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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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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 21, 2012

Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, U.S. researchers say, showing the importance of closely monitoring biotech crops.

To decrease the need for insecticides that can harm animals other than the target pests, cotton and corn have been genetically engineered to produce toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, which kill certain insect pests but are harmless to most other creatures including people. However, scientists say, initially rare genetic mutations that confer resistance to Bt toxins are becoming more common as a growing number of pest populations adapt to Bt crops.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 19, 2012

An energy explorer working in the Gulf of Mexico sued the U.S. government for what it said was the illegal suspension of drilling operations in 2010.

Offshore oil and natural gas production company ATP Oil and Gas Corp. sued the U.S. Interior Department in a federal court in Washington. The lawsuit claims the U.S. Interior Department "improperly and illegally" placed a moratorium on offshore drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig, the Platts news service reports.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 18, 2012

A California man is suing the state Department of Fish and Game, claiming a "mismanaged" wild deer attacked him, a court document shows.

Thadeusz Wyrzykowski of Bolinas said in his handwritten court filing that he suffered injuries from falling into a window after deer jumped into his fenced yard last spring and "attacked me (twice) on a narrow path." Asking for unspecified damages, he wrote in his filing that the wildlife department "mismanaged negligently its animal its claims & duties."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 14, 2012

A New York state village has passed new rules regarding lawn and home cleanliness that could result in fines of up to $10,000 or even jail time.

Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said the new penalties for having unkempt lawns or messy home exteriors are mainly aimed at banks that have foreclosed on homes and landowners who do not live at the addresses in question, WCBS-TV, New York, reported Wednesday. "We are instituting a stiff fine that has escalating clauses to be punitive because we want banks and landowners to pay attention to their properties and maintain their properties like the rest of our community," Altadonna said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 8, 2012

U.S. and British researchers say a parasitic mite is responsible for a worldwide spread of a virus believed to cause the death of millions of honeybee colonies.

Research conducted in Hawaii by scientists from the University of Hawaii and Britain's Sheffield University showed how Varroa mites caused the so-called Deformed Wing Virus to increase its frequency among honeybee colonies from 10 percent to 100 percent. Varroa mites live on the surface of honeybees, feeding off their blood and reproducing on their developing brood.

by United Press International, Inc.

May 30, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in two counties in Tennessee.

White-nose syndrome - a fungal disease first documented in New York in 2006 and now found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces - has decimated bat populations across eastern North America, with mortality rates reaching up to 100 percent at some sites, officials said. The Tennessee discovery is the first confirmation of WNS in federally listed gray bats, reported Tuesday.

by Union Democrat Staff

March 1, 2013

About half of the week ahead could bring showers, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Possibilities of rain are forecast Saturday night, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The system moving in over the weekend is a weak low-pressure system and is unlikely to bring more than a trace of rainfall to the foothills, according to Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson. Next week's system is expected to be stronger - especially in terms of precipitation. A few inches of rain are possible, with a few feet of snow possible at higher elevations.

by Union Democrat Staff

November 5, 2012

Coming amid a topsy turvy election week, record high temperatures and low snow are forecast this week.

Temperatures early this week are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. The high temperature today could reach 88 degrees in Sonora and 85 in Angels Camp, according to the National Weather Service. The high Tuesday in Sonora is expected to reach 89 and 86 in Angels Camp. Overnight lows will be in the mid-40s The previous record-high for Nov. 5 in Sonora was 86 degrees, reached in 1949. The previous record high for Nov. 6 was 84, set in 1976.

by Union Democrat Staff

August 2, 2012

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling on Friday that a California developer does not have the rights to build a road connecting his property to Yosemite National Park.

Solvang developer Lewis Geyser, head of Hazel Green Ranch LLC, wanted to construct the road to reduce travel time for visitors to the upscale 300-building resort he wants to construct on the 83-acre property. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a 2010 decision in California's Eastern District Court denying the landowner's claims that he had the right to use two stagecoach-era dirt roads that connect his property to Yosemite.

by Union Democrat Staff

April 20, 2012

A community meeting on the Pinecrest Shoreline Management Plan will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

PG&E operates Pinecrest Lake and holds the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the project. The utility is in the process of renewing its license through FERC and has developed the Shoreline Management Plan.

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