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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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capradio.org

by Lesley McClurg

October 15, 2015

The U.S Forest Service is assessing the damage and considering next steps to restore the landscape in the Butte Fire area. Nearly 71,000 acres burned in Amador and Calaveras counties in September.

Much of the burn area is completely devoid of life. The trees are blackened sticks. Large areas suffered "high severity" burns, which means no vegetation survived the extremely hot flames. "We don't have any trees there anymore," says Barnie Gyant, a deputy regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service. "No seed source for natural generation so when we look at this drought and what this costs on these fires are in the region, it's a system gone bad."

nbclosangeles.com

by Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser

October 13, 2015

The U.S. government secretly allowed radiation from a damaged reactor to be released into air over the San Fernando and Simi valleys in the wake of a major nuclear meltdown in Southern California.

More than 50 years ago - fallout that nearby residents contend continues to cause serious health consequences and, in some cases, death. Founded in 1947 to test experimental nuclear reactors and rocket systems, the research facility was built in the hills above the two valleys. In 1959, Area Four was the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in U.S. history. But the federal government still hasn't told the public that radiation was released into the atmosphere as a result of the partial nuclear meltdown.

sfgate.com

by Jenna Lyons

October 11, 2015

California is now a "right to dry" state after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday restricting homeowners associations from banning clotheslines, which the groups deemed unsightly additions to neighborhoods.

Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) announced Brown signed her bill, AB 1448, which will allow line drying for people once restricted by their property management organizations. "Growing up, my family and many of my neighbors used clotheslines as the way to dry their clothes and other laundry," López said in a statement. "Californians can now do their part for the environment while saving money on their electric bill by using the sunlight to dry their laundry."

fresnobee.com

by Bridget Webster

October 11, 2015

The Bridalveil Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park that was reported Oct. 5 is being suppressed and the National Park Service staff is asking the public not to report the fire.

sacramento.cbslocal.com

by Kelly Ryan

September 24, 2015

A Northern California reservoir ran dry overnight, killing thousands of fish and leaving residents looking for answers.

While a $3.5 million drought safety net at Folsom Lake finishes, a lake in another part of the state is left high and dry. Thousands of fish lay dead in what used to be Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake, a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville.

sacramento.cbslocal.com

by Nick Janes

September 22, 2015

There is a growing, underground movement of people who believe California's drought is part of a government conspiracy instead of a naturally occurring event from a lack of rain during the last four years.

The movement's leader, Dane Wigington, says he's putting his life on the line to reveal a truth that will shake society to its core. From the outside, it's clear the hundreds showing up beat to a different drum. But stepping inside a packed Redding auditorium is like walking into another world. Outlandish ideas like weather warfare and climate engineering-in other words, weather control-are accepted as basic fact.

latimes.com

by Los Angeles Times

September 16, 2015

A ossible record-breaking El Niño is attracting dozens of sharks, even hammerheads, off the coast of Southern California, experts say.

The periodic ocean pattern characterized by unusually warm water in the eastern Pacific could cause heavy rain as it heats the atmosphere and changes circulation patterns, according to forecasters. But experts say the weather is drawing dozens of great white sharks and several hammerheads to the coast because their food sources are migrating from more tropical areas, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

latimes.com

August 21, 2015

We've heard that a "Godzilla" El Niño could be coming this winter and could help bring some relief from California's punishing four-year drought. But what do Godzilla El Niño winters really mean, based on past experience? Let's take a look.

California's drought has been worsened by a mass of relentless high pressure sitting atop the Gulf of Alaska, scaring off the cool, wet storms ferried by the jet stream away from the West Coast. "It moved the jet stream into northern Canada, swooping it into the Midwest and Boston," Patzert said. In California, "we were left high and dry, and Boston got our rain in the form of blizzards."

goodhousekeeping.com

by Tess Koman

August 20, 2015

Authorities have shut down two Yosemite National Park campgrounds in response. ​

Update, 8/20/2015: After a Los Angeles girl contracted the plague while visiting Yosemite National Park in mid-July, California health officials are now investigating a second case of the plague.

cnn.com

by Greg Botelho

August 18, 2015

California authorities on Tuesday reported they're looking at a second person with the plague in the state -- and, like the other case, this one visited Yosemite National Park.

The California Department of Public Health announced "a presumptive positive case of plague" involving someone from Georgia who had spent time in early August in the state.

      
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