Home' Greymouth Star : January 4th 2016 Contents Greymouth Star
Monday, January 4, 2016 - 5
Think local think James Print
Mackay Street, Greymouth P: 03 769 7929 F: 03 768 6205 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
An experiment in
regrowing forests of the
world’s oldest trees led
environmentalists this week
to climb a nine-storey tall,
2000-year-old cypress in
central Florida known as
After plucking cuttings
from her crown, climbers
packed them on ice and
shipped the specimens
overnight to the non-profit
Archangel Ancient Tree
Archive’s nursery in northern
Organisers hope to root the
clippings to grow genetically
identical trees that will
be replanted elsewhere in
Florida in an effort to grow a
new forest of giant cypresses.
The organisation is engaged
in similar projects in the
United States Pacific north-
west, Ireland and England to
preser ve the offspring of the
best sur viving specimens of
“If you ask any of us why
we’re doing it, it ’s for our
Milarch, co-founder of the
group, which aims to build
new forests of 200 clones
and younger trees to promote
cross-pollination and help
combat global warming said.
He said 98% of the United
State’s “old growth forest,”
or natural forest which has
sur vived at least 120 years,
has been destroyed.
That was nearly the fate of Lady
Liberty and a sister tree, called the
Senator, which was 3500 years old
and about 118 feet tall when it was
burned to the ground in 2012 by
Archangel took a cutting from
what remains of the Senator and
hopes to reroot it as well.
Trees bred from the Florida
cypress will be planted north of
Lady Liberty’s home near Orlando,
close to the Florida-Georgia
state line, to account for warming
“ It’s a valid attempt. It’s based
on sound science and professional
techniques. We have high hopes,”
Andrew Kittsley, a plant biologist
and the city of Orlando’s forestry
manager, who was one of the
climbers this week, said.
Archangel organisers since 2012
have been planting in Port Orford,
Oregon, what it calls a ‘super grove’
of cloned coast redwoods and giant
sequoias that were selected from
the best specimens in Oregon and
California, Milarch said.
Archangel has provided clones to
the environmental attraction called
the Eden Project in Cornwall,
England to start a redwood forest,
In Ireland, the group has
propagated specimens from ancient
oak trees that have been dying off,
he said. — Reuters
n a sprawling Cairo
neighbourhood known as the
City of the Dead, life and death
are side by side.
Amid a housing crisis in
Egypt, and with the population
of the capital estimated at 20 million,
thousands of people count themselves
lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home.
For some in the neighbourhood
of cemeteries, final resting place to
hundreds of thousands people over
centuries, the graves themselves provide
a livelihood: with people taking care of
tombs, digging new graves, or selling
flowers to visitors paying their respects
Others who live amid the tombstones
are copper workers and carpet makers,
their handiwork then sold in Khan al
Khalili, Cairo’s tourist market.
Some families have lived here,
away from the hustle and bustle of
the capital, and in a country with a
booming population of 90 million, for
three or more generations.
“ Living with the dead is very easy and
comfortable,” Nassra Muhamed Ali, 47,
says. “ It ’s the people who are living who
harm you. ”
Nassra, who lives there with her two
brothers and 16-year-old daughter, says
the relative peace and quiet of the area
has its downsides. Some from outside
the neighbourhood use the graves to
deal drugs, with theft also an issue, she
Her parents moved there after
they married and worked tending
the graveyards. Some moved to the
neighbourhood after they were forced
out from central Cairo in the 1950s.
It is the oldest burial site in the city,
dating back as long as 1000 years, near
the Al-Azhar Mosque. Those buried
there include famous actors, among
them Farid al-Atrash and his sister
Asmahan, who appeared in Egyptian
movies until the 1960s.
A caretaker typically gets £150
Egyptian ($19) for each new grave
dug for poor families, and between
£400 and £500 Egyptian from richer
customers, residents say. Of that, the
gravedigger then receives between £50
to £70 Egyptian.
The cemeteries also bring in money
for street vendors including a barber,
available to shave the residents before
Friday prayers, and a man selling fresh
vegetables from his horse and cart.
Another man on a motorbike sells milk.
Hisham, who makes carpets, came to
the area 45 years ago with his mother.
He has stayed in the cemetery ever
since and worked to provide his four
sons with an education. Ihab, one of
them, is now an IT graduate.
One woman said visiting her two
daughters, who live in shantytowns
on the outskirts of Cairo, makes her
appreciate the space and tranquility
of her home in the Necropolis all the
more. — Reuters
Living with the dead
A man sleeps between tombstones in front of his single-room home on a hot night in the Cairo Necropolis, known as the City of the Dead.
The 2000-year-old cypress tree in central Florida known as Lady Liberty.
Links Archive December 31st 2015 January 5th 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page