Polar bear protection gains momentum

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There is a ways to go for our beloved polar bears, but Interior Department has designated their habitat as “critical habitat. “The designation level of powerful protection that the Endangered Species Act offers animals on the brink of extinction. The new agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by NRDC, the Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace against the secretary of the interior last May after they listed the polar bear as a “threatened species” but violated the law by failing to protect the bear’s critical habitat.

Interior Department did not resolve two other claims from the lawsuit on behalf of the bear.
1.    grant the polar bear full-fledged protection as an endangered species, rather than the weaker protection as a threatened species
2.    2., close the Bush Administration’s plan loopholes for oil development and global warming pollution — two of the deadliest threats to the bear’s survival.

A federal court will hear our case in early 2009. In the meantime, some of America’s biggest polluters have filed suit against the Interior Department to take away the relatively few protections that the polar bear does have under federal law. The American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association and other powerful lobbies want the polar bear stripped of safeguards so that they’ll be free to destroy its fragile Arctic habitat at will. The polluters are joined in this attack by the state of Alaska, at the direction of Governor Sarah Palin.

Progress for the Polar Bear NRDC Nature’s Voice  January/February 2009.
Help Polar Bear: http://www.nrdc.org/naturesvoice/success1.asp

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