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"Bearing" Global Warming's Cause


12/28/2006

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the polar bear be listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency cited a startling decline in polar bear numbers because of early ice melts as the impetus for their action. Further they identified global warming as the cause of these earlier arctic ice melts.

The Endangered Species Act, forces the U.S. government to ensure that any actions it authorizes, funds or carries out will not further endanger a threatened species. Since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identifies global warming as a cause of the polar bear's plight, environmental groups hope the threatened status of the polar bear will push the Bush administration to adopt policies that encourage a reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping global warming gases.

This ruling on moving the polar bear to threatened status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should be finalized within the next year during which time it will be subject to public input. So far, the agency has received more than 200,000 comments in support of listing the polar bear as "threatened."

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Source: Natural Resources Defense Fund, Environmental News Network,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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