A judge rules that the US has met its obligations for protecting polar bears, but ordered a review of a special rule that excludes greenhouse gases from the list of threats to the bears.
Federal regulators had issued safety warnings about the condition of the pipeline in the Michigan oil spill that leaked nearly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River this week.
Protection for polar bears – including a ban on trade in their fur and parts – was rejected at a conference of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).
US proposal to ban international trade of polar bear skins, teeth, and claws were rejected Thursday.
With just over a month remaining in office, the Bush administration loosened federal protection of plant and animal species threatened with extinction.
The White House is proposing to let federal agencies decide for themselves whether construction projects could harm listed species.