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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...
Environmentalists have criticized Canada for not adequately protecting polar bears from the effects of climate change.
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.
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 pending federal decision about whether to protect the polar bear as a threatened species is as much about climate science as it is about climate change.
Three conservation groups began legal action today to force the Bush administration to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A formal notice must be sent before a lawsuit may be filed in federal court.
More than two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - including the entire population in Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.
A marked decline in sea ice off Alaska's coast is not enough to take the drastic step of listing polar bears - a species dependent on ice - as threatened, critics said Thursday at the first of three public hearings on the proposal.
Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. government to force consideration of whether polar bears are a threatened species, saying rising global temperatures threaten to kill off the Arctic predators.
While Canada's isolated northern aboriginals are not sitting at the same table as the 180 nations attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference, they have a front-row seat to the chilling effects of global warming.
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