Climate Change

Integrating Multiple Wetland Values into Decision-Making

20th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This brief was developed by Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Policy Recommendations:  To achieve wise use, and for wetlands to contribute fully to sustainable development, policy-makers and practitioners (such as site managers) should recognize the multiple values of wetlands, and reflect them in their decisions, policies and actions. Assessments of the multiple values of wetlands must… [more]

Coupling of Pollination Services & Coffee Suitability Under Climate Change

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on npr.  “Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee.In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants’ yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont’s Gund… [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]

Sustainable Insurance: The Emerging Agenda for Supervisors and Regulators

11th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was developed by The Sustainable Insurance Forum, The UN Environment Inquiry & UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance. Executive Summary:  “Key sustainability factors are now recognized as potentially significant for the success, safety and soundness of the insurance sector – inspiring reactions by supervisors and regulators. In its role as risk manager, risk carrier and investor,… [more]

A Framework to Quantify the Strength of Ecological Links Between an Environmental Stressor & Final Ecosystem Services

8th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecosphere, an Ecological Society of America Open Access Journal.  “Anthropogenic stressors such as climate change, increased fire frequency, and pollution drive shifts in ecosystem function and resilience. Scientists generally rely on biological indicators of these stressors to signal that ecosystem conditions have been altered. However, these biological indicators are… [more]

Climate Change is a Bigger Threat than Any Military — the US Budget Should Reflect This

7th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Hill.  “With the prospect of needing to find billions for recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Congress is heading back to D.C. to vote on raising the debt ceiling. Yet what ought to be a set of straightforward tasks — avoid defaulting on the national debt and shutting down the… [more]