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The truth about 'zombie cicadas': 'The fungus can do some nefarious things'

This year, two “broods” of cicadas are emerging at the same time – and with them, reports of a mysterious fungus that is causing cicadas to become “zombies” who display abnormal sexual behaviors. But is there anything to worry about? Is this really happening? Is “Dawn of the Dead: Cicadas” on the horizon? Fox News Digital spoke to several experts …

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Ex-criminology professor jailed for 5 years for 'arson spree' during Dixie Fires

A former collegeprofessor who specialized in social deviancy was sentenced on Thursday to more than five years in prison for starting four fires in 2021, some of which threatened to trap firefighters as they responded to one of the largest wildfires in California history, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California said. Gary Stephen Maynard, 49, pleaded …

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In Brazil, mangrove reforestation proves crucial in fight against climate risks

At the rear of Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, thousands of mangroves rise as tall as 13 feet from a previously deforested area. The 30,000 trees, planted by non-profit organization Instituto Mar Urbano over four years in the Guapimirim environmental protection area, stand as an example for cities seeking natural means to improve climate resilience. Such ecosystems are vital …

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For first time, researchers scale General Sherman, world's largest tree, in search of new threat to sequoias

High in the evergreen canopy of General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, researchers searched for evidence of an emerging threat to giant sequoias: bark beetles. The climbers descended the towering 2,200-year-old tree with good news on Tuesday. “The General Sherman tree is doing fine right now,” said Anthony Ambrose, executive director of the Ancient Forest Society, who led the expedition. …

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Cicada invasion: An ‘amazing’ American phenomenon and bonanza for anglers

Billions of cicadas are expected to start swarming in more than a dozen states in the coming weeks, and while the strange occurrence may be a nuisance for many, scientists say the activities of the noisy flying insects are a natural marvel beholden to northern America — and anglers say the bugs create ideal fishing conditions to net some hefty …

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Tropical forest loss decreased in 2023 but global threats remain, data shows

Tropical forest loss declined last year, but other indicators show that the world’s woodlands remain under tremendous pressure, according to an analysis released on Thursday by the Global Forest Watch monitoring project. Destruction of forests helps drive global climate change. Because trees absorb climate-warming carbon dioxide and store it as carbon in their wood, that greenhouse gas is released when …

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Cicada invasion: Trillions of noisy flying insects to swarm US for first time in 221 years

Billions, if not trillions, of two groups of noisy flying insects are expected to emerge from the underground in 17 U.S. states in April in a rare natural phenomenonnot seen since 1803. The insects, known as cicadas, are set to spring up and engage in a frantic mating frenzy lasting several weeks before they will all eventually die near trees. …

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