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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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by Donna Voetee, ND

February 10, 2006

If legislators do the right thing, little ol' New Mexico is going to be the first place in the world where you won't be able to legally buy the deadliest health danger known to mankind: aspartame.

For the millions of methanol addicts who rely on their daily fix of diet soda, or for the Merisant Company who rakes in millions on aspartame yearly, this is not good news. For the rest of us, it is salvation. Aspartame is composed of the controversial genetically-engineered amino acid phenylalanine, a second component called aspartic acid that is known to cause holes in the brain similar to Alzheimer's, and finally, methanol, a very addictive form of alcohol that causes blindness.

Washington Post

by Margaret Webb Pressler

February 19, 2006

AriZona iced tea has spent millions of dollars creating its eye-catching packaging. It has also spent millions of dollars developing different flavors of tea.

Now the company is testing a way to bring the two together by embedding appealing aromas in the packaging itself -- specifically, inside the cap -- to improve the taste of its beverages and the drinker's experience.


by Stephen Lendman

March 14, 2006

No, not the one you think, outrageous as it is. I'm referring to the US prison system that's with no exaggeration about as shockingly abusive as the gulag abroad.

It qualifies for that label by its size alone - more than 2.1 million as of June, 2004 and growing larger by about 900 new inmates every week. Blacks (mostly poor and disadvantaged) especially are affected. While they make up just 12.3% of the population, they account for half the prison population, and their numbers there have grown fivefold in the last 25 years. Hispanics (also poor) account for another 15%.

Monterey County Herald

by Kevin Howe

April 7, 2006

A bill making it a crime for a mountain lion to attack a human has been introduced into the state Legislature.

Assembly Bill 2273, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia, is intended to make victims of mountain lion attacks eligible for compensation for their injuries through the state crime victims' fund, according to Somke Mastrup, deputy director of the state Department of Fish and Game.


by Charles Shaw

April 21, 2006

As America responds to its oil addiction, the biotech industry is once again promising to save the world. And this time, they just might mean it.

BIO 2006, the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, held last week in Chicago. Nearly 20,000 attendees converged on the city to hawk new technologies, hook up with investment opportunities, or pitch their city or state as the perfect destination for the burgeoning biotech and life-science sector, which, according to the Department of Commerce, will comprise 18 percent of the U.S. GDP by 2020, or nearly 3 trillion dollars. And this year, "biofuels" -- renewable fuels made from plant materials -- were the center of attention, with biodiesel and ethanol as the industry's two leading hopes for spurring renewed interest and investment.


by Walaika K. Haskins

May 5, 2006

In a statement, Google executives categorically denied the charges, calling child pornography "vile and illegal." Such content, they indicated, is prohibited in all Google products.

The executives also said that when the company finds or is made aware of any child pornography on its indexing servers, it removes the material. Interested in technology and innovation news' A Democratic representative in Long Island's Nassau County filed a lawsuit against Google on Thursday, accusing the company of making billions of dollars from child pornography.

Reliable Answers (CA)

by Annette M. Hall

May 15, 2006

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles.

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles. Many areas inside the park have been closed due to the flooding, causing traffic congestion so severe it took hours to make our way around the Yosemite Valley floor.


by John Blau

May 29, 2006

Germany is anxious about next month's World Cup soccer tournament -- in both senses of the word. The country is thrilled to host one of the most coveted sports events on the planet. Who wouldn't be?

Not surprisingly, security is a top priority for the German government, even higher than its desire to see the national team walk off the pitch with the World Cup 2006 trophy. The list of security precautions the government is taking is substantial. It begins with the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. More than 3.5 million tickets for the 64 matches will be sold with an embedded RFID chip containing identification information that will be checked against a database as fans pass through entrance gates at all 12 stadiums.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

by Carl Nolte

June 2, 2006

The National Park Service and the nonprofit Yosemite Fund are undertaking a project to rebuild close to 100 miles of trails in Yosemite National Park that range from the popular loop trail around Yosemite Valley to miles of spectacular hiking paths in the

The project will cost about $13 million -- with about $3 million from government funds and $10 million from private donations. The project to be formally launched at a San Francisco news conference today will include high-profile trails like the northern end of the famous John Muir Trail, which extends from the Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley and eventually runs more than 200 miles to the summit of Mt. Whitney in Sequoia National Park.

World Net Daily

June 3, 2006

WASHINGTON - If and when the Secret Service visits the offices of Living Waters Ministry in Southern California to collect more "counterfeiting evidence" in the form of gospel tracts disguised as $1 million bills, agents better be armed with a warrant.

Ray Comfort, the world-renowned evangelist and head of the ministry, says he is not inclined to turn over any more copies of one of his most effective tools for witnessing his faith just because some Treasury agents demand them.

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