Judge says U.S. must decide whether polar bears are endangered species

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 13:51 in Earth & Climate

A federal judge, in setting a May 15 deadline for a decision, rejects the Bush administration's plea for additional time. The order is a victory for 3 environmental groups. A federal judge in Oakland has ordered the Interior Department to decide by May 15 if the polar bear should be protected as an endangered species because of melting sea ice due to global warming.

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