Agriculture

Pay More Attention to Forests to Avert Global Water Crisis, Researchers Urge

17th July 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Story highlights: According to a new report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like Australia’s Murray Darling basin — but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the… [more]

Crop Irrigation Affects Local Cloud Formation Say Atmospheric Scientists

12th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Can crop irrigation affect the clouds that form high above farm fields? Indeed it can, say atmospheric scientists. Agricultural irrigation to meet a growing demand for food is adding significant amounts of water to the land surface and altering regional land use and land cover. These changes affect lower atmosphere circulation, potentially… [more]

Economic Value of Bat Predation Services In South African Macadamia Orchards

12th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights Stink bug damage causes losses to the South African macadamia industry of US$600 per ha per annum. Loss of bats in macadamia orchards would result in a 9–23% increase in stinkbug damage. Stink bug predation by bats save South African macadamia farmers 0.5–1.3% of annual production. These values fall… [more]

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water & Improve Nutrition

6th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org “India will need to feed approximately 394 million more people by 2050, and that’s going to be a significant challenge. Nutrient deficiencies are already widespread in India today—30 percent or more are anemic—and many regions are chronically water-stressed. Making matters worse, evidence suggests that monsoons are delivering less… [more]

Massive Southeast Asian Deforestation Raises Questions About Key Assumptions Made in Climate Change Projections

4th July 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions made in projections of global climate change as well as concerns about environmental… [more]

Operationalising the Natural Capital Protocol for Land-Based Businesses

3rd July 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Natural Capital Initiative.  “Dialogue session in Edinburgh, June 2018 The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) organised a dialogue session to exchange experiences of using the Natural Capital Protocol in land-based businesses. We are now pleased to share the presentations from our dialogue! In our dialogue, we showcased finding from a Crown… [more]