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2009-05-08 13:56:52

A federal refusal to use the U.S. Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gases further endangers polar bears, environmental activists said. The Interior Department Friday let stand a Bush administration rule barring the federal government from considering the effects of global warming on polar bears and other protected species, the Los Angeles Times reported. Acknowledging the deadly effect of the emissions, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Endangered Species Act is not the...

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2009-05-08 09:20:00

A decision involving the iconic polar bear threatened by extinction could simultaneously help cut back on pollution causing global warming, but many voice concerns about the increase of government regulation. According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration has a weekend deadline to make a decision as to whether it should allow government agencies to cite the federal Endangered Species Act to institute limits on greenhouse gases from power plants, factories and automobiles even if...

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2009-04-14 13:00:23

A male polar bear has been brought from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to mate with two females at the Detroit Zoo. The matchmaking was done by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported. The program tries to maximize the genetic diversity of polar bears and other threatened and endangered species. Lee, the 9-year-old 900-pound male from Chicago, joins Barle, 24, Talini, 4, and and three males, twins Neil and Buzz, both 12, and Norton, 21, in...

2009-03-18 23:27:12

Representatives of five countries are meeting in Norway to discuss the ongoing conservation of polar bears. Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States last met in Oslo in 1981, when they voted to extend their 1973 protection agreement indefinitely, the Norway Post reported Wednesday. The World Wildlife Federation, however, said the meeting has excluded outside groups and other observers from parts of the meeting that involve discussion of climate change. We do not know...

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2009-03-16 13:41:53

Norway's Environment and Development Minister warned on Monday that melting Arctic ice is threatening the habitat of polar bears. "If the ice is disintegrating in the Arctic, it will have enormous impact on polar bears," Erik Solheim told Reuters a day ahead of a meeting to discuss the future of polar bears. The meeting will bring together nations that are home to the large white carnivores "“ Canada, Norway, the U.S., Russia and Danish-administered Greenland. In 1973, these range...

2009-01-17 08:07:52

The first Canadian federal summit on the environmental plight of polar bears has concluded with considerable differences of opinion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice hosted the meeting of scientists, wildlife officials and Inuit leaders, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears, about two-thirds of the world population, in 13 distinct areas. While the United States declared the bears an endangered species in May 2008,...

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2008-12-15 14:33:55

New research highlights the ability to adapt to a changing Arctic As polar bears adapt to a warming Arctic - frozen seascape that cleaves earlier each spring - they may find relief in an unlikely source: snow goose eggs. New calculations show that changes in the timing of sea-ice breakup and of snow goose nesting near the western Hudson Bay could provide at least some polar bears with an alternative source of food. This new analysis appears in Polar Biology. "Over 40 years, six subadult male...

2008-08-31 12:00:26

By Kari Lydersen The Washington Post CHICAGO -- The American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups filed suit this past week 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 a lawsuit opposing the polar bear's listing, arguing that their populations as a whole are...

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...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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