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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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eatlocalgrown.com

September 22, 2014

Just what is your food made of, anyway? Try industrial synthesis, genetically modified mold secretions, hydrochloric acid, mercury-contaminated caustic soda, ferrocyanide... and, of course, lots of GMO corn.

If common ingredients like "citric acid" and "ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)" sound normal and familiar enough that you practically conjure up an image of the flourishing orchard they were grown in - then think again. Picture instead an industrial factory, carrying out protocols developed in a lab, produced with enough winding nozzles, tanks, valves, pipes and other thinga-ma-jiggers to create a meandering and disorienting Dr. Seuss story. Because, after all, these common -nearly ubiquitous - ingredients don't come from where you might assume (i.e. simply, citrus fruits).

eatlocalgrown.com

September 22, 2014

Between 2012 and mid-2014, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) successfully blocked GMO labeling legislation in over 30 states, at a price tag of more than $100 million.

These funds were received from the 300+ members of the GMA, which include chemical/pesticide, GE seed, and processed food industries. Together, these industries are working in a symbiotic fashion to grow, subsidize, and manufacture foods that have been clearly linked to growing obesity and chronic disease epidemics. According to the most recent analysis, opponents of GMO labeling spent more than $27 million on lobbying in the first six months of this year alone. This is about three times more than they spent during all of 2013, when they shelled out $9.3 million.

guardianlv.com

by Alana Marie Burke

September 15, 2014

The owners of a Northern California nudist resort called the Lupin Lodge have been accused of stealing water - a precious commodity now that California is in its third straight year of a historic severe drought.

The lodge is located off Aldercroft Heights Road in Los Gatos and just last week the lodge was in the news as one of several community water districts that had been put on the state's drought list. In order for the nudist resort to continue catering to its clothing optional clientele, it had been forced to bring water in by the truckload at a significant expense. Now, the resort has been accused of stealing at least 280,000 gallons of water from a local waterfall and creek.

vocativ.com

by Jan-Albert Hootsen and Duncan Tucker

September 14, 2014

Gaze across Lake Cajititlán here in western Mexico and normally you'll see fisherman cutting their nets. But that picturesque scene turned grim last week when more than 4 million dead fish suddenly surfaced, turning the water a sinister shade of gray.

It's still unclear what killed the fish, but the incident was the worst in a spate of environmental disasters in Mexico this year. Early last month, a river in the northern state of Sonora took on a sickly brown-red color after workers from a nearby mine dumped thousands of gallons of sulfuric acid into the water. In Veracruz state, near the Gulf of Mexico, a gasoline spill contaminated almost 5 miles of a small river near the town of Tierra Blanca. And last Thursday, the Pacific coast of Sinaloa state also saw a sudden and seemingly inexplicable mountain of dead fish rise to the surface.

news.nationalgeographic.com

by Cheryl Katz

September 11, 2014

These days, a few stubborn holdovers streak the sky and paddle the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, and their bereft parents have returned to the sea.

Half of Iceland's seabirds nest on this low-lying volcanic outcropping and its neighboring islands in the deep west coast gash called Breidafjordur Bay. Flatey Island used to be covered with chicks snuggled inside rocky hillside burrows, under tall meadow grass, in nests strewn across headlands and shores.

Fox News

by Todd Starnes

September 7, 2014

One of the great moments in history came when an unsuspecting camper sandwiched a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers -- creating an American masterpiece -- the s'more.

The U.S. Forest Service wants Americans to make healthier S'mores by replacing the chocolate with fruit, according to a blog post meant to commemorate National Roasted Marshmallow Day (apparently there is such a thing, it was observed on August 30 this year).

dailysignal.com

September 4, 2014

Residents of Mississippi with backyard bird feeders could run afoul of new state regulations that prohibit the "supplementary feeding" of wild animals.

The new rules appear to have been intended to limit the use of outdoor salt licks and other types of feeders designed for deer, but would apply to all animals, including birds.

thefreethoughtproject.com

by Cassandra Rules

August 30, 2014

The autopsy ruled the death a homicide.

East Point Police Department in Georgia has a very clear policy against tasers being used to "escort or prod" suspects or being used on handcuffed suspects, and this case is a very clear example of why. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family, including the 7 month old son, of 24 year old Gregory Towns, who died after being tased 13 times in 29 minutes. Two officers repeatedly shocked this man's body for a total of 47 seconds... while unarmed and handcuffed.

thanhniennews.com

by An Dien

August 24, 2014

Vietnam has approved the importation of several genetically-modified (GM) corn varieties and left it to the environment ministry to decide whether to plant the controversial crops on a massive scale.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on August 11 authorized four corn varieties for food and animal feed processing-namely, MON 89034 and NK603 , produced by Dekalb Vietnam (a subsidiary of US mega-corporation Monsanto) and Bt 11 and MIR 162 from the Swiss firm Syngenta.

guardianlv.com

by Adrianne Hill

August 11, 2014

California could be becoming ground zero for radiation from the failed Fukushima plant in Japan. Ocean currents have sent tons of radioactive water into the Pacific daily from the crippled plant on the Pacific coast.

Radiation exposure results in a wide variety of health problems that include cancer. People have reported symptoms of radiation poisoning, yet California health officials stand by their stance that there is no serious risks to its citizens. The radioactive elements that are present in California are Iodine, Cesium-134 and Cesium-137, which stay in the environment for eight days, two years and 30 years, respectively.

      
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