Many northern NGOs have been concerned for years about the increasing threat to the frozen habitat of the polar bear. The US government has just agreed to put the polar bear onto the endangered species list. This is as a result of a lawsuit brought by three NGOs against the US government which argued that the predicament of the polar bears is not being urgently dealt with. The NGOs are; Greenpeace; the Centre for Biological Diversity; the Natural Resources Defence Council.
Greenpeace states that, ‘Listing under the United States Endangered Species Act — America’s safety net for plants and animals on the brink of extinction — will provide broad protection to polar bears, including a requirement that United States federal agencies ensure that any action carried out, authorized, or funded by the United States government will not “jeopardize the continued existence” of polar bears, or adversely modify their critical habitat.
This could be the polar bear paw opening the US government back door for eventual discussions of a more serious nature on all things ‘climate change’. With the democrats leading both Houses in just a few days time, the increasing pressure for Bush to acknowledge anthropogenic effects on climate changes could get him rather hot under the collar.
A little negotiation around the table at Camp David between Bush & the bears might do him some good. 😉