Environment: Munch Gypsy, Crunch Gypsy

In a cyclical battle, bugs are again triumphant over trees

Untold numbers of trees defoliated, stripped naked of all leaves. Squishy little creatures hanging from branches, crawling over the sides of houses, creating a sickly goo on roads. People rushing to their doctors with rashes on hands, faces, anywhere they may have brushed against the little pests. Neighbors arguing angrily about whether to resort to risky chemicals. Noisy town meetings. Anguished editorials in newspapers.

Episodes from a late-night horror flick? Not at all. More like cinema verite. Once again, the Northeast has been...

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