Poached Salmon

“Some 95,400 fish were killed by a new device called a thermolicer … The ‘sudden temperature change’ caused by the thermolicer killed 95 per cent of the lice but also caused ‘significant mortalities’ amongst the salmon. … Another 20,000 salmon were killed at Loch Greshornish fish farm by other attempts to rid them of sea lice using chemicals. … 60,000 salmon had been killed by hydrogen peroxide used to treat them for amoebic gill disease.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14846303.Oops__fish_farm_firm_kills_175_000_of_its_salmon_by_accident/)




“The emerald ash borer … beetles’ larvae feed on the surface layers of the wood of [the ash] tree, cutting off vital supplies of nutrients and water, causing branches and eventually the whole tree to die.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24612322)

The European ash may be bored to death.


“In Australia, an increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves is expected to lead to more heat-related deaths, while warmer temperatures, changing rainfall and an influx of pests will ‘negatively impact’ many temperate crops, such as fruit and nuts.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/27/climate-change-report-hotter-australia)

I believe the vernacular is ‘cactus’.


“The more forest grew on and near a coffee farm, the more birds the farm had, and the lower its infestation rates [and] damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle.” (http://www.nature.com/news/birds-protect-costa-rica-s-coffee-crop-1.13689)

The more trees grew, tiddly pom,
The more birds flew, tiddly pom,
The pests that chew, tiddly pom,
Got fewer.


“Crop pests have been moving towards the poles at 2.7 kilometres per year, which is very close to the rate of climate change.” (http://www.nature.com/news/crop-pests-advancing-with-global-warming-1.13644)

Keep your eyes peeled: you could see a front of fungi, beetles, true bugs, mites, butterflies, oomycetes, moths, viruses and nematode worms frothing by.