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Mangroves – a weapon against climate change

Mangroves – a weapon against climate change

What are Mangrove forests Occurring in 123 countries mangrove forests are the only woody salt-tolerant plant that lives in salt water along the world’s subtropical and tropical coastlines. Mangroves are typical regions of transition between two biological communities, having some components of both marine and terrestrial biomes, but have also developed several unique structural and functional adaptations, such as physiological mechanisms to tolerate salt and aerial roots that enable the plants to respire in anoxic, waterlogged soils. They support many…

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Rivers – the arteries of the earth

Rivers – the arteries of the earth

From raging rapids to small gurgling streams, rivers carry one of the essential resources of life; you guessed it – water. Rivers are not only important to humans but from the smallest of insects to the biggest of land mammals. Importance of Rivers Human Importance Rivers are significant to humans as they supply a range of uses about domestic, industrial, agriculture and recreation. Some examples of this include drinking, irrigation, washing and cleaning, aquaculture, power generation, fishing and boating. Ecological…

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The Lungs of the Earth are on Fire

The Lungs of the Earth are on Fire

What’s Happening in the Amazon Rainforest? The earth’s lungs are on fire; the Amazon rainforest is burning at a devastating rate. The Brazilian Amazon has undergone more than 74,000 fires this year, whereas last year’s total was around 40,000. Around 10,000 of the 2019 fires have started in the past couple of weeks. Some of these fires were started by farmers and loggers seeking to use Amazonian land for industrial or agricultural purposes. However, once the blazes start, hot temperatures…

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The Dominance of Palm Oil

The Dominance of Palm Oil

Palm oil is encroaching on some of the worlds most biodiverse tropical forests in the world. It has become such a popular ingredient in products that football fields of natural forest are being destroyed. One of the main reasons for this growing demand is due to the increasing human population growth over the last couple of decades. What is Palm Oil? African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a tropical crop grown predominantly for the production of palm oil. It is…

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Microplastics – Are they in your food?

Microplastics – Are they in your food?

You may have heard by now that plastic pollution is a big problem in the environment, particularly our oceans. However, did you know that there could be small pieces of plastic in the food you ate recently? These are called microplastics. Plastics are widely and intensively used by people with wide-ranging applications in numerous industries due to their low production cost, adaptability, lightweight, and durability, among other properties – but all those benefits have some potentially dangerous negatives. What are…

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Exploring the Jargon of Nature Conservation

Exploring the Jargon of Nature Conservation

This week I will be exploring the jargon of nature conservation. Isn’t it annoying when you’re reading an interesting article either on the news or National Geographic but the authors keep putting big complicated words or jargon in them?  The need to keep on having to look the words up is distracting from the article. Some of these words (that if we are really lazy just skip altogether and hope that it all make sense at the end) are quite…

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Hot off the press, Conservation success stories

Hot off the press, Conservation success stories

In today’s times, the media love to focus on controversial sensationalism, always looking at what will sell. More often than not “bad news” sells, and when it comes to nature conservation the majority of headlines and articles surround poaching, climate change, deforestation, oil spills in the ocean etc. It can we can become despondent wondering if there is any positive happening out there and so I have looked for a couple of articles which highlight some GOOD conservation success stories….

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The domestic cat having a Feline Frenzy

The domestic cat having a Feline Frenzy

It’s been a long, hard day at work, you’re tired and can’t be bothered about making dinner yet. You flop down onto the couch and suddenly realize that Mittens you’re lovable  domestic cat who is normally either sprawled out on the couch or meowing for some food is not around. You check all her usual haunts, such as under and in the bed, in the cupboard, and all her other spots where she likes to lie in the sun, but…

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Wetlands! The Inconvenient Ecosystem

Wetlands! The Inconvenient Ecosystem

During my internship for my diploma in nature conservation, I was fortunate enough to be placed at a wetlands nature reserve called Table Bay Nature Reserve.  I was involved with bird counts, fish surveys, water quality tests, environmental education and it was an amazing year. However , these ecosystems have always been seen as an inconvenience to humans. I participated  in a number of bird counts in my internship year Wetlands are highly important ecosystems and contribute many valuable services…

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Nature. Why should we care?

Nature. Why should we care?

When was the last time that you were in nature? The wind blowing through the trees, the grass under your feet, the birds chirping on the branches with the bees precariously landing on a flower to collect pollen and nectar and perhaps you can hear a river gurgling in the distance. Nature is all around us whether you just step out into your garden at home or drive for a couple of hours to a national park. The natural environment…

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