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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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citymetric.com

October 8, 2016

2016 continues to be a momentous year for the world's climate, on track to be the new hottest year on record.

To our south, Antarctica has also just broken a new climate record, with record low winter sea ice. After a peak of 18.5m square kilometres in late August, sea ice began retreating about a month ahead of schedule, and has been setting daily low records through most of September.

nytimes.com

by Kirk Johnson

October 7, 2016

The Iditarod dog-sled race has gripped the imagination here for a long time, partly because it captures the idea, cherished by Alaskans, that a true-north wildness lies just over the horizon.

In trekking nearly 1,000 miles to the finish line in the old gold-rush town of Nome, mushers and their teams commemorate an event that captivated the world in 1925, when a sled team, led by a dog named Balto, raced through blizzards to deliver lifesaving serum to Nome during a diphtheria outbreak. The rescue made headlines around the world, and earned Balto a statue in Central Park in New York. And since 1973, the competitive race has been run to celebrate that trek.

sandiegouniontribune.com

by Shaffer Grubb

October 6, 2016

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla will have one of the largest institutional presences in the Antarctic this winter. It is participating in eight studies funded by the National Science Foundation.

The massive continent of Antarctica is far away from civilization, but a rising sea level due to its melting ice sheet and other effects of climate change on the Antarctic system will likely be the guiding hand for the 40 percent of the world population living in coastal areas like San Diego - and most of the other 60 percent - for at least the rest of the century.

kcra.com

by Natalie Brunell

September 8, 2016

A Modesto man struck it rich while panning for treasure when he came upon a nearly 18-ounce gold nugget in a creek to the west of Sonora.

"A thick T-bone steak: 5 inches long, 1 1/2 inch thick by 4 inches wide," said Bryant Shock, co-owner of Gold Prospecting Adventure in Jamestown, describing the large nugget found last week by the amateur gold prospector at Woods Creek in Jamestown.

universalfreepress.com

August 20, 2016

Officials of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Agency have closed over 180-miles of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways. The move came following a massive fish die-off that saw thousands of fish killed.

Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses along the river said the move could be catastrophic to the area's sizable outdoor industry, which depends heavily on the busy summer season. One official said the closure could last for months if river conditions don't improve and fish keep dying. The closure extends to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.

gardenbetty.com

August 19, 2016

Since I started feeding my chickens a whole grain diet in December 2011 (when they were still pullets), they've been as happy and healthy as ever. All three ladies are in peak egg production: My Barred Rock lays 6 to 7 eggs per week.

I've been getting a lot of emails lately about one of my most popular posts, Garden Betty's Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed . Since I started feeding my chickens a whole grain diet in December 2011 (when they were still pullets), they've been as happy and healthy as ever. All three ladies are in peak egg production: My Barred Rock lays 6 to 7 eggs per week, my Easter Egger lays 5 to 6 eggs per week, and my Cochin lays 3 to 4 eggs per week. Their feathers are soft and glossy, their wings strong and quick, their combs and wattles meaty and well-formed. They are also the most active, affectionate and sociable chickens, behaving just like my dogs. I love their little personalities!

ksstradio.com

August 18, 2016

During this time of the year, the temperature changes create a challenge to fish populations living in ponds in our county. As a general rule, small ponds intensively managed for catfish are the most susceptible to die-off problems.

How do you determine the cause of a fish die-off? In most cases, asking the right questions will lead you to the cause or causes. A recent publication from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wildlife Specialists enlists useful information needed to determine the cause of fish die off...

prepforshtf.com

by Getresponse

August 14, 2016

Some Preppers like to think or even fantasize about going it alone when the world collapses. They may envision a cabin hundreds of miles from civilization with enough provisions to sustain them for years.

Most people realize that other humans can be a threat during any crisis. However, not everyone will be a threat. Even today, in the absence of a crisis humans cause most of the problems in the world. While some people will be a threat, many more will be a burden because they failed to prepare. Then a smaller percentage will become saviors because of their knowledge, skills and their willingness to share what they know with others.

calaverasenterprise.com

by Sarah Lunsford

August 2, 2016

It's the season to beat the heat and head to the high country. With the allure of cool mountain streams and breezes, hikes through the high country, the taste of food that only comes from cooking it on a grill outdoors.

Taking the much-needed break that a trip to the campground offers does take a bit of planning, especially since camping requires everything to be packed in and out and the fact that you and your family won't have access to modern conveniences. But that's the point of a camping trip, right?

thefreethoughtproject.com

by Justin Gardner

August 1, 2016

The pursuit of knowledge and advancement of medical research are among the many victims of the War on Drugs. Just as marijuana prohibition is now being dismantled under the juggernaut of reason, so too will the prohibition of psychedelics.

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have explored the mystical experience provided by psychedelic substances, using mescaline, ayahuasca, and magic mushrooms for religious ceremony and healing purposes. In the 1940s, western medicine began realizing the potential for psychedelics to treat addiction and psychiatric disorders. Tens of thousands of people were treated effectively, and psychedelic drugs were on the fast track to becoming mainstream medicine. But the beast of oppression reared its ugly head.

      






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