Local authorities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada's province of British Columbia are waging an aggressive campaign to eradicate colonies of "murder hornets" that appear to be gaining a foothold in the region after arriving from Asia. Since 2019, experts in British Columbia alone have reported at least seven nests or sightings of the aggressive insects, which are native to Japan, the Korean Peninsula and other parts of mainland Asia. They have been blamed for attacks on several hives of honeybees in which entire colonies were wiped out. There have been more cases over the border in Washington State, including incidents in which experts monitoring the sites were attacked and reported stings far more painful than from other insects. The largest hornet in the world, an adult can grow to more than 4.5 centimeters (1.7 inches) long and have a stinger that is another 6 millimeters (0.2 inches) long. They are usually found in forests and mountain areas and … [Read more...] about Aggressive Asian hornets gain foothold in Pacific Northwest
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What really makes this reporter's stomach churn thinking about climate change? Thawing permafrost. A scenario where it all melts, releasing copious amounts of CO2 and methane (it holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere holds right now), and there's no going back. But what's at the top of the list of concerns for those who study how climate change is unfolding – on ice sheets and urban street corners, in oceans and farm fields – the climate scientists themselves? DW asked a dozen experts spanning climatology, entomology, oceanography and yes, permafrost research, what keeps them up at night when it comes to the climate. The greatest unknown – people Nana Ama Browne Klutse studies changing weather with climate models at the University of Ghana. While she says tipping points like permafrost thaw worry her, she also worries how individuals will handle changing climates. "What can you do as an individual to avoid the impact of climate change?" she asked. "We need … [Read more...] about Climate scientists, what keeps you up at night?
COLLIN MORIKAWA is set to be star in Augusta at The Masters this week. And supporting him all the way is stunning girlfriend Katherine Zhu, who is also a golfer - and a very decent one, too. Zhu, 24, spent four years playing at Pepperdine University and earning multiple WGCA All-American honours. And it was through college golf, with Morikawa at California, that the couple met and hit it off. Vancouver-born sensation Katherine loves her man and the sport so much she is often spotted on the PGA Tour caddying for him during competitions. She said: " Golf is such a big part of my life. It’s taught me to be strong when things aren’t going well. It’s taught me to respect others around me. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kat (@katherinezhuu) "Most importantly, golf has created opportunities that have made lifelong memories that I’ll cherish forever. I’m so grateful for this amazing … [Read more...] about Meet Collin Morikawa’s stunning girlfriend Katherine Zhu who caddies for Masters star and plays herself