Carbon

Implementing & Managing Urban Forests: A Much Needed Conservation Strategy to Increase Ecosystem Services & Urban Wellbeing

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modelling. Highlights: Megacities are a form of nature, and they host nearly 10% of the human population. Urban tree services include pollution removal, energy savings, and carbon sequestration. Managing urban trees is a nature conservation strategy delivering non-negligible benefits. Benefits from urban forests are modeled and assessed as decreased economic costs. “Abstract: Megacities… [more]

Seagrasses Help Fight Climate Change in Norway

13th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on GRID-ARENDAL. “Human activity releases 9.9 Gt of carbon every year. That’s 9,900,000,000 tonnes – equivalent to emissions from 2 billion passenger cars for one year. For perspective, there are just over a billion cars on the road in the world today. What is the atmosphere doing with all of this… [more]

Are Seagrass Meadows the Key to Carbon Storage?

5th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Particle.  “Under the sea exists a lifeform vital to the health of marine ecosystems and beneficial to humans. It’s not sharks, which keep food chains in balance. And it’s not coral reefs, which are the most biodiverse marine ecosystems. It’s grass. Well, seagrass. Which is a flowering plant, more like a… [more]

A Clever Way to Conserve Forests

4th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Jstor Daily.  “As climate change looms, economists and scientists continue to seek ways to reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere. There is a lot of research into ways we can preserve our modern way of life while reducing carbon emissions, especially in the already-developed world. Sometimes a low-tech approach… [more]

Every Street Tree in New York City Has Been Mapped

4th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This map has been developed by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “The urban jungle generates $110 million in yearly ecological benefits. Among the fascinating things you’ll learn are that the city’s 680,000 mapped trees are much more than pretty providers of shade. Their ecological benefits include intercepting storm water, conserving energy, removing pollutants from the air,… [more]

The Outsized Role of Soil Microbes

30th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Many complexities of the carbon sequestration process remain poorly understood, despite years of research and the significant impact of this process on global climate. Now, three scientists have proposed a new approach to better understand the role of soil organic matter in long-term carbon storage and its response to changes… [more]