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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Valuing our natural heritage: The Green Investments 2015 Budget The environmental community recently released its Green Investments 2015 Budget, a proposal for Congress to invest in our lands and wildlife and put a halt to harmful cuts that hurt both our environment and our economy. Last Week to Submit Your Photos! Defenders 5th annual photo contest is now in it’s final week, but you still have time to submit your best wildlife and wild lands photos for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park with renowned wildlife photographer Jess Lee! Failing Report Card on Federal Efforts to Conserve Sage-grouse Analyzing the federal plans for sage-grouse conservation, our experts find some serious problems for this iconic and already imperiled bird.