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Day Of The Plants: Tales Of Man Vs Flora (And Man Suffers)

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Alternatively this thread could be called the 'lesser of two weevils', or 'it's grown hyacinth yesterday'.

At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1223065,00.html

It shows what happens went you try to manage one ecological cock-up by eco-friendly means, but only succeed in setting off another mess.

Malawi's beetle 'cure' triggers new weed

Attempts to halt the choking spread of water hyacinth have spawned even more aggressive vegetation

Rory Carroll in Mangochi
Monday May 24, 2004
The Guardian


Malawi was not picturesque enough for the anonymous European settler suspected of importing water hyacinth a century ago. Now the legacy of that decision is all too clear as power cuts ravage the economy.
As mats of weed flow down the Shire River, Malawi's electricity stops, crippling industry and costing the country half a million pounds a day.

Stretched in bunches more than 100 miles upstream from the Nkula hydro-electric station, was one such culprit, floating vegetation never meant for Africa. It is not hyacinth, but a highly invasive plant spawned by the battle against the hyacinth.

"The vegetation is getting worse. It's blocked the whole barrage," said Wales Kalombola, a technician from the Electricity Supply Corporation.

He stood on a dam in Liwonde, known locally as a barrage, which regulates the river for the Nkula plant. But the weeds block the flow.

Every day a crane hauls out tonnes of the gunk, and four trucks shuttle it to a site for burning. A second crane is due this month, said Mr Kalombola, as are a further six trucks.

The authorities are considering buying a floating bulldozer and harvester from Aquarius Systems, a US firm which battles the super weeds.

"They're struggling. It's coming down river faster than they can remove it," said Jane Dauffenbach, the firm's president.

Disruptions of hydro-electric power, which account for most of Malawi's 355MW, cost £188m a year, a third of GDP, says the energy ministry.

Soil erosion and silt clogs the rivers, as does hyacinth - a bitter twist because for a time the evil weed seemed vanquished.

The floating mass which can double in size in a fortnight, proliferated across the Shire until the mid-1990s. Blocking sunlight and sucking oxygen and nitrogen from the water, the plant increased acidity and damaged algae and plankton.

Unchecked it would have been an ecological disaster for Lake Malawi, the third biggest in Africa. Fishing villages with no alternative source of income faced ruin.

"In some areas 60% of the beach was no longer accessible," said Alexander Bulirani, deputy director of fisheries. "And crocodiles hide in the hyacinth, so it wasn't safe for women to collect water."

The weed came from Brazil and so, with help from Britain's department for international development, did its nemesis: Neochetina aerchornae and Neochetina bruchi, two beetles which eat only hyacinth.

Some 500,000 were released but although the hyacinth stood no chance, Malawi has found a malign side to the weevil solution.

Feeding on the decaying leaves and branches has come a new breed of hippo grass and papyrus, more aggressive than traditional vegetation, said Patrick Phiri, a district fisheries officer in Mangochi.

"Just as we were winning the battle against hyacinth we realised this problem of secondary growth," he said.

Back in Liwonde, Mr Kalombola confirmed that the weeds which snagged the turbines had become worse since hyacinth largely disappeared.

Malawi's only option was a combination of biological, chemical and mechanical means to control the hyacinth's revenge. "This will be a long-term programme, probably forever."
 

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Rotting fruit brings causes emergency landing...

At;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3761781.stm


Gassy fruit forces airline alert


BA is still investigating the cause of the fire alert
A jet carrying 308 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland on Sunday, after fruit fumes set off its fire alarm system.
The British Airways Boeing 747 en route from Miami to London Heathrow landed at Shannon Airport, after a warning light indicated there was a fire in the hold.

An airport spokeswoman said a closer examination found that rotting fruit was giving off unusual fumes.

British Airways says it was still investigating the cause of the alert.

A spokeswoman for the airline said flight BA206 landed safely at 0854BST, approximately two-and-a-half hours after its scheduled arrival time.

