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Palm oil’s complex land conflicts
29 March, 2019
CIFOR
In an ideal world, palm oil production would cause no deforestation, and have a transparent and fair supply chain. In reality, the impacts of the sector have been the cause of ethical concerns worldwide. Palm oil is Indonesia's most important commodity. read more
The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn't a Technology: It's Forests
29 March, 2019
The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn't a Technology: It's Forests
The latest IPCC report does not mince words about the state of our planet: we must act now to achieve global change at a scale that has "no documented historical precedent" in order to avoid the climate catastrophe that would result from a 2 degree C rise in average global temperature. read more
Going off-grid is easier, and cheaper, than ever
29 March, 2019
Going off the grid
Regular power interruptions started at least 10 years ago when problems at Eskom first surfaced. Since then, the situation has become worse every time a new crisis has hit the bungling state-owned electricity utility. No amount of damage to the economy or taxpayer outrage... read more
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to partner with AFR100 Initiative
29 March, 2019
CIFOR
Amid preparations for the landmark U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has become the latest partner in the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). read more
How do you bring a forest back to life?
22 March, 2019
How do you bring a forest back to life
Money can come from timber sales in sustainably managed forests or from harvesting ‘non-wood products' like nuts, oils and fruits from the trees. You can take note of how much carbon dioxide your forest is capturing and sell carbon credits to companies keen to offset their emissions. read more
'Specialized' microbes within plant species promote diversity
21 March, 2019
'Specialized' microbes within plant species promote diversity
It's widely accepted within agriculture that maintaining genetic diversity is important. In areas where crop plants are more diverse, pathogens might kill some plants but are less likely to wipe out an entire crop.Few studies, however, have focused on such highly specialized pathogens... read more
Local antagonism and resource partitioning between two invasive pine plantation pests
19 March, 2019
FABI
The woodwasp Sirex noctilio Fabricius, native to Eurasia and North Africa, regularly co‐occurs with a North American origin Pissodes sp. on Pinus trees in South Africa. The nature of this co‐occurrence and potential impacts on either of the species is unknown. read more
One step closer to separating waste at source
19 March, 2019
CSIR
Municipalities across South Africa are considering implementing separation of recyclable waste at source. A number of municipalities across South Africa used the first version of a CSIR-developed support tool to assess and compare the costs and benefits of different options... read more
Fieldwork To Understand The Emerging Ceratocystis Threat To Eucalyptus In South Africa
15 March, 2019
FABI
From 17-19 February, some members of the Ceratocystis team, Dr Irene Barnes, and TPCP students and Postdocs, Arista Fourie, Dr FeiFei Liu and Granny Hlongwane, went on a field trip to Kwambonambi, KwaZulu-Natal to observe the Ceratocystis infection on Eucalyptus hybrid clones... read more
Experts pinpoint eight unique lakes in SA
14 March, 2019
CSIR
Eight South African lakes with unique characteristics have been identified in the course of the National Biodiversity Assessment 2018. Experts emphasise the need to protect these wetlands from environmental and other pressures that threaten to degrade them. read more

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