzene, toluene, lead, arsenic and uranium. And once the wastewater is injected, it is difficult to know where it will go. Worse still, these types of storage wells fail, and when they do they can contaminate nearby sources of drinking water.
Please act now to halt this dangerous project in its tracks by urging the EPA to protect Florida's drinking water and natural habitats.
The National Park Service plans to expand Everglades National Park by acquiring 320 acres owned by the private utility company Florida Power and Light to improve water flow in the southern Everglades.
But rather than buying this land outright, the Service is considering a land exchange that would hand over 260 acres of park wetlands to the power company. This area would be used to construct 150-foot-tall high-voltage power lines -- connecting the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant to urban users in Miami-Dade County -- despite the existence of a perfectly viable path outside the park's boundaries.
Construction of power lines in Everglades National Park could damage wetlands, degrade soil quality, harm vegetation and threaten wildlife, including endangered wood storks and snail kites. The ugly power lines would hurt visitor views and recreational resources.
And if the agency goes through with this exchange, it risks setting the dangerous precedent that America's national parks are open for business to private utilities.
Take action now to urge the National Park Service to restore and protect the Everglades instead of cutting through them with a power line corridor.
Governed by the astonishingly outdated 1872 Mining Act, mining on public forests in southwest Oregon is taking a huge toll on water quality, wild salmon and forests.
Taxpayers in the Klamath-Siskiyou region have been shelling out millions to clean up heavy metals and toxins from hundreds of abandoned mine sites. And now a spike in illegal mining in response to the rising price of gold has resulted in further damage: illegally bulldozed streams, clearcut forests and roads crisscrossing the land.
A few people have stuck out their necks to keep all this from happening -- but now they've come under threats of violence from local miners.
Please stand up for our public lands and the citizens who defend them. Sign our petition to support those who are at risk for their conservation work.
More gruesome news out of Idaho: Sharpshooters in helicopters just gunned down 23 wolves over the Clearwater National Forest.
If we're going to end this brutality, we need your help. Idaho wolves lost federal protections in 2011, and since then 954 wolves have been killed in the state by recreational hunters and trappers.
Earlier this year Idaho officials hired a gunman to mow down two entire packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Now it appears they've taken to the skies, sending sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services.
Making matters worse, the Idaho legislature is poised to pass a bill that will allocate $2 million of taxpayer money to kill hundreds of wolves and drive the state wolf population down to only 150 animals.
Once driven to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states, wolves in recent years have made a remarkable comeback. But their recovery will be tragically undercut if state and federal officials continue to insist on barbaric management that relies on hired killers and gunners in helicopters.
Act now to send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho agency heads and elected officials to demand an end to this ruthless, wolf-killing campaign.
Right now, in northeast Washington, a killing contest is underway.
Washington's barbaric yearly contest hunts across the state put coyotes -- and all animals that might be mistaken for coyotes -- at risk. This particular contest hunt is putting endangered wolves in the crosshairs because the killing is happening in an area at least seven of the state's wolf packs call home.
Coyotes are needlessly gunned down in these derbies. Killing coyotes -- or any wild animal -- as part of a contest or tournament is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless and runs counter to the best available science on the stewardship of Washington's wildlife.
Scientists who study coyotes have found that indiscriminate killing of coyotes actually results in more problems.
Act now to send a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Urge them to stop the state's coyote-killing contests.
Pennsylvania House Bill 1576 -- known as the Endangered Species Coordination Act -- may sound like a bold move forward. But in fact it would seriously set back state efforts to protect endangered species like ospreys, great egrets and Indiana bats.
H.B. 1576 would handcuff the Fish and Boat Commission as well as the Game Commission -- our state's wildlife experts -- and would grant the authority to decide which species are protected in Pennsylvania to the industry-dominated Independent Regulatory Review Commission.
We can't let this happen.
Whether or not a species should be protected is a question for our scientists and wildlife experts -- not a slow, politicized commission. Giving the IRRC this review authority would delay and deny protections for species that need those protections urgently just to survive.
Not surprisingly, H.B. 1576 is being championed by some of the state's most destructive extractive industries, including mining, fracking and timber.
Take action now to urge your state representative to vote no on H.B. 1576 and support wildlife experts and our state's successful endangered species law.
On the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest, more than 1,000 rare and ancient trees could soon be logged and hauled out on trucks.
The ponderosa pines -- many of which have been around for centuries and which are known as "yellow-bellies" for the color of their aged bark -- are now the target of a proposed timber sale called "Wild Buck."
The North Rim is one of the few places where these old trees remain in Arizona -- and what's left must be protected. These trees are a beautiful part of Arizona's natural heritage. They're critical to wildlife like imperiled northern goshawks. And because of their thick bark, these pine trees are also naturally resilient to fire.
