February 12, 2008

Is the Polar Bear endangered?

Posted by: Rebecca Durkin

We’re opening an exhibit in June about the impact of global warming on polar bears in Alaska – and with the status of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act currently under review by the federal government, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the debate raging between climatologists, environmentalists, wildlife scientists, land developers, Alaskan residents, and government officials over its protection.

Some parties expect the protection of polar bears to do for global warming awareness and reform what the endangered status of the bald eagle did for pesticides reform, while others think it will wrongfully cripple Alaskan development. This issue is loaded with conflicting priorities and expectations, summed up nicely in NPR’s brief report by Elizabeth Arnold today. Take a listen to this crash course in the debate: Polar Bear Isn’t Endangered.”

- Rebecca

Photo (c) Steven Kazlowski,www.lefteyepro.com. On view in The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, opens June 8, 2008 at the Burke Museum.

3 comments:

Steve said...

Wow, that photo looks incredible. I can't wait to see the real thing when the exhibit opens up!

Jen said...

The National Center for Public Policy Research has just posted this parody video about the "endangered" polar bear.

http://www.nationalcenter.org/PolarBear.html

Apparently the Dept. of the Interior may announce as early as Monday its decision whether or not to categorize the polar bear as an endangered species (despite that fact that the polar bear population has doubled over the last 40 years).

Jen said...

Sorry, the link is
http://www.nationalcenter.org/PolarBear.html

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