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Kassie Siegel, (951) 961-7972,

Media Advisory: Frostpaw the Polar Bear Available for Comment and Photos in Copenhagen


What: The Center for Biological Diversity's Frostpaw the polar bear, who has already been featured by The New York Times and in numerous media photos
while in Copenhagen, will be available for interviews and photographs.
Frostpaw will be accompanied by Kassie Siegel, director of the Center
for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute and co-author of the
report Yes, He Can: President Obama's Power to Make an International Climate Commitment Without Waiting for Congress.

When: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where: Copenhagen's Bella Center, in the hallway between Hall H and plenary meeting areas

Background: Two-thirds
of all polar bears -- including all bears in Alaska -- will be extinct by
2050 if current greenhouse gas emissions continue, and the rest of the
species will be gone by the end of the century. The Center for
Biological Diversity forced the Bush administration to publicly
acknowledge, for the first time, the scientific connection between
greenhouse gas emissions and species endangerment in response to our
petition to gain Endangered Species Act protection for the polar
bear. The Center is currently in litigation against the Obama
administration regarding its failure to take necessary actions to
protect the polar bear from global warming.

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity released a report, titled Yes, He Can: President Obama's Power to Make an International Climate Commitment Without Waiting for Congress. The
report, which was also the subject of a presentation at a side event
last week at the Bella Center, concludes that President Obama need not
wait for Congress to act before taking strong action to reduce U.S.
emissions. Read the report.

Siegel and Frostpaw will offer a critique of the current U.S. proposal
on the table in Copenhagen, including how the U.S. position would
consign polar bears and numerous other species to extinction and result
in untold human suffering. The pair will also be available to discuss
the opportunities for the United States to significantly reduce
greenhouse emissions via existing authorities under the U.S. Clean Air
Act rather than the flawed cap-and-trade bills currently pending before

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

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