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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 Trina Holden

June 17, 2013

Oh, peoples. I"m about to reveal something to you that has taken me months to work up the nerve to confess.

Are you ready for this? {I'm not sure I am, but here goes...} I haven't used toothpaste in over a year. Oh my gosh. I can't believe I just said that out loud. On the internet. I guess now I have to explain myself, huh?

Contra Costa Times

by Troy Anderson

December 1, 2009

Driven by a search for food and water following the recent wildfires, bears, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes are finding their way into residential areas in the San Fernando Valley, officials said Friday.

Cheryl Davis, the recording secretary for the Crescenta Valley Town Council, said a baby bear with burns on its paws recently showed up in the La Crescenta area. Wildlife officials tranquilized it and relocated it to the Angeles National Forest. Later, Briggs-Terrace residents reporting hearing mountain lions or bobcats.

by Tyler Durden

April 3, 2015

California's oil and gas industry is estimated (with official data due to be released in coming days) to use more than 2 million gallons of fresh water per day;

Californians are outraged after discovering that these firms are excluded from Governor Jerry Brown's mandatory water restrictions, "forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought."

by Union Democrat Staff

March 1, 2013

About half of the week ahead could bring showers, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Possibilities of rain are forecast Saturday night, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The system moving in over the weekend is a weak low-pressure system and is unlikely to bring more than a trace of rainfall to the foothills, according to Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson. Next week's system is expected to be stronger - especially in terms of precipitation. A few inches of rain are possible, with a few feet of snow possible at higher elevations.

by Union Democrat Staff

November 5, 2012

Coming amid a topsy turvy election week, record high temperatures and low snow are forecast this week.

Temperatures early this week are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. The high temperature today could reach 88 degrees in Sonora and 85 in Angels Camp, according to the National Weather Service. The high Tuesday in Sonora is expected to reach 89 and 86 in Angels Camp. Overnight lows will be in the mid-40s The previous record-high for Nov. 5 in Sonora was 86 degrees, reached in 1949. The previous record high for Nov. 6 was 84, set in 1976.

by Union Democrat Staff

August 2, 2012

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling on Friday that a California developer does not have the rights to build a road connecting his property to Yosemite National Park.

Solvang developer Lewis Geyser, head of Hazel Green Ranch LLC, wanted to construct the road to reduce travel time for visitors to the upscale 300-building resort he wants to construct on the 83-acre property. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a 2010 decision in California's Eastern District Court denying the landowner's claims that he had the right to use two stagecoach-era dirt roads that connect his property to Yosemite.

by Union Democrat Staff

April 20, 2012

A community meeting on the Pinecrest Shoreline Management Plan will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

PG&E operates Pinecrest Lake and holds the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the project. The utility is in the process of renewing its license through FERC and has developed the Shoreline Management Plan.

by Union Democrat Staff

March 15, 2012

"After serving on the TUD board for eleven years I have reluctantly reached the decision that it is fruitless for me to continue at this time." -- Ralph Retherford M.D.

"The reason? Fundamental differences of opinion between myself and the other four board members regarding what and how much needs to be done about spending practices at TUD. This has come to the forefront now as a result of the public outcry that occurred a few months ago when TUD proposed a huge rate increase. When faced with a community up in arms and a board room full of angry rate payers, that plan was withdrawn by general manager Pete Kampa. I was the lone board member who voted against that rate proposal. Since that time, myself and others in our community have taken a close look at the spending side of TUD's budget deficit. If you recall, it was a $2 million shortfall that was given as the reason for the 50% rate increase..."

by United Press International, Inc.

May 30, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in two counties in Tennessee.

White-nose syndrome - a fungal disease first documented in New York in 2006 and now found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces - has decimated bat populations across eastern North America, with mortality rates reaching up to 100 percent at some sites, officials said. The Tennessee discovery is the first confirmation of WNS in federally listed gray bats, reported Tuesday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 25, 2013

Organic tomatoes are smaller in size compared with conventionally grown tomatoes, but they are much better quality in terms of health, U.S. researchers say.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found tomatoes grown on organic farms were some 40 percent smaller than conventionally grown tomatoes, but contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene - a substance linked to a lower risk of stroke and some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Aurelice B. Oliveira, Eneas Gomes-Filho, Maria Raquel A. Miranda of the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Fortaleza, Brazil, and colleagues in Brazil and France, said until recently, the focus has been mainly on yield rather than on micronutritional quality of fresh plant products.

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