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2008-08-31 09:00:24

By KARI LYDERSEN By Kari Lydersen The Washington Post CHICAGO The American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups filed suit Thursday against Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall, joining Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's administration in trying to reverse the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. On Aug. 4, the state of Alaska filed suit opposing the polar bear's listing, arguing that its population as a whole...

2008-08-30 09:00:49

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Five industry groups have sued the Interior Department over a rule to protect the polar bear that they say unfairly singles out business operations in Alaska for their contribution to global warming.Groups representing the oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing industries asked a federal judge Wednesday to ensure that laws designed to protect the bear, which was recently designated a threatened species, are not used to block projects that release...

2008-08-29 14:15:00

Environmentalists have criticized Canada for not adequately protecting polar bears from the effects of climate change.  Now the Canadian government said on Thursday it would take more time to study its next step. Detailed findings of an April review classified the bear population as a "special concern," but not endangered or threatened with extinction, a scientific panel said. Environment Minister John Baird said the government has created a national round table to consult with a...

2008-08-23 15:00:22

Federal officials confirm 10 polar bears, an unusually large number, have recently been seen swimming in open Alaskan waters. Arctic ice melts in the Chukchi Sea are the suspected cause of the bears swimming toward either land or more remote icebergs, The New York Times reported Saturday. Such sightings were rare until 2004 but have grown more common as polar bears hunt for seals. "It's not unusual for bears to be swimming," said Susanne Miller, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife...

2008-08-22 06:50:00

Observers flying over Alaska's northwest coast spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in the open ocean. Scientists say this is an increase from previous surveys that may indicate warming conditions are forcing bears to make riskier, long-distance swims to stable sea ice or land. A federal marine contractor, Science Applications International Corp, spotted the bears in the Chukchi Sea during a survey flight. The survey flight was scouting land for the Minerals Management Service in...

2008-08-06 12:50:00

Alaska filed a lawsuit on Monday against the United States over the placement of polar bears on the threatened species list because such a categorization will hurt Alaskan oil and gas exploration, fisheries and tourism. The lawsuit seeks the withdrawal of a May 14 decision to place polar bears on the threatened list of the Endangered Species Act due to climate change. "We believe that the ... decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data...

2008-06-15 00:05:00

Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to search for oil and natural gas among them. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations this week providing legal protection to seven oil companies planning to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern coast of Alaska, even if "small numbers" of polar bears or Pacific walruses are incidentally harmed by their...

2008-05-17 12:05:00

The recent ruling by U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne listing polar bears as a threatened species has indigenous Alaskans concerned they might be banned from hunting the animals they rely upon for food.  Aalak Nayakik, a member of northern Alaska's Inupiat peoples who have inhabited the region for centuries, says polar bears are a staple food for his family. He also uses polar bear fur for his family's bedding. "I like to eat bear meat almost every winter, can't go without it,"...

2008-05-14 14:50:00

Officials said Wednesday that the Interior Department is accepting the recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. The department made its decision after citing studies by its own scientists that the decline of Arctic sea ice off Alaska and Canada could result in two-thirds of the polar bears disappearing by mid-century. The decision...

2008-04-30 07:05:00

A federal judge has denied the Bush administrations call to delay a decision that would determine whether polar bears should receive special protection under the Endangered Species Act.Judge Claudia Wilken gave the administration until May 15 to make its final decision, ruling that any further delay would put the government in breach of its public obligations."Defendants have been in violation of the law requiring them to publish the listing determination for nearly 120 days," she...

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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'