Latest Plants News

Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day

Aug. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters struggled for a third day Thursday to tackle a wildfire burning through a pine forest on the Greek island of Evia. Nearly 400 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 13 planes — including two from Italy and one...

DA: 'Bama fan who poisoned Auburn trees not making repayment

Aug. 15, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor wants to know why a University of Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning landmark oak trees at Auburn University isn't making court-ordered restitution payments. Harvey Updyke was ordered to appear in court Oct. 30 to explain himself, Lee County District Attorney...

Man who felled 'door tree' says hatred of brother drove him

Aug. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities say the man who cut down a distinctive 200-year-old tree told police that hatred of his brother drove him to do it. The Door Tree in Hamden, a white oak that grew in a "distinctive doorway-like arch," was found cut into pieces with a chainsaw on July 18. The...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

Aug. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims,...

Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a...

US West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire

Aug. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through...

Damage to Germany's storied forests stokes climate debate

Aug. 10, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's forests — long a source of pride and national identity — are feeling the heat. A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees, fueling fears that the storied woods in more than a few of the fairytales by the Brothers...

Indians plant 220 million trees in single day

Aug. 9, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — More than a million Indians planted 220 million trees on Friday in a government campaign to tackle climate change and improve the environment in the country's most populous state. Forest official Bivhas Ranjan said students, lawmakers, officials and others planted dozens of species of...

Funeral instead of 14th birthday for teen killed at festival

Aug. 7, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mourners used colored markers to write messages on Keyla Salazar's white casket before a funeral Tuesday for the middle-school teenager killed in a mass shooting at a California food festival. "Keyla, you're an angel. We will never forget you!" read one. Another said, "Keyla, I love...

Plan for Vancouver Lake's milfoil delayed by algae blooms

Aug. 6, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Plans to treat Eurasian milfoil at Vancouver Lake have been delayed because the invasive weed has stopped growing and would no longer effectively absorb an herbicide. The Columbian reports that friends of Vancouver Lake, which has raised private and public dollars to treat the...