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How The Polar Bear Saved The World

by | 10th, June 2008

polar-bear-watch.gifPOLAR Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news

WHEN Anorak spotted the polar bear appearing with increasing regularity in the media, we wondered if it was the manifestation of a plot to undo pandas, once the mainstay of deprived bears?

But now the truth is out: The polar bear is “An Animal to Save the World”:

Lawyers at the Center for Biological Diversity spent years looking for “an animal to save the world.” Their criteria: A charismatic animal dependent upon arctic ice habitat threatened by global warming that could be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The Kittlitz’s murrelet didn’t cut it, nor did an arctic spider or Carribean coral species. The polar bear, however, is another story. This year the polar bear joined the nearly 2,000 species listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, and instantly became the new mascot for global warming policy.

The polar bears – not as cuddly as Al Gore but it will do…

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