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General · 16th November 2010
Barry Saxifrage
Half our pine trees have been eaten alive in just the last nine years. An area five times the size of Vancouver Island is being attacked by a killing plague of billions of native pine beetles. Nothing like this has ever been witnessed. A study published in the journal, Nature, concluded that "the current outbreak in British Columbia, Canada, is an order of magnitude larger in area and severity than all previous recorded outbreaks." One analyst calls the devastation "probably the biggest landscape-level change since the ice age."

Just how bad will it get?... here to read the rest of this article on The Vancouver Observer as originally published.