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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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anh-usa.org

June 23, 2015

A few weeks ago, we reported that, while many across the country are concerned about measles, which occurs in a largely vaccinated population and has caused no deaths, a larger threat wasn't receiving proper attention: drug-resistant tuberculosis...

These infect at least two million Americans each year and kill 23,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent article in The Atlantic magazine highlighted the antimicrobial qualities of plant extracts and essential oils. The article notes that "various oils have also been shown to effectively treat a wide range of common health issues such as nausea and migraines, and a rapidly growing body of research is finding that they are powerful enough to kill human cancer cells of the breast, colon, mouth, skin, and more."

drexel.edu

June 22, 2015

The towering plumes of steam emanating from power plant calderas that have come to symbolize the massive and, at times, menacing nature of the energy industry might soon have their natural dissipation into thin air preempted by a figurative one.

A team of researchers from Drexel University, in concert with experts from academia and industry, are creating a new technology that replaces the voluminous amounts of steam-producing water used to cool the plants with trillions of tiny wax beads-and could be the end of those fluffy, yet ominous, white clouds.

cnjonline.com

May 5, 2015

This week marks the second of five public meetings on a proposal to allow trapping of mountain lions on public lands, and it continues what appears to be the New Mexico Game and Fish Department's standard operating procedure.

Because if New Mexico is indeed being overrun by cougars, why are hunters killing only around 225 each year when 750 kills are allowed? Moreover, why would a state that finally said goodbye to strapping razors on roosters for death matches decide the best way to address an alleged overpopulation of a species is a device that can lead to a slow, painful, terrified death for anything that comes in contact with it?

detroitnews.com

October 21, 2014

Meet Michigan's foulest criminals. They're chickens, but not your ordinary poultry. These nine hens are threatening to topple the government of this northern Michigan hamlet.

A young couple's attempt to raise chickens led to their arrest, the resignation of the mayor and city manager, the possible recall of two City Council members, a Michigan State Police investigation and endless chicken jokes. When Mayor Kane Kelly tried to help the couple, he was pressured to resign during a meeting that may have violated the state's open meetings law.

copblock.org

October 21, 2014

The "officials" in Tawas, Michigan had a man and woman caged for keeping chickens on their property.

They want to control our food. Keeping chickens should not get you arrested. This is hardly the first instance of something like this happening. This is the outcome of a legislative move to criminalize backyard farms and small, residential farming operations.

eatlocalgrown.com

September 22, 2014

Just what is your food made of, anyway? Try industrial synthesis, genetically modified mold secretions, hydrochloric acid, mercury-contaminated caustic soda, ferrocyanide... and, of course, lots of GMO corn.

If common ingredients like "citric acid" and "ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)" sound normal and familiar enough that you practically conjure up an image of the flourishing orchard they were grown in - then think again. Picture instead an industrial factory, carrying out protocols developed in a lab, produced with enough winding nozzles, tanks, valves, pipes and other thinga-ma-jiggers to create a meandering and disorienting Dr. Seuss story. Because, after all, these common -nearly ubiquitous - ingredients don't come from where you might assume (i.e. simply, citrus fruits).

eatlocalgrown.com

September 22, 2014

Between 2012 and mid-2014, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) successfully blocked GMO labeling legislation in over 30 states, at a price tag of more than $100 million.

These funds were received from the 300+ members of the GMA, which include chemical/pesticide, GE seed, and processed food industries. Together, these industries are working in a symbiotic fashion to grow, subsidize, and manufacture foods that have been clearly linked to growing obesity and chronic disease epidemics. According to the most recent analysis, opponents of GMO labeling spent more than $27 million on lobbying in the first six months of this year alone. This is about three times more than they spent during all of 2013, when they shelled out $9.3 million.

dailysignal.com

September 4, 2014

Residents of Mississippi with backyard bird feeders could run afoul of new state regulations that prohibit the "supplementary feeding" of wild animals.

The new rules appear to have been intended to limit the use of outdoor salt licks and other types of feeders designed for deer, but would apply to all animals, including birds.

pipesdrums.com

August 10, 2014

They did everything by the book. They had their CITES permits. They even disclosed to the officials that they were carrying instruments that featured antique ivory.

But Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean, both age 17, are nonetheless each without their vintage Robertson drones after they attempted to return home to Massachusetts after a successful weekend in Canada competing at the games Maxville and Montreal. Webster's 1936 silver and ivory Robertsons are not just vintage pipes, they are an heirloom instrument, played for many years by his father Gordon Webster, who was a pipe-major with the 1st and 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and served for many years as the official piper to Queen Elizabeth II.

ijreview.com

August 8, 2014

'So this is like an insurance policy on the environment that you're mandated to have? Like Obamacare?'

It's easy to voice support for various ideas, whether it's taxes or corporate regulations. Especially when those burdens don't fall on your own shoulders. That's exactly what these environmental activists - supporters of new, stricter EPA regulations - discovered when confronted by tough questions from CNS News' Dan Joseph.

      
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