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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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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.

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.

      
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