Why Natural Capital?

South Indian Frog Oozes Molecule that Inexplicably Decimates Flu Viruses

26th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ars Technica.  “From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses. A compound in the frog’s mucus—long known to have germ-killing properties—can latch onto flu virus particles and cause them to burst apart, researchers report in Immunity. The peptide is a… [more]

Work With Nature, Don’t Dominate It

25th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “Journalist and environmentalist George Monbiot recently wrote a powerful polemic against the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital, arguing that they were leading us on a neoliberal “road to ruin”. In many cases nature is ignored or trumped by other economic or social priorities, or seen… [more]

The Economist Explains Why There is a Shortage of Sand

24th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Economist. “Sand is in high demand. In some parts of the world, people are going to increasingly great lengths to get their hands on the golden grains. A “sand mafia” in India intimidates locals in order to extract and transport the material. In Morocco and the Caribbean, thieves… [more]

When Landscapes Provide Wide Ranges of Ecosystem Services, Which Values Should Be Given Priority?

24th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

“This article was originally published on Threatened Species Recovery Hub.  “Threatened species are often found in landscapes where there are competing interests and views on how things should be managed. Different people place different values on different things. Farmers, foresters and conservationists, for example, would value things in a landscape from different perspectives. Who are… [more]

In Fewer Than Sixty Years Topsoil Will No Longer Support Agriculture in Parts of Africa, India, China & South America

24th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This excerpt was originally published on Popular Science. The following is an excerpt from The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. “It’s hard to believe that American society could possibly collapse because of a lack of soil. And it’s true that we in the States are blessed to live in a country so rich in… [more]

Opinion: Celebrating Salmon & Our Other Natural Capital

24th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Vancouver Sun.  “When I first moved to B.C. in 1979, the Strait of Georgia had such a thriving wild Pacific salmon population that The Vancouver Sun hosted an annual salmon-fishing derby, publicized as the “largest free derby of its type in the world.” It drew thousands of people… [more]