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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

polar bear may get federal protection

greenpeace.uk

all i can say is, it's about time.

from the washington post:
the bush administration has decided to propose listing the polar bear as threatened under the endangered species act, putting the u.s. government on record as saying that global warming could drive one of the world's most recognizable animals out of existence.
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because scientists have concluded that carbon dioxide from power plant and auto emissions is helping drive climate change worldwide, putting polar bears on the endangered species list raises the legal question of whether the government would be required to compel u.s. industries to curb their carbon dioxide output. [more]
this would be the first time that the bush administration has acknowledged the adverse effects of climate change on other species, and hopefully signals a change in the administration's long-standing (and completely absurd) denial of man's contribution to global warming.

although the severity of the polar bear situation is still uncertain, there is little doubt that their livelihood has already been affected, with substantial 20% drops in some populations. in a worst-case scenario, the national center for atmospheric research predicted that the summer ice sheets which polar bears use as a platform to hunt for seals could completely disappear in as little as 35 years. with less time to build up the fat reserves that sustain them through the winter months, reproductive rates and cub survival rates decrease, putting the animal at peril.

it's a shame that it has taken this long and the potential demise of such a high profile animal to spur this administration to change, but global warming is an issue that anyone can do something about. take a quick look at a few of these sites to see what you can do:

union of concerned scientists
an inconvenient truth
the epa's page on climate change

the clock is ticking on this issue, and every little bit helps.

thom yorke : "the clock" mp3
from the lp the eraser (xl recordings, 2006)
time is running out for us
but you just move the hands upon the clock
you throw coins in the wishing well
for us
you just move your hands upon the wall

it comes to you begging you to stop
wake up
but you just move your hands upon the clock
throw coins in the wishing well
for us
you make believe that you are still in charge

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post tad, I was happy to hear about this news as well...Of course a part of me is wondering what he is up to...But yeah.

And Thom Yorke what a wonderful New Year's gift, thanks. :)

December 28, 2006 at 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog! Great post on the Polar Bears, complete with words from Mr. Yorke and wincing at the clueless White House occupents!

Damien Rice..yes!

Check out FAITHLESS' musc, too. You might like it, especially, "A Kind Of Peace" featuring CAT POWER

Feel better in '07!

December 30, 2006 at 10:48 PM  

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