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The proposed mile-wide open-pit mine in a national forest would produce 1,200 million tons of toxic waste and withdraw 33 billion gallons of water, and directly threatens this remarkable orchid which unlike most plants has no roots or leaves and doesn't make its own food through photosynthesis.
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"L.A.'s leaders recognize that climate change will cause serious harm to California's environment and public health, and they support a key solution in the Clean Air Act," said Rose Braz, who directs the Clean Air Cities campaign. "Cities around the country, from Seattle to Pittsburgh - and now Los Angeles - are sending an urgent message to our president and other national leaders: To avert a climate catastrophe, we need to act now."
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Tragic and heartwarming.

Learn more about these gentle and endangered creatures here: http://bit.ly/MnSj1z
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:( so sad
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This month's PopX newsletter is here!

The United Nations' Rio +20 summit on sustainable development began on Wednesday and the world's top scientists had an important message for world leaders: Address human overpopulation and consumption or risk "potentially catastrophic implications for human well-being."
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EEO 623 is here! Would you let a uranium mine in the Grand Canyon watershed reopen based on impact studies done two dozen years ago? The Forest Service is.

Also this week, we bid farewell to Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant Galapagos tortoise, and in Wild & Weird a rare and pudgy parrot shags a naturalist's head.
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Wooo! Los Angeles, America's second-largest city, has joined our Clean Air Cities campaign! Read more at the press release: http://bit.ly/M5NFWp

“Los Angeles supports the Clean Air Act, and we want to see this landmark environmental law used to tackle greenhouse gas pollution.”
-Paul Koretz, the Los Angeles councilmember who introduced the resolution.
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“Now that the D.C. Circuit has affirmed the reality of the climate crisis and EPA’s duty and ability to address the problem, it’s time for the agency to aggressively combat the most serious social and environmental threat of our age. All parties need to put politics aside right away and work toward the solutions that are so readily available — because the moral case for action could not be stronger.”
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“The harms of climate change are all around us, but our leaders have failed to act to reduce this threat. Today’s warning, coming from our country’s leading scientific advisors, sends an urgent message to our president and other policymakers: We need strong action, right now, to avert climate catastrophe.”
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“The difference between the ESA and voluntary conservation is the difference between a very good chance of recovery and a roll of the dice.”
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Because Life is Good
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The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

The Center is a national nonprofit conservation organization with 200,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
 
We've earned Charity Navigator's top rating as a 4-Star Charity three years running. We are a 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.