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Scientists Discover that Trees have a Heartbeat
4 March, 2020
Trees have a heart beat
There is a huge number of living things on Earth, all with their own set of characteristics and unique ways of life. All the way from the smallest ants, up to the huge giraffes and elephants, one thing that everyone has in common is that they are alive! read more
Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it’s proving hard to manage
24 February, 2020
The Conversation
More than two years have passed since the detection of what is arguably the most damaging tree pest ever to arrive in South Africa: the polyphagous shot hole borer (Euwallacea fornicatus). The beetle kills trees and there are no proven remedies. read more
City of Cape Town slams 'malicious' poisoning of gum trees
24 February, 2020
The City of Cape Town has slammed the malicious poisoning of a tenth gum tree since October. A large gum in Wessels Road, Kenilworth, was the latest tree to be poisoned. Earlier this month, the city's horticulturalists carried out a site inspection in Kenilworth.
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Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours, Smashing World Record
18 February, 2020
Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours, Smashing World Record
In a race to reforest the desert, Ethiopia just planted 5 times as many trees as India did when it broke the world record two years ago In an effort to reverse deforestation and desertification (caused primarily by agriculture) African and Asian countries are rapidly planting billions of trees. read more
Cutting edge tech helps prevent catastrophic forest fires
18 February, 2020
Dolphin Bay Chemicals
The forestry industry in South Africa is using world-leading technology to detect fires and wisps of smoke in plantations. The technology has proven itself in South Africa by helping to prevent many potentially catastrophic wildfires, said Ronald Heath of Forestry SA. read more
Ancient tree with record of earths magnetic field reversal in its rings discovered
17 February, 2020
Ancient tree with record of earths magnetic field reversal in its rings discovered
An ancient tree that contains a record of a reversal of Earth's magnetic field has been discovered in New Zealand. The tree-an Agathis australis, better known as its Māori name kauri-was found in Ngawha, on New Zealand's North Island, during excavation work read more
The hidden environmental cost of Valentine's Day
6 February, 2020
Each cut-flower can emit up to 3 kg of CO. The cut-flower industry has a huge impact on the environment due to growing methods and transportation. Valentine's Day sees a sharp rise in the purchase of fresh flowers. The global flower production industry is worth an estimated 64.5 billion euros. read more
Individuals can offset their own CO2 emissions by planting six trees per month
26 January, 2020
Trees perform an essential double function for life on Earth. Along with the oceans, trees are one of the main carbon capture mechanisms on the planet read more
Durban is world’s greenest city according to Husqvarna’s new AI solution and index
21 January, 2020
Durban is the greenest city in the world according to the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI) 2019, an AI-powered satellite solution to help decision makers monitor the proportion and health of green spaces in cities across the globe.  read more
Eucalyptus camaldulensis in South Africa - past, present, future
10 December, 2019
Eucalyptus camaldulensis can be seen as an iconic tree of superlatives. It is the eucalypt with the widest native range, and one of the most widely planted eucalypts around the globe. In South Africa, it is the most widespread and the most aggressively invasive eucalypt. read more