Carbon Sink

Looking to Nature for Solutions

19th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Nature News & Views. “As a climate solution, nature should  be a no-brainer. Forests and other  ecosystems store carbon, harbour  biodiversity, regulate rainfall, sustain  livelihoods, support water and food security, and buffer communities from climate  change impacts. They are ubiquitous, self- replicating, and need little maintenance or  technological development. And yet the  adoption of natural climate solutions… [more]

COP23: Leaders Vie for Protection of ‘Incredibly Important’ African Peatland

22nd November 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay. Highlights:  The presence of the world’s biggest tropical peatland was recently confirmed in Central Africa. It is the size of England and straddles the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (ROC). However, conservationists and scientists worry it may be at… [more]

Don’t Convert Africa’s Savanna to Agricultural Land – Scientific American

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

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “To feed the increasing number of Africans who are poor, hungry and malnourished, during the launch of the Transformation of the African Savannah Initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina proposed developing Africa’s 400 million hectares of cultivatable savanna lands. The soils are healthy there and… [more]

Indonesians Plant Trees to Nurse Seagrass Back to Health in Wakatobi

2nd November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Highlights: Long understudied and misunderstood, seagrass is now being recognized for its importance around the world as a carbon sink but also as an essential part of people’s daily lives. But it is also being lost at an incredibly fast rate, equal to the loss of rainforests, according… [more]

Ecosystem Services Provided by Biocrusts: From Ecosystem Functions to Social Values

27th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Arid Environments. “Abstract: Dryland ecosystems usually show low productivity, considerable water losses and land degradation problems associated with soil erosion. Most bare-looking areas in these ecosystems are covered by biocrusts, which represent an important nitrogen and carbon sink and provide essential ecosystem services. However, until now no studies analyzed the role of biocrusts… [more]

How Carbon Farming Could Halt Climate Change

23rd August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The New Food Economy.  Soil holds more carbon than the atmosphere and all vegetation combined. But who’s going to convince more farmers to farm with carbon levels in mind? “We can’t say we weren’t warned. For years, scientists have argued that human civilization must prevent the planet’s average annual temperature… [more]