Ecosystem Services

Measuring the Role of Seagrasses in Regulating Sediment Surface Elevation

21st September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published in Scientific Report.  “Abstract: Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbon’ habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A… [more]

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]

Wetlands Could Save Cities – & Money, Too – Scientific American

20th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports. As Houston begins recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, a new storm threat—Hurricane Irma—is barreling west towards the Caribbean and Florida. We have few defenses against hurricanes’ lashing… [more]

When it Comes to the Threat of Extinction, Size Matters

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Animals in the Goldilocks zone—neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size—face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. Reporting today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers who determined… [more]

The Healing Power of Venom

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Wall Street Journal. “Scientists are turning toxins from scorpions, snakes and spiders into treatments for diseases including diabetes and cancer Scorpions to help us fight cancer? It isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Scientists are at work on a “tumor paint” known as BLZ-100, derived from scorpion venom. The… [more]

Microbial Mass Movements Could Change Ecosystem Services in Unpredictable Ways

19th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Science.  “For several billion years, microorganisms and the genes they carry have mainly been moved by physical forces such as air and water currents. These forces generated biogeographic patterns for microorganisms that are similar to those of animals and plants. In the past 100 years, humans have changed these… [more]