Scientists Say Damage to Florida’s Coral Reef has Made the State More Vulnerable to Storm Surges – Washington Post

13th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Washington Post.  “As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef. At 360 miles long, the Florida Reef Tract… [more]

Open Source GIS Tools Helping To Save Mangrove Forests

18th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Directions Magazine.  “At the end of the Baja Peninsula between the states of Sinaloa and Nayarit lies the Marismas Nacionales,or National Marshes, the largest intact mangrove forest on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The ecosystem services provided by these hundreds of square miles of mangrove forests are important to… [more]

Holistic Management Makes Ecosystems Healthier, People Wealthier

9th June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on “Economists agree that natural ecosystems store large quantities of wealth, but the challenge of measuring that wealth has prevented it from being included in typical accounting systems. A new Yale-led study tackles this challenge by recognizing the value of “natural capital” assets—such as groundwater or fish species—and connecting… [more]

Quantifying the Use & Availability of Marine Ecosystem Services for Humans

2nd May 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The European Commission’s science and knowledge service. “The seas provide a wealth of ecosystem services that support the economy and human well-being, including food provision, climate regulation, coastal protection from storms, water purification and recreational activities. To date, sustainable management of these services has been hampered by the fact they… [more]

Natural Capital Valuation and Protection of Marine Megafauna

26th April 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on La Paz Group.  “…In February of this year, the Government of Indonesia granted full protection to manta rays within its nearly 6 million square kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ), making it the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays. This reverses the trend of the past three decades wherein Indonesia… [more]

Pollution, Habitat Loss, Fishing, & Climate Change as Critical Threats to Penguins

25th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Wiley Online Library. “Abstract: Cumulative human impacts across the world’s oceans are considerable. We therefore examined a single model taxonomic group, the penguins (Spheniscidae), to explore how marine species and communities might be at risk of decline or extinction in the southern hemisphere. We sought to determine the most important… [more]