May 14, 2008
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.
CNN.com will have full details soon.
-Peter Dykstra, Executive Producer, CNN Science & Technology
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