This Little Asshole Is Going to Kill 8 Billion Trees in a Decade

An iconic American tree is facing an extinction-level threat in the form of an iridescent green beetle called the emerald ash borer, which is devastating ash trees in forests and cities across much of the United States. The ash borer, a native to East Asia smaller than the diameter of a penny, was first spotted in North America in 2002 in Michigan, suspected of arriving via imported wood packaging material. Since then it has firmly established its calamitous impact on the country's tree...

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