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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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topsecretwriters.com

by Sally Painter

June 24, 2015

It's being called "unprecedented" and "grisly" by National Geographic. Massive waves of dead seabirds are littering the coastline of the Western US and British Columbia (BC).

National Geographic reports that in October 2014, the young birds began to wash up on the shores of California's Farallon Islands to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) off central British Columbia.

anh-usa.org

June 23, 2015

A few weeks ago, we reported that, while many across the country are concerned about measles, which occurs in a largely vaccinated population and has caused no deaths, a larger threat wasn't receiving proper attention: drug-resistant tuberculosis...

These infect at least two million Americans each year and kill 23,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent article in The Atlantic magazine highlighted the antimicrobial qualities of plant extracts and essential oils. The article notes that "various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin, and more."

phys.org

by Sarah Rakowski

June 23, 2015

More than 120,000 saiga antelopes died in central Kazakhstan in May according to a report by The Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) - Fauna & Flora International's partner in country.

The first signs of trouble came on 10-11 May 2015 when hundreds of saiga were reported to have died in Kostanay region. As information about similar occurrences flooded in from across central Kazakhstan, the death toll shot up from hundreds to thousands and then tens of thousands of animals.

drexel.edu

June 22, 2015

The towering plumes of steam emanating from power plant calderas that have come to symbolize the massive and, at times, menacing nature of the energy industry might soon have their natural dissipation into thin air preempted by a figurative one.

A team of researchers from Drexel University, in concert with experts from academia and industry, are creating a new technology that replaces the voluminous amounts of steam-producing water used to cool the plants with trillions of tiny wax beads-and could be the end of those fluffy, yet ominous, white clouds.

naturalnews.com

by David Gutierrez

June 17, 2015

By 2016, nearly as much radiation from the Fukushima disaster will have reached the North American West Coast as was initially scattered over Japan during the nuclear explosions.

Approximately 800 terabecquerels' worth of cesium-137 (Cs-137) alone is expected to reach North America by next year, accounting for just 5 percent of the Cs-137 spilled into the ocean as a result of the disaster.

news.investors.com

by Rep. Devin Nunes

June 12, 2015

For decades, extreme environmentalists have tried to remove 1.3 million acres of California farmland from production by depriving farmers of water.

From Merced all the way down to Bakersfield, and on the entire west side of the Valley as well as part of the east side, productive agriculture would end and the land would return to some ideal state of nature. I was stunned by the vicious audacity of their goal - and I quickly learned how dedicated they were to realizing it. Much of the media and many politicians blame the San Joaquin Valley's water shortage on drought, but that is merely an aggravating factor. From my experience representing California's agricultural heartland, I know that our water crisis is not an unfortunate natural occurrence; it is the intended result of a long-term campaign waged by radical environmentalists who resorted to political pressure as well as profuse lawsuits.

desmogblog.com

by Farron Cousins

June 7, 2015

In August of last year, 21.6 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico were auctioned off to the dirty energy industry so that they could expand their offshore fracking activities.

As DeSmog's Steve Horn reported at that time, many of the leases sold by the government in August were located in the Lower Tertiary Basin, an area defined by hard-to-penetrate rock where the crude is located in deep water, making the practice of hydraulic fracturing exceptionally risky and prone to environmental disaster. It wasn't until the lease sale that the media - and the American public - became painfully aware of the fact that we know so little about what the industry is actually doing in the Gulf of Mexico. It was this lack of knowledge that led the Center for Biological Diversity to file a lawsuit against the government to compel them to release that info.

treehugger.com

by Mat McDermott

June 4, 2015

It's no secret that tortoises are among the most resilient animals on Earth, perfectly adapted for life in natural environments that others would find inhospitable.

But for one particularly tenacious pet tortoise, that hardy sense of survival allowed it to endure for decades in the most unnatural of places. Back in 1982, the Almeida Family was saddened to learn that their beloved pet, Manuela, a young red-footed tortoise, had gone missing.

tehachapinews.com

by Darla A. Baker

June 4, 2015

Carl Hutto, 17, got up early that Sunday morning in hopes of getting his chores done so he could go to the pool with his brother later in the day.

Little did he know that something would stand in the way of his completing his tasks the morning of May 31, and that something stood about three feet tall and had sharp teeth and claws.

foodsafetynews.com

by Cookson Beecher

June 1, 2015

An infectious brain disease that has been killing deer, elk and moose both in the wild and on "captive farms" continues to stalk the land, expanding its domain to 23 states and two Canadian provinces since it was first identified in captive mule deer.

Known as chronic wasting disease, or CWD, it has baffled scientists for decades. Where did it come from, and why is it spreading across the landscape? What health risks might it pose to humans who eat parts of infected animals? And can cattle get it from infected deer, elk, and moose, thus introducing it into the human food chain?

      
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