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120 Million Acres of #Alaska Coast Declared Critical Polar Bear Habitat rt @2morrowknight @zbleumoon @Flipbooks #Eco

This designation under the Endangered Species Act is intended to safeguard those coastal lands and waters under U.S. jurisdiction that are vital to the polar bears' survival and recovery. The habitat rule comes at a critical juncture for the polar bear. The Interior Department is under court order to reconsider by Dec. 23 elements of its 2008 decision to list the polar bear as "threatened," rather than the more protective "endangered" --a decision that could affect whether the Endangered Species Act can be used as a tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the primary threat to the species. At the same time, the Interior Department is also considering whether to allow oil companies to drill for oil in the polar bear's newly designated critical habitat in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska. "The critical habitat designation clearly identifies the areas that need to be...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/11/120-million-acres...

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