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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...

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

The red tide currently visible in Walker Bay are harmful to mussels and filter organisms such as red bait and oysters  but it does not pose any danger to people swimming in the ocean. It’s a non-toxic species, but if the concentration becomes too high, it could cause fish mortalities through bloom decay and anoxia.

Members of the public are asked to call the department’s Red Tide Information answering service on (021) 434 4457 to get updates on the tide’s status.
 Author of 'Jaws,' regretted making the great white shark into a villain

Author of 'Jaws,' regretted making the great white shark into a villain

Peter Benchley, whose 1974 novel "Jaws" turned shark attacks into a national obsession and who later used what he called his "fish story" to help promote oceanic conservation.Mr. Benchley, who even found himself enduring the wrath of Jacques Cousteau, said repeatedly in later years that he regretted making the great white shark into a villain.

Virga is rain that does not reach the ground

Virga is rain that does not reach the ground

Virga is rain that evaporates before it reaches the ground. It appears in streaks or shafts extending from the bottoms of clouds. You often see virga over a desert, where low humidity and high temperatures can cause rain to evaporate high in the sky.

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Scientists think rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, light brought on by climate change may be behind chemical changes in the bark of cork oaks.

Abalone - the mollusk we will soon only see on a postcard

Abalone - the mollusk we will soon only see on a postcard

Abalone is shellfish of the univalve family, meaning they have only one shell, unlike bivalves such as clams that consists of 2 shells. Most abalone lives in shallow waters and grows very slowly.

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