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U.S. Firms Up 'Critical Habitat' for Polar Bears


Environment  (tags: environment, habitat, polar bears, nature, protection, wildlife )

Cher
- 2885 days ago - green.blogs.nytimes.com
The Interior Department designated 187,157 square miles of Alaskan seas and lands as critical to the survival of the polar bear on Wednesday. More than 95 percent of it is offshore, including some areas that may have large undersea oil deposits



   

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J MASSETTI (11)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 2:25 pm
IT'S ABOUT TIME & LONG OVERDUE !!!!!
 

RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 3:07 pm
INCREDIBLE !
 

RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 3:14 pm
Also meant to say i hope Shell's Beaufort Sea oil plans get shelved indefinitely ! Shell would be well to join forces towards conservation of animals and their habitats... the Cariboo in the North, Polar Bears etc.
Now i know for sure that Polar Bear populationls will enjoy a greater renewal and survival rate this winter and hopefully for all time!
TY Cher : )
 

James W (257)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 8:18 pm
NOT ENOUGH SHOULD BE TWICE THAT!!
 

Tom M (814)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 9:08 pm
Thanks Cher!
 

William K (308)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 10:44 pm
The designation of critical habitat is a requirement under the Endangered Species Act once a species has been listed. Biologists have to identify all of the various things that the species needs, and the designated critical habitat has to contain all of these constituent elements. The drawing of broad boundaries designating the critical habitat will also encompass areas that do not contain the constituent elements, so development within these boundaries is not prohibited if it can be shown that a given project "does not adversely modify or destroy" any of the critical habitat (that is, any of the constituent elements that the species needs). Designation of critical habitat does not prevent development from occurring within the area; it only means that people have to consult with the USFWS (or NMFS for listed anadromous fish) before moving forward with a project. It does not create a preserve for the species.

So, this is a very important step toward protecting the Polar Bears, but it is not cause to become complacent about their conservation.
 

Ruth R (246)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:02 am
Noted, and shared.
 

Carol C (97)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:35 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Chien Chao (105)
Monday November 29, 2010, 3:28 am
thank you
 

Lexus B. (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 3:35 am
only means that people should consult the USFWS (NMFS or anadromous fish on the list) before proceeding with a project. Not preserve the species.
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Amanda K (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 3:37 am
thank you
 

Carol H (229)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:39 am
good news, thanks Cher
 

Kerrie G (116)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:39 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Phil B. (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:00 am
It's a great start. About time they took notice.
 

Harry Schneider (43)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:35 am
A good start! Thanks, Cher.
 

Gary C (5)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:59 am
noted thankyou....
 

Juliana D (18)
Monday November 29, 2010, 8:22 am
Noted, thanks!
 

Josh Townsend (34)
Monday November 29, 2010, 9:54 am
Nicely done!
 

Tom M (814)
Monday November 29, 2010, 11:00 am
Noted, Thanks!
 

Pamela Welsh (99)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:19 pm
Signed and noted. Its about time alternatives to oil are researched.
 

Karin Abraham (27)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:26 pm
It's about time! It should be more space, but this is a start. I've lost count of the petitions and letters I've signed on behalf of wildlife generally, and the Arctic specifically. Thank you for posting this!
 

Angela Taylor (17)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:41 pm
A Wonderful step in the right direction...
 

Michael Carney (217)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:50 pm
Noted, and this is long overdue...I still think there should even me more land made available...And I wish Shell would stay the hell out of there...
 

Riikka K (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:54 pm
polar bears are cute.
 

Kit H (173)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:59 pm
Hope that they acknowledge climate change with action too. Polar bears need the ice to survive.
 

Krasimira B (175)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:22 pm
Noted with hope, thank you Cher.
 

Lisa Neste (208)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:26 pm
This is definetly positive news. I only hope that it is soon enough. Polar bears are such magnificent & amazing creatures. They more than deserve our protection and ultimate respect. I am praying for their survival because I just cannot imagine the world without them.
 

Carol Joan Patterson (2)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:35 pm
I am overjoyed that this land has been given stronger protection. However, I am so saddened and wearied by the onslaught by the oil industries to grab whatever oil they can get at whatever price. I strongly believe that we urgently needed decentralized sources of energy, such as solar panels for individual homes and businesses. My friend has been using solar panels on his house for 20 years! They do not wear out - no moving parts. He has only had to replace batteries.

We must fight this battle on multiple fronts: directly fighting unwise development of wild areas, encouraging and rewarding energy efficient approaches, and also encouraging and supporting decentralized energy sources.
 