In the past, misguided fire suppression efforts have allowed thousands of younger trees to grow that would have burned off as saplings during natural fire events. This is where the Forest Service should focus its efforts, since science-based thinning that leaves the biggest trees on the landscape helps reduce crown fires and preserve species habitat.
Take action below and urge the Kaibab National Forest supervisor to stop the proposed "Wild Buck" timber sale and get out of the business of logging old trees that are critical to wildlife and a healthy fire regime.
The beloved dog of a leading ecologist in California was fatally poisoned two weeks ago. The dog's owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, had been investigating a highly toxic rat poison called brodifacoum, commonly found in products such as d-CON.
A necropsy revealed that the dog, a Labrador-retriever mix named Nyxo, had been fed meat by an unknown person. The rat poison brodifacoum was also in Nxyo's body.
Evidence strongly suggests that this poisoning was a blatant attempt to intimidate the scientist -- because the ecologist's research had shown how brodifacoum threatens wildlife, including Pacific fishers and northern spotted owls.
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies have announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for this crime.
Please -- take action now and urge California's Attorney General to bring justice to Nyxo's killer.
From the very start, the Obama administration's proposal to remove federal protections for wolves across most of the lower 48 has been based on politics, not science. The nation's top scientists have said so and the American people have said so -- and now we have to say so again.
In just six states where wolves have been federally delisted, two years of aggressive state hunting and trapping seasons have killed more than 2,600 wolves,or half the total population in the lower 48 known to exist in 2013. Can you imagine what would happen if the wolves' safety net were removed in all states?
Let's demand that wolves get the protections a recovering species needs. Scientists have identified hundreds of thousands of square miles of suitable wolf habitat that still exists in places where wolves once lived and could live again with the help of federal protections -- including the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rockies and the Northeast.
Take action now to sound the drum. Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to rescind its plan to strip protections from wolves, and instead help wolves recover across more of their former home.
One of the Tar Heel State's greatest treasures is on the chopping block for development -- and wildlife like black bears, red wolves, and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes need your help now.
At almost 80,000 acres, Hofmann Forest is important for its size but also for its strategic location as a crossroads for habitat connectivityin eastern North Carolina. Bears and other species that disperse up and down the coast go through these woods -- and for those animals that are recovering, having places to move to is essential.
Three rivers flow out of Hofmann -- the Trent, the New and the White Oak -- and so endangered sturgeon and other fish would be harmed by the dramatic loss of water quality that would follow turning the forest to cropfields and golf courses.
And crucially, the sellers -- North Carolina State University -- failed to complete an environmental impact statement required for such a sale.
Take action now and urge Attorney General Roy Cooper to uphold our state's laws designed to protect wildlife; tell him to stop the sale of Hofmann Forest.
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.
Despite a moratorium on new oil leases off California's coast, some oil and gas companies are extending the life of existing oil operations by fracking: Old leases that should be retiring are adding to our country's addiction to fossil fuels.
Fracking involves the use of toxic chemicals blasted at high pressures to force oil and gas out of subsea rock. The way the law currently stands, some companies are allowed to dump their wastewater directly into the ocean.
Help save whales, dolphins and fish from unnecessary harm -- insist that our leaders bring a stop to this dangerous practice.
Sign the Center for Biological Diversity's petition below to urge the California Coastal Commission and other leaders to halt offshore fracking now.
House Bills 71 and 157 may seem benign at first glance; they call for the creation of an online registry for fracking in Florida. But if these bills pass, they will pave the way for drillers to come to the Sunshine State, frack our fragile subsurface lands, and expose our productive ecosystems to toxic chemicals.
The bills permit the use of the discredited FracFocus.org as the state's official registry, and they expressly prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection from requiring the disclosure of chemical compositions or concentrations. The bills also provide an exemption from public records requirements and allow drillers to report their activities two months after fracking begins.
Help protect Florida's incredible natural resources -- our water, forests, wetlands and wildlife. And help keep our skies clear of the methane this practice would produce.
Act now to tell Governor Rick Scott and your legislators to vote no on H.B. 71 and H.B. 157 and keep fracking out of Florida.
Crude-by-rail transport trains carrying volatile Bakken crude oil have been increasingly converging on New York for the last couple years. These are the same trains that, when they derail, create exploding "oil bombs" that have already killed dozens and harmed wildlife.
The mile-long trains bearing dangerous, explosive crude are often called "pipelines on rails," and they threaten towns and cities like Plattsburgh, Buffalo and Albany. They will dirty our waterways -- including Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.
Also, more and more of those trains may be transporting tar sands from Canada as well as Bakken crude -- making an end run around stalled pipeline proposals and further endangering our global climate while harming human and natural communities along the rail routes.
Please take action now to urge the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to rescind its recently approved permit for crude oil transport and instead conduct a full review. It's not too late to put the brakes on this plan before the state of New York plays host to an oil bomb.
