Peatland Preservation

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

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Suikerbosrand, Judgement Reserved?

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?