A report by Peter Wozny
How safe are the ski slopes?
Police in France say at least four people have died in an avalanche in the southern Alps near the border with Italy. A rescue operation is underway for another person believed to be missing.
Two Spanish skiers have been killed in an avalanche in southwestern France, the country's second fatal avalanche incident in 24 hours. Three others survived and were rescued by French authorities via helicopter.
A fungus spreading rapidly east to west across Europe is wiping out valuable forests. Scientists are racing to plant and multiply resistant strains before the species disappears.
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