Why Natural Capital?

UK Parks Save NHS More Than £111m A Year, Study Suggests

8th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The UK’s parks save the NHS more than £111m a year, according to a report. Regular users of parks and green spaces are likely to be healthier and make fewer visits to their GP, research by Fields in Trust suggests. The charity estimates such spaces provide more than £34bn… [more]

Polluting Our Soils is Polluting Our Future

8th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  “Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. Soils affect the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our health and the health of all organisms on the… [more]

Forest Loss Leads to Local Climate Change Effect in Borneo

4th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Landscape News.  “If you have ever perspired under the sun in the tropics and then experienced the welcome crispness of the shade offered by the leafy boughs of a tree, the focus of a new study by scientists at the University of Queensland and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences clearly linking forest loss… [more]

Philadelphia Will Use Mussels As Natural Water-Treatment Plants in National First

4th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “In a first for the nation, Philadelphia officials have launched the first city-owned mussel hatchery as part of an effort to improve water quality in the Delaware River Basin. WHYY’s PlanPhilly reports the city and five organizations committed Tuesday to create the hatchery and raise millions of baby… [more]

Resurrecting the Riverkeepers: Freshwater Mussels

4th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on bioGraphic. “…North America hosts the richest variety of freshwater mussels in the world, and the epicenter for this biodiversity is in the southeastern United States. In surveys, biologists have found more species in a few square meters of the Tennessee River than are found in all of Europe. The… [more]

Planting Trees Provides the Most Practical Way of Alleviating the Heat in Sweltering Cities

2nd May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Trees cool their environment, and so-called “heat islands” like Munich benefit from it. However, the degree of cooling depends greatly on the tree species and the local conditions. In a recent study, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) compared two species of urban trees. It is… [more]