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Judge Says U.S. Must Decide Whether Polar Bears Are Endangered Species


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Trudi
- 3762 days ago - latimes.com
A federal judge, in setting a May 15 deadline for a decision, rejects the Bush administration's plea for additional time. The order is a victory for three environmental groups.



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Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 12:40 pm
Noted with Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 12:42 pm
Thanks Trudi! i think this is a huge victory and will definitely be praying for the right decision to be made. Noted and forwarded.
 

. (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 12:42 pm
noted,thank you Trudi
 

Cher C (1427)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 12:47 pm
Thnx Trudi!!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 1:17 pm
TY NOTED CHARLES AND TRUDI
 

Laura-Elena D (74)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 2:23 pm
Noted, Trudi. Thank you for sharing this victory with us!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 3:01 pm
bless trudi and all the animals
 

. (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 3:07 pm
Good I'm glad to see this, someone to to step up for the Polar Bears. I pray it going for the good for them, and they keep them on the protected list they need to be. Thank Trudi R. noted
 

Roxann C (398)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 3:07 pm
noted
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 3:19 pm
Ya think??? Of course they are...

Big Gorilly Hugs...
 

Laura R (29)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 4:06 pm
Let us hope and pray some intelligent thoughts will prevail!
 

Elisa M (93)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 6:41 pm

Thank you Trudi, let's see if they make the right decision concerning this issue.
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 7:38 pm
Noted with thanks Trudi
I don't trust this corrupt administration to ever do the right thing.
 

Darlene K (356)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 11:26 pm
I am praying for the Polar Bears. Noted and thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 5:07 am
Noted and thank you for posting. Lets hope for a happy end.
 

(4)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 5:35 am
Noted. How long does it take for them to be honest. Polar Bears first.
 

Karen B (289)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 6:43 am
Hi Trudi. I seem to be the only one that can't locate your news story. I tried both of the "Site" links and it said page could not be found. Then I did a search in the newspaper itself and it said page could not be found. Any ideas? I would love to read the story. Thanks Trudi
 

Patti R (211)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 7:13 am
Story is no longer available...noted the preview.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 11:05 am
This is good news - even if it is only a first step. TY Trudi. We need to hear the good stuff!
 

Dawna Raven Sky Zimbalist (261)
Wednesday April 30, 2008, 3:15 pm
It is pretty obvious with rapid changes in the Polar ice that things are changing for these bears as well. This is a good step to hopefully give them the status they need for added protection.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 1, 2008, 4:32 am
The US and also the IUCN should decide to list the polar bear as endangered!
Right now the polar bear is not at all listed as endangered!
 

Hans L (958)
Thursday May 1, 2008, 5:27 am
The IUCN is the leading authority and they dont see the Polar bear as endangered !



If they would be they would be listed as endangered but they are listed as VULNERABLE (VU) - A taxon is Vulnerable when it is not Critically Endangered or Endangered but is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future, as defined by any of the criteria (A to E) as described below.



Many people think polar bears are doing fine and we can should them like we want!

And start drilling for more oil in the arctic! A polar bear that is bathing in oil will die thats for sure



The facts from the IUCN are simple:



The assessment is based on a suspected population reduction of >30% within three generations (45 years) due to decline in area of occupancy (AOO), extent of occurrence (EOO) and habitat quality.

Polar bears rely almost entirely on the marine sea ice environment for their survival so that large scale changes in their habitat will impact the population (Derocher et al. 2004). Global climate change posses a substantial threat to the habitat of polar bears. Recent modeling of the trends for sea ice extent, thickness and timing of coverage predicts dramatic reductions in sea ice coverage over the next 50100 years (Hassol 2004). Sea ice has declined considerably over the past half century. Additional declines of roughly 1050% of annual sea ice are predicted by 2100. The summer sea ice is projected to decrease by 50100% during the same period. In addition the quality of the remaining ice will decline. This change may also have a negative effect on the population size (Derocher et al. 2004). The effects of sea ice change are likely to show large differences and variability by geographic location and periods of time, although the long term trends clearly reveal substantial global reductions of the extent of ice coverage in the Arctic and the annual time frames when ice is present.

While all bear species have shown adaptability in coping with their surroundings and environment, polar bears are highly specialized for life in the Arctic marine environment. Polar bears exhibit low reproductive rates with long generational spans. These factors make facultative adaptation by polar bears to significantly reduced ice coverage scenarios unlikely. Polar bears did adapt to warmer climate periods of the past. Due to their long generation time and the current greater speed of global warming, it seems unlikely that polar bear will be able to adapt to the current warming trend in the Arctic. If climatic trends continue polar bears may become extirpated from most of their range within 100 years.

There is little doubt that polar bears will have a lesser AOO, EOO and habitat quality in the future. However, no direct relation exists between these measures and the abundance of polar bears. While some have speculated that polar bears might become extinct within 100 years from now, which would indicate a population decrease of >50% in 45 years based on a precautionary approach due to data uncertainty. A more realistic evaluation of the risk involved in the assessment makes it fair to suspect population reduction of >30%.

Other population stress factors that may also operate to impact recruitment or survival include toxic contaminants, shipping, recreational viewing, oil and gas exploration and development. In addition to this comes a potential risk of over-harvest due to increased quotas, excessive quotas or no quotas in Canada and Greenland and poaching in Russia.

This assessment was reviewed by all the participants at the 14th Working Meeting of the IUCN SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group held in Seattle, Washington, USA during June 20-24, 2005. History: 1965-"Less rare but believed to be threatened-requires watching" as Thalarctos maritimus (Scott 1965) 1982-Vulnerable (Thornback and Jenkins 1982) 1986-Vulnerable (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986) 1988-Vulnerable (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988) 1990-Vulnerable (IUCN 1990) 1994-Vulnerable (Groombridge 1994) 1996-Lower Risk/conservation dependent (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)



We should only shoot them with cameras and not with guns! Many people think that Polar bears are more threatened by the pollution than by global warming! The oceans contain more garbage than the whales and Polar bears at the end of the food chain can take!



Should they be listed! No question mark there! They are listed but not as endangered species!

Many species are listed as endangered if they are critically endangered! And we have lost many species because of this fact! And because many animals from the red list are not protected at all!



Maybe we can save the polar bears if we act now and not in 2045! When we have lost 30-40% of the population!
 

Hans L (958)
Thursday May 1, 2008, 5:28 am
Is the IUCN allways right? Or are species going extinct because the IUCN is
failing in thousands of cases?
 

Scott Shaubel (816)
Thursday May 1, 2008, 8:48 am

The Buffalo Fight Back - the buffalo seemingly spoke about the way they were being treated during the Releasing of the Buffalo Spirits ceremony (

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota, prayed for the buffalo spirits that had been slaughtered in record numbers this year in what has become by far the biggest slaughter of buffalo since the 19th century.

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- no pollution,

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= did I mention...

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- lots of food,

- no pollution,

- no manufactured stress,

- No Pharma Drugs

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.. hey,.. they are banning all natural vitamins, December 31, 2009.



The Buffalo Fight Back - the buffalo seemingly spoke about the way they were being treated during the Releasing of the Buffalo Spirits ceremony
 

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Thursday May 1, 2008, 8:50 am

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Lynn Kane (54)
Friday May 2, 2008, 12:24 pm
TO the brit person. We have compassion, dear and your country has it's flaws, like ours. noted,
 

Brenda H (29)
Monday May 5, 2008, 9:26 pm
THANK YOU TRUDI!
 
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