Why Natural Capital?

Carbon Dioxide Pollution is Making Rice Less Nutritious & Could Stunt Growth in Millions of Children, Finds Study

25th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Independent. “Experiments on staple crop for two billion people reveal ‘underappreciated risk of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation’ As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere goes up, the nutritional value of rice will go down, according to an international team of scientists. The finding has serious implications for the health and early development… [more]

Long-Term Study Reveals One Invasive Insect Can Change A Forest Bird Community

24th May 2018
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This article was originally published on ScienceDaily.  “Eastern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications presents some of the best long-term data showing how the decline of a single tree species (eastern hemlock) leads to the disappearance of birds specialized to… [more]

Humans Just 0.01% of All Life But Have Destroyed 83% of Wild Mammals – Study

23rd May 2018
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This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the… [more]

Beavers Do Dam Good Work Cleaning Water, Research Reveals

22nd May 2018
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This article was originally published on Phys.org “Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. The study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have… [more]

How Planting Trees Can Protect Cocoa Plants Against Climate Change

21st May 2018
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This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions – attributed in large part to climate change. Chocolate, one of the most popular and widely consumed… [more]

Melbourne’s Water Supply At Risk Due to ‘Collapse’ of Forests Caused by Logging

18th May 2018
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This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Melbourne’s water supply is at risk because decades of logging and forest loss from large bushfires has triggered the imminent collapse of the mountain ash forests in Victoria’s central highlands, ecologists have said. The Victorian government was warned of the likelihood of ecosystem collapse by Australian National University researches… [more]