Enviroment

What is a sea glass beach?

What is a sea glass beach?

Sea glass begins as normal shards of broken glass that are then persistently tumbled and ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded.  How is Sea Glass Formed?  What are Sea Glasses Colors? Where do you find sea glass?

All the Major Dam levels in the Western Cape - June 2018

All the Major Dam levels in the Western Cape - June 2018

The Western Cape is experiencing its worst drought and most regions have water restrictions. Find out about the current dam levels and the different levels of water restrictions in the Western Cape province.

Cape Town dam levels have risen to 38.1% over the last week (11 - 18 June 2018), which is an incredible increase of almost 7% compared to the reading taken last Monday.

Avian Influenza and African Penguin Update

Avian Influenza and African Penguin Update

 WHAT IS AVIAN INFLUENZA?

Avian influenza, also known as ‘avian flu’ or ‘bird flu’ is an infection of wild birds and commercial or domestic poultry and ostriches. Waterbirds are the natural host of avian influenza.

How the holiday photos you tweet can save vulnerable eco-systems

How the holiday photos you tweet can save vulnerable eco-systems

With the rise in popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, for scientists tasked with monitoring the health of coral reefs and other environmental assets could just have tapped into a minefield of a rich source of free information a  new research suggests.

Western Cape drought situation by area- from a tourism perspective

Western Cape drought situation by area- from a tourism perspective

Speaking at today’s (January 9) briefing, Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, said the city’s new ‘day zero’ is April 22. The province is supplied with water by 44 main dams. The average storage across the province on January 4, 2018 is 29.1%.”

 Plastic pellets nurdle alert. How can you help?

Plastic pellets nurdle alert. How can you help?

 A devastating spillage of over 49tons of plastic pellets called “nurdles” occurred in Durban Harbour during a storm on 10 October 2017. The “nurdles” have now been dispersed along the coastline and are washing up on the beaches as far as  Gansbaai and Grotto.Public help is needed  to collect as many plastic  “nurdles” as possible before they cause any further harm to our fragile marine ecosystems

Dam levels in the Western Cape on 16 October 2017

The average water level of dams across the Western Cape is 35.2% in 2017‚ a significant drop from the levels measured last year.  Capacity of the major dams of the Western Cape Water Supply System is 99.6% and that of the minor dams 0.4% of the combined capacity of the major and minor dams. Kindly note that all the Major Dams show gross capacity

Strongest Solar Flare in over a decade

Massive Solar Flare could disrupt internet, TV, cellular & GPS signals.  SANSA has warned that a massive solar flare could disrupt television, cellular and GPS signals in the country. 

Let us pass the shark conservation baton on to our children

Let us pass the shark conservation baton on to our children

It is a privilege for young  aspiring scientist early in the 21st century armed with the opportunities that didn’t exist any time in the past.. Never again will there be a better time to use the power of knowing to ensure the enduring future of human kind. The greatest era of exploration has just begun and our children can be a part of it.

Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

Autumn has officially begin and as we see the leaves start changing colours everywhere we tend to think the colours are there for our enjoyment, and they certainly do serve that purpose but the colours are doing something for the plant, or they wouldn’t be there.

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

The 38th consecutive annual survey of southern right whales and the resulting dataset is one of the longest such datasets available worldwide. This year the survey is being run in conjunction with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which has always provided a supportive logistical role in the past.

Five applications where plastic is not fantastic

Five applications where plastic is not fantastic

According to a recent survey South Africa is the world’s 11th worst offender when it comes to releasing plastic wastes into the sea. Even ahead of heavyweight polluter India! Among the top offenders are: ear buds, bottle lids, plastic straws, individual sweet wrappers and expanded polystyrene food packaging.

Whale Fall- the strange ecosystem in the ocean

Whale Fall- the strange ecosystem in the ocean

Whale Fall: A gift from above

 A single dead whale can nourish a specialized ecosystem that lasts for decades. Species similar to those at whale falls may have depended on dead marine reptiles for millions of years

The Vermont Salt Pan, a part of the greenbelt system, is also classified as critically endangered area.

The Vermont Salt Pan, a part of the greenbelt system, is also classified as critically endangered area.

Apart from the natural vegetation that these green belts protect, they are also home to numerous bird species and small animals with at least two  antelope species, mongoose, porcupine and caracal...

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