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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, April 9

We may view ourselves as the planet's dominant lifeforms but that doesn't mean we're the only ones that matter. Today's stories for Earthy Thursday take a look at the different ways we humans interact with the ecosystem around us, for better and worse.

First, here's a story about some of the natural plants you can find from around the world that'll repel unwanted insects naturally and without any pesticides. Among the list are some fairly common herbs like mint as well as rare species like the pitcher plant.

Next up, let's start with something that everyone on the internet loves: cute animals doing endearing things! The good folks at boredpanda have gathered an adorable gallery of animals (mostly domestic but some wild) finding a warm place to cozy up next to.

Meanwhile, EcoWatch has an article about how the state of Kansas is looking into the dangerous effects of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. While nothing's settled yet, one possible outcome is that Kansas will significantly limit or even prohibit the use of fracking within state borders.

More and more humans are choosing to live in urban environments instead of the rural country but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate natural beauty. One particularly beautiful locale is the island of Bali in Indonesia; check out these spectacular photos if you don't believe us (or just want a taste of what it's like in Southeast Asia)!

Lastly, while living off the land is all well and good, one can push it too far. HBO's Vice will be covering one way it can go wrong: overfishing, which is depleting the ocean's natural supply of wildlife in many parts of the world.

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