Green Infrastructure

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]

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]

UK Parks Save NHS More Than £111m A Year, Study Suggests

8th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The UK’s parks save the NHS more than £111m a year, according to a report. Regular users of parks and green spaces are likely to be healthier and make fewer visits to their GP, research by Fields in Trust suggests. The charity estimates such spaces provide more than £34bn… [more]

Instead of More Dams, Communities Turn to Reusing Wastewater

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

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “With the era of dam building coming to an end in much of the developed world, places such as California and Australia are turning to local and less expensive methods to deal with water scarcity, including recycling wastewater, capturing stormwater, and recharging aquifers.  When California’s Orange… [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]

Species Hitch A Ride on Birds & Wind to Join Green Roof Communities

9th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “New research suggests that species that live on green roofs arrived by hitching lifts on birds or by riding air currents. While green roofs are seen as being great for biodiversity, adding habitat to what would otherwise be a bare roof, they can be harsh environments with high winds… [more]