August 3, 2011
Charles Monnet, a wildlife researcher with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, (BOEMRE), is "suspended from his job for mysterious reasons" on July 18. He received his official letter on August 1st asking Monnet to meet government investigators on August 9.
Guardian reports that he will be asked about his compliance with government regulations and the relationship with another polar bear researcher, Andrew Derocher.
Monnet paper, published in 2006 (click to read the pdf), drew a connection between melting sea ice due to climate change and the risk of polar bears drowning in the Arctic waters. A recent study of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has also found similar result.
Some suspect Monnet’s support for wildlife might have hindered the government effort to exploit Arctic fossil fuels and helped him in getting suspended from his government job.