From the Washington correspondent for the UK's The Indepenent:
_Yesterday marked the first time the US Endangered Species Act was used to protect a species threatened by climate change. . . . [However, t]he bears will only be protected from the direct effects of hunting, and some other activities, because of limits imposed by the Interior Department. It invoked a seldom used loophole to make it easier for the energy industry to actually expand activities that already threaten the bears and their habitat.
The Interior Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne, who spent much of his political life opposing the Endangered Species Act, said it would be "inappropriate" to use the polar bear listing "to regulate global climate change . . . ."_