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Are New Englands Iconic Maples At Risk
2011-08-30 07:59:19

  Invasive Asian longhorned beetle has potential for wide reach in region's forests Are new England's iconic maple trees at risk? If a beetle has its way, the answer may be yes. Results from the first study of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in forests show that the invasive insect can easily spread from tree-lined city streets to neighboring forests. A paper reporting the results are published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Successful ALB eradication...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

What a green and pleasant land we live in! After virtually any overseas trip, I am always struck by how green England is - this was especially so on my recent return from a holiday in treeless Lesotho. Now, Lesotho is seriously high, with a lot of the country about 10,000ft above sea level and, despite being surrounded by a very pleasantly warm South Africa, there was a lot of snow about. This harsh climate is, however, not the only reason for the lack of trees, as any wood is quickly...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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