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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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January 17, 2014

The call was a routine medical emergency, a sick man having a bad reaction to medication. But before it was over, it involved the police and led to the wrongful arrest of a City University of New York professor on the Upper West Side.

And it all started with a glass of wine. Suzanne LaFont, 59, an anthropology professor at CUNY, and her husband, Karl Anders Peltomaa, 50, had just returned to their garden apartment on West 83rd Street after walking their dog one night in April. They sipped red wine in a cozy living room, surrounded with African art that Ms. LaFont had collected during her field work. But the wine did not agree with the painkillers Mr. Peltomaa, a professor of physics and math at The Art Institute of New York, was taking after having open-heart surgery a few days earlier on April 5. "My heart started racing," he recalled on Thursday. "I felt nervous that something was going wrong with the repair to my aorta."

January 17, 2014

"You can refuse this swab, you can refuse a breathalyzer, you can refuse to participate in a field sobriety test, you can refuse to answer questions," says criminal defense attorney Mark Gallagher.

"Now, law enforcement doesn't like this advice, but we do still have a constitution." ReasonTV's Tracy Oppenheimer sat down with Gallagher to discuss the latest addition to LAPD's arsenal: saliva swabs that allegedly detect drug use. Gallagher advises to always decline sobriety tests, especially because these saliva swabs have yet to prove their efficacy in determining if drivers are indeed impaired from marijuana or other illegal substances. "It doesn't tell us when they took it [marijuana], or how much they took, and how is it affecting their ability to drive the vehicle. And that's really what we need to know, to know whether or not that person is a safety risk on the road," says Gallagher.

January 15, 2014

Jaw dropping stories of actual doctor advice given to patients. There is clearly great value in a second opinion!

This article got its start last week via social media when I noticed that two parents had posted what a conventional health practitioner had suggested as ideal food for their children. One mother said her nutritionist instructed her to feed her toddler salisbury steak frozen dinners as it "was complete nutrition". The second suggestion was from a pediatrician who recommended supermarket hot dogs as a first food for a weaning baby "because they are soft and easy to chew".

January 6, 2014

Bad cops, bad criminals. The people have had enough as over 600 "vigilantes" storm the town and take it back from the corruption and crime that had taken over!

December 23, 2013

Declassified documents prove them.

We all know the conspiracy theories - the government's plan for 9/11, the second gunman who shot JFK, the evolution of the elite from a race of blood-drinking, shape-shifting lizards. But the people who spread these ideas usually can't prove them. As the years pass, however, secrets surface. Government documents become declassified. We now have evidence of certain elaborate government schemes right here in the U.S. of A.

December 5, 2013

Bighorn sheep and the mountain lions who prey on them are being killed in the mountains north of Tucson after a reintroduction program of the sheep started last week.

The bighorns were brought in a week ago as part of an effort by Arizona Game and Fish to restore bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains. Then, this weekend, the mountain lions started hunting them. Spokesman Mark Hart said that wasn't unexpected.

November 29, 2013

China rejected 60,000 tons of U.S. corn because the crops had been genetically modified in violation of regulations, Beijing's quality watchdog said Friday.

Authorities in the southern port city of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, found a variety of insect-resistant transgenic corn within more than 60,000 metric tons of maize imported from the United States, a spokesman for China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said. The agency is in charge of entry-exit commodity inspection and import-export food safety certification and accreditation.

November 28, 2013

In what the ACLU is calling "tantamount to torture" another horrifying case of police brutality has emerged in New Mexico.

Cops repeatedly sprayed a woman directly on to her vagina, to allegedly "punish" her. New Mexico law enforcement is known for their Hitlerian tactics, we've already seen them sodomize multiple individuals for routine traffic stops. Now this woman has been tortured for a victimless crime.

November 27, 2013

As reported earlier in the year, the state Health Department had promulgated a rule requiring that health care workers who have direct contact with patients to either get a flu vaccination or wear a face mask.

At the time, those options were offered as the latest solution to a long-running fight between DOH and health care workers, including their unions, regarding mandated vaccinations. Now the Public Employees Federation, which counts nurses in their ranks - including those who work in state facilities - has gone to court over the vaccine-or-face-mask rule.

November 24, 2013

Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.

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