New oak tree disease could ‘change British landscape’, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian

Oak-sapling-Quercus-robur-001  Oak Sapling.

A new disease killing oak trees could alter the British landscape even more than Dutch elm disease, woodland groups warned today as they called for more funding to tackle the problem. Acute oak decline is hitting both species of native oak, which show black bleeding on the trunk and stems and can suffer rapid dieback and death within three to five years. The disease has been found on 55 sites in the east of England, southern England and the Midlands, and experts warn other suspect cases have yet to be confirmed. Woodland charities and commercial forestry groups are calling for £10m over the next five years to investigate tree diseases, with acute oak decline a priority for research.

New oak tree disease could ‘change British landscape’, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian

Oil Spill Will Spell Trouble for Wildlife Long After It’s Repaired

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The massive oil spill currently being battled in the Gulf of Mexico will impact tens of thousands of marine animals and wildlife.  The accident occurred in an area that is already environmentally fragile and at a time when many species are taking care of their young.  

But even after the leak is repaired and most of us move on to our normal daily lives, the animals in the region will be feeling the long term effects of the devastation.  For some, it may spell the end of their species

Oil Spill Will Spell Trouble for Wildlife Long After It’s Repaired

BP Trying To Buy Off Alabamans « Alan Colmes’ Liberaland

 

British Petroleum is being told by Alabama Attorney General Troy King (pictured) to stop circulating settlement agreements.
(h/t Susie Madrak at C&L)

The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.

King said BP’s efforts were particularly strong in Bayou La Batre.

The attorney general said he is prohibited from giving legal advice to private citizens, but added that “people need to proceed with caution and understand the ramifications before signing something like that.

BP Trying To Buy Off Alabamans « Alan Colmes’ Liberaland