Map of polar bear range from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five nations with turf inside the Arctic Circle are calling for action to save the polar bear. I do not believe Gov. Sarah Palin got to vote at this conference in Oslo.
The joint statement backed by both Canada and U.S. says, "Climate change has a negative impact on polar bears and their habitat and is the most important long-term threat facing polar bears."
The bear protectors from the five governments also cited threats to the polar bear from manmade pollution and possible over-hunting. This is one more step toward the polar bear becoming a poster child for global warming activists. Expect photos of the polar bear to become a feature in alternative nergy ads on TV, in spots for electric cars, even part of any publicity on behalf of solar energy. The Arctic creature will be seen on posters from India to Australia, far from the bear's natural home.