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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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scienceandpublicpolicy.org

by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

October 18, 2007

A spokesman for Al Gore has issued a questionable response to the news that in October 2007 the High Court in London had identified nine "errors" in his movie An Inconvenient Truth.

The judge had stated that, if the UK Government had not agreed to send to every secondary school in England a corrected guidance note making clear the mainstream scientific position on these nine "errors", he would have made a finding that the Government's distribution of the film and the first draft of the guidance note earlier in 2007 to all English secondary schools had been an unlawful contravention of an Act of Parliament prohibiting the political indoctrination of children.

thefreethoughtproject.com

May 12, 2014

Cops have a massive incentive to bust people for pot. Here's how to fight back.

According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests account for over half of all drug arrests-and 88% of those charges are for simple possession. Because of decades-old grant programs, local precincts are showered with money from the federal government if they keep their arrest numbers high. Police have a built-in financial incentive to focus their arrests on low-level drug offenders to fatten their statistics, especially because these are some of the easiest arrests to make. This is a major reason why marijuana arrest rates have gone up in recent years, and why they make up the majority of all drug detentions nationally. If you're a cannabis aficionado who chooses to indulge in the herb, you're a walking dollar sign to the police. Your arrest can directly lead to more bullets, armor, assault rifles and other toys, and may even be used to justify higher wages. You're more useful to them imprisoned or cited than free, and they will try their hardest to manipulate you into giving them a reason to take you in. They can even make false threats to trick you into waiving your rights.

reason.com

by Ed Krayewski

June 20, 2012

With the 2012 campaign in full swing, the president continues to get credit where credit is not due.

Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was an exercise in wish-fulfillment. The junior senator from Illinois who wowed Democrats at their convention in 2004 did not make a conventional run for the White House. As Virginia Postrel noted in Reason's November 2008 issue, "Barack Obama has not run as the typical candidate, selling specific policies, a worldview, experience, or executive competence. He has instead sold himself, a glamorous icon onto whom supporters project their hopes and dreams and, in many cases, their own identities." What many political observers referred to as charisma, Postrel identified as glamour. The last three years have supported her interpretation; a charismatic president can stir people to follow him, a glamorous one faces difficulty every time the spell is broken. Nevertheless, as we approach the 2012 election, some of Barack Obama's supporters continue to attribute political positions to him that he just doesn't hold. Here are four.

modernfarmer.com

by David Gumpert

May 17, 2013

The growing trend of drinking and selling raw milk is getting one of its first major legal battles, with an Amish farmer possibly facing jail time for violating Wisconsin's dairy and food licensing laws by selling unpasteurized milk.

What questions are raised by his trial? Let's count 'em down. Vernon Hershberger, 41, is an Amish dairy farmer living in Loganville, Wisconsin, who has been selling raw milk to his 150-member food club. The food club was a tight-knit community - members had become so enchanted with the farming routine that they would volunteer their services, helping to care for the cows and package food. No big deal, right? In fact, Hershberger has been charged with four criminal misdemeanor counts in connection with alleged violations dating back to 2010.

forbes.com

by Paul Hsieh

June 26, 2013

The Obama Administration is planning a new PR campaign to sell the health law. Here are 4 questions every American should ask.

ObamaCare advocates (and many supposedly neutral news outlets) regularly characterize the new law as health care "reform." But the term "reform" presumes that the law is a step in the right direction - which is the very issue under dispute. By implication, ObamaCare opponents must be against progress. This is an old tactic, long used by politicians by both parties. Names such as the "Save American Jobs Act" or the "Patriot Act" are deliberately chosen to undercut opposition. After all, who could possibly be opposed to saving American jobs (or to patriotism)? If ObamaCare advocates use the term "health care reform," insist on a more neutral term like "health care law." Don't concede the moral high ground without a fight.

buzzfeed.com

by Peggy Wang

June 5, 2013

These tips and tricks will guarantee you'll be a totally happy camper this summer.

www.china.org.cn

September 5, 2011

Five people have been arrested over a Chinese company's illegal dumping of carcinogenic industrial chemicals in Yunnan province, which led to widespread water pollution in the area and animal deaths.

The suspects include two employees of the chemical company that produces the toxic waste, and two carriers. Rainfall in June washed some of the chromium into local water supplies, causing 77 cattle to die.

theeventchronicle.com

by Michael Snyder

April 17, 2016

Why is the crust of the Earth shaking so violently all of a sudden? Over the past 48 hours, there have been five major earthquakes globally, and one prominent seismologist has declared that "catastrophic mega earthquakes" could be on the way.

In fact, seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado has made headlines all over the world by warning that "current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude". If his projections are accurate, our planet could be on the precipice of a wave of natural disasters unlike anything that any of us have ever experienced before.

whydontyoutrythis.com

March 13, 2013

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars).

The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the 'suicide belt', Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from "renewal" seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year's harvest. The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice.

whydontyoutrythis.com

March 13, 2013

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars).

The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the 'suicide belt', Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from "renewal" seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year's harvest.

      
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