George Bush’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t been the most proactive defender of the environment. The agency has been avoiding a decision on the fate of the polar bear since 2005, but a federal judge has just ordered the administration to officially classify the world’s largest land predator endangered or not by May 15.
A judge has told the US government to decide within weeks whether to list polar bears as an endangered species.
The decision was hailed by conservation groups which have been hounding the government on the issue for years.
The federal judge rejected the Bush administration’s pleas for a further delay, and ordered it to make and implement its decision by 15 May.