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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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antigmofoods.com

May 21, 2013

Scientists have created the ultimate GM crop: contraceptive corn. Waiving fields of maize may one day save the world from overpopulation.

The pregnancy prevention plants are the handiwork of the San Diego biotechnology company Epicyte, where researchers have discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm. By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives. 'We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies,' said Epicyte president Mitch Hein.

antigmofoods.com

May 17, 2013

Apparently there are not enough chemicals already added to our drinking water, as there is now a call by “experts” to further poison our water supplies by adding Lithium. Their main reason is to decrease suicide and violent crime rates.

So is this how we wish to function as a society? Instead of dealing with our issues at hand, let’s drug ourselves so that we don’t have to deal with personal subjects that may be perceived as hard, negative or scary. This is not a time for putting our heads in the sand and pretending or even hoping that an issue will just resolve itself. Where is the personal growth in that? Don’t you feel elated when you resolve a personal issue that no longer hangs over your head or weights on your mind? It is more important than ever to clear ourselves of past issues that we have held onto and allow more room for the new energies coming to earth to take its place within our being.

aotmr.com

by Jg Vibes

September 28, 2012

Last week a Minnesota man charged with violating the state's restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom.

Alvin Schlangen is a peaceful farmer who connects people with the food sources that meet their high standards for health by providing private access under lawful ownership of farm animals. the member owners pay the Amish farm family for labor to milk the leased 100% grass-fed cows, manage the pasture, store the feed, etc. This co op is a sustainable farming effort where the value of food supports the cost incurred, without government subsidies or harm to the environment. The balance of food options are purchased by the club, for the members. The group has multiple farm sources providing real food to member families- very efficiently, with lots of volunteer effort.

argusleader.com

March 13, 2013

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing the use of dogs for mountain lion hunting.

The bill also allows a leashed dog to be used to track and retrieve any big game animal that is wounded or presumed dead. Hounds had not been used for mountain lion hunting since the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission first set a season in 2005, but the commission this year allowed the limited use of dogs for lion hunting in Custer State Park. The bill signed by the governor says dogs may be used for lion hunting as provided by rules passed by the commission.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

June 8, 2010

KINGMAN -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Wildlife Services have called off the search for a mountain lion suspected to be responsible for an attack on a Prescott man Sunday night.

On Monday morning Game and Fish received the call regarding an alleged lion attack and a wildlife manager was dispatched to the scene. After speaking to the victim and finding partial tracks, Wildlife Services attempted to track the mountain lion to no avail.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

by Arizona Wildlife News

March 12, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department captured, collared, and released a male mountain lion as part of the continued effort to actively monitor the effects of mountain lion predation on the historic bighorn sheep herd on the refuge.

Biologists who snared the animal field aged it at four years old, weighing 109 pounds, and reported it was in good health at the time of the release in the area near the Kofa Mountains. The animal is fitted with a satellite collar carrying the identification KM04. Early tracking data suggests the animal is back to its normal activities.

arstechnica.com

by John Timmer

October 4, 2013

Many aspects of modern technology make people a bit uneasy, but genetically modified foods may be in a class by themselves. Labs all around the world make genetic modifications of organisms-bacteria, plants, and animals-365 days a year.

And some of the results of that work have been ingested by humans for years, often in the form of life-saving drugs. But genetically modified crops remain controversial around the globe, and while they're commonly used in the US, they have almost no presence in the European market. The worries about GMO foods largely focus on their safety, but much of the debate ignores the extensive studies that have been done to understand both the potential risks and what we've learned about them. In response to this perceived gap in understanding, a group of Italian scientists have now performed a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on GMO crops (we were made aware of the review by Real Clear Science). The results suggest that GMO crops are safe for us, but there are some remaining concerns about their environmental impact that need to be nailed down. In the meantime, the authors suggest that GMOs represent a serious challenge for science communication with the public.

arstechnica.com

by John Timmer

July 12, 2012

Outbreaks of new herpesvirus in poultry traced back to merged vaccine strains.

The first successful vaccines, like Jenner's smallpox vaccine and the first Salk vaccine against polio, were based on viruses that do not cause illness or severe symptoms. Vaccine development has since shifted largely to the use of proteins that are used by the disease-causing agents, but there are still some cases where a dead or attenuated virus is the most effective method of generating immunity. The use of viruses for vaccines, however, has always come with a bit of a concern. When it comes to viruses, one-in-a-million events happen all the time, and evolution gives any viruses used in vaccines a lot to work with: many related viruses in the wild, and animal genomes that are littered with pieces of former viruses.

articles.cnn.com

by Sasha Herriman

June 30, 2010

A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world.

Bee populations dropped 17 percent in the UK last year, according to the British Bee Association, and nearly 30 percent in the United States says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parasitic mites called varroa, agricultural pesticides and the effects of climate change have all been implicated in what has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder" (CCD). But researchers in India believe cell phones could also be to blame for some of the losse

articles.latimes.com

by Rosie Mestel

August 12, 1993

Prop. 37 may have failed, but litigation against genetically modified ingredients goes on. Here's a new one: Pepperidge Farm has been sued in Colorado for claiming that its Goldfish crackers are "natural" when they contain ingredients derived from genetically engineered soybeans. The plaintiff, Sonya Bolerjack, wants upward of $5 million in damages.

      
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