Archive | February, 2013
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Beautiful but dangerous… Photos needed!

Plans are afoot for a new set of ‘Beautiful but dangerous’ posters that will include more information and additional invasive alien plant species. Together with eThekwini Municipality, we have hit a problem – all of the original photos were from negatives! If you are willing to let us have your invasive alien plant photos, we can […]

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Carbon Tax 2015

The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan today announced plans to introduce a long-awaited carbon tax on 1 January 2015. Presenting the 2013 National Budget in the National Assembly on Thursday, Gordhan said carbon would be priced by way of a carbon tax at the rate of R120 per ton of CO2 equivalent. A tax-free exemption threshold of […]

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A green Internet revolution

The Umthombo Enviro Club at Umthombo Secondary School in Mpophomeni meets on a regular basis in one of the school’s classrooms. At their last meeting, the image of our planet Earth appeared on one of the cream-painted classroom walls courtesy of a projector linked to a laptop. The Google Earth image to be precise. The […]

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How do you know when limes are ready for harvesting?

My dad has a lime tree in the back garden that is covered in fruit. He wants to know when he should harvest them. I told him they didn’t get yellow and also didn’t get that large – any other tips?

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Sky Planter 2.0

I had a chance to construct my second Sky Planter over the weekend, with an orchid I received from Chris for Valentine’s Day (thanks!). I think it is even more effective than the first and is hanging in our bathroom, allowing us to wallow in the bath and look up at the flowers – excellent!  

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