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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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The American Spectator

by William McGurn

August 24, 2012

Political columnist Froma Harrop makes the odd and offensive suggestion in this column (entitled "Akin's Consistency is GOP's Real Problem") that fingernails are equivalent in human value to an early-trimester unborn child...

scienceagogo.com

by Will Parker

July 16, 2012

Poisons used on illegal marijuana farms appear to be sickening and killing the fisher, a rare forest carnivore that makes its home in some of the most remote areas of California.

Fishers are currently a candidate species for listing under the United States Endangered Species Act. The researchers, led by veterinary scientists from the University of California, Davis, say they detected commercial rodenticide in dead fishers in Humboldt County near Redwood National Park and in the southern Sierra Nevada in and around Yosemite National Park.

lifenews.com

by Wesley J. Smith

May 15, 2013

How often we are told by "the scientists" that those outside the field have no business telling them what to-and more particularly, what not-to do. And yet, again and again and again, we learn that some scientists refuse to restrain themselves.

A new story in Slate about scientists making human/animal hybrids is a case in point. From, "Manimal Rights," by Daniel Engber: But the regulations try to draw the line at full hybrids-where animal eggs are fertilized with human sperm or vice-versa. And they also ban the use of chimeric animals with human brains. These aren't right-wing talking points so much as common ethical intuitions. It's OK to mess with a creature's "simple" parts-the plumbing in its gut, let's say-but we're risking moral crisis when we start to humanize its neural tissue. Nonpartisan expert commissions have reached the same conclusion. After two years studying the issue, the British Academy of Medical Sciences released a report in 2011 that found people would be uneasy over interspecies mergers that looked or acted human or had a human-like brain. Yes, restraint is so "right wing." But here's the punch line: Some scientists don't give a fig...

contracostatimes.com

by Wes Woods II

January 7, 2013

Aaron Sandusky has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The former G3 Holistic Inc. medical marijuana dispensary president was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

"In this case, as the defendant was warned, the court's hands are tied," U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said. "Whether you agree with the defendant's position or not." Sandusky was found guilty in October of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana plants, to possess with intent to distribute marijuana plants, and to maintain a drug-involved premises; and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

naturallifemagazine.com

by Wendy Priesnitz

January 12, 2013

Describing the research that indicates GMOs are harmful to human health and the environment and should be labeled if they are going to be in our food supply. What are GMOs and should I be concerned about them in my food?

GMOs (or "genetically modified organisms") have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This science allows DNA material from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in Nature or result from traditional crossbreeding methods. Doing this provides financial benefits to biotechnology companies and large-scale farming corporations. For instance, seeds can be engineered to be insect resistant and/or herbicide tolerant. Produce can be developed that has a longer shelf life or is shaped to facilitate more efficient transportation. Scientists have even tried to introduce a cold-resisting gene from Arctic fish into tomatoes to prevent them from freezing and thus lengthen their growing season. Hand- in-hand with seed patenting, GE seeds can provide agribusiness with massive profits.

wellnessmama.com

by Wellness Mama

January 12, 2013

With flu season around the corner and signs for "flu shots" in every store, this is a natural alternative that is inexpensive and effective. It can be made easily at home.

If you or your child has ever had a bad case of the flu, you know how miserable it can be. Especially for moms, it is awful to see your children feeling so bad and not be able to fix it. Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have the flu. Elderberries contain high levels of A, B and C and stimulate the immune system. Several natural elderberry syrups are available at health stores or online, but usually for around $15 or more for 4-8 ounces. This recipe makes 16 ounces for a cost of under ten dollars and kids love the taste!

Rapid City Journal

by Wayne Ortman

October 23, 2009

The day after a state trapper killed a partially blind mountain lion in Deadwood after it was deemed a threat, officials are now looking for a home for the animal's kitten.

The male kitten, believed to be about 3 months old, is healthy but probably too young to survive on its own, according to Mike Kintigh, regional supervisor for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Rapid City.

Sea Coast Online

by Wayne Hooper

January 31, 2009

My dog Molly got me up at 3 o'clock in the morning the other day because she had to make a nature call. Since I get up every morning at 4 a.m., it wasn't that much of an inconvenience. However, I think she has me trained.

After we got outside, the rooster started to cock-a-doodle-doo. Since dawn wasn't for a couple of hours, I thought that to be sort of strange. Then the geese began to squawk. Now my backyard sounded like a barnyard and my basset hound was sniffing the air. Then I heard it. That eerie sound that tells you a coyote is seeking companions. It's a yip-yip yelp sound that can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

newint.org

by Wayne Ellwood

April 12, 2016

From the air, the earth is shorn and desiccated. Waves of heat billow upward, mixed with plumes of smoke. A few lonely trees stand in relief against the flattened landscape, while knots of cattle clump together in dusty paddocks ringed by barbed wire.

Fifty years ago, Rondônia was swathed in dense tropical rainforest. Today, it is one of the most deforested parts of the Brazilian Amazon. An astonishing 100,000 square kilometres of forest has vanished from the state since 1978. Poor people from the crowded coastal areas, attracted by land and opportunity, flocked here in the 1970s when roads began to penetrate the forest. First came loggers, who harvested the valuable tropical hardwoods; then settlers, who cleared the remaining trees to plant maize and soy; and finally large landowners, who consolidated the land to graze cattle. Two-thirds of Brazil's deforested land is used for cattle ranching.

Fresno News

by Warren Armstrong

July 11, 2009

Yosemite National Park, CA - As many as five-hundred bears roam the wilderness of Yosemite National Park, but this year more bears are searching for food in the park's developed areas. With video report.

Yosemite's natural beauty will take your breath away, but what could put you in the middle of a traffic jam of camera- toting tourists on this national park highway: A mother bear -- and her two adorable cubs -- having a late afternoon snack of grass and grubs in a meadow.

      
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