Ecosystem Services

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]

Saving Seagrasses from Dredging – New Research Finds Solutions

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Timing of dredging is the key to helping preserve one of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems—seagrass meadows, a new study led by QUT researchers has found. The study, published overnight in Nature Communications, was led by QUT researchers in collaboration with seagrass experts at Edith Cowan and James… [more]

The Added Value of Including Key Microbial Traits to Determine Nitrogen-Related Ecosystem Services in Managed Grasslands

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: Despite playing central roles in nutrient cycles and plant growth, soil microbes are generally neglected in the study of ecosystem services (ES), due to difficulties to assess their diversity and functioning. However, to overcome these hurdles, new conceptual approaches and modern tools now… [more]

These Mussels Could be Key to Decontaminating New York City’s Dirty Waters

15th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in ScienceMag.  “The waterways of New York City are famously dirty: They’re full of everything from cigarette butts to runoff from wastewater treatment plants. Fish and plants are literally choked out as algae, which thrive in the nutrient-rich waters, use up all the available oxygen. Now, a team of scientists… [more]

Money Might Grow on Trees: Investing in Natural Capital to Improve Resilience

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published at Aldersgate Group.  “As the full extent of the damages from recent natural disasters are calculated across the Caribbean and the Southern United States and Lloyds of London begins paying out $4.5bn of claims, there is a stronger argument than ever to invest in natural capital as a way of improving… [more]

How Industrialisation Affects Nature’s Service Sector – The Economist

13th November 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in The Economist.  “…Long-term records of ecosystem services rendered by nature are hard to come by. In rich countries, chances are some environmental agency might have partial data going back to the 1950s. In poorer ones, official figures are virtually non-existent. Fortunately, some services, such as ensuring water quality and… [more]