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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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Reliable Answers (CA)

by Annette M. Hall

May 15, 2006

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles.

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles. Many areas inside the park have been closed due to the flooding, causing traffic congestion so severe it took hours to make our way around the Yosemite Valley floor.

Sci-tech-today

by Walaika K. Haskins

May 5, 2006

In a statement, Google executives categorically denied the charges, calling child pornography "vile and illegal." Such content, they indicated, is prohibited in all Google products.

The executives also said that when the company finds or is made aware of any child pornography on its indexing servers, it removes the material. Interested in technology and innovation news' A Democratic representative in Long Island's Nassau County filed a lawsuit against Google on Thursday, accusing the company of making billions of dollars from child pornography.

AlterNet

by Charles Shaw

April 21, 2006

As America responds to its oil addiction, the biotech industry is once again promising to save the world. And this time, they just might mean it.

BIO 2006, the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, held last week in Chicago. Nearly 20,000 attendees converged on the city to hawk new technologies, hook up with investment opportunities, or pitch their city or state as the perfect destination for the burgeoning biotech and life-science sector, which, according to the Department of Commerce, will comprise 18 percent of the U.S. GDP by 2020, or nearly 3 trillion dollars. And this year, "biofuels" -- renewable fuels made from plant materials -- were the center of attention, with biodiesel and ethanol as the industry's two leading hopes for spurring renewed interest and investment.

Monterey County Herald

by Kevin Howe

April 7, 2006

A bill making it a crime for a mountain lion to attack a human has been introduced into the state Legislature.

Assembly Bill 2273, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia, is intended to make victims of mountain lion attacks eligible for compensation for their injuries through the state crime victims' fund, according to Somke Mastrup, deputy director of the state Department of Fish and Game.

uruknet

by Stephen Lendman

March 14, 2006

No, not the one you think, outrageous as it is. I'm referring to the US prison system that's with no exaggeration about as shockingly abusive as the gulag abroad.

It qualifies for that label by its size alone - more than 2.1 million as of June, 2004 and growing larger by about 900 new inmates every week. Blacks (mostly poor and disadvantaged) especially are affected. While they make up just 12.3% of the population, they account for half the prison population, and their numbers there have grown fivefold in the last 25 years. Hispanics (also poor) account for another 15%.

Washington Post

by Margaret Webb Pressler

February 19, 2006

AriZona iced tea has spent millions of dollars creating its eye-catching packaging. It has also spent millions of dollars developing different flavors of tea.

Now the company is testing a way to bring the two together by embedding appealing aromas in the packaging itself -- specifically, inside the cap -- to improve the taste of its beverages and the drinker's experience.

News With Views

by Donna Voetee, ND

February 10, 2006

If legislators do the right thing, little ol' New Mexico is going to be the first place in the world where you won't be able to legally buy the deadliest health danger known to mankind: aspartame.

For the millions of methanol addicts who rely on their daily fix of diet soda, or for the Merisant Company who rakes in millions on aspartame yearly, this is not good news. For the rest of us, it is salvation. Aspartame is composed of the controversial genetically-engineered amino acid phenylalanine, a second component called aspartic acid that is known to cause holes in the brain similar to Alzheimer's, and finally, methanol, a very addictive form of alcohol that causes blindness.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

January 20, 2006

In an effort to revive a 1998 pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago, the Bush administration filed papers with a San Jose judge Thursday asking the popular search engine to hand over millions of records.

The data, it contends, will help the government "understand the behavior of Web users" and prove that the law is more effective in protecting minors from pornography than filtering software. While it may seem like a noble cause, there is the issue of privacy -- especially on the heels of the administration's ventures into eavesdropping.

TMC

by David Sims

January 20, 2006

Privacy advocates are asking the Homeland Security Department "not to include the use of Radio Frequency Identification contactless chips in its regulations for implementing the Real ID Act for state driver's licenses."

While the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Real ID Act at $100 million, reports say, Citizens Against Government Waste judged that an RFID chip mandate as part of the act would cost up to $17 billion.

Opinion Journal - The Wall Street Journal

by Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell

December 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Celebrities with a social conscience are a growing breed in Hollywood. But it would be nice if they'd stick to whales and landmines and leave our children alone.

Unfortunately, California parents have no such luck. Movie director turned child advocate Rob Reiner--best known for playing the role of "Meathead" on "All in the Family"--recently acquired a million signatures to put his Preschool for All initiative on the California ballot next June, his second attempt to launch a "universal" preschool program. The initiative would impose a 1.7% income tax on couples making over $800,000 a year ($400,000 for individuals) to offer three hours of free preschool for all the state's 4-year-olds.

      
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