D.C. Court Hearing to Decide Endangered Species Act Status for Polar Bear

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Kassie Siegel, (951) 961-7972 or ksiegel@biologicaldiversity.org

D.C. Court Hearing to Decide Endangered Species Act Status for Polar Bear

WASHINGTON - A federal court hearing on
challenges to the Endangered Species Act listing for the polar bear. The Center
for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council
argue the polar bear should be listed as “endangered” rather than merely
“threatened,” while the state of Alaska and other parties argue the bear is not
imperiled and should not be protected at all. At the time of listing, the Bush
administration issued a special rule exempting greenhouse gases from regulation
under the Endangered Species Act. Such a rule can only be issued for a species
listed as threatened, not endangered.

October 20 at 10:00 a.m.


U.S. District Court –
District of Columbia


333 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20001-2858

Courtroom 20, Sixth Floor

Before Judge Emmet G.


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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