'No fire'

She said the plane had made a standard diversion into Shannon Airport after a fire alert indication light illuminated, setting off fire extinguishers in the hold.

"There was no fire on board the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely and the passengers and crew disembarked normally.

"A full technical assessment was undertaken by engineers and the aircraft was declared safe and serviceable to fly onto Heathrow," she said.

The airline has apologised to the passengers concerned but said: "Safety, as ever, is of paramount importance."

Shannon Airport said the cargo of fruit had been unloaded and was awaiting collection.
 

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This is depressing:

Man, trapped by fallen tree, kills himself

Coroner: Stuck in trailer struck by tree, man died from self-inflicted gunshot

The Associated Press
Updated: 5:46 p.m. ET Dec. 27, 2005

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. - A disabled man who was injured when a windblown tree crushed his trailer killed himself as he lay trapped in the wreckage on Christmas Day, authorities said.

The injuries that Richard Payne suffered when the tree fell early Sunday were not life-threatening, Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said Monday. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bishop said.

However, it did not appear that Payne had any means of summoning help, sheriff’s spokesman Jan Smith said in a statement. There was no phone in the trailer and no nearby neighbors in the remote wooded area at the south end of Camano Island.

A visitor found the body Sunday afternoon.

No suicide note was found, Bishop said.

Payne, 52, was on disability and had been living in the trailer on family property for about a year, the coroner said.

The area was struck by a storm early on Christmas Day, with wind damage cutting power for 20,000 Puget Sound Energy customers between Bellingham and Olympia.

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© 2005 The Associated Press.
© 2005 MSNBC.com

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Women survive 'savage attack' from tree in Wolterton

Two women have survived what they called a "savage attack" from a falling oak tree which smashed through the roof and windscreen of their moving car.

Helen Howes and Heather Hasthorpe were en route to a costume and textile fair at Wolterton Hall, Norfolk, on Saturday when the accident happened.
"The tree came through the windscreen and broke the wheel off from between my hands," said Mrs Howes.
A police spokesman said the friends were "very lucky" not to have died.

Mrs Howes, an artist based at Raveningham, near Beccles, was taken to hospital to be treated by a plastic surgeon who repaired a tendon and removed glass from her hand.
Mrs Hasthorpe walked away unhurt.

The tree fell at about 08:45 BST as the women were driving past the Saracen's Head pub, Wolterton.
Guests having breakfast at the pub called the emergency services.

Mrs Howes' car, a red VW Passat estate she calls the Red Baroness, was written off.
On her blog she described the car as being "savagely attacked by a falling oak tree". 8)

"It was a fantastic impact, it pretty much stopped the car," Mrs Howes said.
"When we staggered out the tree was across the road leaving this big bush on top of the car. In retrospect it looked quite decorative, but we could have done without it."


Mrs Hasthorpe said it was "amazing" that the injuries were not more serious.
"That branch that came into the car beside her right leg and ripped off the door panel actually caused a burn to the skin on her right knee, that's how close it was," she said.
"It was definitely a guardian angel job."

PC Ian Reed from Norfolk Police said Mrs Howes was "incredibly lucky" to escape what "could have easily been a fatal incident".
"I did suggest she might want to get a lottery ticket after her experience," he said.
Mrs Hasthorpe said she did buy a ticket on the way home but did not win on Saturday night's draw. ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-24116694
 

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Many years ago I was out with my youngest, then aged about 5, and we stopped to watch a large branch fall off a tree across the road and crash to the ground, bouncing off other branches and making a huge din as it went.

We chatted for a minute about how sudden and dangerous it was and then moved on, and when we'd walked about 10 feet another big branch fell off a tree over where we'd been standing and landed exactly on the same spot. If we'd stayed a few seconds longer it would've hit us.
:shock:

Summer branch drop, it's called. Happens when trees get a bit dry and lose bits.
 

