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Video Mid Day Distraction- Polar bears playing with dogs

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Too cute. Via John.

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Mid Day Distraction- Polar bear cubs first day in the snow

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Everyone needs a little "OMG ADORBZ" in their day. Via Daily What.

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Obama administration denying polar bears endangered species status

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There has been so much talk of the dwindling number of polar bears due to the increasing temperatures that are melting their habitat.

Why, then, did this happen?

The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status.

In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the previous administration’s decision to give the polar bear the less-protective “threatened” species designation, a move that will frustrate environmentalists who hoped for stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act.

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Alaska's new polar bear shelter could restrict future offshore drilling for oil & gas

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How novel!  The Obama administration values our environment and wildlife over offshore drilling, 8.3 million acres worth:

The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles of Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

That hunk of square mileage includes sea ice off the Alaska coast. 

Tom Strickland, assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, said the designation would help polar bears stave off extinction, recognizing that the greatest threat is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.

There's that crazy global warming reality imposing itself on us again. Thank you, President Obama, for recognizing that.

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