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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 Vince Devlin

March 28, 2008

WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park has cited one of its employees for an incident last weekend that resulted in a park ranger shooting and killing a mountain lion.

Glacier spokeswoman Denise Germann was out of the office Friday and unavailable for comment. Bill Hayden, filling in for Germann, said the park would not release the woman's name because of concerns for her safety. Germann issued a news release that said an investigation determined the woman failed to maintain control of her pet, as required by park regulations.


by Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard

March 9, 2008

A vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas -- from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.

The Press Enterprise (CA)

by Shirin Parsavand

February 29, 2008

Schools stopped using beef from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. two weeks before the meat was recalled, after a video surfaced showing inhumane treatment of cows to force them upright before they entered the slaughtering pen.

More than one-third of the 143 million pounds of recalled beef had been distributed to schools nationwide as donated commodities. Those with 50 or fewer cases could destroy the meat on-site, but they were to make sure it was rendered inedible according to state or county guidelines.

The New York Sun

by Mark Sherman

February 28, 2008

The Supreme Court seemed inclined yesterday to let Exxon Mobil Corp. off the hook for some of the $2.5 billion the energy giant was ordered to pay as punishment for a massive oil spill in Alaska nearly 19 years ago.

The justices questioned lawyers for the company and nearly 33,000 victims of the Exxon Valdez disaster for 90 minutes, making only one passing reference to Exxon's record profits. The award represents less than three weeks' worth of Exxon profit, which was $11.7 billion in the last three months of 2007.

News With Views

by Cliff Kincaid

February 13, 2008

A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States.

The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.

Cougar News

January 31, 2008

South Dakota House Bill 1004 would come close to declaring open season on cougars in South Dakota, especially outside the Black Hills National Forest.

It would allow landowners to kill any cougar they perceive, or allegedly perceive, to be a threat to humans or livestock. They would not need a license, and they would be allowed to keep the carcass. They could claim they perceived a threat but really wanted a trophy.

Kids Are Waiting

by Gina Russo

January 29, 2008

An economic impact analysis released today estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect were nearly $104 billion last year...

A companion report highlights the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services known to be effective at reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

by Dhyana Levey

January 13, 2008

YOSEMITE -- It's almost like a conversation between John Muir and Edward Abbey. Just how pure and pristine do you want to make one of America's scenic jewels?

Yosemite National Park is in the early phases of planning its utilities improvement project for Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Backpackers Camp. The camps' water supply and waste-water systems have deterio- rated, and more stringent state and federal regulations require that the facilities be revamped. No work has started, Yosemite spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. But the public scoping process will begin Tuesday and run through Feb. 13. Scoping refers to information exchanged about the scope of a project.

by Barbara Loe Fisher

November 22, 2007

By now you probably know that the State's power to intimidate and violate the rights of parents and the bodies of their children was manifsted very clearly - and deeply chillingly - on November 19, 2007 in Prince George's County, Maryland, at the insistence of a State' Attorney, Glen Ivey, who understood vaccination well enough to protect his own children from the dangers of Hepitits B vaccine, a dangerous and unnecessary "treatment" for a sexually transmitted disease administered, often with disastrous results, to new born infants as well as toddlers and pre-pubertal children.

by Gail Russell Chaddock

November 19, 2007

For the parents that converged on a courthouse in Prince George's County, Md., on Saturday morning, the choice seemed clear: Vaccinate your kids or go to jail.

In fact, there are exemptions for medical or religious reasons in the state of Maryland. But few parents standing in lines that stretched down the sidewalk outside the county courthouse said they were aware of them. Flanked by protesters and television crews, parents said they just wanted to sort out immunizations, so their kids could go back to school - and they could avoid penalties of up to 10 days in jail and $50 a day in fines.

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