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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 Dr. Mercola

August 7, 2012

If you do not want to gain weight, then you should avoid eating genetically engineered foods like the Monsanto Roundup Ready crops.

Scientists in Norway have released results from experimental feeding studies carried out over a 10-year period, and the verdict is in: If you want to avoid obesity, then avoid eating genetically engineered (GE) corn, corn-based products, and animals that are fed a diet of GE grain. As reported by Cornucopia.org1, the project also looked at the effects on organ changes, and researchers found significant changes that affected weight gain, eating behaviors, and immune function.

by Dr. Mercola

August 7, 2012

Fluoride is added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies to aid in the prevention of cavities.

This benefit is dubious at best, as there is practically no difference in tooth decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that fluoridate a high versus low percentage of their water. Yet, while fluoride in drinking water does NOT decrease rates of tooth decay, numerous studies show that this chemical has a wide array of devastating health effects - one of them being lowered IQ.

by Dr. Mercola

July 10, 2012

A federal lawsuit filed against Merck states that their mumps vaccine overly promotes its effectiveness.

Things aren't going so well lately in the litigation department for Merck, which stands accused of lying according to not just one, but two class-action lawsuits. In the first case, two former Merck virologists accuse their former employer of overstating the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine in Merck's combination MMR shot, which may have cost the US government hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decadei.

by Dr. Mercola

July 10, 2012

Unapproved and untested GMOs in food may possibly enter the European food chains once the zero tolerance policy has been dropped.

The European Union (EU) has historically taken a strict, cautious stance regarding genetically modified (GM) crops, much to the chagrin of Monsanto and in stark contract to the United States. For instance, while GM crops are banned in several European countries, and all genetically modified foods and ingredients have to be labeled, this is in stark contrast to the U.S., where Monsanto has effectively restricted any unfavorable legal actions because of the massive conflict they have with federal regulatory agencies.

by Dr. Mercola

December 31, 2010

Find out how the U.S. government subsidizes the commercial dairy industry and how this affects the supply of raw milk.

You're likely familiar with the "Got Milk" advertising campaign that encourages you to drink more milk for its array of health benefits. Perhaps you also saw the ads a few years back stating that eating more dairy could help you lose weight. Both of these marketing campaigns were created by a nonprofit corporation called Dairy Management -- an organization that not only employs 162 highly skilled product developers and marketers but also is largely funded by the U.S. government. As the New York Times reported, Dairy Management's $140-million annual budget comes in large part from a government-mandated fee on the dairy industry along with several million a year from the Agriculture Department.

by Mac Slavo

August 5, 2013

In recent years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been regionalizing disaster supplies and rapidly procuring hundreds of millions of ready-to-eat meals, blankets, and body bags.

Coupled with the Department of Homeland Security's suspiciously massive purchases of ammunition, firearms, and riot gear, it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. government is positioning itself in advance of an as of yet unknown widespread calamity. The stockpiling of supplies often considered prepper staples has been occurring since at least 2008, and has increased in scope and velocity throughout the last several years. In fact, the government has been buying so many supplies and in such large amounts that shortages have affected the world's leading manufacturers to the point they've been forced to suspend shipments to retail customers of survival foods and ammunition.

March 2, 2012

ASPEN - Warning signs will go up again to caution users of the Rio Grande Trail outside of Aspen about the potential presence of mountain lions.

Lion tracks have been spotted in the area recently, according to John Armstrong, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails ranger. He planned to consult with a wildlife officer and put the signs back in place.

by Eric Grundhauser

July 26, 2016

Over 200 pounds of illegal mushrooms were seized from poachers by rangers in Crater Lake National Park over the Fourth of July weekend, according to the Oregonian. But it's not the mushrooms themselves that are illegal, just the way they were harvested.

Auburn Journal (CA)

by Michelle Miller

August 28, 2005

Michelle and Wes Burris' Thursday morning routine included the usual cup of coffee and the not-so-usual mountain lion sighting. The couple spotted a lion behind their Silver Bend Drive home at around 6:30 a.m.

"The dog was barking and barking and I thought he saw a deer, but usually if it's a deer, she'll try to chase it," said Michelle Burris. They looked out the window to see an adult lion lying down in the tall weeds 20 feet in front of them.

AZ Central (CA)

by Jackie Burrell

July 16, 2011

Once the province of frontier families and 1960s crunchy granola types, homeschooling has hit the mainstream. The number of children opting out of traditional school environments jumped 30 percent between 1999 and 2003.

It doesn't get more exclusive than Berkeley, Calif.'s Treehorn School. With an enviable 1:1 teacher-student ratio, this unorthodox private school blends anthropology lessons with math, history and plenty of baseball. It's no use salivating: Unless Lucy Kuntz is your mom, you won't get in. Kuntz homeschools her 7-year-old son, Aaron, using one of four education options allowed under California law.

Carschooling by Diane Flynn Keith
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