Under various names Wildlife Services has exterminated millions of animals since the early part of the 20th century, targeting native carnivores like coyotes and foxes, beavers, birds and many other species at the behest of agribusiness interests. The agency contributed to the decline of gray wolves, black-footed ferrets, black bears and other endangered species -- and it continues to impede their recovery today.
The past five years have been some of the most active for the agency, withabout 1.5 million native animals killed each year. And this killing goes on unchecked -- without public accountability, oversight or clear rules.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition in December to put an end to the massacre. We're calling for this U.S. Department of Agriculture agency to operate under new rules to ensure that animals aren't killed without cause or by accident, that animals are only killed when nonlethal means are exhausted, and that reliable information on all killings is made public.
Please act now to tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to rein in this out-of-control, wildlife-killing agency.
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.
In Texas hunters can still use gassing -- blowing gasoline fumes into snake dens and capturing any snakes that surface in order to breathe.
Gassing is already banned in dozens of states -- including every state that borders Texas -- for good reason: Underground dens provide homes for hundreds of species, including foxes, lizards, birds and invertebrates. In Texas alone 20 endangered species live underground and can be hurt or killed by the toxic fumes.
Texas is proposing to outlaw the practice, but there's some strong opposition. Prohibiting the use of gasoline to hunt snakes would reduce the number of snakes supplied for Texas's "rattlesnake roundups" -- bloody contests where hunters compete for prizes by capturing native snakes. Thousands of Texans attend these gruesome events each year, and roundup supporters fiercely oppose the state's effort to ban gassing.
Please take action now to urge Texas officials to ban the use of gasoline for hunting and protect Texas's snakes and other wildlife that share their underground homes.
Since they were stripped of federal protection in Idaho, 890 wolves have been killed in the state. But Idaho is taking its slaughter one gruesome step further: The state has sent a hired bounty hunter into our public lands to gun down wolves.
Wolves were nearly eradicated in the lower 48 states by government-hired killers. In a cruel twist, after nearly 40 years of work to restore these beautiful animals to the American landscape, Idaho now chooses to send a gunman to mow down two entire wolf packs. There are reports that the bounty hunter has killed seven wolves already.
Wolves evolved over millions of years to create a healthy balance with prey animals like elk and deer. But the hired gun is there to leave more elk for hunters -- even though Idaho wildlife officials say elk numbers are at an all-time high.
Please take action now and send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho agency heads, commissioners and elected officials to call off the hunt.
Northern Minnesota could face a very real threat from PolyMet mining, which would like to dig three big holes in the ground to extract copper and nickel.
PolyMet's willing to do so at all costs: Nearly 1,000 acres of high-quality wetlands could be destroyed in this region -- an area that has already lost many thousands of acres of wetlands to iron ore and taconite mining.
The proposed PolyMet mine would pollute lakes and streams. In order to meet water-quality standards for sulfates, mercury and other pollutants that will be released in the mining process, the company will need to mechanically treat wastewater for at least 500 years. And yet the company and regulatory agencies have disclosed no plan for how PolyMet will be required to pay for hundreds of years of water treatment. Maybe they expect Minnesota's taxpayers to foot the bill?
The region of the proposed mine is home to endangered lynx as well as moose, which have dramatically declining populations.
Please act now -- urge the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to reject PolyMet's mine proposal.
New Year's is a time for making resolutions and tackling tough issues, so there's no better time to talk about the massive impact human population growth and overconsumption are having on the survival prospects of other species.
Polar bears are on thin ice. Sea turtles are in hot water. Lesser-known creatures like hellbenders are threatened too -- without most people even knowing what they are. All of these animals, and countless others, face incredible pressures from the more than 7 billion people on the planet.
Make it your New Year's resolution this year to help protect our world and the species we've shared it with for so many millennia. 7 billion people means 7 billion reasons we need to talk about population and the future.
Join us in taking the pledge for a wildlife-friendly 2014; then share this with your friends and family.
The rapidly growing human population on earth is doing some dangerous things -- crowding out other species and quickly consuming limited resources.
The best way to stem the tide of unsustainable human population growth, as well as the devastating effect it has on wildlife and wild places, is to ensure that women have the healthcare they need to make family-planning decisions.
This basic human right improves the health of women and children and reduces the number of unplanned pregnancies -- which means a healthier planet for everyone.
Because of an unprecedented wave of new restrictions passed across the country, half of the women across the country now live in states where their reproductive health and rights are under attack.
But a group of members of Congress is finally fighting back: On Nov. 13 they introduced the Women's Health Protection Act. This legislation would make it illegal for states to pass laws that chip away at women's reproductive rights and access to family planning.
Please take action using the form below to tell your representatives to support the Women's Health Protection Act -- for women, wildlife and our planet.
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.
