The bugs kill trees but also reduce accumulated “fuel”
Poll shows a big leap from two years ago
Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely
Rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula is killing some species but helping others
Thirty years after Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, the building built around the site has reached the end of its expected life span. The New Safe Confinement is a gigantic steel arch that will fit over the old protective shell—the “sarcophagus” built by the Soviet Union soon after the explosion. The new arch will slide into place sometime in 2017, preventing the spread of radioactivity.
A giant arch will enclose the crumbling sarcophagus before radiation leaks get worse, even as plans advance to turn the area into a nature preserve
Plans are in place to safeguard the future of Syrian agriculture by recreating a seed collection stored in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which is at risk of being destroyed by the country's civil war. Edward Baran reports.