The rest: http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science...ars/index.htmlPolar bears may get protection
POSTED: 6:52 p.m. EST, December 27, 2006
Interior secretary proposes listing polar bears as threatened species
Listing would bar government from actions that would jeopardize animal or habitat
Global warming, environmental contamination, overhunting threaten the bears
By Marsha Walton
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(CNN) -- Polar bears may be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of a loss of habitat that jeopardizes their survival, the Interior secretary said Wednesday.
"Polar bears are one of nature's ultimate survivors, able to live and thrive in one of the world's harshest environments," said Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne in a teleconference with reporters.
"But we are concerned the polar bears' habitat may literally be melting," he said. (Watch an interview debating the "threatened" status of polar bears Video)
After a public comment period and additional study, the Department of the Interior will make a final decision on the polar bear's status in 12 months.