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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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reason.com

July 29, 2014

On Friday, an unidentified police officer in Hometown, a suburb of Chicago, shot and killed a 14-month-old family dog in front of the dog's owner and the owner's 6-year-old daughter.

Killing a dog for doing what dogs do most certainly didn't have to be done. Firing the cop did, and Hometown's police chief, Charles Forsyth, did just that on Monday, calling the incident and aftermath an "emotional rollercoaster" for the family, the community, and the police department. A Justice for Apollo Facebook page garnered more than 10,000 likes since being created on Friday. ABC7 identified the police officer only as a 15-year-veteran of the force. Forsyth told me this morning he would not be releasing the name of the fired officer but also said there is no built-in arbitration or appeals process for the now ex-cop to turn to. He suggested the officer, like any employee fired by his employer, could launch a lawsuit if he wanted, but confirmed that the officer was no longer with the department and would not be drawing a pension.

policestateusa.com

July 28, 2014

A family says that while rounding up their loose puppy, a cop arrived and shot it in the head, in its own yard, in front of a child.

"We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out," said the saddened owner, "and the cop just shot him, right in front of me and my 6-year-old daughter." Apollo the dog, a 1-year-old shepherd-mix, had briefly gotten out of its yard on June 25th, 2014, and was being corralled his family. Owner Nicole Echlin and her 6-year-old daughter had already gotten Apollo to come back to their yard when a representative from the Hometown Police Department arrived in front of their house. Instead of assisting the family in tying up the dog, or doing anything resembling public service, Officer Robert Norris drew his gun. The quiet residential street was rocked when the officer abruptly shot dog in the head.

reuters.com

by Caroline Stauffer

July 28, 2014

Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.

Producers want four major manufacturers of so-called BT corn seeds to reimburse them for the cost of spraying up to three coats of pesticides this year, said Ricardo Tomczyk, president of Aprosoja farm lobby in Mato Grosso state. "The caterpillars should die if they eat the corn, but since they didn't die this year producers had to spend on average 120 reais ($54) per hectare ... at a time that corn prices are terrible," he said.

livingwhole.org

by Megan

July 28, 2014

Dear Doctor, It's been years since I've set foot in your medical practice; since the day you told your staff that you planned to kick me out after my baby's one-year visit for a well check. Nearly four years have passed since you prepared them to say, "When you refuse to vaccinate your baby, it's clear that you and your doctor have different goals for medical care." Four years have gone since I walked to the checkout desk with an infant in my arms and hot tears streaming down my humiliated face when they said that to me. I think of you often, but not because of the embarrassment and abandonment I felt that day; not because of the things I wish I'd said to you in the months that followed. Not because of the knot I get in my stomach from the very thought of my son's two-month vaccination visit.

dcclothesline.com

by Dave Hodges

July 26, 2014

Why won't America stand up for herself? Why is the country, once a country which possessed courage and conviction sitting idly by and allowing itself to be taken to the slaughter without so much as a whimper?

The answer to the above question lies in the psychological concept known as Learned Helplessness as discovered by Martin Seligman. "Learned helplessness occurs when an animal is repeatedly subjected to an aversive stimulus that it cannot escape. Eventually, the animal will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation. Even when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness will prevent any action."

dcclothesline.com

by Mac Slavo

July 26, 2014

Traditional history suggests that dinosaurs and humans never crossed paths because their existence on earth was separated by tens of millions of years.

But a new discovery by scientist Mark Armitage of California State University may well turn the history of human civilization upside down. Armitage was recently on a dig in Montana when he came across the largest triceratops horn ever unearthed. Upon further examination of the unique specimen with a high-powered microscope Armitage discovered something that no scientist had ever seen on a dinosaur sample before - soft tissue. When he published his findings his colleagues were stunned, because the existence of soft tissue, which should degrade and disappear over millions of years, suggests that dinosaurs didn't go extinct 60 million years ago, but rather, were alive and well in North America just several thousand years ago.

tpnn.com

by Greg Campbell

July 25, 2014

Remember when the Obama Administration was meant to serve as the model for how a transparent government is supposed to operate? That promise of "hope'n'change" has produced the most secretive government administrations in the history of this nation.

To add insult to injury, the Democrats have continually fought to defend the president's violations, abuses and secrecy with a hubris not seen in government since the days of King Louis XVI. On Friday, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional representative for the District of Columbia, defended the Obama Administration angrily as she declared that Americans have no right to know what goes on in their government. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton claimed during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Allow me to make this clear: A Democrat representative told the House Oversight Committee that they have no right to scrutinize government. The committee, as the name would suggest, is responsible for overseeing the federal government as a check against abuses of power.

townhall.com

by Calvin Beisner

July 23, 2014

In his recent article "The Threat to the Scientific Method," Dr. Patrick Michaels, a climatologist who for 30 years was Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and now directs the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, pointed to a serious problem: the corruption of science through government (and sometimes industry) funding, which has led to rapidly and alarmingly increasing numbers of retracted journal articles. In light of that trend, he asks, "If we can no longer trust science, what do we have as the basis for knowledge?"

thefreethoughtproject.com

by Mike Sawyer

July 23, 2014

Hallie Bibeau is a 33 year old resident of Newfields, N.H., with a very kind heart. Bibeau was driving down Route 101 by exit 8 on Friday when she saw a group of ducklings and their mother who'd been hit by a car.

Being the Good Samaritan that she is, Bibeau stopped her car on the median to help the distressed ducks. "I could hear them peeping, and I looked over the right hand side of the road, and I saw that their mom had been hit and was dead on the side, so I couldn't just continue on," she said. Bibeau then made a questionable decision to call 911. While she was waiting on police to show up, she hopped out of the car and saved two of the ducklings.

well.blogs.nytimes.com

by Nicholas Bakalar

July 23, 2014

In a large trial, researchers discovered that pills like Tylenol worked no better than a placebo, but could help with other pains.

About two-thirds of adults have lower back pain at some point in their lives, and most are told to take acetaminophen, sold under brand names like Tylenol and Panadol. Medical guidelines around the world recommend acetaminophen as a first-line treatment. But there has never been much research to support the recommendation, and now a large, rigorous trial has found that acetaminophen works no better than a placebo.

      
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