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The melting of ice caps on the Polar Regions due to global warming along with illegal hunting and trade of endangered polar bears has pushed government authorities to take steps and have the Critical Habitat Provision of the Endangered Species Act implemented. This act proposes that two hundred thousand square miles of Alaskan territory will converted as protected shelter for polar bears.

If passed, the bill could influence control of oil and gas exploration and drilling around the area. The law involving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge entails not only the bear’s protection, but also those areas that support the polar bear’s needs (such as offshore sea ice). This is important to avoid exposing the protected animals to potential harm such as toxic contaminations.

Having stringent laws to protect our wildlife means the difference between survival and extinction. Read the full article here

By Maria Belgado