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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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rgj.com

by Sam Gross

May 14, 2018

As images of lava rivers engulfing homes in Hawaii reach mainland viewers, Nevadans' thoughts turn to our region's own volcanic history, and wonder: Could it happen here?

Head south from Reno on U.S. 395 and you'll eventually drive (literally) into the 20-by-10-mile maw of an old and likely dying super volcano, or skirt the more recently active volcanoes of Mono Lake or Mammoth Mountain. And just 100 miles northwest of Reno lies Mount Lassen, the 10,500-foot volcano that the U.S. Geological Survey holds in the same risk category as Hawaii's currently erupting Kilauea.

theconversation.com

by Anne Cleary

November 29, 2018

The environmental movement is shifting away from focusing solely on raising awareness about environmental issues. Many environmental agencies and organisations now also aim to connect people with nature.

What is less clear is how to enhance an individual's nature connection - that is feeling that they are a part of nature. Over half of all people globally, and nine out of ten people in Australia, live in urban environments. This reduces their opportunities to experience and connect with nature.

nature.com

by Jeff Tollefson

November 29, 2018

Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, an approach that could ultimately be used to quickly lower the planet's temperature.

The idea is simple: spray a bunch of particles into the stratosphere, and they will cool the planet by reflecting some of the Sun's rays back into space. Scientists have already witnessed the principle in action. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it injected an estimated 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere - the atmospheric layer that stretches from about 10 to 50 kilometres above Earth's surface. The eruption created a haze of sulfate particles that cooled the planet by around 0.5 °C. For about 18 months, Earth's average temperature returned to what it was before the arrival of the steam engine.

nature.com

by David Cyranoski & Heidi Ledford

November 29, 2018

The startling announcement by a Chinese scientist represents a controversial leap in the use of genome-editing.

A Chinese scientist claims to have helped make the world's first genome-edited babies - twin girls, who were born this month. The announcement has provoked shock and outrage among scientists around the world.

      
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