Waldsterben: the 1980s panic with modern parallels

The 'ecological Holocaust' that never was

Dear Reader,

Anyone looking for historical parallels to the events of the past year could do worse than reading up on the mass panic that gripped Germany in the 1980s over the allegedly irreversible extinction of large swathes of its forests.

The obsession with Waldsterben was ignited by a couple of scientists who saw themselves as prophets whose role it …

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