Instead of throwing polar bears a lifeline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month proposed a weak recovery plan that allows for a massive 85 percent drop in the polar bear population and accepts a disturbingly high likelihood that the species may go extinct. We need your help to tell the Service this isn't good enough.
While the "recovery" plan recognizes that climate change threatens to wipe out a majority of the world's polar bears, it proposes no meaningful measures to combat this threat. Scientists predict that most bears will likely be gone by 2050 unless there are massive cuts in the greenhouse gas pollution melting their sea-ice home.
To make matters worse, the Obama administration's Interior Department recently permitted Shell's oil rigs to begin drilling in polar bear habitat in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, heightening the risk of oil spills and committing us to more ice-melting pollution.
August 14, 2015 Action Alert ID# 260
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