Pollution

Air Pollution Battle is Crucial to China’s Public Health, Study Says

13th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “China’s measures to improve air quality are working, but more stringent policies should be put in place to safeguard public health, a new study has shown. Air pollution in China, especially in mega-metropolitan areas, is a matter of concern due to its impact on public health. The study,… [more]

Climate Change Already Damaging Health of Millions Globally, Report Finds

31st October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Heatwaves, pollution and disease are the main health issues linked to global warming but action to halt emissions would deliver huge benefits. The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed.Heatwaves are affecting… [more]

Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure

3rd October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Fast Company.  “Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality. Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city.… [more]

Filling New York Harbor with Millions of Oysters to Fight Pollution

28th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Crain’s.  “Nearly every weekday trucks pick up 4 tons of oyster shells from 70 restaurants across the city for the Billion Oyster Project. Peter Malinowski and a team of students and employees use them—an estimated one-tenth of the total amassed in the city each week—to build reefs and nurture… [more]

Efforts to Reduce Pollution from Agriculture Slowly Paying Off

21st September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study found that that depending on the type of terrain, efforts to reduce algae-causing nutrients… [more]

Implementing & Managing Urban Forests: A Much Needed Conservation Strategy to Increase Ecosystem Services & Urban Wellbeing

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modelling. Highlights: Megacities are a form of nature, and they host nearly 10% of the human population. Urban tree services include pollution removal, energy savings, and carbon sequestration. Managing urban trees is a nature conservation strategy delivering non-negligible benefits. Benefits from urban forests are modeled and assessed as decreased economic costs. “Abstract: Megacities… [more]