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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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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.

wholefoodsmagazine.com

August 10, 2015

Edinburgh, Scotland-Scottish rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead announced genetically modified crops would be formally banned, saying that the move will help preserve Scotland's "clean, green status."

This decision follows up a previous ruling by the European Union earlier this year that allows member states and devolved administrations to restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms within their territory. This decision includes the genetically modified maize previously approved by the EU, along with six other crops currently awaiting

bigislandvideonews.com

August 1, 2015

HILO, Hawaii - The Hawaii County Council will consider a bill next week that will ban certain pesticides from being sprayed on government grounds.

Bill 71, introduced by Kohala councilwoman Margaret Wille, "prohibits toxic herbicides in all County owned or maintained public parks and along all County owned or maintained roads, bikeways, sidewalks, trails, and waterways." The Council Committee on Environmental Management will hold a hearing on the bill during its 2:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, August 4th in Hilo.

kazu.org

by Leslie McClurg

August 1, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Usually, a few hundred hardy souls make the trek every year. But this year, the number of people attempting the arduous journey is in the thousands.

The Tuolumne Meadows post office in Yosemite National Park is packed. Ragged hikers wait in a long twisting line outside. Inside the tiny post office, packages are tightly stacked from floor to ceiling. Boxes spill out into the adjoining café. Hiker Max Bennett is praying new shoes from his girlfriend arrive soon.

nydailynews.com

by Rachelle Blinder

August 1, 2015

As fires rage across California, hundreds of people have fled their homes and a firefighter has been found dead.

About 8,000 firefighters continue to battle 23 large blazes in the forests and woodlands of drought-stricken northern California, state Department of Forestry Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said. David (Dave) Ruhl, a 38-year-old firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was found dead Friday, a day after he went missing, authorities said.

wakeup-world.com

by Dane Wigington

July 27, 2015

What major factor causing "Climate Change" are they not telling us about? More alarming articles and studies are surfacing each day which confirm the rapidly changing state of Earth's life support systems and climate.

Though there are certainly many parts to this unfolding story, the largest piece of the puzzle by far still goes completely unacknowledged by most of the scientific community and all of the mainstream media-corporate-military-industrial complex. The massive elephant in the room has been, and still is, "stratospheric aerosol geoengineering" (SAG) also known as "solar radiation management" (SRM).

rollingstone.com

by Kory Grow

July 24, 2015

Monsanto, a company that manufactures genetically engineered seeds for agriculture that has sparked the ire of Neil Young, has issued a statement to Rolling Stone.

Young co-executive-produced the film, which examines the repercussions of a lawsuit between the corporation and farmer Michael White, whom it sued for patent infringement. The suit was settled out of court.

eenews.net

by Ellen M. Gilmer

July 13, 2015

CHACO CANYON, N.M. -- Kyle Tisdel and Samantha Ruscavage-Barz sift through rocks beside a dusty road in New Mexico's high desert, searching for remnants of life a thousand years past.

With the nearest meager town of Cuba an hour away, they're off the beaten path by any standard. But to them, these dirt roads surrounding Chaco Canyon are the front lines of a monumental battle pitting ancient Pueblo culture against the modern world's thirst for oil. This region of northwest New Mexico, about 75 miles south of Farmington, holds the United States' most extensive collection of Pueblo ruins -- hundred-room houses, astronomy-aligned architecture and ancient petroglyphs -- many of which are protected within the canyons and mesas of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

      
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