Finally, an Endangered Species Act listing decision has been made on the Polar Bear. Spun, of course. Today, Wednesday, the US Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species, saying "it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming."
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited dramatic declines in sea ice over the last three decades and projections of continued losses. These declines, he told a news conference, mean the polar bear is a species likely to be in danger of extinction in the near future...Kempthorne also said, though, that it would be "inappropriate" to use the protection of the bear to reduce greenhouse gases, or to broadly address climate change.The decision took awhile because:-
Notwithstanding the secretary's disclaimers, this is the first time the Endangered Species Act has been used to protect a species threatened by the impacts of global warming. There has been concern within the business community that such an action could have far-reaching impact and could be used to regulate carbon dioxide.Keep your eye on the '$13,489.95 list price for 'Brand New 8 foot Polar Bear Skin Rug' (as pictured and offered at Bearskin World.) If such are '100% Authentic Canadian Polar Bear,' they are bound to vary in price accoring to the likelihood of a global carbon cap and trade mechanism being implemented.
See also these related posts:
Follow the Ice and Save the Polar Bears
Polar Bears on Thin Ice
A Picture is Worth... Polar Bear Knut is 1 Year Old
Via::Chicago Tribune, "US lists polar bear as threatened species"