The Fly That Quarantined California and Pitted Environmentalists Against Farmers
But it would take more than conventional tools to defeat this bug. A massive ground eradication program failed to stop the Medfly, and a plan to spray pesticides from the air sparked angry protests and led Governor Jerry Brown into a dramatic showdown with the Reagan administration.
Today, California continues to fight the Medfly. But the tactics have changed – and so have the politics.
More Like This
Horses: Wild, But Not Free
There are now so many wild horses on public land – nearly 100,000 -- that they have become caught in a battle between the government, ranchers and environmentalists.
The Garbage Barge That Helped Fuel a Movement
In the 1980s, rising public awareness about waste was fueled by a bizarre news story about a meandering New York City garbage barge.
This Snake Is Eating the Everglades
Burmese pythons released into the wild by well-meaning pet owners have created a reptilian nightmare in the Everglades.
Future of Water
The increasing scarcity of drinking water is beginning to capture the world's attention -- but surprisingly, an innovative solution might just be found in one of the Earth's driest places.