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Old 06-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Russian Arctic reserve may save polar bears from extinction - WWF

Russian Arctic reserve may save polar bears from extinction - WWF
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Russian Arctic reserve may save polar bears from extinction - WWF | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire
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MOSCOW, June 15 (RIA Novosti) - The creation of the Russian Arctic nature reserve could compensate for the damage to the dwindling polar bear population from global warming, the director of WWF-Russia said on Monday.
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Speaking on the nature reserve, Putin said this is a "unique space with high biodiversity and high bioproductivity."

"This is essential for polar bears as there is less and less ice where a polar bear is used to hunting. This is why today is becoming a hard time for the Arctic," WWF-Russia Director Igor Chestin said.
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Default Proposed ban on international trade of polar bear parts defeated at CITES meeting

Proposed ban on international trade of polar bear parts defeated at CITES meeting
March 18, 2010 | 6:07 pm

Proposed ban on international trade of polar bear parts defeated at CITES meeting | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times
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A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws was defeated Thursday at a U.N. wildlife meeting over concerns it would hurt indigenous economies and arguments the practice didn't pose a significant threat to the animals.

The Americans argued at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, that the sale of polar bears skins was compounding the loss of the animals' sea ice habitat due to climate change. There are projections that the bear's numbers, which are estimated at 20,000 to 25,000, could decline by two-thirds by 2050 due to habitat loss in the Arctic...
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