Why Natural Capital?

In the Wild, Diversity is as Important to Ecosystem Production as Climate & Nutrients

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the Smithsonian.  “Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity’s best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes. However, many experts doubted whether these experiments would hold up in the real world. A study offers… [more]

Implementing & Managing Urban Forests: A Much Needed Conservation Strategy to Increase Ecosystem Services & Urban Wellbeing

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modelling. Highlights: Megacities are a form of nature, and they host nearly 10% of the human population. Urban tree services include pollution removal, energy savings, and carbon sequestration. Managing urban trees is a nature conservation strategy delivering non-negligible benefits. Benefits from urban forests are modeled and assessed as decreased economic costs. “Abstract: Megacities… [more]

Meet the Latest Recruit to the UK Flood Defence Team: the Beaver

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published by the Guardian. “Beavers could be put to work building dams to stop a village from flooding in the Forest of Dean, in what would be the first such scheme on government land.The Forestry Commission has been an enthusiastic advocate for the release of a family of beavers into a large… [more]

Scientists Say Damage to Florida’s Coral Reef has Made the State More Vulnerable to Storm Surges – Washington Post

13th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Washington Post.  “As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef. At 360 miles long, the Florida Reef Tract… [more]

Seagrasses Help Fight Climate Change in Norway

13th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on GRID-ARENDAL. “Human activity releases 9.9 Gt of carbon every year. That’s 9,900,000,000 tonnes – equivalent to emissions from 2 billion passenger cars for one year. For perspective, there are just over a billion cars on the road in the world today. What is the atmosphere doing with all of this… [more]

Landscape Greening & Local Creation of Wildflower Strips & Hedgerows Promote Multiple Ecosystem Services

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: The explicit and implicit aims of creating ecological focus areas (EFAs) and implementing greening measures in European agro-ecosystems include the promotion of regulatory ecosystem services (ES) to sustain crop production in conventional cropping systems. However, the extent to which these goals are achieved with… [more]