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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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by Dane Wigington

February 5, 2016

The propensity of the human race to deny unpleasant and frightening realities until the last possible moment is truly profound. The power structure (and the mainstream media they control) are using every imaginable means at their disposal.

The current facade is disintegrating on every front and even now the vast majority are completely oblivious to what is unfolding. As the horizon grows ever darker, we must all examine our priorities. What can we yet accomplish at this late hour that would have the most impact toward the greater good?

by Mac Slavo

February 5, 2016

In a breaking development that has been completely ignored by mainstream news sources, the leaking natural gas well near Los Angeles, California is now reportedly spewing lethal levels of radioactive material.

A leaking natural gas well outside Los Angeles is spewing so much naturally-occurring Uranium and Radon, that "breathable" radiation levels have hit "lethal levels" according to a Nuclear Expert group.

by Chelsea Harvey

January 23, 2016

Human activities have plenty of obvious impacts on wildlife. Overhunting and overfishing, habitat destruction and the side effects of climate change are all notable forces that have cause wildlife populations to shrink or move.

Perhaps a less talked-about, but nonetheless significant, impact of humans on wild animals, however, is our ability to alter - and even destroy - their migration patterns, a phenomenon that could have serious ecological consequences. The newest instance of humans versus wildlife migration has cropped up in a new paper, just published in the journal Science Advances on Friday.

by Design?

January 23, 2016

Chemtrails have been sprayed for at least 15 years and now we know what they are doing it for.

There has been more speculation about the purpose of these "streaks in the sky" than any other apparent phenomenon. And the "mis-information" minions have been hard at work to convince the public of chemtrails just being a fabrication of conspiracy theorists.

by Matthew Crane

January 16, 2016

The number of turkeys that will have to be euthanized in Dubois County has increased to over 200,000. Governor Mike Pence visited Dubois County Saturday afternoon and released the information during a meeting with local news media.

According to Pence, who had just met with county officials as well as representatives from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Indiana Homeland Security, and other state agencies, samples from two other sites had shown a preliminary indication of the H7N8 avian flu virus. Those sites are within the 6.2-mile testing area established around the Kalb farm where the first infection was found Thursday. The APHIS National Veterinary Service Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, is in the process of confirming the presence of the virus in the samples.

by Penny Teal

January 15, 2016

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win". These words of profound wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi should be kept in the front of our minds...

Man-made climate change paved the way for American scientists to come up with the idea of weather modification. They reasoned that if daily human activity was already impacting weather patterns, it was acceptable for them to deliberately change the weather for a variety of purposes. The first meeting about weather modification was held at the end of 1945. At this time, the possibility of using several weather manipulation schemes to America's advantage during war was discussed. Later, during the Cold War, funds were poured into further research on the topic.

January 10, 2016

A huge win is being celebrated by animal lovers, as the FBI just added animal cruelty to the list of Class A felonies. To put that in perspective, homicide and arson are also Class A felonies, so this new change is very significant.

The FBI defines animal cruelty as: "Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment."

by Kathy Shea Mormino

January 8, 2016

Dressing pet chickens in sweaters has become something of a fad in backyards recently, a trend not entirely different from the pet rock of the 1970s- silly, cute and unnecessary.

Photos of hens wearing sweaters are being shared on social media channels like the common cold in a kindergarten class, photos that no doubt fuel a practice that ought not be encouraged. The average chicken does NOT NEED a sweater. I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens and can anthropomorphize my pets with the best of 'em, but the truth is, sweaters do not help backyard chickens and if I believed they did, I would use them and advocate their use. While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time for a quick photo op, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.

by Matt Agorist

January 6, 2016

Princeton, OR - On Saturday, multiple armed 'militiamen' took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ to protest the sentence handed down to two Oregon ranchers accused of arson.

Aside from being thrown in jail for a second time, the Hammonds are upset because they allege no crime was ever committed. "They called and got permission to light the fire... We usually called the interagency fire outfit - a main dispatch - to be sure someone wasn't in the way or that weather wouldn't be a problem," said Dwight's wife Susan. The Hammonds say they were engaging in prescribed burns to keep the land healthy and productive. And, they assert that the Bureau of Land Management also conducts these burns. The Hammonds lit a fire on their own property that spread to public land. No one was injured, no property was destroyed and the Hammond extinguished the fire themselves, according to the Bundys. The court even ruled that the fires actually had a positive impact on the land.

January 6, 2016

Sonora, CA - With snow levels dipping low this evening in the Mother Lode, it has resulted in traffic hazards and power outages.

The CHP reports that Tuolumne Road has been a traffic nightmare with several vehicles getting stuck. It is an area to avoid if possible. Twain Harte grade has also been a problem area. In addition, there have been power outages reported in both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties. PG&E reports that 4,412 customers are without electricity in a region stretching from Phoenix Lake over to Soulsbyville, and even into parts of Tuolumne. There is also an outage impacting 102 customers near Confidence. You can call 1-800 PGE 5000 to report an outage, or to try to get information on a specific neighborhood.

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