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‘A problem in every national forest’: tree thieves were behind Washington wildfire

Tree theft, which led to the deadly Maple fire in Washington, may be costing the US Forest Service up to $100m each year When two men discovered a rare and valuable towering bigleaf maple tree in Washington states Olympic national forest last year, they allegedly set about trying to steal it. But there was a problem the tree was home to a bee hive. The men reportedly tried to use a wasp killer to get rid of it. When that didnt work, one allegedly poured gasoline on it, and lit…

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‘Things are getting unstable’: global heating and the rise of rockfalls in Swiss Alps

As Switzerlands glaciers melt, dangerous rockfalls become more likely and towns are forced to live under an existential threat The thunderous roar that resounded through Bregaglia in Switzerland last month was familiar to its residents. Once again, rocks were falling off the face of the Piz Cengalo mountain. Fernando Giovanoli, the vice-mayor of Bregaglia. Photograph: Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom   You hear it, and you know immediately what it is. Then you see all the dust, says Fernando Giovanoli, the communes deputy president. He had seen the rockfall from his mountainside home…

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Snorkelling grandmothers uncover large population of venomous sea snakes in Noumea

Womens photography of greater sea snake, once believed to be an anomaly in the Baie des Citrons, help scientists understand the ecosystem A group of snorkelling grandmothers who swim up to 3km five days a week have uncovered a large population of venomous sea snakes in a bay in Noumea where scientists once believed they were rare. Dr Claire Goiran from the University of New Caledonia and Professor Rick Shine from Australias Macquarie University were studying a small harmless species known as the turtleheaded sea snake located in the Baie…

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Inside Copenhagens race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and hedonistic sustainability have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 and so far its all going according to plan We call it hedonistic sustainability, says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the 485m Bjarke Ingels, its lead architect, hope will enhance the latest jewel in Copenhagens sustainability crown. The incinerator building also incorporates hiking and running trails, a street fitness gym and the worlds highest outdoor climbing wall,…

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Americans’ love of hiking has driven elk to the brink, scientists say

Trail use near Vail, Colorado, has more than doubled since 2009. Its had a devastating impact on a herd of elk Biologists used to count over 1,000 head of elk from the air near Vail, Colorado. The majestic brown animals, a symbol of the American west, dotted hundreds of square miles of slopes and valleys. But when researchers flew the same area in February for an annual elk count, they saw only 53. Very few elk, not even many tracks, their notes read. Lots of backcountry skiing tracks. The surprising…

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