30 June 2011 BREAKING: Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections for Polar Bears Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 3 comments | Share: Good news for polar bears! A federal judge today upheld the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the polar bear be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and continue to receive the protections afforded by the law. The designation had been in dispute ever since the Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the polar bear in 2008. Jason Rylander, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, said, “With significantly diminished sea-ice habitat and food supply, the life of a polar bear has never been more perilous. The challenge to survive only promises to worsen as climate change transforms the Arctic landscape at an accelerated rate. The court’s decision confirms that polar bears need protection in a warming world.” Learn more: Climate change is melting polar bear habitat at an alarming rate, but there are still things we can do to save this Arctic icon. By taking immediate steps protect polar bears, we can keep them from disappearing from U.S. shores. Read more about what we can do to protect this Arctic icon. 3 Responses to “BREAKING: Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections for Polar Bears” Sally Cadonau June 30th, 2011 Kudos to the federal judge who made a stand for what is right! We can’t keep treating other living beings the way we do without having severe consequences. Thank you for the good news!! Marlena July 15th, 2011 Thank heaven for the existence of this precious to wildlife federal judge who listed polar bears under ESA and giving a chance for this arctic icon to survive for the enjoyment of our children as well as our children’s children! Blessed you be dear federal judge! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?