Help Us Make Climate History.
Barack Obama’s legacy as 44th president of the United States of America rests squarely on his response, his resolve, and his leadership on solving climate disruption. We need to fire up our clean-energy economy.
Join the Sierra Club, 350.org, and other groups in Washington, D.C., for the Forward On Climate Rally on February 17 (Presidents Day weekend).
This will be the largest climate rally in American history, and 2013 must be the year of climate solutions. It is time to respond, and the next step President Obama must take is to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Join me at rally. I have signed up to be a Volunteer Marshall at the event.
World’s Most Endangered Whales to Get Recovery Plan at Long Last — Take Action!
North Pacific right whales, among the world’s most endangered marine mammals, are finally getting a federal recovery plan. The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed the recovery plan this week, after the Center for Biological Diversity threatened to sue last March because of agency delays.
There are as few as 30 individual North Pacific right whales left in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and only a few hundred in Russia’s Okhotsk Sea. The whales are extremely vulnerable to ship strikes, oil development and spills, and entanglement in fishing gear. Although the proposed recovery plan provides a much-needed strategy for additional research, it doesn’t provide a clear roadmap for reducing those threats. The public has 45 days to comment on the plan — and we’re pushing to ensure it includes stronger protections.
“North Pacific right whales have a long road to recovery, but we hope it starts here,” said Sarah Uhlemann, a Center attorney. “With just a small number of these great animals left in the world, the loss of even one of them could threaten this population’s existence.”
Read more in the Alaska Dispatch, then take action to push for a stronger recovery plan.
|Suit Filed to Save Florida Corals From Global Warming, Ocean Acidification!
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday for failing to develop a recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals. The corals were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 2006, in response to a Center petition, but still lack a recovery plan — a necessary blueprint for their recovery.
Reefs in Florida and the Caribbean were once dominated by these beautiful, branching corals, but now the species are in steep decline due to bleaching from increasing ocean temperatures, disease, fishing, pollution and ocean acidification. Corals reef ecosystems are called the “rainforests of the sea,” and an array of marine life — including the brightly colored clownfish of Finding Nemo fame — depend on reefs.
“Time is short for saving coral reefs. If we want a future with beautiful reefs, healthy fisheries and thriving marine life, we have to act now to reduce carbon dioxide pollution,” said Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida attorney at the Center.
Read more in the Sun-Sentinel and learn about the Center’s campaign for elkhorn and staghorn coral.
Learn What’s Going on with “Luck” and “The Hobbit”
Thank you SO much for taking action for the animals who suffered and died in the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! We thought you’d like to know that after PETA’s campaigns revealed abuse and deaths on the sets of HBO’s Luck, the American Humane Association (AHA) is now being sued by a former employee who alleges that the organization thwarted her efforts to enforce the group’s own animal safety standards on the set of Luck and that the producers and HBO were part of an abuse cover-up. And recently, the chair of the board for the American Humane Association (AHA) resigned.
Hopefully, these new developments will lead the AHA to take its responsibilities seriously and ensure that the training and housing of animals both on and off set are effectively policed.
Tell USFWS to Protect African Lions Under the Endangered Species Act
Once numbering over one million by some estimates, African lions now exist in a fraction of their former range and fewer than 35,000 remain in the wild.
African lions have been slipping away at an alarming rate–dropping by 50% in just 30 years–due to habitat loss, disease, loss of prey species, conflicts with humans, and unsustainable trophy hunting and trade in lion parts.
Read more Animal Causes Now.
How Republicans Plan To Rig The Next Presidential Election!
Build On Our 757 Agreement
Since our 757 species agreement in July 2011, we’ve won positive protection decisions for hundreds of species, from the giant, aquatic Ozark hellbender salamander to the beautifully bright-colored, tree-dwelling scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper. In 2012 we won positive decisions for 104 species and more than 31 million acres of protected wildlife habitat — positively unprecedented.
And in 2013 the Center plans to set some more precedents, too. We’ll use the inertia behind the string of victories we’ve set in motion to win even more positive decisions, moving more species closer to protection, as well as making sure the federal government sticks to every aspect of our agreement. This year we’re expecting protection decisions (and they’d better be good ones) for scores more imperiled animals and plants, including the pocket-sized Oregon spotted frog; the small, sea-diving Kittlitz’s murrelet; the tenacious American wolverine; and the slender, beautiful yellow-billed cuckoo.
Learn more about our historic victory for 757 species.
Battle of the Climate Process
We have been on the front lines of the fight against global warming — and on front pages, too — for years now with some of the country’s most innovative legal, policy and grassroots campaigns to save the globe from irreversible climate catastrophe. Last year we started our Clean Air Cities campaign, which urges cities to sign formal resolutions calling on the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act to make dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas pollution; we’ve already signed on 40 cities, including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Miami and Nashville. We’ll grow that number substantially in 2013.
Our Climate Law Institute will continue with our other pioneering climate work, including to save the Arctic from oil drilling, to stop dirty fuel-extraction methods like oil and tar sands development and fracking, to improve fuel economy, to protect warming-threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and more. So stay tuned to find out what new tricks we have up our sleeves; we’re not giving it all away yet.
Learn about our work at the Climate Law Institute.
|True Tails of a Pet Sitter’s Pet of the Week: Buusa
This is Buusa! She is a spayed 11 year old female in great health. She is a client of mine that needs a new home. She is a bit shy at first, but loves people. Not the best with kids. Can anyone give this low-maintenence love bug a home? !
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