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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Polar Bears

This is a passion for my son, Dallen, endangered species, and he is a member of NRDC. This is part of an article in the most recent issue of Nature's Voice. I thought I would share this as it is very interesting.

"In a big step forward for polar bear protection, NRDC and our allies have reached a settlement with the Bush Administration that sets deadlines for the Interior Department to designate "critical habitat" for the bear. "The designation of critical habitat is one of the most powerful and important protections that the Endangered Species Act offers to animals on the brink of extinction," said Andrew Wetzler, director of NRDC's Endangered Species Project. ...

However, the settlement with the Interior Department does not resolve two other claims in our lawsuit on behalf of the bear.... 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. NRDC has intervened on behalf of the polar bear."

If you want to read the entire article please visit Nature's Voice.


Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that there is increased habitat, but like you I hope that the work doesn't stop there. One of the biggest worries I have as populations becomes safeguarded is that people become complacent. Sometimes once the population begins to flourish again it gets taken off the protected list and then the cycle of attack starts again :-(
The polar bear can be a great symbol since it is naturally very cute and can draw people into these complex issues.

Pam Genant said...

That is so true, and what the wolf is facing now.