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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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Pajamas Media

by Ward Clark

October 23, 2011

Veganism dates back to 1944, when British Vegan Society co-founder Donald Watson coined the term to mean "non-dairy vegetarian." Vegans eschew animal products in food, clothing, household products, or for any other reason.

There are a variety of reasons why people "go vegan." Some simply don't like the taste of meat. Some claim veganism is "green," and that a vegan lifestyle minimizes impact on the environment. Do ethical vegans live up to this stated standard? Do their actions live up to their own stated ethical principle, that animals have the right not to be treated as property? Do their actions really result in zero animal use?

breitbart.com

by Warner Todd Huston

February 7, 2013

Koch Industries recently published a response to the work of UK Independent journalist Steve Connor, whose work, Koch says, "misled readers." The two articles accused Koch Industries of secretly funding attacks on climate change.

The articles written by Connor "got many facts about Koch wrong," according to the open letter published on the company's website. Koch was also unhappy that the British newspaper edited down its letter to the paper without their knowledge, "censoring key information and important context." The accusatory pieces were titled "Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science" and "Top climate scientist denounces billionaires over funding for climate-sceptic organisations," published on January 24 and 25 respectively. Koch's open letter pointedly said that the articles were "predictable in repeating tired and debunked partisan accusations" about their company and said journalist Connor essentially started with a premise and went on to "prove" his claims, "offering readers just one side of the story."

breitbart.com

by Warner Todd Huston

September 15, 2012

This is just an effort to justify the EPA's ongoing drive to give itself more power to control our daily lives by cajoling readers to accept its political point of view by stealth.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been indulging its inner propagandist by spending at least $3.5 million to float a newspaper that is purportedly "reporting" on the EPA's pet issues. Unfortunately for the readers of this newspaper, the fact that the EPA is its sugar daddy is never told the reading public. So much for an independent press!

breitbart.com

by Warner Todd Huston

August 21, 2012

Shockingly, MSNBC and CNN were the lucky recipients of Obama's stimulus bucks for a jobs program that netted no new jobs.

The advertisements were created to promote Obama's so-called "green training" job programs and were handled by the PR firm McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC at a cost of $495,000 to the taxpayers. Two video ads ran for two months, 14 times a week during Countdown With Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show...

Fresno News

by Warren Armstrong

July 11, 2009

Yosemite National Park, CA - As many as five-hundred bears roam the wilderness of Yosemite National Park, but this year more bears are searching for food in the park's developed areas. With video report.

Yosemite's natural beauty will take your breath away, but what could put you in the middle of a traffic jam of camera- toting tourists on this national park highway: A mother bear -- and her two adorable cubs -- having a late afternoon snack of grass and grubs in a meadow.

newint.org

by Wayne Ellwood

April 12, 2016

From the air, the earth is shorn and desiccated. Waves of heat billow upward, mixed with plumes of smoke. A few lonely trees stand in relief against the flattened landscape, while knots of cattle clump together in dusty paddocks ringed by barbed wire.

Fifty years ago, Rondônia was swathed in dense tropical rainforest. Today, it is one of the most deforested parts of the Brazilian Amazon. An astonishing 100,000 square kilometres of forest has vanished from the state since 1978. Poor people from the crowded coastal areas, attracted by land and opportunity, flocked here in the 1970s when roads began to penetrate the forest. First came loggers, who harvested the valuable tropical hardwoods; then settlers, who cleared the remaining trees to plant maize and soy; and finally large landowners, who consolidated the land to graze cattle. Two-thirds of Brazil's deforested land is used for cattle ranching.

Sea Coast Online

by Wayne Hooper

January 31, 2009

My dog Molly got me up at 3 o'clock in the morning the other day because she had to make a nature call. Since I get up every morning at 4 a.m., it wasn't that much of an inconvenience. However, I think she has me trained.

After we got outside, the rooster started to cock-a-doodle-doo. Since dawn wasn't for a couple of hours, I thought that to be sort of strange. Then the geese began to squawk. Now my backyard sounded like a barnyard and my basset hound was sniffing the air. Then I heard it. That eerie sound that tells you a coyote is seeking companions. It's a yip-yip yelp sound that can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Rapid City Journal

by Wayne Ortman

October 23, 2009

The day after a state trapper killed a partially blind mountain lion in Deadwood after it was deemed a threat, officials are now looking for a home for the animal's kitten.

The male kitten, believed to be about 3 months old, is healthy but probably too young to survive on its own, according to Mike Kintigh, regional supervisor for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Rapid City.

wellnessmama.com

by Wellness Mama

January 12, 2013

With flu season around the corner and signs for "flu shots" in every store, this is a natural alternative that is inexpensive and effective. It can be made easily at home.

If you or your child has ever had a bad case of the flu, you know how miserable it can be. Especially for moms, it is awful to see your children feeling so bad and not be able to fix it. Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) have been shown to prevent flu and speed recovery in those who have the flu. Elderberries contain high levels of A, B and C and stimulate the immune system. Several natural elderberry syrups are available at health stores or online, but usually for around $15 or more for 4-8 ounces. This recipe makes 16 ounces for a cost of under ten dollars and kids love the taste!

naturallifemagazine.com

by Wendy Priesnitz

January 12, 2013

Describing the research that indicates GMOs are harmful to human health and the environment and should be labeled if they are going to be in our food supply. What are GMOs and should I be concerned about them in my food?

GMOs (or "genetically modified organisms") have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This science allows DNA material from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in Nature or result from traditional crossbreeding methods. Doing this provides financial benefits to biotechnology companies and large-scale farming corporations. For instance, seeds can be engineered to be insect resistant and/or herbicide tolerant. Produce can be developed that has a longer shelf life or is shaped to facilitate more efficient transportation. Scientists have even tried to introduce a cold-resisting gene from Arctic fish into tomatoes to prevent them from freezing and thus lengthen their growing season. Hand- in-hand with seed patenting, GE seeds can provide agribusiness with massive profits.

      
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