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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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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 22, 2013

An anti-bacterial agent called triclosan used in many hand soaps has been detected in increasing amounts in several Minnesota freshwater lakes, researchers say.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota say the findings are directly linked to the increasing use of such anti-bacterial soaps and other products over the past decades. The researchers also reported detecting chemical compounds called chlorinated triclosan derivatives, created when triclosan is exposed to chlorine during wastewater disinfection processes. When exposed to sunlight both triclosan and its chlorinated derivatives form dioxins that have potential toxic effects in the environment, they said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 22, 2013

One year after England banned smoking in public places there was more than a 12 percent drop in children hospitalized with asthma, researchers say.

Researchers at Imperial College London said before the smoking ban was implemented, hospital admissions for children suffering a severe asthma attack were increasing by 2.2 percent per year, peaking at 26,969 admissions in 2006/2007. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found the childhood asthma hospitalizations declined by 12.3 percent. The study also found the smoking ban resulted in the equivalent to 6,802 fewer hospital admissions in the first three years of the legislation.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 17, 2013

A Detroit man said he caught a goldfish weighing more than 3 pounds while ice fishing for perch.

Mike Martin said he has been ice fishing on Lake St. Clair for 20 years, but Friday marked the first time he had ever reeled in a giant goldfish, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Wednesday. "We see them all the time but, to actually catch them is rare," Martin said. "Everybody wants to just dump them off their seawall and let them be free and this is what they turn into." The goldfish weighs more than 3 pounds and measures nearly 15 inches long.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 7, 2013

Eating a high-protein breakfast with nuts may lead to being leaner and less hungry during the rest of the day, a fitness expert says.

Charles Poliquin said his single best dietary tip for optimal leanness, energy and sustained mental focus, is the meat-and-nuts breakfast, which allows for a gradual rise in blood sugar and results in decreased cravings throughout the entire day, AskMen.com reported. Examples of Poliquin's high-protein breakfast are one to two lean turkey burgers and a handful of almonds, a salmon omelet and a handful of walnuts, or two lean ground-beef patties and one handful of Brazil nuts.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 2, 2013

Most U.S. adults sleep on their sides, forget their dreams in the morning and often sleep with someone who snores, a survey of 3,700 indicates.

A survey for home furnishings retailer Anna's Linens to coincide with National Sleep Day found 74 percent of U.S. adults said they wear pajamas to bed, 8 percent said they slept naked, 74 percent said they failed to recall their dreams in the morning, 74 said they sleep on their sides and 47 percent said they shared a bed with someone who snored. Nearly two-thirds said they got a "restful night's sleep" only three nights or less per week, only 10 percent said they got a restful night sleep every night, while one-quarter said they slept restfully five to six nights per week, the survey said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

December 31, 2012

As with any physical activity, the body must warm up so ease into snow shoveling, try not to do it all at once and take breaks, a U.S. cardiologist says.

Dr. Charles Davidson, clinical chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and medical director at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, said before snow shoveling eat a small meal to provide a source of energy. However, digestion puts strain on the heart, so eating a large meal before any physical activity should be avoided. Additionally, alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided just prior to shoveling, Davidson said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

December 28, 2012

A New York oil company is being sued for making a delivery to the wrong house in Brooklyn and sending oil through an old pipe straight to the basement floor.

Vera Bernier, who owns the house in the Cypress Hills neighborhood and rents it out, told the New York Post a pool of 300 gallons of heating oil ended up in the basement after the mistaken delivery in January. "It was not a good day for me," she said Wednesday. "I was livid for someone to make such a horrible mistake."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

December 21, 2012

An Australian mother said her 3-year-old son found some eggs and hid them in his wardrobe -- and they hatched into seven of the world's most deadly snakes.

Donna Sim of Townsville, Queensland, said she opened the wardrobe belonging to her son, Kyle Cumming, Monday and discovered what she learned were eastern brown snakes in a takeout container she had given him when he found the eggs, Sky News reported Friday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 14, 2012

A "homeless" planet that is not orbiting a star and thus is free of any gravitation link has been discovered, Canadian and European astronomers are reporting.

University of Montreal researchers and European colleagues said it is the first isolated planet of its kind ever to be observed. "Although theorists had established the existence of this type of very cold and young planet, one had never been observed until today," astrophysicist Etienne Artigau said in a University of Montreal release Wednesday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 12, 2012

Chaos erupted at a Manhattan sushi restaurant Friday night when gasoline being carried in a soy sauce container caught fire, authorities said.

Three staff members were injured in the flash fire at ENO, which broke out when a worker carried two 5-gallon soy sauce containers filled with gasoline through the kitchen. "I was pouring a round of Jack Daniels and the next thing I know the bus boy was on fire," bartender Adele Mackenzie told the New York Post.

      
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