Extreme Weather

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]

As Communities Rebuild After Disaster, We Must Keep Nature in Mind

1st November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “Three record-breaking hurricanes recently cut a swath of devastation through the Caribbean and southern United States. The economic and human toll has dominated the headlines, and rightfully so. Nowhere is that more evident than in the tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Puerto Rico. After hurricane-strength winds lashed… [more]

Canadian Cities Are Counting on Nature – & It’s Paying Off

31st October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Globe and Mail. “This has been a record year of extreme and unusual weather events around the world. Thousands of people from B.C. to California have fled their homes as fires raged. Floods, which account for 47 per cent of weather-related disasters, have brought landslides, death and destruction… [more]

Future Impacts of Drivers of Change on Wetland Ecosystem Services in Colombia

30th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Environmental Change. Highlights:  We assessed the capacity of 19 wetland types to deliver ecosystem services. We identified major drivers of land-use change and their impacts on wetlands. Wetland decision-making may be improved by utilizing national ES maps provided by knowledgeable experts. Stakeholder participation should be considered as the next… [more]

The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Flood Damage Reduction in the Northeastern USA

11th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Nature.  “Abstract: As exposure to coastal hazards increases there is growing interest in nature-based solutions for risk reduction. This study uses high-resolution flood and loss models to quantify the impacts of coastal wetlands in the northeastern USA on (i) regional flood damages by Hurricane Sandy and (ii) local annual… [more]

Destruction of Mumbai’s Natural Capital Will Lead to ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences If Serious Cyclone Were to Strike

10th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says Sobel, because the city is very low-lying, heavily developed right to the shore, and densely populated. “That’s exactly the recipe for an awful disaster: high vulnerability and low awareness of the risk. Emergency planning… [more]