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When trees tip: What could be killing California's trees?




A few of the roughly 1,100 trees in UC Irvine's Aldrich Park. Many of them are in danger thanks to the invasive polyphagous shot hole borer.
A few of the roughly 1,100 trees in UC Irvine's Aldrich Park. Many of them are in danger thanks to the invasive polyphagous shot hole borer.
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Eight children were hurt after a massive pine tree fell near Pasadena's Kidspace Children's Museum. Two are now in critical condition.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud crack right before the 75-foot-tall tree came down. Officials aren't sure what might have caused the accident, and have now launched an investigation. 

Given what's been happening throughout California lately,  there's one obvious question: was this related to the drought?

Take Two spoke to tree attorney and arborist Randall Stamen about the state of California's trees, and how accidents are investigated. 

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