A poisoned memorial to World War I: The forests of Verdun

Verdun, France (CNN)The guns of World War I fell silent 100 years ago here, but a quiet battle still smolders on in this forest. Roots of trees and arms of ivy grapple with the legacy of four years of war, fighting to reclaim the landscape from the scars of a past conflict. “The optimistic rate is that one in eight did not explode. That means that we probably have between seven and eight million shells that did not explode on …