The fynbos vegetation that historically clothed the slopes of Table Mountain is highly inflammable. This has been worsened by the spread of alien trees that burn more intensely than the fynbos.
Fire hazards are influenced by three factors: weather, an ignition source and fuel loads. The first two are unpredictable. But fuel loads can be managed.
Cape Town’s new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
These plants play a crucial role in a delicate ecosystem. If Cape Beech trees or in fact other native tree species are wiped out, that whole ecosystem shifts.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.
The number of Cape Rockjumpers’ are declining and the reason might be the weather.
Invasive plants have an impact on native species and unless these factors are properly understood, it is difficult to predict what sort of impact invasive plants will have.
The rooibos industry has been accompanied by dispossession and adversity stretching back over centuries.
A tall grass-like plant in the Western Cape has managed to dupe dung beetles into rolling and spreading its seeds.
Restoring habitats have numerous benefits, they can also benefit humanity. But it is for people to be convinced that they can actually do good.
Given the global commitment to conserve biodiversity in the face of climate change, it is important to understand how biodiversity arises in the first place – and how it is maintained.
South Africa’s pied crows are moving to areas where the climate suits them more.