Fracking is currently prohibited in the state of New York while the risks of this fossil fuel extraction process are studied. According to that state's health commissioner, "The time to ensure the impacts on public health are properly considered is before a state permits drilling."
We agree. That's why, here in California, we're urging the Bureau of Land Management to continue its moratorium on new oil lease sales while it studies fracking's threats to the Golden State.
Nationwide the Bureau estimates that 90 percent of new oil and gas wells on federal land are fracked. In California much of the Monterey Shale's estimated 15.4 billion barrels of frackable oil is under federal lands. All that fracking potential means our cherished public lands face severe air and water pollution, animal and plant species that depend on those lands face habitat loss, and humans living and recreating on or near these public lands suffer many health threats.
The best way to protect these national treasures, as well as our climate, is to simply prohibit this inherently dangerous form of fossil fuel extraction -- and what better place to start than by banning fracking on our public lands?
In California we have the chance to take one big step toward that goal.
Please take action now using the form below to tell the BLM to maintain its hold on new oil and gas leasing on California's public lands.
Over the past year, early results on a number of studies showed a direct link between fracking operations and water contamination in Dimock, Pa., Parker County, Texas and Pavillion, Wyo.
Despite this evidence President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have decided to shut down one fracking investigation after another -- turning their backs on the communities suffering from this technology's harmful effects.
Please join the Center for Biological Diversity and our allies: Tell President Obama and the EPA it's time to do their job. They should reopen critical investigations into the dangers of fracking before it's too late.
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.
Genetically engineered foods -- also called genetically modified organisms or GMOs -- are plants and animals that have been genetically altered in a lab. Scientists take a gene from one animal, plant or bacterium and insert it into another -- for the sake of advantages like better weather tolerance, faster growth or increased pesticide resistance.
But many of these genetic changes haven't been adequately tested -- and various environmental problems have been well documented, from biodiversity loss and an overall increase in pesticide use to the emergence of "superweeds" and unintentional contamination of non-engineered and organic crops.
And these genetically engineered foods sit on our grocery store shelves without any sort of indication that they've been altered. Allowing genetically engineered foods to enter our food supply -- and the natural world -- without our knowledge makes our food and ecological systems deeply vulnerable to the whims and special interests of agribusiness.
A bill called the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was recently introduced in Congress. It requires labeling notifications for all genetically engineered foods in the United States. This bill aims to end the policy of keeping consumers in the dark about our food.
You have the right to know what's in your food, so please take action now. Tell Congress to protect our food and pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act.
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 making 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Obama administration recently released its "environmental impact statement" on the Keystone XL pipeline -- moving this dirty and disastrous oil pipeline closer to approval.
The administration is now accepting comments on that study. Please let President Obama know that the environmental consequences of the pipeline are too costly -- it should be rejected.
Strip mining of oil from Alberta's tar sands, which will be transported by Keystone XL, is already destroying tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest and polluting hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the Athabasca River -- in the process creating toxic ponds so large they can be seen from space.
Extraction and refinement of tar-sands oil also produces two to three times more greenhouse gases per barrel than conventional oil. The process creates a massive new source of fossil fuels -- eliminating our ability to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Keystone XL would cross the heart of the Midwest and deliver oil from Canada's tar sands all the way to the Gulf of Mexico -- where much of it would be exported to other countries. Along the way the pipeline would cut through rivers, streams and prime wildlife habitat -- including habitat for at least 20 imperiled species like the whooping crane and pallid sturgeon.
Please use the form below to tell the administration to reject Keystone XL and halt its progress for a second time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's nothing sporting about poisoning bald eagles. But the NRA and other extremist groups continue to try and push through exemptions for lead ammunition and fishing sinkers.
In 2012 the Center for Biological Diversity led a successful effort to prevent these exemptions through the so-called "Sportsmen's Act," which would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency -- the same agency that got lead out of paint and gasoline -- from protecting wildlife, as well as families that eat game shot with lead ammunition, from lead poisoning.
The NRA, however, will stop at nothing to get special favors from members of Congress, no matter the cost.
Toxic lead continues to enter the food chain through bullet fragments in game and spent lead shot. Bald eagles, endangered condors and more than 130 species of wildlife are needlessly poisoned or killed by lead left in the wild. The EPA can address these preventable deaths through the Toxic Substances Control Act, a well-established and time-tested federal law aimed at limiting our exposure to dangerous substances like lead.
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 materials for hunting.
More than 250 organizations in 40 states called for regulation of lead ammunition to help defeat the Sportesmen's Act. But the same radical legislation that would gut the Toxic Substances Control Act and prevent the EPA from doing its job could pop up again attached to a must-pass spending bill.
Use the form below to tell President Obama and members of Congress to keep lead poisoning and radical legislation out in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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. The U.S. government's Marine Mammals Commission is weighing 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.
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.