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EGAGASINI, ELWANDLE and uLWAZI NODES

An article titled Seabird, log bird was published in African Birdlife of February 22. The article is largely about the Atlas of Seabirds at Sea (known as AS@S) launched by BirdLife SouthAfrica and SAEON in 2009.

 

FYNBOS NODE

Dr Jasper Slingsby, a vegetation scientist at SAEON’s Fynbos Node, was quoted in a radio programme on Cape Talk, Afternoons with Pippa Hudson, on March 15. Listen to the podcast here .

Cape’s water plans go underground, published in Sunday Times on April 8, cites Dr Jasper Slingsby as saying the city was drilling in environmentally sensitive areas without knowing the potential long-term impacts. The article also mentions that Jasper believes the clearing of alien vegetation in water catchment areas would yield better results.

 

GRASSLANDS-FORESTS-WETLANDS NODE

An article titled Rains not enough, published in The Witness and News24 on April 18, cites SAEON researcher Michele Warburton, who has been monitoring the catchment areas in the Drakensberg: "We are concerned that the soil and ground water reserves that see us through the dry winter months have not been topped up enough this summer."

 

uLWAZI NODE

An article published in Energy Forecast of March 19, titled A renewed drive in the bioenergy industry, mentions the 2017 launch of South Africa’s first Bioenergy Atlas by the Department of Science and Technology, which has been welcomed by stakeholders as a critical resource in terms of moving the country towards a low-carbon economy. “The atlas was developed as a result of extensive research by the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The Bioenergy Atlas indicated that the country’s potential in bioenergy was higher than initially thought.”

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Business Insider of March 20 published an article titled This shocking satellite image of Mozambique shows that an area the size of Joburg remains under water. Satellite images in which Glenn Moncrieff, data scientist at SAEON's Fynbos Node, charted the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai were used to illustrate the article. Glenn compiled a time lapse of radar satellite images comparing the area around Beira in January, with what it looked like five days after the cyclone hit.

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