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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


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"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.


Thanks, Kevin.

KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Polar Bear Predictions in the Villanova Environmental Law Journal

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Laura Navarro, Comment. What About the Polar Bears? The Future of the Polar Bears as Predicted by a Survey of Success Under the Endangered Species Act, 19 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 169 (2008).

In this law review comment, the author discusses the proposed listing of the polar bears as “threatened” under the ESA, and the effect of climate change on the species.  The first half of the article explains the Act and reviews prior delistings of species under the Act.  The second half analyzes the relationship between polar bears and the receding sea ice, the 1994 conservation plan, and the latest protection plan. The author concludes that “the inherent uncertainly of global climate change” renders impossible any predictions on “the exact success of a polar bear recovery plan.”  Nevertheless, a recovery plan should address climate change, human development in the bear habitat, and gain acceptance in the international community.

Polar bear with cub, photo by Scott Schliebe from U.S. FWS
Special thanks to Yelizaveta (Liz) Batres, from West Palm Beach, Florida, for this submission.  
Liz will soon become a regular contributor to