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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.

June 22, 2012

A Canadian judge has ruled a single father in Ottawa is too obese to be a good parent and ordered his two children put up for adoption.

The 39-year-old man, who can't be identified to protect the identities of his sons, lost his custody battle launched by the Children's Aid Society, the Ottawa Citizen reported. The man weighs 380 pounds and argued unsuccessfully that on his own, he slimmed from 525 pounds since last year with diet and exercise in order to keep his sons, 6 and 7.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 21, 2012

Men who drink several cups of tea a day for decades have a higher risk of prostate cancer, researchers in Scotland say.

Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and colleagues found those who drank more than seven cups of tea per day for years had a 50 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer compared with non-tea drinkers or those drinking less than four cups per day. "Most previous research has shown either no relationship with prostate cancer for black tea or some preventive effect of green tea," Shafique, the study leader, said in a statement. "We don't know whether tea itself is a risk factor or if tea drinkers are generally healthier and live to an older age when prostate cancer is more common anyway."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 21, 2012

Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, U.S. researchers say, showing the importance of closely monitoring biotech crops.

To decrease the need for insecticides that can harm animals other than the target pests, cotton and corn have been genetically engineered to produce toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, which kill certain insect pests but are harmless to most other creatures including people. However, scientists say, initially rare genetic mutations that confer resistance to Bt toxins are becoming more common as a growing number of pest populations adapt to Bt crops.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 19, 2012

An energy explorer working in the Gulf of Mexico sued the U.S. government for what it said was the illegal suspension of drilling operations in 2010.

Offshore oil and natural gas production company ATP Oil and Gas Corp. sued the U.S. Interior Department in a federal court in Washington. The lawsuit claims the U.S. Interior Department "improperly and illegally" placed a moratorium on offshore drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig, the Platts news service reports.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 18, 2012

A California man is suing the state Department of Fish and Game, claiming a "mismanaged" wild deer attacked him, a court document shows.

Thadeusz Wyrzykowski of Bolinas said in his handwritten court filing that he suffered injuries from falling into a window after deer jumped into his fenced yard last spring and "attacked me (twice) on a narrow path." Asking for unspecified damages, he wrote in his filing that the wildlife department "mismanaged negligently its animal its claims & duties."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 14, 2012

A New York state village has passed new rules regarding lawn and home cleanliness that could result in fines of up to $10,000 or even jail time.

Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said the new penalties for having unkempt lawns or messy home exteriors are mainly aimed at banks that have foreclosed on homes and landowners who do not live at the addresses in question, WCBS-TV, New York, reported Wednesday. "We are instituting a stiff fine that has escalating clauses to be punitive because we want banks and landowners to pay attention to their properties and maintain their properties like the rest of our community," Altadonna said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

June 8, 2012

U.S. and British researchers say a parasitic mite is responsible for a worldwide spread of a virus believed to cause the death of millions of honeybee colonies.

Research conducted in Hawaii by scientists from the University of Hawaii and Britain's Sheffield University showed how Varroa mites caused the so-called Deformed Wing Virus to increase its frequency among honeybee colonies from 10 percent to 100 percent. Varroa mites live on the surface of honeybees, feeding off their blood and reproducing on their developing brood.

Conspiracy Planet

by Uri Dowbenko

July 16, 2011

After more than 20 years of presiding over more than $3 trillion worth of military fraud, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim has left the building.

A former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense from 1985-1987 and Pentagon Comptroller since 2001, Zakheim was responsible for mismanaging more than $400 billion annually, as Pentagon discredited audits have persisted year after year.

DNA (India)

by Uttara Choudhury

December 9, 2005

NEW YORK - Gloom and doom about jobs vanishing to India gripped the United States this week as three blue-blooded American corporate giants - JP Morgan Chase, Intel, and Microsoft - revealed plans to move thousands of jobs to the Indian subcontinent.

"India scored another victory in its battle to win jobs from the United States," observed The New York Post while reporting the back-to-back announcements by the three firms. "While such jobs aren't the most highly skilled in the investment banking food chain, they do represent a step up from the low-skilled jobs traditionally associated with outsourcing." JP Morgan plans to hire 4,500 workers in India. Intel plans to pour $1 billion into India. Microsoft will hire 3,000.

washingtontimes.com

by Valerie Richardson

January 1, 2017

In the name of saving the environment, thousands of green activists fighting to stop the Dakota Access pipeline are making a huge mess.

Those familiar with the camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, increasingly are distressed over the pits of human waste and garbage pockmarking the formerly pristine prairie revered by the Standing Rock Sioux as sacred ancestral land.

      
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