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Kieran Suckling is executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, a national nonprofit that advocates for endangered species and the wild places they live.

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Art in Aspen? Looks an Awful Lot Like Wildlife Exploitation

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:34 AM

High art in Aspen is hitting a new low.

The Aspen Art Museum in Colorado is hosting a controversial exhibit from Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang featuring three African sulcata tortoises, each affixed with a pair of iPads stuck directly to their massive shells. Each screen shows video footage...

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And the 2013 Worst of the Worst Award Goes to...

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:07 PM

These days you don't have to look too far to find environmental villains. We live in a world rampant with polluters, profiteers, wildlife-killers and habitat destroyers.

But the Koch Brothers take the cake.

Ultra-rich and super-secret, Charles G. and David H. Koch help pull the levers behind the scenes on...

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Rogue Agency's Agent Investigated in Wolf Killing

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Something's not right in New Mexico. A federal agent with the notorious Wildlife Services agency is under investigation for killing a Mexican gray wolf. Adding to the misery, the government has been keeping this incident from the public.

It's no surprise that Wildlife Services, part of the U.S....

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Obama Voters to Obama: Reject Keystone XL

(44) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Here's a wake-up call for the White House: A new poll finds that most people who voted for President Obama in November oppose the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The numbers are striking, and if this was an election, it'd be a clear mandate. Some 68 percent of Obama...

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It's Time to Finally End Needless Poisoning of Wildlife

(7) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 8:50 AM

You rarely hear about legislation advocating for lead poisoning, but that is what the so-called "Sportsmen's Heritage Act" would do. A misguided provision in the bill the Senate will vote on this week would actually prevent the Environmental Protection Agency -- the same agency that got lead out...

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Mr. President: 5 Ways to Salvage Your Environmental Legacy (and Our Future)

(94) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:12 AM

Few things distract our nation like the selection of its leader. But while we were obsessing over polls, swing states and Paul Ryan's workout photos, the calculus that determines the future of life on Earth only got grimmer.

The climate crisis is deepening, rare plants and animals are vanishing at...

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On Endangered Species Day, Stories of Unparalleled Success

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:30 PM

No matter where you live in the United States, there's probably an animal or plant nearby that's been saved from winking out of existence by the Endangered Species Act.

The California least tern, a shorebird that had dwindled to just 225 pairs when it was protected...

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7 Billion: More of Us, Fewer of Them

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Remember this from your sex ed class?

"Wear a condom and save an endangered species. This little piece of latex may be your best chance at ever seeing a polar bear in the wild."

Me neither. But what if?

The result might be fewer people on this planet --...

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New Hope for Some of America's Most Fascinating (and Imperiled) Species

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 1:47 PM

America's Southeast is no stranger to strange.

Lurking in its freshwater rivers, streams and wetlands are some of nature's most bizarre creations: amorous fish that communicate with knocks and groans, a mussel that lays its eggs on a salamander, a carnivorous plant whose digestive fluids are a deadly trap for...

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Latest ESA Success: The Return of a Once-rare Snake

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 9:04 PM

The Endangered Species Act has notched yet another success story: the return of the Lake Erie water snake.

This non-venemous snake, mostly found on the offshore islands of western Lake Erie, once hovered on the brink of extinction. When it was protected under the...

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Grand Canyon: Iconic Landscape, Unprecedented Threat

(12) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:31 PM

Few places inspire like the Grand Canyon.

Not only is it a geological wonder, it's also one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the United States -- home to more than 1,000 species of plants, 76 species of mammals, 299 bird species, 41 reptiles and amphibians and 16...

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'Extinction Rider' Would Unravel Years of Work Protecting Rare Species

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Reckless politicking is threatening years of hard work to push hundreds of imperiled plants and animals around the country closer to Endangered Species Act protection.

A rider on the U.S. House of Representatives' spending bill for the Interior Department would cut all funding for new protections...

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A Brighter Future For Hundreds Of U.S. Species

(13) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 9:17 AM

The future of hundreds of America's most iconic and imperiled plants and animals just got considerably brighter.

The Obama administration signed a landmark agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that, combined with a previous agreement, will propel 757 species toward protection under the Endangered Species...

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