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Cape Town drought crisis reaching critical point
17 May, 2017
Bizcommunity
With dam levels now at 21,2% (storage levels) and the last 10% of water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. The City of Cape Town has warned all residents and businesses to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately.
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Disease new threat to forest industry
11 May, 2017
The country
A disease that is devastating trees in Europe and the western United States would be a major threat to New Zealand plantations and ornamental trees, should it ever arrive, according to Forest Owners' Association biosecurity manager Bill Dyck. read more
Myrtle rust found in NZ for the first time
11 May, 2017
Friday offcuts
A biosecurity response is underway after the detection of myrtle rust on mainland New Zealand for the first time, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced yesterday. Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can seriously damage... read more
Exclusive: Trump says U.S. wants fair treatment in climate pact
11 May, 2017
Reuters
President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that the United States was being unfairly treated in the Paris Climate Agreement and told Reuters he would announce a decision in about two weeks on whether Washington would remain in the accord. read more
Ruling against fracking a victory for KZN farmers
11 May, 2017
Biz Community
A Western Cape High Court judgement, handed down on 4 May, ruled against the The South African Agency for Promotion of Petroleum and Exploitation (PASA), The Minister of Mineral Resources and Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd on an application for exploration... read more
Diversity, phylogeny and pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae on non-native Eucalyptus grown in an urban environment: A case study
10 May, 2017
FABI
The Botryosphaeriaceae are opportunistic pathogens mostly of woody plants, including Eucalyptus. These fungi can cause cankers and die-back diseases on non-native Eucalyptus trees in South African plantations. Botryosphaeriaceae were isolated from diseased... read more
Pesky pine pollen altering the oceans
2 May, 2017
Timberbiz
That same pesky pine pollen that gets up your nose and coats your windscreen with yellow dust could also be altering some of the world's deepest ecosystems. Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) say pollen from New Zealand pine forests... read more
Chalk up another climate milestone
2 May, 2017
friday offcuts
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations hit 410 parts-per-million last week, the highest they've been in more than 15 million years. The last time there was this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global temperatures were 3deg to 6deg warmer and New Zealand was a very different place... read more

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