Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's About Time!!!

From today's Progress Report:

GLOBAL WARMING -- POLAR BEAR THREATENED, LISTED AS ENDANGERED SPECIES: Yesterday, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced that the polar bear will be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The polar bear's "summertime Arctic hunting grounds have been greatly reduced by a warming climate," but "Kempthorne also made it clear that it would be 'wholly inappropriate' to use the listing as a tool to reduce greenhouse gases, as environmentalists had intended to do." However, according to an "unprecedented study" by experts including members of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "Global warming is disrupting wildlife and the environment on every continent." The experts found that "at least" 90 percent "of environmental damage and disruption around the world could be explained by rising temperatures driven by human activity." Having "examined published reports dating back to 1970," the scientists also found that "[b]ig falls in Antarctic penguin populations, fewer fish in African lakes, shifts in American river flows and earlier flowering and bird migrations in Europe are all likely to be driven by global warming."

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