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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.

August 2, 2012

Legislation that would phase out U.S. federal loans for solar energy programs is in line with steps needed to address fiscal challenges, a lawmaker said.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation that would terminate a federal loan program for solar energy development in the United States. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the committee, described the measure as a budget-saving initiative.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 27, 2012

San Francisco transportation officials said workers repairing an escalator had to call in a hazardous materials team to remove human excrement.

Bay Area Rapid Transportation officials said a crew pulled apart a broken escalator at the Civic Center Station and discovered such a high volume of human fecal matter that a hazardous materials team had to be called in to remove it, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. Officials said human excrement is a frequent cause of malfunction for BART escalators. They said homeless people will often use the stairwells for sleeping or relieving themselves once the stations close.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

Voters in California could soon decide to make the state the first in the country to require labels identifying genetically engineered foods.

Proposition 37 on the November ballot has seen the natural food industry and activists on one side and multinational companies, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Kellogg, on the other already raising nearly $4 million combined for campaigns to sway voters one way or the other on genetically modified, or GMO, food products. The outcome in California could have nationwide impacts, as experts say an estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of processed foods sold in supermarkets could fall under a labeling requirement.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 17, 2012

A Virginia woman is suing her former employer who she alleges told to get an abortion or lose her waitressing job.

Abigail Shomo had been working as a waitress at the Mi Puerto restaurants in Radford and Fairlawn for four months before she got pregnant in 2010 and her boss allegedly gave her the ultimatum, The Roanoke Times reported Monday. Shomo decided to keep her baby, not her job, and sued Leopoldo Florez Aguirre Sr., the president of the company that owns the two restaurants, in Roanoke's federal court.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 17, 2012

U.S. health officials said they have begun a publicity campaign to combat obstacles to HIV prevention, complacency and the stigma associated with the infection.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Let's Stop HIV Together - a national communication campaign including local and national advertising, social media, online and outdoor advertisements - gives voice to Americans living with HIV and to their loved ones. "In the fight against HIV, stigma and complacency are among our most insidious opponents," Dr. Kevin Fenton, of CDC said in a statement.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 13, 2012

An extreme solar flare has sent an eruption of charged particles, a solar storm, heading toward Earth, U.S. scientists said.

The heavy-duty flare erupted on the surface of the sun mid-morning Thursday, and early data suggest it generated a so-called coronal mass ejection of gas and magnetic fields, researchers said. "It looks to be headed in the Earth's direction," Alex Young of Maryland's Goddard Space Flight Center told the Los Angeles Times. Scientists said more data from spacecraft would pinpoint the speed and severity of the storm.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 10, 2012

U.S. and German scientists say an "MRI" of the sun's interior plasma motions is yielding clues to how it transfers heat from its deep interior to its surface.

Researchers at New York University with colleagues from NASA and the Max Planck Institute in Germany say the findings upend our understanding of how heat is transported outward by the sun, and challenges existing explanations of the formation of sunspots and magnetic field generation.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 9, 2012

Although marijuana is best known for bringing on the "munchies," researchers in Britain found two marijuana compounds act together as an appetite suppressant.

Dr. Steph Wright, director of research and development at GW Pharmaceuticals, said four Phase 2 clinical trials will have results by the end of the year that might help develop a drug used to treat patients suffering from "metabolic syndrome" - a risk factor for heart disease, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 5, 2012

Brown widow spiders are making themselves at home in Southern California, researchers say.

The spiders, which were first spotted in North America in 1935, didn't arrive in Southern California until 2003. They now outnumber the native black widow in some parts of the region, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. "The brown widow is really taking over," Richard Vetter, a staff research associate at the University of California, Riverside, told the newspaper.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 3, 2012

Australia's controversial carbon tax, aimed at cutting the country's greenhouse gas emissions, went into effect on Sunday.

Under the carbon plan, businesses which emit 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases will be charged $24 per ton. The government has identified 294 companies considered to be high emitters. In 2015 it converts to an emissions trading scheme with a floating price starting at a floor of $15.

      
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