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May 14, 2008

Breaking News: U.S. declares polar bears "threatened"

Posted: 02:44 PM ET

U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced that the polar bear will receive protection as a "threatened" species under the U. S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups had petitioned the U.S. to give protection to the mammals - citing a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and U.S. government studies predicting a rapid decline for the bear population due to loss of habitat. The government was under federal court order to rule on the bears' status by tomorrow. will have full details soon.

-Peter Dykstra, Executive Producer, CNN Science & Technology

Filed under: Animals • climate change • environment • Polar Bears

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Bob Burwell   May 15th, 2008 1:06 pm ET

I know........Bear swimmies !!!!!!

Nan   May 15th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

Why don't we just kill ourselves and leave it all to the green plants and cuddly bears.
...all you bleeding hearts go first.

Nan   May 15th, 2008 2:36 pm ET

Why don't we just kill ourselves and leave it all to the green plants and cuddly bears.
...all you bleeding hearts go first.

Dingus   May 15th, 2008 3:02 pm ET

Nan, Nan, Nan,....... You sound like the 20% of dummies that supports Bush. You need to start paying attention to people like ecoliterate.

Bear with me   May 15th, 2008 3:09 pm ET

The significance here is that by listing polar bears as threatened is that they may not be as protected as if they were listed as endangered. However this is step in the right direction and should force some protection of the bear's environment.

Let's hope for the best for the bears. What's good for them is likely to be good for us as well in the end.

PJ   May 15th, 2008 10:34 pm ET

A species is put on the Endangered Species list because it’s endangered. Polar Bears are endangered because their habitat is gradually turning into water. Photos taken over the last 5, 10, 20, and 50 years show the steady ice loss."

Wrong. You are one of many scammed by environmentalist propaganda. Wake up people and stop being shilled by extremists.

Fact: the polar bear population is larger than in the 1970s up from 12,000 or less in 1960s to 25,000 today; might as well call white Americans 'threatened' their population is going down
Fact: sea ice has returned to levels that are above normal for the past 3 decades
fact: even if there wre lower sea ice levels, the polar bears would do fine, as they do in the Hudson bay. bears dont eat ice, they eat seals, and they can swim;
Fact: global temperatures are today below the levels of 1998; global warming models are overestimating impact of warming and dont properly account for natural variability. Those who claim global warming is a crisis are wrong and the temperature data proves them wrong every day.
fact: CO2 is of great benefit to the biosphere. Plants need CO2 and are more productive with more CO2, which means healthier food chains and ecosystems. Current increases in CO2 are not harmful to anyone, not to man, not to bears, and not to planet earth.
Fact: the polar bears need not have been listed, as the species is enither threatened nor endangered. Anyone who says otherwise has another agenda at stake, one about using a non-threatened bear to force through CO2 regulations that should be done via other means.
fact: bears emit CO2. IF emitting CO2 is so god-awful, why are we going through such trouble to save an emitter of CO2?

We should agree on the above facts first and then go from there.

PJ   May 15th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

"The significance here is that by listing polar bears as threatened is that they may not be as protected as if they were listed as endangered. However this is step in the right direction and should force some protection of the bear’s environment."

They dont need protection at all, their population has increased more since the 1970s than the human population of any country on earth!

The listing is being pushed by environmentalists with an agenda to use polar bear subterfuge to create regulations on CO2 outside the reagular channels of political democracy. It's a complete scam and con game. If you like unelected robed judges and extremist activists raising your daily cost of living, you'll like this decision.
If you care about the facts, you should be appalled at how many lies environmentalists get away with in turning people into shills for their agenda. DDT, Alar, global warming – everything the environmentalist say is a bad thing turns out to be overhyped BS.

"It’s shocking that people think that trying to save a species is part of a political agenda" It's shocking that people dont see the plain facts and resort to myths. It is a myth that the polar bears are threatened, in fact Dept of Interior acknolwedged that!!! Population of polar bears is higher than ever. So obviously this is not about saving any species since the species is doing fine.

"…and worse that they blame people on the left for drawing attention to the situation." Blame the left for speading fear instead of facts. The fear is the nonsense about bears drowning. Bears can swim long distances. The fact is that bear habitat is not being reduced and bear populations are fine.

" Protecting animals and the environment they live in is not a political or a red vs. blue issue." Thanks for being a shill and a sucker for every eco-scam with such shallow thinking. It becomes a political issue the second they take away peoples rights, freedoms and property in the name of 'saving the animals'. And when the animal doesnt need saving, you know the corrupt political agenda is what its all about. These guys want you to think that driving a car or taking a plane trip will kill the bears. It wont.

Nan   May 16th, 2008 12:09 pm ET

Dingus – It was ecoliterate that I had in mind.

Its funny how people assume that opinions originate from political parties. If you get your instructions from somewhere or someone – that's fine. Me – I depend on my own good common sense.

Jason   May 16th, 2008 4:15 pm ET

Polar Bear Population 1970 – 5000
Polar Bear Population 2008 – 25000

No need to call them endangered.

How can they rule on the possibility of something happening? Didn't a report come out last week that the world is now cooling?

This ruling is like saying: I am going to put you in jail for the possibility of murder!! Sounds a lot like the movie Minority Report.

Meo   May 16th, 2008 8:05 pm ET

Who Cares?

Nathan   May 18th, 2008 2:56 pm ET

BEARS!!! The most dangerous threat to America! About time!

Pat   May 18th, 2008 8:40 pm ET

Wow, what a fantastic headline. cheers.

John   May 19th, 2008 3:32 pm ET

Please tell me why I might be wrong, but what a lot of people here seem to be overlooking is that any oil drilled in Alaska will be sold on the world market, not used strategically for a particular country or purpose. Any temporary decrease in price or increase in supply that drilling in amwar could create would be instantly nullified by a Saudi-controlled decrease in OPEC oil production. What our country needs is some sort of a government and/or long term plan which could defend us from frequent government sponsored economic attacks undertaken by countries like China which buys our bonds to put us in debt and Saudi Arabia, which helped us against the Turks in WW1 but has been blackmailing us with oil ever since.

Franko   May 19th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

"Saudi Arabia, which helped us against the Turks in WW1 but has been blackmailing us with oil ever since."

Not only that, the Wasabies blew up the World Trade Center.
We did not blow up their Mecca. Make them pay up.
Occupy and take the oil.. Bin Laden is likely hiding in their Black Mosque.

Laura L.   May 23rd, 2008 5:53 pm ET

Too bad the liberals weren't around way back when to protect the dinosaurs.

mike hensley   September 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It is my understanding that the polar bear population has increased by 400 ~ 500 percent since 1970. This does not sound like a threatened species to me.

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