ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced its recovery plan for threatened polar bears, but critics say it doesn't go far enough.
Polar bears in 2008 were declared threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of the loss of their primary habitat, sea ice, brought on by the climate warming. Polar bears use sea ice for hunting seals.
Climate models project that rising temperatures will continue to diminish summer sea ice.
The recovery plan calls for reduced greenhouse gas emissions but requires no direct action for that to happen. The plan says reducing greenhouse gases will require global action.
Shaye Wolf of the Center for Biological Diversity calls the plan toothless.
She says the plan acknowledges the primary problem but fails to put the solution in the recovery strategy.