Polar Bear's Status Impacts Greenhouse Gas Debate

Law360, New York (May 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On May 14, complying with a court-imposed deadline, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced a final rule listing the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The listing determination, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), concluded that the polar bear’s sea ice habitat “is declining throughout the species’ range, that this decline is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and that this loss threatens the species throughout all of its range.”

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