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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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Hot Air

by Tina Korbe

March 12, 2012

Little by little, the federal Department of Education appropriates ever more power for itself. (Never mind that the department might very well be unconstitutional in the first place.)

Today, most public schools are dependent one way or another on federal funds. Those funds don't come without strings - and, under the Obama administration, bureaucrats have tightened those strings considerably. Through the Race to the Top competition, the Ed Department enticed states with reward funds to adopt national standards. (Some state leaders - like Texas Gov. Rick Perry - turned down the funding, but they were the exceptions.) The common core applies to just English and math - relatively straightforward subjects. But it's probably just a matter of time before the administration bribes states to adopt national science and history standards, as well.

Hot Air

by Tina Korbe

February 28, 2012

The editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics today defended his decision to publish an article in which two ethicists advocated "after-birth abortion."

What was truly surprising about the article, editor Julian Savulescu writes, is not that the authors find infanticide morally permissible - but, rather, that opponents to infanticide would react to the article with vehemence.

Hot Air

by Tina Korbe

February 23, 2012

Last August, the federal government raided a Gibson Guitar factory and confiscated property worth at least $500,000.

What had Gibson Guitars done wrong? They had imported wood from India and failed to follow every "jot and tittle" of the regulatory law ... not of the United States, but of India. Apparently, Gibson used an inappropriate tariff code on the wood. According to, "At issue is not whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being exported from India."

Hot Air

by Tina Korbe

October 31, 2011

All those kids who once upon a time chanted "Yes, we cannabis!" must be sorely disappointed.

Earlier this fall, the White House launched its "We the People" initiative to invite more input from the American people. The project allows anyone to submit a petition for government action - and promises an answer to those whose petition obtains a certain number of signatures. (The threshold changes, though. Right now, it stands at 25,000 signatures within 30 days.) If my experience on a college campus is any indication, advocates for the legalization of marijuana have always been expert at organizing petitions.

CNS News

by Toby Sterling

April 10, 2013

If you've worked in an office, you're probably familiar with the soft glow of fluorescent tubes drifting from the ceiling. If Europe's Philips brand is right, those lamps could soon be history.

Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market. That should make it cheaper and greener, as well. It's a combination that will inevitably help the LED dominate the market for illuminating the world's workplaces, according to the global leader in lighting sales.

This Big Day In South Dakota History

by Todd D. Epp

June 14, 2010

On this date, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks killed a mountain lion inside the city limits of Yankton, in southeast South Dakota.

Local conservation officers had planned to hold an educational seminar on mountain lions later this summer in Yankton. But those plans changed Monday morning when a young, male lion was killed in a Yankton residential area by law enforcement and Game, Fish and Parks officials.

Fox News

by Todd Starnes

September 7, 2014

One of the great moments in history came when an unsuspecting camper sandwiched a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers -- creating an American masterpiece -- the s'more.

The U.S. Forest Service wants Americans to make healthier S'mores by replacing the chocolate with fruit, according to a blog post meant to commemorate National Roasted Marshmallow Day (apparently there is such a thing, it was observed on August 30 this year).

by Todd Starnes

February 25, 2013

Hunters across Louisiana are outraged after state health officials ordered a rescue mission to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because venison is not allowed to be served in homeless shelters.

The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins - and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox - so other animals would not eat the meat. "Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana," said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. "While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public." That statement set off a firestorm among hunters and lawmakers who called it outrageous and insulting.

by Tom Ashbrook

June 5, 2013

The trouble with bees. Their die-off is now global. We follow the bee problem around the world.

If bees go, we all know, humans are in trouble. And a lot of bees have been going lately. Huge die-offs. Colony collapse. All over. The bottom line issue, of course, is that bees pollinate a big chunk of the crops that feed us. In China now it's gotten so bad they are hand-pollinating blossoms in orchards. Doing by human hand what billions of bees once did. Talk about unsustainable.

by Tom Blumer

June 30, 2014

An undated but clearly recent page at the National Wildlife Federation breathlessly warns readers, in a section entitled "Threats from Global Warming," that "Lake Erie water levels, already below average, could drop 4-5 feet by the end of this century..."

A Thursday Huffington Post Canada Business entry observed that "the (Great Lakes) basin has experienced the longest extended period of lower water levels since the U.S. and Canada began tracking levels in 1918." Of course, it's because of "climate change." Friday, Julie Bosman at the New York Times reported (HT Powerline) that "The International Joint Commission, a group with members from the United States and Canada that advises on water resources, completed a five-year study in April 2013 concluding that water levels in the lakes were likely to drop even farther, in part because of the lack of precipitation in recent years brought on by climate change." But the reason Bosman was on the story is because - fortunately for area residents, but unfortunately for "startled" global warming adherents claiming to be "scientists" - Great Lakes sea levels are rising again...

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