Why Natural Capital?

Once Seen as Too Remote to Harm, the Deep Sea is Facing New Pressures from Mining, Pollution, Overfishing & More

23rd June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia. “…Because life in the deep ocean is more sensitive to change than in the shallows, the smallest shift in pH, oxygen or temperature can have huge effects. Thus, one of the most serious concerns about the deep ocean is climate change. According to Andrew Thurber, an assistant professor… [more]

Socio-Cultural Values Of Natural Capital – Natural Capital Lab

23rd June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Natural Capital Lab.  “…I find that valuing the ecosystem services associated with them – namely Recreational and Cultural – quite challenging. As I indicated last month (albeit buried in the footnotes), I consider Recreational and Cultural ecosystem services to be “passive” consumptive services that should be exempt from… [more]

Mangroves, Coral Reefs Could Cut Flood Insurance Premiums Says Lloyd’s of London

16th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Reuters.  “Natural coastal habitats such as mangroves, coral reefs and salt marshes protect communities more effectively against coastal storms than seawalls, and insurers should consider this when pricing flood risk, Lloyd’s of London said. Investment to conserve natural habitats also makes sense for insurers, a report written for Lloyd’s… [more]

Financial Institutions & Markets that Fail to Understand Impacts & Dependencies on Ecology, Face Unnecessary Risk

16th June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceDirect. “Finance ignores ecosystems, which has resulted in a growing list of environmental and social problems. In this article, the importance of ecology for finance is assessed. We suggest The piece also suggests that the financial intermediation perspective can align finance and ecology for the benefit of society. This… [more]

Still Creek: A Case Study of Transboundary Municipal Ecosystem Governance

15th June 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ACT. “Climate change impacts such as flooding and extreme heat are projected to increase in BC over the next few decades and will be extremely costly for cities to manage. As well, species are struggling to adapt to changing weather patterns and climate extremes combined with the impacts of… [more]

Analysis: The Economic Value of Birds

15th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “For ornithologists, bird watchers, and many people who enjoy birds, the idea of calculating the economic value of birds as pest-control agents, pollinators, carcass cleaners, and various other ecosystem service providers may be off-putting. I still feel offended when anyone asks me: “Why should… [more]