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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.

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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.

DNA (India)

by Uttara Choudhury

December 9, 2005

NEW YORK - Gloom and doom about jobs vanishing to India gripped the United States this week as three blue-blooded American corporate giants - JP Morgan Chase, Intel, and Microsoft - revealed plans to move thousands of jobs to the Indian subcontinent.

"India scored another victory in its battle to win jobs from the United States," observed The New York Post while reporting the back-to-back announcements by the three firms. "While such jobs aren't the most highly skilled in the investment banking food chain, they do represent a step up from the low-skilled jobs traditionally associated with outsourcing." JP Morgan plans to hire 4,500 workers in India. Intel plans to pour $1 billion into India. Microsoft will hire 3,000.

The Sydney Morning Herald

by Reuters

November 29, 2005

Global cybercrime generated a higher turnover than drug trafficking in 2004 and is set to grow even further with the wider use of technology in developing countries, a top expert said on Monday.

No country is immune from cybercrime, which includes corporate espionage, child pornography, stock manipulation, extortion and piracy, said Valerie McNiven, who advises the US Treasury on cybercrime. "Last year was the first year that proceeds from cybercrime were greater than proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, and that was, I believe, over $US105 billion [$A143 billion]," McNiven told Reuters.

Global Research

by F. William Engdahl

October 30, 2005

No sooner are indictments being handed down to Scooter Libby, for lies and coverup of information, but a new scandal is surfacing every bit as outrageous and ultimately, likely also criminal.

Against all scientific prudence and normal public health procedure, the world population is being whipped up into a fear frenzy by irresponsible public health officials from the US Administration to WHO to the United States Centers for Disease Control. They all warn about the imminent danger that a malicious viral strain might spread from infected birds, primarily in Vietnam and other Asian centers, to contaminate the entire human species in pandemic proportions. Often the flu pandemic of 1918 which is said to have killed 18 million worldwide, is cited as an example of what "might" lie in store for us.

Drug Policy Alliance (DC)

October 27, 2005

Nearly three million people have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many have lost everything.

Yet federal laws prohibit these victims from receiving welfare, food stamps, public housing, student loans and other benefits if they have a drug law conviction. People who have lost everything should not be denied public assistance just because they were convicted of a drug offense sometime in their past.

The Observer (UK)

by Nick Mathiason

October 25, 2005

As panic spreads over avian flu, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant is accused of putting profits before people.

For the obsessively guarded, conservatively dressed and unflamboyant Oeri, Hoffman and Sacher families, avian flu could be good news. Over the next two years, the heirs of Fritz Hoffman, founders of Roche, one of the world's most powerful pharmaceutical companies, and who already rank as among the world's richest families, could see their combined £10 billion fortune reach giddy heights.

Counter Punch

by Joe Allen

October 20, 2005

The Scandalous History of the Red Cross

In recent years, the image of the Red Cross has been tarnished. The worst scandal came after the September 11 attacks, when it was revealed that a large portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars donated to the organization went not to survivors or family members of those killed, but to other Red Cross operations, in what was described by chapters across the country as a "bait-and-switch" operation.

USA Today

October 3, 2005

While the U.S. crime rate has fallen over the past decade, the number of people in prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, the government reports.

The population of the nation's prisons and jails has grown by about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, according to figures released Sunday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. By last June 30 the system held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents.

      
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