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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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by Matthew Crane

January 16, 2016

The number of turkeys that will have to be euthanized in Dubois County has increased to over 200,000. Governor Mike Pence visited Dubois County Saturday afternoon and released the information during a meeting with local news media.

According to Pence, who had just met with county officials as well as representatives from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Indiana Homeland Security, and other state agencies, samples from two other sites had shown a preliminary indication of the H7N8 avian flu virus. Those sites are within the 6.2-mile testing area established around the Kalb farm where the first infection was found Thursday. The APHIS National Veterinary Service Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, is in the process of confirming the presence of the virus in the samples.

by Penny Teal

January 15, 2016

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win". These words of profound wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi should be kept in the front of our minds...

Man-made climate change paved the way for American scientists to come up with the idea of weather modification. They reasoned that if daily human activity was already impacting weather patterns, it was acceptable for them to deliberately change the weather for a variety of purposes. The first meeting about weather modification was held at the end of 1945. At this time, the possibility of using several weather manipulation schemes to America's advantage during war was discussed. Later, during the Cold War, funds were poured into further research on the topic.

January 10, 2016

A huge win is being celebrated by animal lovers, as the FBI just added animal cruelty to the list of Class A felonies. To put that in perspective, homicide and arson are also Class A felonies, so this new change is very significant.

The FBI defines animal cruelty as: "Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment."

by Kathy Shea Mormino

January 8, 2016

Dressing pet chickens in sweaters has become something of a fad in backyards recently, a trend not entirely different from the pet rock of the 1970s- silly, cute and unnecessary.

Photos of hens wearing sweaters are being shared on social media channels like the common cold in a kindergarten class, photos that no doubt fuel a practice that ought not be encouraged. The average chicken does NOT NEED a sweater. I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens and can anthropomorphize my pets with the best of 'em, but the truth is, sweaters do not help backyard chickens and if I believed they did, I would use them and advocate their use. While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time for a quick photo op, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.

by Matt Agorist

January 6, 2016

Princeton, OR - On Saturday, multiple armed 'militiamen' took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ to protest the sentence handed down to two Oregon ranchers accused of arson.

Aside from being thrown in jail for a second time, the Hammonds are upset because they allege no crime was ever committed. "They called and got permission to light the fire... We usually called the interagency fire outfit - a main dispatch - to be sure someone wasn't in the way or that weather wouldn't be a problem," said Dwight's wife Susan. The Hammonds say they were engaging in prescribed burns to keep the land healthy and productive. And, they assert that the Bureau of Land Management also conducts these burns. The Hammonds lit a fire on their own property that spread to public land. No one was injured, no property was destroyed and the Hammond extinguished the fire themselves, according to the Bundys. The court even ruled that the fires actually had a positive impact on the land.

January 6, 2016

Sonora, CA - With snow levels dipping low this evening in the Mother Lode, it has resulted in traffic hazards and power outages.

The CHP reports that Tuolumne Road has been a traffic nightmare with several vehicles getting stuck. It is an area to avoid if possible. Twain Harte grade has also been a problem area. In addition, there have been power outages reported in both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties. PG&E reports that 4,412 customers are without electricity in a region stretching from Phoenix Lake over to Soulsbyville, and even into parts of Tuolumne. There is also an outage impacting 102 customers near Confidence. You can call 1-800 PGE 5000 to report an outage, or to try to get information on a specific neighborhood.

by Dr. Becker

December 23, 2015

Many pet guardians don't realize the potential for exposing their four-legged family member to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides. People also don't realize that after they apply a product to their lawn or garden.

A pesticide known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or "2,4-D", was developed during World War II. It was one of two active ingredients in the notorious defoliant known as Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War to destroy forest cover for our enemies, as well as their food crops. A tremendous amount of herbicide was sprayed over millions of acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972.

by Ralph Ely

December 22, 2015

This generation stands on the precipice of becoming the most failing gatekeepers for following generations, in all of human history ... if we choose not to act, and quickly! ~ Roger Landry (TLB)

Geo-engineering or weather modification is not a myth, a lie or a conspiracy theory. It is in fact a painful and deadly reality. One need only look up on any given day to see large jets crisscrossing the sky from horizon to horizon, leaving chemical or particulate swaths across the brilliant blue heavens, that quickly transform to a putrid gray blanket, as the trails spread out and merge.

by Chloe Lyme

December 16, 2015

Since China's capital city Beijing issued its first ever air pollution red alert last week, sales of bottled Canadian fresh mountain air to Chinese customers have soared.

The red alert over air pollution was issued by Beijing authorities on December 7, lasting three days, amid the second bout of bad air this month. During this time PM2.5 levels - tiny hazardous airborne particles - exceeded 900 micrograms per cubic metre.

by Rady Ananda

December 6, 2015

"Extreme weather and climate events" are linked to climate change while no mention is made of government programs deliberately aimed at modifying the weather and inducing earthquakes, drought, rain, and tsunamis.

The modern weather modification program, at least in the US, is over 70 years old. Public service announcements printed in newspapers back in the 1960s warned of government intention to modify the weather. Life Magazine, back in the 50s and 60s, continually covered US weather modification programs, including Project Stormfury which redirected and reduced hurricane intensity from 1962 to 1983. The IPCC's continuing and absolute silence on such programs is deafening.

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