Why Natural Capital?

The Human Relationship to Natural Capital

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Sustainability Hub Norway. “Throughout time, humanity has affected the natural world. Though partly a symbiotic relationship, it is obvious that as early humans (be it Homo Neanderthalensis, Homo Erectus or Homo Sapiens) spread, they changed the lay of the land and the prevalence of species. There is historical proof… [more]

Avian Ecosystem Services

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Cats&Birds.  “The services birds provide to our environment and to people are hugely significant. From dispersing seeds and predating insects, to cycling nutrients and air purification, birds play environmental roles as predators, pollinators, scavengers, seed dispersers, seed predators, and ecosystem engineers. Scientists group the services into four categories: supporting,… [more]

The Big Payoff From Restoring Coastal Wetlands When Hurricanes Strike

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on News Deeply. Marine scientist Michael Beck says that an analysis of hurricane-related economic losses shows that conserving and restoring coastal reefs, wetlands and mangroves can prevent flooding and save hundreds of millions of dollars. “In just two weeks, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, killing at least 70 people on the Gulf Coast,… [more]

Healthy Soils Can Boost Food Security & Climate Resilience for Millions

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  “Tougou village in northern Burkina Faso has a challenging climate for farming. During the dry season, which lasts from November to May, the Harmattan blows — a dry, dusty wind coming in from the Sahara. Drought alternates with periods of flooding, sapping soil fertility and destroying crops. Despite… [more]

To Tree or Not to Tree: Cultural Views from Ancient Romans to Modern Ecologists

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the journal Ecosystems. “Few things are more defining in a landscape compared to the absence or presence of trees, both in aesthetic and in functional terms. At the same time, tree cover has been profoundly affected by humans since ancient times. It is therefore not surprising that opinions about… [more]

US $1 trillion Infrastructure Plan Program Must Include Green Infrastructure

8th September 2017
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This article was originally published on Minnpost. “Natural assets – “green infrastructure” – can provide communities with invaluable ecosystem services that clean our air, filter our water, mitigate natural disasters and improve our quality of life. The Trump administration has called for a major investment in infrastructure. That includes systems that handle our rainfall and melted snow, such… [more]