Minimising global warming has tended to concentrate on reducing net CO2 emissions by minimising the burning of fossil fuels and emphasising sustainable forestry practices. In comparison how often do we hear of the need to preserve the peatlands (bogs, swamps and mires) which contain as much as twice the carbon as the world’s forests and… Continue reading Peatland Preservation
A number of my local readers are familiar with the 11,595ha Suikerbosrand Reserve, the Afrikaans name meaning ridge of the sugar bushes, where sugar bushes are not the maple syrup yielding trees of North America but rather proteas. This is one of the few places close to the built up areas of Johannesburg where one… Continue reading Suikerbosrand, Judgement Reserved?
If you thought Google street view was impressive then you must try the Google street view trekker. To date 33 trails across the Cape peninsula have been covered by 22 volunteers. The picture below is from the top of Chapmans Peak. Even though there are 15 separate cameras the pack weighs just 18kgs which… Continue reading Google street view trekker.
Hiking Club members who like me have come across four legged large brown jobs (LBJs) inconveniencing their walking may have found a reason to study their habits more closely in the interests of them not getting in the way or to avoid getting their compass out. A Prague University PhD student has made a detailed… Continue reading Animal Behaviour