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Insured losses from fires which have been ravaging New South Wales since before Christmas have now surpassed the A$56 million losses incurred in the 1994 brush fires," said Henri in a statement.
Among the examples cited: sudden oak death, now ravaging California's trees by the thousands, and citrus canker, wreaking havoc on Florida despite $200 million spent to control it.
Warmer temperatures are resulting in population increases in insect pests that are ravaging the coniferous forests of south central Alaska.
I thought a nice book might cheer me up, but when I got to my local bookstore the windows were filled with dreary volumes deploring the ravaging of the environment.
In central Africa, the AIDS epidemic is ravaging the general population.