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Polar Bear, © Elisa Hoelzeman
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Federal Court Orders Fish and Wildlife Service to Reconsider Polar Bear Rule

On October 17, 2011, a federal judge struck down a Bush administration rule that exempted greenhouse gas emissions from regulation under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The government must now go back and undertake a full environmental analysis of the situation of the polar bear before issuing a new final rule on what must be done to prevent its disappearance from U.S. shores.
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Arctic Wildlife Gains Protections from Big Oil

On July 21, 2010, a federal judge suspended oil and gas drilling activities associated with Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 because the government did not undertake a proper analysis of the potential consequences of drilling in the ecologically sensitive area.
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Polar Bears, © Joan Robins
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On October 17, 2011, a federal judge struck down a Bush administration rule that exempted greenhouse gas emissions from regulation under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
Polar Bear, © Elisa Hoelzeman
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In March 2012, in its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate decisively voted down a measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.
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The American black bear is the smallest of the three bears species found in North America, and are found only in North America. Black bears have short, non-retractable claws that give them an excellent tree-climbing ability.