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Noah Greenwald
Noah Greenwald is the endangered species program director for the Center for Biological Diversity, a national conservation group that advocates for endangered species and the wild places where they live.

Entries by Noah Greenwald

Study: We Need More Reserves to Save U.S. Species from Extinction

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:57 PM

The United States has done an excellent job protecting the majestic landscapes of the west in national parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite, but according to a new study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has done a less than stellar job of protecting...

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Fueling Extinction: Obama Budget Is Killer for Endangered Species

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Amid the greatest extinction crisis since the demise of the dinosaurs, President Obama has proposed a budget that would provide fewer dollars for protecting endangered species than the United States spends on one Lockheed Martin F-35C fighter jet.

Put another way, the roughly $258 million in funding the...

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A Wolf at Grand Canyon: Will She Survive?

(16) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:11 PM

For the first time since the 1940s, there's a wolf roaming the Grand Canyon.

The wolf has been repeatedly photographed at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the nearby Kaibab Plateau since early October. DNA tests on feces on Friday confirmed it's a female wolf who wandered...

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America's Disastrous History of Pipeline Accidents Shows Why the Keystone Vote Matters

(64) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 9:06 AM

It'd be easy to discount the Senate vote over the Keystone XL pipeline as mere political theater but that'd be a mistake.

Build Keystone XL and you build on a long and disastrous history of pipelines in America.

A new analysis of federal records reveals that in just the past...

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Court Finds Wyoming Wolf Management Not Adequate--Duh!

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:12 PM

This week a federal court in Washington, D.C. found that endangered species protections for wolves in Wyoming should never have been removed. Given that Wyoming designates wolves as predatory animals that can be shot on sight across 80 percent of the state, the court got it exactly right.


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Federal Scientists Ordered to Drop Proposal to Protect Wolverines

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:23 PM

The wolverine is a true creature of winter. It is entirely dependent on deep, persistent spring snowpack to protect kits in snowy dens, cache carrion and avoid competition from other predators for food. The worldwide distribution of wolverines is defined by areas where the snowpack lasts the longest.

It should...

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Gone Too Long: It's Time to Return Grizzly Bears Across the American West

(10) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:55 PM

A symbol of great power and majesty, the grizzly bear is the centerpiece of California's state flag, the mascot for both the University of Montana and the University of California, Berkeley and namesake for a popular Brooklyn based indie-rock band.

But the ever-constant popularity of these iconic symbols of...

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1 Year, 1 Rogue Agency, 2 Million Native Animals Dead

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:55 PM

The numbers are appalling: Last year, the federal agency known as Wildlife Services killed more than 2 million native animals, including wolves, bears, foxes and eagles with a devastating ecological toll.

Think about what that means: Nearly 5,500 animals a day, 228 every hour, 5 every minute.


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Against All Odds Wolf OR-7 Finds Love in Southern Oregon and Spurs Wolf Protection in California

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:36 PM

The story of the wolf known as OR-7 is one of persistently long odds. Born to the first pack in Oregon in at least 60 years, OR-7 made a journey of over 1,000 miles from far northeastern Oregon across Interstate 5 and the Cascade Mountains to southwestern Oregon, eventually crossing...

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World's Wildlife Vanishing at Breakneck Pace -- And Guess Who's to Blame?

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:17 PM

It turns out that the t-shirt slogan that "plants and animals die to make room for your (and my) fat ass" is true.

A new study published in the internationally recognized journal Science by my friend Dr. Stuart Pimm and colleagues has determined that the current rate...

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Celebrate the Endangered Species Act on Endangered Species Day

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Despite the fact that wildlife across the planet are facing ever increasing threats from a burgeoning human population, habitat destruction and climate change, there is much to celebrate on the ninth annual endangered species day. Namely, the Endangered Species Act, the strongest law passed by any nation for protecting biodiversity,...

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How Many More Fiery Rail Explosions Do We Need?

(37) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Wednesday's fiery train derailment in Lynchburg, Va., is yet another disturbing reminder of the dangers of increasing shipments of particularly explosive Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and western Canada.

Shipments of the oil have ramped up dramatically in recent years and a series of derailments, including...

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Idaho's Wolf-Killing Atrocity Continues

(28) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:32 PM

When it comes to killing wolves, Idaho has an appetite that just can't be sated.

State lawmakers just approved a bill that sets aside $400,000 to exterminate 500 wolves. Adding insult to injury, the bill takes management away from the state wildlife agency and places it in the hands of...

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Finally Some Hope for America's Rare Jaguars

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Jaguars once roamed vast swaths of the American Southwest and parts of Texas and Louisiana.

But, like nearly all big predators, they had a hard time surviving the onslaught of humanity. As settlement moved west, forests were cleared and wetlands were drained and jaguars lost some of their most important...

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The Verdict: Science Behind Stripping Wolf Protections Fatally Flawed

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:23 AM

In a damning rebuke of the Obama administration's plans to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across most of the lower 48, a panel of five independent scientists has unanimously concluded that it is not supported by the "best available science."

Appointed by the government to review...

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Obama and Keystone XL: Which Future Will He Choose?

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:54 PM

It's up to President Obama now.

On this last day of January, the State Department released its final environmental review on the Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline from Canada's tar sands fields to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

The terrible effects of this pipeline are clear as day: It will...

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What's the Matter With Idaho?

(62) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Idaho's hateful treatment of wolves has reached disturbing new lows in recent weeks.

Late last month the sadly misnamed "Idaho for Wildlife" held a two-day "predator derby" out of Salmon, Idaho, offering prizes for the most coyotes and wolves killed and the biggest wolf taken.

Fortunately, no wolves were...

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Latest Endangered Species Act Battle Shows Why It's "Doc" Hastings, Not Dr. Hastings

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 4:58 PM

It has not been a good year for Rep. Doc Hastings' relentless efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act -- or even a good month, for that matter.

And that's a very good thing for every imperiled plant and animal in America waiting to get the protection of the Act,...

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Stop the Slaughter: Time to Rein in Wildlife Services' Reign of Terror

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Newborn fox and coyote pups are pulled from their dens and shot.

Thousands of animals gasp their final breaths in neck snares that sometimes ensnare legs or entire torsos leading to lengthy struggles before death.

Others, caught in traps that go unchecked for weeks at a time, die slow, excruciating...

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Death of Yellowstone's Most Famous Wolf Is a Troubling Sign of Things to Come

(76) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:18 PM

The alpha female of Yellowstone's Lamar Canyon pack may have been the most famous wolf in the world. Endlessly photographed and admired by thousands of visitors to the national park, this matriarch of Yellowstone -- often known by her number, 832F -- made the cover of American Scientist and was...

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