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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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UPI

October 18, 2008

EDINBURGH, Scotland, -- Removing hedgehogs from islands in the Scottish Hebrides appears to have had little effect on bird populations, conservationists say.

Scottish National Heritage has spent close to 1 million pounds ($1.73 million) in the past five years on the program. The hedgehogs were killed until last year, when the agency agreed to work with Uist Hedgehog Rescue to move the small spiny mammals elsewhere.

Los Angeles Times

by Jeanne Woodford

October 2, 2008

As the warden of San Quentin, I presided over four executions. After each one, someone on the staff would ask, "Is the world safer because of what we did tonight?"

As I presided over Massie's execution, I thought about the abuse and neglect he endured as a child in the foster care system. We failed to keep him safe, and our failure contributed to who he was as an adult. Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to kill him, what if we spent that money on other foster children so that we stop producing men like Massie in the first place?

The Consumerist

September 24, 2008

A while back the New York Times was concerned about the cost of the Iraq War and published some estimates of what else we could have bought with that money.

We didn't find that very interesting at the time, but now, while trying to wrap our minds around just how effing huge the $700 billion proposed bailout of Wall Street really is. For $35 Billion you can get universal preschool. Half-days for 3-year-olds and full days for 4-year-olds.

Liberty Matters News Service

August 6, 2008

President Bush just signed another taxpayer-funded piece of constitutionally challenged legislation to bail out 400,000 home buyers who face forclosure in the failing Bush economy.

The government's latest intrusion into market issues, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, may have far-reaching ill effects on private property, however. Among other provisions, "it creates a new regulator for ailing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and establishes a $300 billion program to expand the Federal Housing Administration's ability to guarantee mortgages."

World Net Daily

August 2, 2008

Members of the honor society for the Boy Scouts of America who had to change their service project plans in Wyoming when the U.S. Forest Service instead allowed the Rainbow Family hippie group to use a location the Scouts had sought...

According to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune the Scouts, some of an estimated 1,000 members of the Order of the Arrow in the state, have "stepped in" to help firefighters in the Bridger-Teton National Forest fight the New Fork Lakes fire, about 19 miles north of Pinedale.

Mercola

July 26, 2008

Thirty countries have already experienced food riots this year. Tens of millions of people are being pushed into abject poverty and starvation. And to a large degree, this crisis is man-made -- the result of misguided energy and farm policies.

Some nonconventional media outlets even point the finger directly at the similarities between our current situation and previous man-made famines for the end purpose of mass genocide and calculated population control. In spite of what you have likely heard, a large shift to organic agriculture -- which by definition is non-GM -- could not only protect and improve the environment, but help end world hunger too.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

by Sarah Clarke

July 22, 2008

A new report has found that organic produce growers have experienced an 80 per cent growth in farm-gate sales over the last four years, despite the widespread drought.

The report, released by the Biological Farmers of Australia, also reveals that Australia now accounts for the largest amount of organic farmland in the world. The report on the state of the organic market says it is now worth around $230 million a year and there are 2,750 certified growers in Australia.

Cape Times (Haiti)

July 21, 2008

DESCHAPELLES - Every inch of Rivilade Filsame's body hurt, from his swollen, empty stomach to his dried-out, wrinkled skin. The 18-month-old had been crying for so long in the hospital malnutrition ward that his mother no longer tried to console him.

After soaring food prices led to riots in April, the US and the UN promised millions of dollars in aid to poor families like Rivilade's, as well as help for farmers to break Haiti's dependence on imported food.

MSN Money

by Jon Markman

July 14, 2008

Encouraged to take bigger risks, the 2 mortgage giants did just that, and now they're reeling. Fixing the mess will take billions -- and make getting new home loans much harder.

Unless you have all your money under the mattress, fat chance of avoiding a direct hit now, as the same sort of misguided government policies that brought us $145-per-barrel oil and a five-year Iraq war have now clearly taken the American financial system to the brink of ruin.

Anchorage Daily News

by Craig Medred

May 9, 2008

State wildlife officials believe they have saved more than 1,400 moose or nearly 3,000 caribou -- or some combination thereof -- with a winter program to kill wolves from aircraft, although the wolf kill remains far below what the state wanted.

Pilot-gunner teams have taken 124 wolves to date, according to Bruce Bartley, spokesman for the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation. The goal was 455 to 670 wolves. Still, the kill, which is ongoing, is more than the 97 wolves gunners took last year.

      
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