Polar Bear SOS

May 2008

Polar bear wins federal protection

The Bush Administration announces that it would protect polar bears as a "threatened species" under the Endangered Species Act. The decision follows a three-year legal battle waged by NRDC, the Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace. While the new protection marks a step forward in our long-term fight to save the bear from the ravages of global warming, the administration's plan is full of loopholes for oil companies and other global warming polluters that will leave the bear vulnerable to extinction. We will continue to build legal and public pressure until the Bush administration grants polar bears the full-fledged protections they so desperately need.