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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 Tyler Durden

April 3, 2015

California's oil and gas industry is estimated (with official data due to be released in coming days) to use more than 2 million gallons of fresh water per day;

Californians are outraged after discovering that these firms are excluded from Governor Jerry Brown's mandatory water restrictions, "forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought."

by Steven Greenhut

March 27, 2015

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," said former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in 2008 argued that a crisis lets officials "do things that you could not do before."

This bill allows the Department of Fish and Wildlife "to assess civil penalties, including administrative penalties, for obstructing fish passage" and it allows the department to initiate a complaint against property owners for "an unauthorized diversion or use of water that harms fish and wildlife resources," according to the Senate analysis. Republicans, who mostly supported AB 91 despite some grumbling, came out strongly against AB 92 because of this expansion of regulatory power - and because of a provision that creates a new Office of Sustainable Water Solutions. The latter may be a questionable use of tax dollars, but the former has sparked broader concerns.

by Paul Tullis

March 15, 2015

Half a century ago, she journeyed into the Tanzanian jungle to change how the world saw chimpanzees. Today the world's most famous conservationist is on a mission to save their lives.

Goodall, then 22, saved for two years to pay for her passage to Kenya: waitressing, doing secretarial work, temping at the post office in her hometown, Bournemouth, on England's southern coast, during the holiday rush. She had spent her last few days in London saying goodbyes and picking up a few things for the trip at Peter Jones, the department store in Chelsea. Now all this was for naught, it seemed. The passport must have fallen out of her purse somewhere.

by Christopher Baxter

March 7, 2015

The state paid out $78.8 million in taxpayer money last year to resolve lawsuits filed against it, an increase of $6.1 million from 2013 and the most since at least 2006.

That amount, however, was eclipsed by the more than $346 million the state brought home through litigation, a $42 million increase from 2013, records show. More than half came through a settlement related to the clean-up of the polluted Passaic River. The state paid out in cases ranging from medical malpractice to train accidents and State Police trooper misconduct. Below is a list of the 10 largest payouts last year, as well as a database of every case in which the state handed over taxpayer money:

by David Bronner

March 6, 2015

The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled "Give Soils Their Due" abridged in relevant part:"We are not paying enough attention to the world's soils, a 'nearly forgotten resource' and our 'silent ally.'

Clearly, the Earth's soil is a living membrane crucial for long-term human and ecological health. Just as clearly, the pesticide-intensive model of industrial agriculture which saturates crops and soil in pesticides, and pollutes surrounding water and ecosystems, is a primary reason soil biota are in bad shape. One would thus expect that more agricultural scientists and scientific journalists would be sounding the alarm about the pesticide industry's new 2,4 D herbicide-tolerant GMO crops recently rubber-stamped by industry-friendly regulators for planting this spring.

by Christopher Ingraham

March 2, 2015

Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans.

"I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree's garden and seizing a number of okra plants. Fairbanks spoke of his time eliminating back-country marijuana grows in the Utah mountains, specifically the environmental costs associated with large-scale weed cultivation on public land: "Personally, I have seen entire mountainsides subjected to pesticides, harmful chemicals, deforestation and erosion," he said. "The ramifications to the flora, the animal life, the contaminated water, are still unknown."

by Federal Scientists in the Journal

February 10, 2015

NIPTON, Calif. -- The Mojave Desert's gleaming Ivanpah solar plant is bright enough to make Las Vegas-bound air travelers and pilots squint from a distance of 60 or more miles.

The 45-story "power towers" shine with sunlight reflected by 350,000 heliostat mirrors spread across an area four times the size of New York's Central Park. Receivers atop the towers heat to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water to turn turbines that crank out 392 megawatts -- power for more than 100,000 houses.

by Penny Teal

February 6, 2015

Creating "global dimming" is the stated goal of numerous geoengineering patents, it is one of the primary goals of the atmospheric spraying. Climate engineering is the epitome of human insanity, "Global Dimming" is a direct result.

Though countless forms of human emissions into the atmosphere are contributing to the "global dimming" phenomenon, mathematically speaking climate engineering far exceeds all other factors combined. The BBC documentary linked below is an extremely important watch for any that wish to better understand the truth, and the dynamics of the all out assault on planet Earth by the climate engineers.

by Alex Maclean

January 10, 2015

The current winter warm spell in the Mother Lode indicates people need to keep conserving water, managers for TUD, Twain Harte and Lake Don Pedro community services districts told Tuolumne County supervisors Tuesday morning.

December rains were nice, but January has been dry so far, and the outlook for the next week or more calls for clear skies and warmer than normal temperatures, according to forecasters. The high Tuesday in Sonora was in the 70s and it might reach into the 60s Wednesday. Mostly sunny weather is forecast through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

by Steven Maiken

December 31, 2014

The federal government needs to comprehensively test seafood coming from the Pacific Ocean for radionuclide contamination because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and make this data available for the public.

The triple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) have continued to cause contamination of the Pacific Ocean at a rate of 300 plus tons per day. A plume of radioactively contaminated water is relentlessly heading towards the west coast of North America on the North Pacific Current.

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