Save the ribbon seal
by Mike Gaworecki
April 1, 2009
On March 31st Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notifying the agency that we will sue in 60 days if they fail to list the ribbon seal under the US Endangered Species Act.
The ribbon seal is one of four ice-dependent seal species in Alaska whose sea ice habitat is literally melting out from underneath them because of global warming. Greenpeace and CBD were successful in forcing the Bush administration to list the polar bear under the ESA due to global warming. This notice letter begins the same process for the ribbon seal. Read more here.
If the NOAA ignores the letter, then we will sue in 60 days. Let’s hope the Obama administration does things differently than Bush on global warming/ESA issues.
There’s obviously more to come on this story. Stay tuned…