Cities

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

18th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

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]

Nature is Our Strongest Ally in Ensuring Global Water Security

15th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The European Sting.  “Cape Town has many identities, including tourist mecca, economic hub and biodiversity hotspot. But its newest identity as poster child for the global water crisis might eclipse the rest. The city’s extraordinary efforts may keep its taps flowing – for now – but the emergency is… [more]

Natural Capital & the Poor in England: Towards An Environmental Justice Analysis of Ecosystem Services in a High Income Country

10th May 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Landscape and Urban Planning Highlights Social inequality is evident in the distribution of a wide range of natural capital. Severity of deprivation is highest on average in coastal districts. Further understanding of the social distribution of the benefits generated by natural capital is required. This can inform land planning and management… [more]

Philadelphia Bets Millions That Restoring Mussels in the Delaware River Basin Can Improve Water Quality

9th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on State Impact. “Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. Working together, they can dramatically clean the water of the rivers they live in. But the Delaware River Basin is running out of them. And the ones left… [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]

Creaking Cities & Vanishing Ecosystems: The Case of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

26th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on India Water Portal.  “Ecosystems are complex functioning units that include living as well as non living entities and build on interdependent relationships among these living resources, surrounding habitats and residents of an area. Thus, they can include plants, trees, animals, fish, birds, microorganisms, water bodies, soil and people. Ecosystems can… [more]