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Your immediate action needed to save the polar bear! April 04, 2006 3:08 PM

Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,

Thanks to courtroom pressure applied by NRDC, the Bush administration has
agreed to consider federal protection for the polar bear, which is mortally
threatened by global warming.

But now we've really got to turn up the pressure! The Bush administration is
taking comments from the public until April 10 before making its decision about
whether to protect the polar bear.

Go to
right now and tell the Bush administration to protect the polar bear under the
Endangered Species Act.

Global warming is rapidly pushing the polar bear to the brink of extinction.

Over the past three decades, more than a million square miles of the Arctic sea
ice that polar bears depend on for survival has disappeared. And on the western
coast of Canada's Hudson Bay, the ice is melting about three weeks earlier in
the spring than it used to.

Polar bears range over hundreds of miles of sea ice in order to find mates,
hunt for seals and fatten themselves up for dormancy.

But according to the best available scientific data, global warming could cause
the polar bear's sea ice habitat to completely disappear by 2100! No sea ice,
no polar bears. It's that simple.

If the polar bear receives federal protection, the Bush administration will be
required by law to ensure that any new federal actions -- including those
affecting global warming -- do not jeopardize the bear's survival or harm its
essential Arctic habitat.

Go to
and tell the Bush administration to ensure that global warming doesn't drive
these majestic natives of the far north to extinction.

Thank you for all your efforts to protect polar bears and slow global warming.


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council

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Polar bears drowning as ice sheets melt away April 04, 2006 3:27 PM

Action Alert

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. Without these thick rafts of sea ice, the bears canít survive. As you read this, global warming is causing the polar bearsí Arctic habitat to literally melt away beneath them.

However, we can ensure a future for the polar bears by Image of mother polar bear with cubsprotecting them under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Please join us in urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect polar bears from extinction by listing them under the ESA!Click here now to send your message.

Listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act -- America's safety net for plants and animals on the brink of extinction -- will provide broad protections.† This listing would require that U.S. agencies not jeopardize their continued existence in any way or harm their critical habitat.††

Polar bears are in growing jeopardy as the ice essential to their survival rapidly disappears. Some studies forecast an ice-free Arctic in summer as early as 2100, spelling certain doom for polar bears.

A growing number of polar bears are already drowning as they are forced to swim more often, and for longer distances, in search of ice sheets. Researchers found four dead polar bears floating 60 miles off Alaskaís coast in the fall of 2004, and itís likely that many more will drown as ice sheets continue to melt.

Click here to join us in urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list polar bears under the ESA before itís too late!

Once youíve taken action, click here to tell ten friends, family members, and co-workers about this threat to the polar bears.

Thank you for support in protecting the polar bears and our other endangered species


Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager††

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