The Stump That Didn’t Die
13 August, 2019
At some point, a kauri tree fell in a New Zealand forest, and no one
noticed. Nor did anyone pay attention when the remnant of its trunk
rotted away, leaving behind a stump that's barely even a stump-a
chair-size, hollowed-out half cylinder, sticking up from the middle of a
Germany's forests on the verge of collapse, experts report
23 July, 2019
Germany's parched forests are nearing ecological collapse, foresters
and researchers warn. More than 1 million established trees have died
since 2018 as a result of drought, winter storms and bark beetle
plagues. Germany's forests are undoubtedly suffering as a result of climate change.
Eyes peeled for the Shot Hole Borer
1 July, 2019
and foresters are keeping their eyes peeled
for evidence of the destructive polyphagous
shot hole borer (PSHB) in plantations. The
beetle has been spotted on one eucalyptus
tree in Sandton and a few roadside wattles
in the Southern Cape.
Mysterious fungus threatens local trees
21 June, 2019
FRUIT- bearing trees in local orchards as well as indigenous trees face a
threat as a fungus which lives in a symbiotic relationship with the
Polyphagous Shothole Boerer Beetle is mysteriously spreading through
South Africa - it has already been spotted in some avocado trees in
Older Forests Resist Climate Change Better
21 June, 2019
In life, it seems that younger is always better but there are cases where that is not true. A new study is revealing that older forests can resist climate change better than younger ones. Older is better. The research conducted in eastern North America...
New facility launched to address biomass waste challenges, boost industry competitiveness
19 June, 2019
million biorefinery industry development facility has been established at the CSIR
in Durban to help ensure that maximum value is extracted from biomass waste.
facility, launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane...
Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs
7 June, 2019
Cape Town residents have been urged to be on the lookout after an invasive beetle was spotted in Somerset West. The Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) beetle is native to Asia and has a
symbiotic relationship with ambrosial fungi, which kills trees.
Research identifies alternative uses for fly ash from pulp and paper mills
4 June, 2019
CSIR researchers have found that fly ash, a by-product
of the South African pulp and paper industry, can be used as a supplementary
cementitious material in the production of cement concrete.
The South African pulp and paper industry is under pressure to
find alternative options...
Seeing the forest, not just the trees
4 June, 2019
Nature-based solutions such as ecosystem restoration will play an
indispensable role in addressing climate change, but a strong economic
case will need to be made to convince policymakers, investors and
business leaders to place them higher on the agenda.
Eni to focus on saving African forests to offset CO2 emissions
29 May, 2019
Eni's plan to offset emissions from its oil and gas operations will
focus on working with African communities to prevent deforestation.The
project is part of the Italian energy giant's goal of removing the
equivalent of 20 million tons a year of carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere by 2030.