Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

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* "The living dead" are species in Southeast Asia whose populations ecologists say have fallen low enough to be considered on the brink of extinction. The journal Nature says habitat destruction comes from threats such as logging and urbanization.

* A new species of gentian tree with leaves resembling a tobacco leaf has been dubbed the "Wizard Tree," in honor of author J.K. Rowling's wildly successful Harry Potter books, about a young boy who goes to a school for wizardry. The gentian in Ecuador is one of several tree species discovered in 2003.

*Californians are quick to blame other people's cars for the threat of air pollution, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. A recent study shows 58 percent of Californians consider air pollution a "serious health threat," but only 44 percent said they were "very" or "somewhat" concerned that their own cars polluted too much.

* Pecan trees that suffer from abnormal growth and development might have from a disease called mouse-ear, caused when the tree doesn't absorb enough nickel from the soil. …

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