NRDC – Your immediate action needed to save the polar bear!

June 13th, 2006 1:11 pm by Kelly Garbato

The NRDC would like you to “Tell the Bush administration to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.”

Perfectly at home in one of the world’s most forbidding environments, polar bears spend their summers roaming the Arctic on large chunks of floating ice. They drift for hundreds of miles, finding mates, hunting for seals and fattening themselves up for the winter. Without these thick rafts of sea ice, the world’s largest bear could not survive. Yet at this moment, the polar bear’s Arctic habitat is literally melting away beneath it due to global warming.

Over the past three decades, more than a million square miles of sea ice — an area the size of Norway, Denmark and Sweden combined — has disappeared. Scientists predict that, if the current rate of global warming continues, most, if not all, of the bears’ summer sea ice will be gone by 2100. As a result, the world’s polar bears could face global extinction by the end of this century. […]

To ensure a future for the polar bear, NRDC joined other groups last year in a lawsuit to compel the Bush administration to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the administration has agreed to open a formal review process, and is now considering whether to propose federal protections for the bear. Once these crucial safeguards are in place, the administration will be required by law to ensure that any new policy or action does not jeopardize the survival of polar bears or harm their critical habitat.

BioGems Defenders are urging the Bush administration to propose federal protections for the polar bear and are working to safeguard key polar bear habitat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Western Arctic Reserve.

Click here to take action, or go to the NRDC web site to learn more.

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