Water

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [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]

Two Years After California’s Biggest Dam Removal, Fish Rebound

31st October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Water Deeply.  “In 2015 the San Clemente Dam was demolished, in part to restore the watershed and protect endangered steelhead trout. Now scientists are studying the impacts and the findings have them optimistic about the future. At a time when California was suffering from a record-breaking drought, removing a dam would… [more]

Natural Climate Solutions

30th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in PNAS.  “Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage… [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]

Rethinking Performance Assessments for Businesses

26th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Featured,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on DNV GL. “A year ago in London, the Natural Capital Coalition launched a universal protocol for businesses to measure and value their impacts and dependencies on nature. Why is the ‘Natural Capital Protocol’ such a vital step in transforming business for tomorrow’s world? Indeed, in a market-based, trade-deregulated, technology-empowered, globalized, constantly… [more]