Beetle Mania: The Nasty insect That Is Killing the Trees of Johannesburg
26 October, 2018
You don't notice the dead trees until you start looking for them, and
then you realize just how many there are," says Hilton Fryer, a data
science consultant. He's talking about dead trees in Johannesburg, the
hustling metropolis that began life in 1886 as a ragtag collection
Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests appears to be changing local diets in Indonesia
19 October, 2018
When Rosalina Heni is not working in the rice paddy fields in Ribang
Kadeng village in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, she
gathers vegetables in the surrounding forest for her family to eat. By contrast, in nearby Sekadu Village...
What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures
18 October, 2018
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a special
report outlining what would need to be done to keep the world from
warming up by more than 1.5°C. That target level came from deliberations in 2010, with countries around the world setting 1.5 degrees.
Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C
16 October, 2018
The boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting project the size of
the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming
target, as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough.Ben van Beurden said it would be a major challenge to limit temperature...
Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures
12 October, 2018
Halle (Saale), Germany/Zurich, Switzerland/Beijing, China. Species-rich
subtropical forests can take up, on average, twice as much carbon as
monocultures. This has been reported by an international research team
in the professional journal Science.
Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?
11 October, 2018
The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial
to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two
contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine
whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on
Talk and walk with tree fundi
5 October, 2018
RENOWNED botanist and author, Prof Eugene Moll, will a talk on A Greater
Maputaland Transfrontier Park on Monday, 17 September at Durban Botanic
Gardens Visitors Centre, John Zikhali Road (formerly Sydenham Road).
CoJ takes steps to minimise impact of polyphagous shot hole borer
5 October, 2018
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) investigated infections
noted in street trees as well as in trees planted in parks and open
spaces. A task team engaged with a number of tree and insect specialists, including academics,
entomologists and arbor culturists.
Lessons learned from centuries of indigenous forest management
4 October, 2018
Over centuries, even millennia, indigenous communities have developed
interdependent systems of agriculture and forestry that are uniquely
suited to the ecological requirements of the land they inhabit. Yet even
today, said Charles M. Peters.
Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it
27 September, 2018
A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than
2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an