Why Natural Capital?

American Kestrels Provide Important Ecosystem Services to US Agriculture

15th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “America’s smallest raptor, the American kestrel, can boost economies in Michigan and other fruit-growing states, new research shows. It’s the first study to measure regional job creation aided by the activity of native predators. American kestrels range from Alaska to South America. They dine on bugs, small mammals… [more]

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

14th May 2018
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This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were smuggled out of Syria as the bombs fell. When a team of researchers set… [more]

WSJ: Catastrophe Losses Have ‘All But Wiped Out Profits’ For Reinsurers

14th May 2018
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This article was originally published on the Wall Street Journal.  “One morning last September, Dwayne Elgin unbolted the front door of his home on the island of St. Martin and gazed upon a wasteland of flipped cars, uprooted trees and flattened homes. Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, had laid waste to the Caribbean island… [more]

The Secret Agents Protecting Our Crops & Gardens

14th May 2018
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This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “Insect pests cause a huge amount of damage to crops globally. In Australia alone, pests are responsible for around A$360 million of crop losses a year. Controlling pest outbreaks is crucial for food security and human health. Since the 1940s, our primary defence against crop pests has been synthetic pesticides. But… [more]

A Win-Win for Wine: Inter-row Vegetation Tackles Soil Erosion Without Sacrificing Quality of Grapes

14th May 2018
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This article was originally published on Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Inter-row vegetation in vineyards can help tackle soil erosion without sacrificing the quality of grapes. Associate Editor, Peter Manning (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Centre) discusses the recent Review by Winter et al., Effects of vegetation management intensity on biodiversity and ecosystem services in vineyards: A meta‐analysis. When we… [more]

Almost One Thousand Hectares of Cultivated Land, & the Ecosystem Services They Provide, Continue To Be Lost Each Year

11th May 2018
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This article was originally published on Phys.org “Each year almost one thousand hectares of cultivated land continue to be lost, thereby wiping out numerous services delivered by the soil, such as filtering water and storing carbon, which are central for our society’s wellbeing. The National Research Programme “Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource” (NRP… [more]