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Battle over polar bear protection

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The governor of Alaska is suing the US government to get polar bears” endangered species listing overturned. Like his predecessor, Sarah Palin, he believes the bears” protected status could threaten Alaska”s petroleum development. As Alaska North Slope wells dry up, the state is turning to potential offshore discoveries to refill …

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‘Stress’ is shrinking polar bears

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Scientists compared bear skulls from the early 20th Century with those from the latter half of the century. Their study, in the Journal of Zoology, describes changes in size and shape that could be linked an increase in pollution and the reduction in sea ice. Physical “stress” caused by pollutants …

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EPA accused of failing to protect polar bears

Just as the federal Environmental Protection Agency failed to protect imperiled species around San Francisco Bay from pesticides, the agency hasn”t shielded the Arctic polar bear from harmful chemical exposures, an environmental group charged in an intent-to-sue letter Wednesday.

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Alaska polar bear numbers declining

Polar bear populations in and around Alaska are declining due to continued melting of sea ice and Russian poaching, according to reports released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Officials say the drop among the Chukchi and Bering bears is likely steeper than for those in the Beaufort, …

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Secretary Salazar Rescinds Bush Regulations Weakening Endangered Species Act, But Leaves Polar Bear Extinction Rule in Place

Utilizing authority granted to him by Congress, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rescinded a rule passed in the final days of the Bush administration that weakens the Endangered Species Act by exempting thousands of federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act. Salazar, however, …

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Polar Bears Are In Serious Trouble

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There is no doubt that polar bears are in serious trouble. Already on the ropes due to other human threats, their numbers are falling faster than ever as a result of retreating ice due to global warming. The nonprofit International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which added the polar …

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Movie offers glimpse of polar bear life

A female nursing a two-year-old cub

About 2,500 polar bears live in the pristine wilderness. It is the perfect habitat for one of nature”s most remarkable creatures. “These bears use this whole environment; they are on the land, they are on the water, they are on the ice, they are in the water and playing,” filmmaker …

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The private life of the polar bear

Steven J. Kazlowski

A formidable hunter and powerful swimmer, the polar bear is perfectly adapted to the harsh demands of the wild Arctic landscape. And these extraordinary pictures give a more intimate portrait of its life than ever before.Whether diving under water, rolling in the ice alongside a cub or moving in for …

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No common ground at first polar bear summit

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They gathered in the spirit of piliriqatigiingniq – Inuktitut for seeking a common goal – but panel members at the federal government”s first polar bear roundtable were hardly speaking with a single voice yesterday. At issue was the health of Canada”s 13 polar bear populations. On one side, researchers told …

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Canada responsible to ensure world’s polar bears survive

Skins of hunted polar bears

(From princegeorgecitizen.com) Winnipeg, Canada – The federal environment minister says the health of the world”s polar bears rests in the hands of Canadians. Jim Prentice says now is a “critical time” for the iconic animals and Canada bears a “heavy responsibility” to ensure they survive. He says the swift disappearance …

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