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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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inhabitat.com

by Lacy Cooke

February 11, 2017

Hundreds of whales died in New Zealand after a mass stranding. The Department of Conservation and volunteers are working to keep the remaining whales alive.

On Friday DOC workers and dozens of volunteers were already onsite, endeavoring to save the last whales. Volunteer Peter Wiles told Fairfax New Zealand, "It is one of the saddest things I have seen, that many sentient creatures just wasted on the beach." Workers attempted to keep the animals wet and calm with towels, sheets, and buckets.

moldblogger.com

by Brian Reeves

February 10, 2017

The potency of pure essential oils reveals a non-toxic and natural method of fighting mold. Mold growth and exposure may be inhibited with these natural plant compounds.

There are numerous studies showing the effectiveness of certain essential oils assisting in mold and fungus issues, as well as supporting immune function to aid in recovery from toxic mold exposure. The oils listed below are some of the most useful oils in dealing with mold. Always remember that to successfully prevent mold from returning, any leaks or humidity issues must be resolved.

lodinews.com

by Christina Cornejo

February 10, 2017

It's raining. Again. Although Mother Nature seems to have spared the Lodi area the worst of what was wrought in January, there is still a potential for flooding through Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for several counties including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Solano, Plumas, Alpine, Placer, Shasta, Lassen, Amador, Tuolumne, Lake, El Dorado, Calaveras, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Sierra, Yuba and Nevada.

dissidentvoice.org

by Robert Hunziker

February 9, 2017

The waters of the Pacific off the California coast are transparently clear. Problem is: Clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into desert. From Alaska to Central America, and beyond, sea life has been devastated.

Is it Fukushima, or nature running its own course, or some kind of perverse wrath emanating from global warming? For a hint, scientists refer to the lethal ocean warming over the past few years as "the Warm Blob." After all, global warming hits the ocean much, much harder than land. Up to 90% of anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming is absorbed by the ocean, which is fortuitous for humans. Just imagine the chaos if the situation were reversed: Mobs of regular ole people morphing into maddened gangs striving for food, huddled in far northern latitudes while Mid America scorches brittle crops in sandy soil, a dystopian lifestyle.

uniondemocrat.com

by The Union Democrat

January 16, 2017

The storm system exiting the Mother Lode on Thursday knocked down trees, including one of the oldest and largest in the Central Sierra, swelled creeks and rivers, tore up roads, broke pipes, flooded parks and libraries and blocked culverts.

It also prompted the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors to declare a local emergency for a handful of storm-damaged roads, including one in the Marshes Fire footprint, where heavy rains unleashed post-fire erosion that ripped out parts Marshes Flat Road near Moccasin.

truth-out.org

by Shad Engkilterra

January 12, 2017

"It is not a question any more: radiation produces cancer, and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses," says the late Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

"As the element is decaying it is throwing off radiation, and the radiation, if it hits the DNA in the nucleolus and the nucleus of a cell, can alter that DNA in ways that can produce things like cancer," Hartmann said. "Now it can also cause simply the cell to die or it can mutate the cell in all kinds of other weird ways, and so it's kind of a numbers game. If you irradiate a million cells... you might get two or three that become cancerous. That's all it takes, right? You've got cancer," Hartmann continued in his video report. "The cesium could cause no cancer, or it could cause cancer in the first cell it irradiates. To say that there is a safe level of radiation is frankly wrong. It's just wrong."

fox13news.com

by Evan Lambert

January 12, 2017

Fish kills are a normal part of nature, in some cases.

The city found out about the kill early in the week, and says workers have been cleaning up thousands of pounds of the dead fish over the last few days - mainly to contain the smell.

uniondemocrat.com

by Giuseppe Ricapito

January 10, 2017

The rainy deluge that hit the Mother Lode this weekend dropped 3 to 8 inches of rain over a 72 hour period, and meteorologists at the National Weather Service say another storm is on its way.

The next storm is expected to drop 2.5 to 3 inches of rain on the Sonora area, which will be less because warm air has the capability to hold more moisture than cold air. Snow levels will continue to be high as elevation increases, with Twain Harte expected to get 3 to 4 inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will not snow in Sonora, Del Valle said. The strongest winds will be confined to the valley, reaching 40 to 60 miles per hour, with wind speeds around 35 to 40 miles per hour in the Sonora area. Mountain ridge top gusts will reach 50 to 70 mph.

sacbee.com

by Ryan Sabalow

January 9, 2017

Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley are bracing for potential flooding this weekend, as a massive weather system known as an atmospheric river builds off the coast.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Thursday, stretching from Saturday afternoon through Monday, for 24 northern counties, including the six-county Sacramento region. Officials warned of flooding in streams and creeks that normally aren't much more than a trickle. The Sacramento River is expected to roar with its highest flows since 2006 and send a huge gush of water into the Yolo Bypass, the massive floodplain west of Sacramento engineered to prevent the city from getting swamped. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article124863269.html#storylink=cpy

modbee.com

by John Holland

January 4, 2017

The lower Tuolumne River ran at its highest volume past Modesto in half a decade Wednesday, and it will get even bigger over the next week.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Tuolumne flow had tripled to about 3,000 cubic feet per second at the Ninth Street Bridge, according to the California Department of Water Resources. It will reach about 7,000 cfs at the peak of the planned releases. The river will rise high on the banks but not top them, said Calvin Curtin, spokesman for the Turlock Irrigation District. It operates Don Pedro in a partnership with the Modesto Irrigation District. Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/article124625034.html#storylink=cpy

      






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