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The World on Thin Ice
The New York Times, December 10, 2009

‘Polar Bear’ Warns Obama About Climate Failure
By Andrew C. Revkin

COPENHAGEN — In the hall outside the  United States promotional pavilion at the climate talks, with crowds watching President Obama on video screens as he gave his  Nobel Peace Prize speech and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar giving a press briefing inside, a polar bear rearing on hind legs gave a stern warning to the president to make sure an agreement is produced when he comes here late next week.

The video kind of says it all. It was, of course, a man under the fur: Brendan Cummings, a lawyer and public lands director for the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that used litigation to force the Department of the Interior to consider listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act as threatened (which it did).

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

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