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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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nature.com

by David Cyranoski & Heidi Ledford

November 29, 2018

The startling announcement by a Chinese scientist represents a controversial leap in the use of genome-editing.

A Chinese scientist claims to have helped make the world's first genome-edited babies - twin girls, who were born this month. The announcement has provoked shock and outrage among scientists around the world.

nature.com

by Jeff Tollefson

November 29, 2018

Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, an approach that could ultimately be used to quickly lower the planet's temperature.

The idea is simple: spray a bunch of particles into the stratosphere, and they will cool the planet by reflecting some of the Sun's rays back into space. Scientists have already witnessed the principle in action. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it injected an estimated 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere - the atmospheric layer that stretches from about 10 to 50 kilometres above Earth's surface. The eruption created a haze of sulfate particles that cooled the planet by around 0.5 °C. For about 18 months, Earth's average temperature returned to what it was before the arrival of the steam engine.

theconversation.com

by Anne Cleary

November 29, 2018

The environmental movement is shifting away from focusing solely on raising awareness about environmental issues. Many environmental agencies and organisations now also aim to connect people with nature.

What is less clear is how to enhance an individual's nature connection - that is feeling that they are a part of nature. Over half of all people globally, and nine out of ten people in Australia, live in urban environments. This reduces their opportunities to experience and connect with nature.

rgj.com

by Sam Gross

May 14, 2018

As images of lava rivers engulfing homes in Hawaii reach mainland viewers, Nevadans' thoughts turn to our region's own volcanic history, and wonder: Could it happen here?

Head south from Reno on U.S. 395 and you'll eventually drive (literally) into the 20-by-10-mile maw of an old and likely dying super volcano, or skirt the more recently active volcanoes of Mono Lake or Mammoth Mountain. And just 100 miles northwest of Reno lies Mount Lassen, the 10,500-foot volcano that the U.S. Geological Survey holds in the same risk category as Hawaii's currently erupting Kilauea.

financialtribune.com

by Non listed

April 5, 2018

Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.

Solar geo-engineering studies would be helped by a new $400,000 fund from the Open Philanthropy Project, a foundation backed by Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook, and his wife, Cari Tuna, they wrote. "The fund could help scientists in developing nations study regional impacts of solar geo-engineering such as on droughts, floods or monsoons," said Andy Parker, a co-author and project director of the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative.

nbcbayarea.com

by Jonathan Lloyd

March 22, 2018

Southern California's first major storm of winter left behind devastation in the Santa Barbara County communities of Montecito in January, killing at least 21 people and destroying homes as a wall of mud...

A storm building off the coast this week might pack even more rain Tuesday through Thursday. Below, a look back at some of the most devastating winter storms on record in California. Some changed the way the state plans for severe weather and altered landscapes, many left behind destruction and grieving communities. Great Flood of 1862

ecobnb.com

by Cristina Vignoli

September 14, 2017

The winter arrived and with it the citrus fruits: oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons... to give us happiness with their colors, to fill the air with their perfumes, and as well to defend ourselves against the seasonal illnesses.

If up until now you peel them and throw away the peel, you have to know that this part that you thought useless can be reused in different ways that you never imagined. Here we have 10 ideas to reuse, to create, to experiment and above all, to recycle the citrus peel!

chicagotribune.com

by Justin Pritchard, Ellen Knickmeyer

September 3, 2017

Temperatures in parts of the Western U.S. peaked at levels not seen in decades and the wilting heat challenged crews battling wildfires.

Around the West, the National Interagency Fire Center said more than 25,000 firefighters and personnel were fighting 56 large uncontained wildfires, including 21 in Montana and 17 in Oregon. Fire weather warnings were in effect for parts of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, where blazes spanned more than 850 square miles.

denverpost.com

by Bruce Finley

September 3, 2017

Wild bison grazing on sunflower-studded prairie at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge are in business - as greeters of millions of travelers.

Federal wildlife refuge managers also this summer doubled the fenced space at the refuge, north of Denver, for their bison herd, which grew this year, with 18 calves, to a record 122. The feds plan to import 25 more genetically robust bison in October. And wild bison behavior, such as raging bulls battling for females and tearing through fences, is on the rise.

healthfitnessforall.info

by Clara Johnson

August 22, 2017

An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease. Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," says one of the team, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.

      
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