Agriculture

Coupling of Pollination Services & Coffee Suitability Under Climate Change

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on npr.  “Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee.In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants’ yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont’s Gund… [more]

The Great Nutrient Collapse: The Atmosphere is Literally Changing the Food we Eat, for the Worse.

18th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Politico.  “Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Against a backdrop of glass containers glowing with bright… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [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]

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]

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]