Ecosystem Services

Climate Change Could Alter Ocean Food Chains, Leading to Far Fewer Fish in the Sea

21st April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Conversation. “…In a recent study, I worked with colleagues from five universities and laboratories to examine how climate warming out to the year 2300 could affect marine ecosystems and global fisheries. We wanted to know how sustained warming would change the supply of key nutrients that support tiny plankton,… [more]

Cities & Communities in the US Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year According to USDA

19th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Scientists with the USDA Forest Service estimate that between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in the Nation’s urban/community areas declined by 0.7 percent, which translates to losing an estimated 36 million trees or approximately 175,000 acres of tree cover annually. Pavement and other impervious cover increased at a… [more]

With a Green Makeover, Philadelphia Is Tackling Its Stormwater Problem

19th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “In a major initiative, Philadelphia is building an extensive network of rain gardens, green roofs, wetlands, and other infrastructure to capture stormwater. The goal is to prevent runoff from overwhelming sewers and polluting waterways and to help green America’s fifth-largest city. Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia’s favorite son, described… [more]

Scaling Up Efforts to Restore Forests

18th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org “We are at the cusp of a transformation that is changing societal perspectives and values on our environment. The Bonn Challenge – which seeks to restore 150 million hectares of forest by 2020 – represents a global response to deforestation, land degradation, and climate change. Never mind that… [more]

Scientists Discover Moss Capable of Filtering Arsenic From Water In Just One Hour

18th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered by researchers from Stockholm University. Within just one hour, it reduces water arsenic to levels harmless enough for consumption. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution. In the northern part of Sweden, water from mining… [more]

A Drop in the Ocean? Are Massive Marine Protected Areas a ‘Coup for Conservation’ or a Worrisome Distraction?

18th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on bioGraphic.  “As the world’s marine ecosystems face ever-increasing threats, is the trend toward huge, remote reserves a promising new development or a worrisome distraction? In an apparent coup for conservation, Brazil recently created two massive marine protected areas (MPAs) totaling more than 900,000 square kilometers (almost 350,000 square miles),… [more]