Agriculture

Magpies Recruited to Safeguard Vineyards from Grape-Eating Birds

3rd July 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on New Scientist. “Bring in the big guns. Magpies are being lured in to help ward off smaller birds that feast on grapes. Fruit-eating birds like starlings, rosellas and thrushes cause substantial damage to Australian vineyards, in some cases munching through 80 per cent of the fruit. Farmers try to… [more]

Deforestation Blamed for Flooding that Washed Away 1% of Colombo Metro Area GDP

26th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Sunday Times.   “…As we discuss reforestation efforts in order to combat carbon emissions and increase resilience to natural disasters, it is important that the complex range of benefits provided by forests are understood. In addition to preventing landslides and reducing flood risk, forests play a crucial role… [more]

Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems: Balancing Food & Environmental Objectives

9th June 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. “Abstract: As our rapidly growing human population puts great demands on our agricultural production systems, we must promote management practices that balance both food and environmental objectives. We focus this literature review on farm management strategies that tighten nutrient cycles and maintain yields. We examined… [more]

Sustainable Entomology: How Insect Scientists Can Protect Our Planet

7th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Entomology Today. “…“Sustainable entomology” describes practicing any entomological discipline while incorporating sustainable practices and values. Sustainable entomology most obviously permeates integrated pest management (IPM). Prioritizing nonchemical controls assists with pesticide resistance management. This means pesticides for emergency situations retain efficacy further into the future. Reduction in pesticide use also… [more]

Scientists are Beginning to Understand the Conversation Between Plants & Soil

7th June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “To a child, soil is just dirt – a home for worms. To a gardener, soil is a collection of organic matter and nutrients. But to plants, soil is a hotbed of chemical activity. And plants don’t just observe, they actively participate in this activity. Plants release chemicals… [more]

Climate Change Set to Alter Flow of River Nile, on Which 400 Million People Depend

7th June 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Corporate Knights.  “…400 million people in 11 countries depend on the flow in the Nile basin. Many of them already live at water scarcity levels of below 1,000 cubic metres of water per person per year. By 2050, the population of the Nile basin will double, and start heading… [more]