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The ice packs where polar bears live and hunt during winter are shrinking, and the bears can’t find food on the land. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says they should be put on the Endangered Species List, but that action has been delayed well beyond what the law requires. Also, the City of LA’s new law requiring that dogs and cats be neutered before they’re four months old.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Main Topic Polar Bears, the Endangered Species List and Global Warming 19 MIN, 29 SEC
In 1973, the number of Bald Eagles was dwindling, and the national bird became a powerful symbol that helped lead to the Endangered Species Act . Protecting Bald Eagles required restrictions on pesticides and the banning of DDT—which helped promote the much broader environmental movement. Now the polar bear has become symbolic of another, much broader concern: Global Warming.

Guests:
Rosa Meehan, Alaska Chief of Marine-Mammal Protection, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Kieran Suckling, Policy Director, Center for Biological Diversity
Joel Southern, Washington Bureau Chief, Alaskan Public Radio Network

Making News L.A. Law Requires Sterilized Pets 5 MIN, 30 SEC
LA Mayor Villaraigosa today signed a new law requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they’re four months old.

Guests:
Richard Alarcon, Los Angeles City Council (@Richard_Alarcon)

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