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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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Kids Are Waiting

by Gina Russo

January 29, 2008

An economic impact analysis released today estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect were nearly $104 billion last year...

A companion report highlights the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services known to be effective at reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Cougar News

January 31, 2008

South Dakota House Bill 1004 would come close to declaring open season on cougars in South Dakota, especially outside the Black Hills National Forest.

It would allow landowners to kill any cougar they perceive, or allegedly perceive, to be a threat to humans or livestock. They would not need a license, and they would be allowed to keep the carcass. They could claim they perceived a threat but really wanted a trophy.

News With Views

by Cliff Kincaid

February 13, 2008

A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States.

The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.

The New York Sun

by Mark Sherman

February 28, 2008

The Supreme Court seemed inclined yesterday to let Exxon Mobil Corp. off the hook for some of the $2.5 billion the energy giant was ordered to pay as punishment for a massive oil spill in Alaska nearly 19 years ago.

The justices questioned lawyers for the company and nearly 33,000 victims of the Exxon Valdez disaster for 90 minutes, making only one passing reference to Exxon's record profits. The award represents less than three weeks' worth of Exxon profit, which was $11.7 billion in the last three months of 2007.

The Press Enterprise (CA)

by Shirin Parsavand

February 29, 2008

Schools stopped using beef from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. two weeks before the meat was recalled, after a video surfaced showing inhumane treatment of cows to force them upright before they entered the slaughtering pen.

More than one-third of the 143 million pounds of recalled beef had been distributed to schools nationwide as donated commodities. Those with 50 or fewer cases could destroy the meat on-site, but they were to make sure it was rendered inedible according to state or county guidelines.


by Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard

March 9, 2008

A vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas -- from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.

by Vince Devlin

March 28, 2008

WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park has cited one of its employees for an incident last weekend that resulted in a park ranger shooting and killing a mountain lion.

Glacier spokeswoman Denise Germann was out of the office Friday and unavailable for comment. Bill Hayden, filling in for Germann, said the park would not release the woman's name because of concerns for her safety. Germann issued a news release that said an investigation determined the woman failed to maintain control of her pet, as required by park regulations.

Anchorage Daily News

by Craig Medred

May 9, 2008

State wildlife officials believe they have saved more than 1,400 moose or nearly 3,000 caribou -- or some combination thereof -- with a winter program to kill wolves from aircraft, although the wolf kill remains far below what the state wanted.

Pilot-gunner teams have taken 124 wolves to date, according to Bruce Bartley, spokesman for the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation. The goal was 455 to 670 wolves. Still, the kill, which is ongoing, is more than the 97 wolves gunners took last year.

MSN Money

by Jon Markman

July 14, 2008

Encouraged to take bigger risks, the 2 mortgage giants did just that, and now they're reeling. Fixing the mess will take billions -- and make getting new home loans much harder.

Unless you have all your money under the mattress, fat chance of avoiding a direct hit now, as the same sort of misguided government policies that brought us $145-per-barrel oil and a five-year Iraq war have now clearly taken the American financial system to the brink of ruin.

Cape Times (Haiti)

July 21, 2008

DESCHAPELLES - Every inch of Rivilade Filsame's body hurt, from his swollen, empty stomach to his dried-out, wrinkled skin. The 18-month-old had been crying for so long in the hospital malnutrition ward that his mother no longer tried to console him.

After soaring food prices led to riots in April, the US and the UN promised millions of dollars in aid to poor families like Rivilade's, as well as help for farmers to break Haiti's dependence on imported food.

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