Government: Polar Bear to Be 'Threatened' Species

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said today he will list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. That will provide polar bears with a variety of protective measures from the federal government, though under the terms outlined by Kempthorne there will be provisions to allow continuing exploration for oil and gas in the Arctic seas where the bears live. The debate over the bears had become one of the most heated environmental issues of recent years. ...Full Story
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