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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 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.

by Deutsche Welle

December 31, 2014

With animals falling ill and people losing their homes and livelihoods, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster underscored how important it is to have an intact ecosystem and just how difficult it is to calculate its worth.

Their wings glisten blue in the sunlight as they fly around in the thousands through gardens, rice fields and vegetable patches. The "Pale Grass Blue" (Zizeeria maha) butterflies are common throughout Japan. "When human activity is okay, the butterfly can survive well," Joji Otaki, a professor of biology at the Japanese University of Ryukyus says. But, in parts of Fukushima prefecture, neither of that holds true anymore. Both humans and butterflies aren't in good shape.

by Jeff Jardine

November 22, 2014

Water rights are never simple, and you don't always own what you think you own, as one Sierra business owner is finding out.

"Last year, we were open for 32 days (over four months)," he said. "And those 32 days were sporadic. We'd be open for a few days, then close for two weeks, then open again, then close." The answer, he said, is very simple and makes perfect sense. His property includes a dam that holds back a 12-acre, privately owned lake that is 20 feet deep in the middle. He wants to install a snow-making system consisting of 12 hydrants and six to eight nozzles that would draw water from the lake, freeze it and spray the white stuff on his hill.

October 21, 2014

Meet Michigan's foulest criminals. They're chickens, but not your ordinary poultry. These nine hens are threatening to topple the government of this northern Michigan hamlet.

A young couple's attempt to raise chickens led to their arrest, the resignation of the mayor and city manager, the possible recall of two City Council members, a Michigan State Police investigation and endless chicken jokes. When Mayor Kane Kelly tried to help the couple, he was pressured to resign during a meeting that may have violated the state's open meetings law.

October 21, 2014

The "officials" in Tawas, Michigan had a man and woman caged for keeping chickens on their property.

They want to control our food. Keeping chickens should not get you arrested. This is hardly the first instance of something like this happening. This is the outcome of a legislative move to criminalize backyard farms and small, residential farming operations.

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