Climate Change

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]

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [more]

UK Labour Party Vows to Factor Climate Change Risk into Economic Forecasts

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The risk posed by climate change would be factored into projections from the government’s independent economic forecaster if Labour took office, the shadow chancellor will announce on Tuesday. John McDonnell will highlight the human and economic costs of manmade climate change, calling it the “greatest single public challenge” and say… [more]

Sustainable Finance: Can Socially Responsible Investing Mitigate Climate Change?

3rd November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Open Democracy.  “For as long as we live in a capitalist financial system, someone is going to profit while someone else is going to pay. Is it not better that they profit from financing lung cancer breakthroughs rather than tobacco outfitters; from investing in low carbon engines rather than… [more]

Bring Politics of Biodiversity at Same Level as Climate Change – UNEP

3rd November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Rappler.  “United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, challenged countries to bring the politics of biodiversity at the same level as climate change by 2020. Solheim is in Manila for the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory… [more]

Exploring Connections Among Nature, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, & Human Health & Wellbeing: Opportunities to Enhance Health & Biodiversity Conservation

1st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services. Highlights Evidence links biodiversity to ecosystem services (ES) and health to nature exposure. A few novel studies link biodiversity exposure to improved health and well-being. We provide a comprehensive summary of health effects of ES, nature and biodiversity. Future research should address causation of health benefits and action… [more]