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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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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.

The Arizona Republic

by Kate Nolan

September 5, 2005

A mountain lion prowling the Scottsdale's Stonegate community for the past two months tests new protocols set by Arizona Game & Fish. The cat has not yet posed a public safety hazard, but has been sighted in the area 15 times.

Fifteen sightings of the cat, usually spotted in one of the upscale community's nine washes, have been reported to the Arizona Game and Fish Department since June 23. Response from residents varies from "the lion adds a special interest" to serious concern for public safety, said Larry Paprocki, director of the Stonegate Community Association.

The Malibu Times

by Lori Allen

August 31, 2005

The two lions have been tracked by Park Service researchers since 2003. The two had four yearling offspring, which researchers say are doing well.

Malibu's mountain lions are downsizing in the Santa Monica Mountains. The National Park Service reported that a local male mountain lion, called P1 by rangers, fatally wounded his female mountain lion partner, P2, on Aug. 12.

The Black Hills Pioneer (SD)

by Joe Kafka

August 29, 2005

State lawmakers have signed off on the first-ever mountain lion season in South Dakota, allowing the predators to be killed with rifles, pistols, shotguns that fire slugs, and bows and arrows.

Lawmakers who serve on the Legislature's Rules Review Committee endorsed a set of standards 4-2 on Monday that establish the season. Hunters can begin stalking the big cats on Oct. 1 in the Black Hills. A 25-lion quota has been set, but the season will end on Dec. 15 or whenever five breeding-age females have been killed.

      
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