Conservation

Are We Restoring the Everglades Just So The Ocean Can Swallow It Back Up?

19th October 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Are we restoring the Everglades just so the ocean can swallow a lot of it back up? Eighteen years into the multibillion-dollar restoration of the Everglades, a scientific review committee called Wednesday for a broad re-examination of future projects in light of the changing climate and rising oceans.… [more]

Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants

19th October 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “They don’t make the headlines the way charismatic animals such as rhinos and elephants do. But there are thousands of critically endangered plants in the world, and a determined group of botanists are ready to go to great lengths to save them. To save plants that… [more]

Maximizing the Carbon & Biodiversity Benefits of Restoration Along Rivers & Streams

10th October 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Restoring forests has become a world-wide strategy for simultaneously addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity conservation. In a new study, scientists at Point Blue Conservation Science assessed how successful restoration efforts in California’s Central Valley were at these two goals. Key among the findings was the… [more]

Primary Tropical Forests Are Best But Regrowing Forests Are Also Vital to Biodiversity

4th October 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals. However these secondary forests—forests regrowing in previously deforested areas—are still vitally important to biodiversity conservation and carbon storage, argue scientists. Housing much of Earth’s carbon and biodiversity, tropical forests are, arguably, the planet’s… [more]

Conservation Is Everybody’s Business

3rd October 2018
Published under: Featured,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in The Hindu.  “…In a recent research on the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in Uttarakhand conducted by WWF India, the aggregate values of seven ecosystem services were found to be around $6 billion in 2015-16; the implication being, ruining this landscape tantamounts to destroying a value of $6 billion. On… [more]

Net Effects of Birds in Agroecosystems

3rd October 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in BioScience.  “Abstract: Incorporating both ecosystem services and disservices into land-use decisions is essential for meeting conservation and livelihood goals. We discuss the merits and challenges of this concept, termed net effects, for birds in agroecosystems. Although birds have widely documented impacts on agriculture (e.g., pest control, crop damage), the net… [more]