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Polar Bears Listed as 'Threatened'

This is the first time that a species has been listed under the Endanagered Species Act in US, as a direct result of Global Warming. The polar bear depends on sea ice, as part of its habitat, and the sea ice is melting! No doubt, there will be more debate on this subject after today's historic announcement.....

Polar Bears Listed as 'Threatened'

Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer

Wednesday, May 14, 200

(05-14) 12:59 PDT WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced Wednesday that the U.S. government will list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, making it the first animal species to win protections because of threats from global warming.

The Arctic sea ice is vital to the bear's survival, its habitat has dramatically melted and computer models show that the pack ice is likely to continue melting in the foreseeable future, Kempthorne said.

Environmental groups had pressed the Bush administration to list the polar bear in hope that it would force the U.S. government to pass restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from factories, utilities and vehicles, saying that strategy is the only way to avoid the harshest effects of climate change.

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