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Finally... Some Relief and Protection for the Polar Bear...

Recently I posted a story about our dear friends, the polar bears.  The Bush Administration had been dragging their feet, with the Department of The Interior carrying the Bush banner in reverse... as has been the case with just about everything either environmental-conscious or envirinmentally protective since 2001. 

Finally today, the ruling came down from the Bush administration... when the Department of the Interior declared that the polar bear is now considered a "threatened specias"... and as such, it must be protected. 

The continuing decline of the heretofore major ice cap in the Arctic sea has been worsening over the last fifteen  to thirty years, and scientists and environmentalists have been pojecting even additional losses.

As global temperatures rise, water currents change.  With the change in currents and the rising temperatures comes the melting of the ice caps.  As these glorious animals have adapted to living in frigid temperatures... which for them are required... the ongoing change in their habitat endangers their very being.

 

                                                         

The disappearance of the historically massive ice areas endanger the polar bear because it diminishes the areas available for feeding grounds, and for breeding, for these majestic animals.  If something cannot be done to either slow down the disappearance of the ice, or even turn it around... extinction seems unstoppable.

How much longer America can sit idly by and watch the myriad of habitats for a variety of threatened animals gradually disappear remains a mystery.  But... if our national policy is not given a complete 180 degree turn-around... further distruction is inevitable. 

We can only hope that a change is coming, and that the incoming administration will make appropriate revisions to our national policies.

We have been given this earth as a gift.  As it's inhabitants, we have been trusted to be it's keepers.  We are also expected to be able to hand it over to the generations to come in a condition that either mirrors how we found it, or in an improved condition.  If we are unable to do that... we have failed ourselves, our children, and our planet.

Comment balloon 15 commentsKaren Anne Stone • May 14 2008 10:35PM

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KA:  I heard something about this today... thanks for writing about it to fill in the details.  They are so cute... I suppose they are pretty powerful, though, if you mess with a cub. Good post.

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne.....we are talking about polar bears right now.  I think we need to have Hillary, Obama and McCain weigh in on their position on these little guys!  We do need to pass this place we call earth a bit better than we found it.  Your post is so well said.

Posted by Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service" (Pam Winterbauer Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne,

One of the things with Polar bears is not that much that ice is disappearing, but that because it is warmer, the melting starts earlier, and the bears do not have time to get enough fat to carry them through the summer. Also, female bears (like human females) have to get certain percentage of fat to be able to become pregnant (and I am not sure that this is the proper term). At the same time I want to say that the cycles of warming and cooling are natural cycles, and this is not the first time it is happening and not the last time it is happening.

I lived in the Arctic (just above the Arctic Circle) for 14 years, and I read at that time that there are clusters of cycles, some as long as 100 years, broke down to smaller cycles. And for the last 2 years where we lived the winters get way colder and scientists say that this is fitting the pattern.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Jan:  This is just one more case where if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.  Powerful ?  If you mess with Mama's cubs... you mess with Mama !  Not a good plan.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Pam:   We have been entrusted with this planet... and need to know that those who govern will be avid protectors of it.  I agree.  We need to know the positions of all three of those "still in the running...." McCain, Obama and Clinton.  Thanks so much for your kind words.  Someone needs to speak for them.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Jon:  Snce you've probably never been a pregnant female polar bear, I am sure you are doing just fine with the terms you are using.  <smile> Sure... changes are natural, but we can... to whatever degree... either worsen or lessen that change... if even by just a tad.  We do not control the universe nor the planet, but we are not totally helpless, either... regardless of what some claim.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

This is fantastic! They look like you want to hug them but you really do not want to hug them!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 9 years ago

Yes, Karen, I thought of your post when I saw this on the news........it is very good news!!

Posted by Rick Tourgee, Provincetown and Cape Cod (Robert Paul Properties, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne:  I could not agree with you more.  I am glad to hear that the polar bears have made it on to that list, and will now get additional protection, and attention from the federal government.  Our country is front and center in a lot of ways, but the environment is not one of them.  I was pleased to hear John McCain speak about this the other day.  Even on a local level, there is so much we can do to make this a greener place to live.  We've been trying to make some eco-friendly changes via our HOA.  You've got to start somewhere, and doing nothing isn't an option. :)

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - It is so sad what we are doing to this planet.  Each species we drive to extinction is such a devastating loss.  Hopefully we won't wait until we run out of oil to make some important changes. 

Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 9 years ago

The polar bear being added to this list is long overdue! There is no question about the detrimental impact the actions of man are having on the planet. Certainly there are naturally occurring cycles that can be pointed to in geological history but the severity of the highs and lows (extremes) that occur exceed those that naturally occur. Everyone from Evangelical Christians to world wide environmental organizations are raising their voices against global climate change! There is a well known Native American saying that is quite apt:

Treat the earth well:

it was not given to you by your parents,

it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,

we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Indian Proverb

 

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) over 9 years ago

Karen Anne-Another good post. We really need to do a better job of protecting the planet.

Rich Dansereau-Wonderful comment and the ancient Indian proverb should make everyone stop and think.

Posted by Rich Quigley over 9 years ago

A few years ago I watched the documentary about a place somewhere in Canada up north, and that's hwere they were discussing this problem with shorter feeding periods, which are forcing the bears to venture to residential areas rammaging for food. With all the love to htem, this is pretty scary stuff tomeat the bear in the middle of the daylight (and in spring in the Arctic the day light stays quite long). The guys had to come up wth the idea of heloing the bears and at the same time remove them from the streets, They used a hangar or something similar to house the bears, and kept feeding them and then releasing them when the right time comes.

Pretty impressive.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the post. Polar bears look so adorable on TV . ( I have not seen one ) That is a great proverb.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 9 years ago

Yes, our planet and its creatures needs protecting.  As Americans we do have a long way to go.  But we can not do it alone.  These pressing problems need global solutions.  As Americans, let's lead by example!  If our government won't do it, each of us indivdually should lessen our impact on our environment.  Be more fuel efficient, recycle, and encourage others to do the same.

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 9 years ago

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