On Shaky Ground

December 2009
Weekly Reader News - Senior;12/11/2009, Vol. 88 Issue 12, p2
This article reports on the plan of U.S. officials to establish a critical habitat for Alaskan polar bears. Officials plan to set aside more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska. It is noted that about 3,000 polar bears live in northern Alaska, part of the Arctic. Experts are worried that the number could fall due to offshore drilling. Some Alaskans disagree with the habitat, saying that drilling is important to their state and that polar bears do not need extra protection.


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