Coastal Communities

The Unappreciated Economic Value of Environmental Stewardship

5th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Anthropocene Magazine.  “Think about the ways that nature generates economic value. Resources probably jump to mind first: lumber to be harvested, fish to be caught commercially. Then recreational hunting and fishing, and ecotourism too. If you’re of an ecomodernist bent, there’s the value of ecosystem services such as clean… [more]

By 2100, Damaged Corals May Let Waves Twice As Tall As Today’s Reach Coasts

6th March 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “A complex coral reef full of nooks and crannies is a coastline’s best defense against large ocean waves. But coral die-offs over the next century could allow taller waves to penetrate the corals’ defenses, simulations suggest. A new study finds that at some Pacific Island sites, waves reaching… [more]

Natural Coastal Defences Offer More Than Protection From Extreme Weather Events; They Also Help Create Ecosystems

21st February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “As sea levels rise and coastal communities face the threat of erosion and flooding, coastal defence structures, often built with concrete, have become the norm in many parts of the world. But these hard engineered structures, like seawalls, breakwaters and groynes, are both expensive and bad for the… [more]

Nature Knows Best: How Working With Wetlands Can Reduce Flood Risks in Cities

2nd February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published by WWF.  “This week, the rising waters of the Seine caused a partial closure of the Louvre in Paris and flooded social media with yet more photographs of boats sailing along inundated city streets. Last year, massive floods in cities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal had a far more tragic impact, killing… [more]

Mechanisms & Risk of Cumulative Impacts to Coastal Ecosystem Services: An Expert Elicitation Approach

24th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Nereus Program.  “Coastal ecosystems are among some of the most populated ecosystems on earth. Human activities degrade and convert coastal ecosystems through infrastructure development, resource extraction, and tourism, among other anthropogenic activities. There is an urgency to gain a comprehensive understanding of how human activities/stressors impact coastal ecosystems and… [more]

Wetlands Could Save Cities – & Money, Too – Scientific American

20th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports. As Houston begins recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, a new storm threat—Hurricane Irma—is barreling west towards the Caribbean and Florida. We have few defenses against hurricanes’ lashing… [more]