A Road Map for Nature-Based Solutions in the Sustainable Development Goals

14th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Landscape News.  “Our planet needs solutions to halt the decline of biodiversity, pollution of waterways, and to meet the nutrition, education and energy needs of a growing population. Such a call to action is at the heart of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a globally agreed set of… [more]

Climate Change Impacts on Selected Global Rangeland Ecosystem Services

11th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Change Biology.  “Abstract: Rangelands are Earth’s dominant land cover and are important providers of ecosystem services. Reliance on rangelands is projected to grow, thus understanding the sensitivity of rangelands to future climates is essential. We used a new ecosystem model of moderate complexity that allows, for the first time,… [more]

Mammal Diversity May Increase Carbon Storage in Rainforests

6th December 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Having a diverse mix of mammals may play a more pivotal role than expected in the carbon cycle of tropical forests, by feeding microbes that lock the carbon from food scraps in the soil. Hundreds of indigenous research technicians collected data for this study across an area roughly… [more]

Greater London Authority Releases Natural Capital Account for London

24th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was prepared for the Greater London Authority, the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Executive Summary “Context: Londoners live in one of the greenest cities of its size in the world. They have access to an extensive network of public parks and green spaces, though this access varies locally. A greater understanding… [more]

The Importance of Biodiversity in Forests Could Increase Due to Climate Change

22nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on  “Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they have a diversity of trees, according to a new study. As a second study demonstrates, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature conservation—several… [more]

Plant Respiration Could Become a Bigger Feedback on Climate Than Expected

22nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.  “New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that, as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due… [more]