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Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident

Up to 20 people have died and many have been injured after a large tree fell on them at a popular waterfall spot in Kintampo, Ghana.
They were swimming during a storm when the freak accident happened, emergency officials said.
The tree had seemingly been brought down by the storm.

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the incident happened at the Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region.
A combined team of police and fire service personnel attended the accident site, in a bid to rescue those trapped by the tree.
"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revellers," an eyewitness told Ghana's Starr News.
"Most of them are students of the Wenchi Senior High School. Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws."

Fire Service spokesman Mr Anaglate told AFP that 18 students had died at the scene, while two others died in hospital.

etc...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39323826
 

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No high winds, an unsafe tree which had been propped up.

Falling tree kills 12 on Portuguese island of Madeira
A falling tree has killed at least 12 people and injured 50 more at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

A video shows the tree crashing down on a crowded square in a suburb of the main town, Funchal, forcing people who were enjoying the religious festivities in the sunshine to flee.

Two children are among the dead, Portuguese broadcaster RTP reports.

Reports suggest the tree which fell was an oak that was about 200 years old. ...


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40940007?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 

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... In such places, kids are taught from an early age to beware and avoid the dangers that visitors are usually totally oblivious of. The Australian Outback is a case in point. ... As kids we are taught not to camp in dry creekbeds or under large gum trees. ... My university lecturer went camping in the Flinders Ranges during term break and never returned to our tutorial class. He pitched his tent under a gum tree and suffered multiple breaks in both legs when a 400kg limb just dropped onto him in the night. ...
 
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The youngest, aged about 4, and I once spotted a big branch crashing down from the top of a tree across a road. We stood and watched it and discussed it briefly, as you do, and then moved off, just as another even bigger branch suddenly fell off another tree behind us and landed exactly where we'd been standing.
 
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This Maine woman was dually impaled when a tree fell on the vehicle in which she was riding.
Woman impaled by tree limb has 7 broken ribs, husband says

A Maine passenger who was impaled when a falling pine tree struck the vehicle she was riding in suffered seven broken ribs, but she’s getting better day by day ...

Theresa Roy, 79, has a long recovery ahead, said her husband, David Roy. But he said he’s just happy they’re alive after the bizarre incident that destroyed their vehicle and injured both of them.

David Roy, 78, ... and his wife were driving home to Oakland on a two-lane road because their vehicle had been buffeted by strong winds earlier on I-95 during a powerful wind storm. ...

The crash in Sidney happened in an instant when a pine tree blown down by high wind struck his vehicle as he drove at 50 mph (80 kph), with limbs crashing through the windshield as he struggled to control the vehicle.

A large limb came through the center dashboard and windshield at an angle, hitting him and then striking his wife’s armpit while another broke the windshield and impaled her shoulder ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/pine-tre...-wind-storms-7792497317b897dafac7d5886a95db41
 

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A Pennsylvania man was trapped in a portable toilet by a falling trea.
Water-loo? Tree takes battlefield prisoner in portable lav

Authorities say a man was rescued after a tree that fell during high winds trapped him inside a portable toilet at Gettysburg National Military Park in south-central Pennsylvania.

The Barlow Volunteer Fire Department said on its Facebook page that the crew was called to Little Round Top shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. Assistant Chief Joe Robinson told the York Daily Record that they found a tree atop a vehicle but no one inside, and park rangers then told them the tree had trapped a man in the portable toilet.

Robinson said crews treated it like a car entrapment, cutting away the tree with a chain saw and then cutting the portable toilet open with another saw. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/pennsylvania-gettysburg-69f03d57db0cb1e4b912b59ddce396dd
 

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More evidence that everything in Australia is out to get you, this guy deliberately gets stung by the 'Gympie Gympie' plant, a plant so painful that allegedly a man committed suicide to escape the pain.

 

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It looks so innocent! :oops:
 
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