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Killer beetles invade Knysna trees
18 April, 2018
Killer beetles invade Knysna trees
Following a presentation by a scientist last week, it has become clear that there is a beetle in town, which is capable of destroying many trees, not only Oaks,Knysna-Plett Herald reports. The comprehensive presentation by Dr Wilhelm de Beer from FABI... read more
Lego plans new sustainable pieces
17 April, 2018
Lego plans new sustainable pieces
Fans of Lego can rest assured that when they come to use tree, leaf or bush pieces they will now more closely resemble the real thing. This is because the Danish toymaker is introducing new plant-based material to be used on its botanical elements, starting from this year. read more
Tree planting exercise in Mt Kenya forest hits record breaking
16 April, 2018
Tree planting exercise in Mt Kenya forest hits record breaking
Leading environmental conservation, community and business entities have Tuesday undertaken a record breaking 35,000 indigenous trees planting on the slopes of Mt Kenya. As part of the ongoing National Tree Planting Campaign spearheaded by Environment... read more
Sex: Birds Do It, Bees Do It – And Fungi Do It. Here’s How, And Why It Matters
22 March, 2018
Sex: Birds Do It, Bees Do It – And Fungi Do It. Here’s How, And Why It Matters
There are obvious evolutionary benefits to species having sex. The most obvious is because it ensures a species' longevity.Sex is an essential part of life. You, me and almost every other living organism on this planet are only here because two individuals got together... read more
Zambia taps climate fund to battle worsening drought
18 March, 2018
Zambia taps climate fund to battle worsening drought
Zambian farmers facing more extreme weather are set to get better early warning and weather information to help them cope, as part of a new grant from the Green Climate Fund.In a funding round announced this week, the international climate fund approved... read more
Timber! How the mighty fell and rose up again
18 March, 2018
Timber how the might have fallen and rose again
When I look around this forest," said ranger Jim Wheeler, "it has a tendency to give me perspective in life, to help me realise I'm just a very small part of a much bigger world."The forest, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, is 515 kilometres north of San Francisco... read more
Dry Land: How the race for water could leave us high and dry, Part One
15 March, 2018
Dry Land: How the race for water could leave us high and dry, Part One
South Africa is a water scarce country, with disasters declared in several provinces due to drought. Yet ecologists are concerned that an over-emphasis on built infrastructure means any short-term water augmentation plans put into place now will be just that. read more
Study shows market-based strategies for ecosystem conservation are surging
14 March, 2018
Study shows market-based strategies for ecosystem conservation are surging
Programs in which people pay landholders to support natural systems that provide benefits like flood protection, biodiversity and carbon storage, are expanding around the world, according to a new UCLA-led study. The paper, published today in Nature Sustainability. read more
City of Cape Town betrayed farmers by surrendering Day Zero predictions
14 March, 2018
City of Cape Town betrayed farmers by surrendering Day Zero predictions
The prevailing drought in the Western Cape continues unabated. Amidst an unfolding crisis, the City of Cape Town has decided to surrender its Day Zero predictions, leaving the agricultural sector feeling isolated and betrayed. read more
Brazil's top court approves controversial forestry law
14 March, 2018
Brazil's top court approves controversial forestry law
Brazil's supreme court has upheld major changes to laws protecting the Amazon rainforest, delivering a blow to environmentalists. The revision of the 2012 law includes an amnesty programme that scraps penalties for landowners who have cut trees down illegally in the past. read more

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