Biodiversity

Researchers Want to Breed the World’s Hardiest Corals in Labs & Return them to the Sea to Multiply

21st September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The New York Times. “As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions. On the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia — After a plunge beneath the crystal-clear water to… [more]

Environmental Accounts Promise Big Changes for Water & Forests in Australia

20th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This podcast was originally published on ABC Radio.  “As Australia’s biodiversity is increasingly threatened and environmental pressures continue to get worse, it’s long been proposed that part of the solution is valuing ‘natural capital’ — things like clean air, water, healthy soils and environmental assets like forests. A framework for a national system of environmental… [more]

When it Comes to the Threat of Extinction, Size Matters

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Animals in the Goldilocks zone—neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size—face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. Reporting today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers who determined… [more]

The Healing Power of Venom

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Wall Street Journal. “Scientists are turning toxins from scorpions, snakes and spiders into treatments for diseases including diabetes and cancer Scorpions to help us fight cancer? It isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Scientists are at work on a “tumor paint” known as BLZ-100, derived from scorpion venom. The… [more]

Identifying Business Needs for Dealing with Biodiversity in Natural Capital Assessments

19th September 2017
Published under: Events

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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]