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  • Center for Biological Diversity says it plans to sue federal government over polar bears' critical habitat

     
    ANCHORAGE — An environmental group on Thursday gave formal notice that it intends to sue the federal government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development. The Center for...
  • Judge rules polar bears still 'threatened'

     
    A U.S. District Court on Thursday upheld a Bush-era decision that polar bears are a threatened species, despite challenges by the state of Alaska and others seeking to strip the bear of its protection. Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that the...

    Polar bears: Too bad, Sarah

     
    Sarah Palin as governor has campaigned to remove polar bears from the endangered species list -- at least in part because the listing complicates development efforts in some parts of Alaska -- and has sued the Interior Department to...

    Swamp Sunrise

     
    Good morning. Here are a few Washington events of note for Wednesday, November 12. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Geological Survey Director Mark Myers and government scientists are releasing the world's first-ever resource estimate of technically...

    Proposal to designate critical habitat for polar bears stirs controversy in Alaska

     
    ANCHORAGE — The federal plan for designating more than 187,000 square miles as polar bear critical habitat is too large and will lead to huge, unnecessary costs for Alaska's petroleum industry, opponents of the proposal told the U.S. Fish and...