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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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Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

At least 14 killed and scores injured after magnitude 6.4 quake in tourist destination At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, authorities have said. The quake struck at 6.47am local time (2347 BST) and its epicentre was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000. Tourists near Senggigi, the gateway to the popular Gili Islands resorts, reported strong shocks. We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything…

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Hawaii volcano eruption prompts fears of disastrous blow to tourism

Hawaiis $2.4 bn industry is struggling in the wake of the Kilauea Volcano eruptions, with bookings for May through July down 50% David Collier, who has been guiding trips on the island for a decade, clutched the wheel of a 13 -person van last week on the road up to Mauna Kea observatory. Up until Kilauea began erupting this month, his full-time chore was taking visitors on three separate volcano-related tours. Now, with Hawaii Volcanoes national park shut and the district of Puna inundated with lava, two of those three…

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Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

At least 14 killed and scores injured after magnitude 6.4 earthquake in tourist destination At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, authorities have said. The quake struck at 6.47 am local time( 2347 BST) and its epicentre was 50 km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000. Tourists near Senggigi, the gateway to the popular Gili Islands resorts, reported strong shocks. ” We jumped out of our beds…

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