Mary D (64)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:43 pm
It's about time! The polar bears are beautiful animals, and they deserve to be able to live in the country for which they evolved. I love all bears - and the polar bears are VERY special. Let's all celebrate!
 

Vallee R (280)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:49 pm
I agree it's about time....
 

Shirley H (49)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:08 pm
About time.
Shirley H.
 

MmAway M (514)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:23 pm
Get Shell OTTA there and leave this area and creatures alone PERIOD!!!

UPSET TO NO END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
 

Ann L (15)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:30 pm
A small sep in the right direction. I agree with you Pisnomessage M.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:33 pm
Thanks to William Kirkham for the ed. Thank you, Cher, for the great news! Noted.
 

Niall Leighton (40)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:50 pm
This is totally inadequate. With the growing threat of climate change and resulting loss of habitat all polar bear habitat is now "vital".
 

. (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 3:21 pm
It's a shame the situation in Alaska had to become so critical, that FINALLY, it is being delt with. What the hell did Palin do for 2 years....
 

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:02 pm
Wow, andthere is oil in this area. This is a win for the whole world!!!
 

Elisabeth T (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:15 pm
Wonderful....thank you!
 

Judith C (159)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:10 pm
good news
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:32 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:42 pm
Yay- save the polar bears!
 

Cathy K (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:46 pm
VERY VERY GOOD NEWS!!!
 

julie c (8)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:11 pm
YEAH!!!! Finally some good news for the polar bears.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:27 pm
Noted. Good news. Thank you.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:50 pm
Ah, ah, ah!!! Sarah ~ will ~ be ~ angry!

It's a start, but must continue forward, with renewable energy sources.
 

Linda P (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:56 pm
Polar bears are magnificent creatures.It is a wonderful start, so happy.
 

Teresa K (33)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:34 pm
I will believe it when I see it .............
 

Edgar Zuim (47)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:55 pm
I hope attitudes like this are followed by all. After all, animals also have right to live with dignity in our planet.
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Monday November 29, 2010, 10:00 pm
one step at a time..
even a tiny one..
can make a huge difference...
if done together..
celebrate life..
to life.....
peace
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday November 29, 2010, 10:11 pm
Good news is news after all!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 11:26 pm
Designated? It's a good start but what about the rest of the land? Will it be protected or at the very least have safeguards put in place to prevent it being raped?
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 12:49 am
Designated is a first step, what about protected?
 

Liz NO FWDS G (72)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 3:39 am
Noted with thanks,this news has made my day as these beautiful animals deserve to live in peace without the threat of man taking their land,what with global warming as well we would eventually lose these magnificent animals,i admire them as they struggle to survive against humans destruction,so this is a good start and hopefully will help the Polar bears,i love them.thank you Cher for posting this great news.Liz Findlay
 

Joy W (100)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 4:43 am
Noted. This is indeed great news.
 

JinnySITEISSUES L (33)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 6:02 am
Noted....i hope they continue on the "right' track. Thank you Cher!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 9:01 am
This good news is noted and read.
Let's just hope that The Interior Department sticks to it's guns when big oil comes knocking with its pseudo logic.
 

Patricia C (96)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 4:03 pm
Right Gerald M., most Rebublicans are just ITCHING to drill for oil in the Artic Wildlife REFUGE, and other crucial habitats for endangered species in Alaska. And Allan Y., we know what Mrs Palin was doing; suing the federal government for trying to list polar bears as endangered; they are now listed as "threatened".
Thank you Cher, it is certainly good news, especially considering all the opposition for even this.
 

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 5:36 pm
It's about time they did something. Now they need to protect it against teh wealthy, big business and corporations.
 

linda b (186)
Wednesday December 1, 2010, 1:11 am
Noted thank you Cher
 

A. L. F (30)
Wednesday December 1, 2010, 2:41 pm
noted! Thanks!!! ;)
 

Nuno Correia (18)
Friday December 3, 2010, 4:16 pm
excellent news
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 3, 2010, 4:23 pm
noted and thanks...i thought the area was much larger than this and i noticed most of the protected area is in the water...i realize that polar bears are in the water too...but also...they spend time on land too....and this won't necessarily stop big oill...actually all it means is that we will pay higher prices so that big oil companies will now have to come up with much larger bribes....apparently so many in DC are for sale...so this just increases their sale price!!!
 

jane richmond (10)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 9:44 am
About time
 

Cindy C (125)
Monday December 13, 2010, 8:36 pm
TOOK THEM LONG ENOUGH
 

Kendra Richardson (65)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 8:10 am
Good
 

G. C (40)
Thursday December 23, 2010, 5:24 am
Took them long enough! Thanks
 
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