Southern California ‘Super Bloom’ Draws Crowds, Chaos

Over the last few weeks, thousands of wildflower enthusiasts have descended on a small Southern California town to experience the “Super Bloom” of California poppies and other wildflowers brought on by a very wet winter. But the chaos of managing the crowds caused the city to temporarily close access to the hills to the public Sunday.

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Olive Tree Blight in Italy Threatens Mainland Europe

Corrado Rodio walks outside the thick stone walls of his family’s ancient olive oil mill and farmstead, the Masseria Brancati, and strolls over to a 2,000-year-old olive tree at the farm’s entrance. “It was planted by the Romans,” he says. But will it survive a catastrophic disease that’s spread north and now is only a few miles away from Rodio’s farm? Rodio doesn’t think his trees will be spared.

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