Center for Biological Diversity
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No. 60, Nov. 20, 2015
Beyond Keystone XL

When President Obama rejected Keystone XL, it was a victory for wildlife, the environment and all the activists like you who joined forces to speak out against the pipeline over the past four years. It was also a victory for a world where fossil fuels are left in the ground and energy comes from clean, renewable sources that don't threaten the climate or endangered species.

So what happens next? We'll be at the international climate conference in Paris demanding that the United States lead the fight against global warming by supporting a just, ambitious and binding climate treaty. In Washington, D.C. we're supporting a landmark climate bill that would end new federal fossil fuel leases, and across the country we're fighting oil and gas leases, sale by sale. While we work to keep fossil fuels in the ground, we'll also be ramping up efforts to expand distributed solar projects.

The rejection of Keystone XL was an incredible victory. Take a moment to savor it ... and then stand up and keep fighting. There's amazing potential for changing the way we think about energy and shifting to sources that will protect wildlife and our future. And we're just getting started.

For the wild,
Stephanie Feldstein Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
P.S. Today's world population is: 7,383,399,821. We can still save room for wildlife -- spread the word and share the newsletter below.

Bacongate Isn't Over Yet

BaconThe idea that consuming large amounts of meat isn't healthy for us or the planet isn't new -- but what is new is the classification by the World Health Organization of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausage as carcinogenic ... and red meat in general as a likely carcinogen, too.

Predictably, the backlash was instant. The meat industry immediately began to sow doubt and downplay the significance of the WHO classification, using talking points and tactics reminiscent of those used by Big Tobacco. But after review of more than 800 scientific studies, the verdict is in -- and according to California's Proposition 65, the state is now required to list processed meats as known carcinogens.

Although Bacongate has fallen from the headlines, the fallout from the WHO's announcement hasn't cleared. As the California Environmental Protection Agency begins its process for listing processed meats as known carcinogens and determining if and how these products should be labeled, the agency needs to hear from you. The meat industry wants us to forget about the risks, fearing that informed consumers will choose to eat less meat. Take action to urge California health officials to require labels on processed and red meats linked with cancer.

Take Extinction Off Your Plate Coyote
Seeking Research Intern

The Population and Sustainability program is looking for an intern to assist with research for our Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. If you're a college student with a passion for wildlife, interest in dietary issues, basic research knowledge and excellent organizational and communications skills, this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for. To find out more, email

Wildlife Services -- New Video

In 2014 the U.S. government killed 2.7 million wild animals -- from black bears and wolves to coyotes and bobcats -- largely because they were considered a threat to livestock-industry interests. Watch this new video about Wildlife Services by the producers of Cowspiracy, then share it with your friends to help others make the connection between their burgers and the wellbeing of wildlife.

Our Water, Not Nestlé's -- Join the Campaign
Water bottle in ocean San Bernardino creek Wave

Every day Americans drink enough bottled water to encircle the Earth in plastic, creating mountains of waste and trashing our oceans.

In drought-plagued California, Nestlé pays next to nothing to take millions of gallons of spring water from national forests -- and sell it back to us in plastic bottles.

Join our social media storm to protect against Nestlé's aggressive privatization of our public water and the havoc its plastic waste wreaks on our oceans.

Whacked for Wildlife: Read the Stories

Get Whacked for WildlifeIn case you hadn't marked your calendar, last Friday was World Vasectomy Day. About 750 doctors across 25 countries performed vasectomies in honor of the occasion, providing the procedure at low or no cost to thousands of men.

This year the Center encouraged men to participate by sharing why they chose to "get whacked for wildlife." More than 100 men who've had vasectomies or plan to do so sent in their stories, talking about why they made the decision for their partners and the planet, and what life's been like since then. Read their testimonials.

Want to share your story? Pledge to "get whacked for wildlife" and you could get a free T-shirt featuring a cartoon of a polar bear carrying a pair of scissors. Check out population organizer Leigh Moyer's interview with Vice to learn more about World Vasectomy Day.
Photo credits: Stephanie Feldstein staff photo; original bacon image courtesy Flickr/Ben Raynal; Earth plate courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; coyote courtesy Flickr/Larry Lamsa; plastic bottle courtesy Flickr/Tyler Ingram; San Bernardino creek courtesy Flickr/Ron Kroetz; wave courtesy Flickr/Ben Ashmole; polar bear graphic courtesy Center for Biological Diversity.

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