Water

MIT Researchers Seek Optimal Form of Urban Stormwater Wetlands

30th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Dirt. “Cities are sitting on a largely underused public resource: urban stormwater wetlands. If properly designed, these landscapes can reduce flooding, support urban wildlife, and serve as public space. A new report Design Guidelines for Urban Stormwater Wetlands — authored by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and students at the MIT Norman… [more]

Prominent Indian Member of Parliament Writes On the Importance of Understanding Our Relationship With Natural Capital

29th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Hindu.  “A few years ago, India suffered a cost of $550 billion, about 8.5% of GDP, due to air pollution, according to a World Bank report; the cost of externalities such as water pollution and land degradation were possibly far higher. Through commodity exports, we effectively transfer natural capital… [more]

The Slow Death of Ecology’s Birthplace

29th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Undark.  “Brazil’s cerrado, where a pioneering botanist traced the evolution of plants, is being plowed under for agribusiness. It could all be gone by 2030. …Beyond the sheer profusion of endemic species, ecologists like Cavalcanti also see a biome that performs a technically priceless set of ecosystem services. It’s… [more]

“Investors Are Now Screening Business For A Social Purpose”

25th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Farm Online.  “Investors are now screening business for a social purpose and their interest in sustainability goes further where agriculture is concerned. Environmental economist James Bentley, from National Australia Bank, used that fact as one of many arguments for Australia’s beef industry to move towards scientific and collaborative measurement… [more]

Beavers Do Dam Good Work Cleaning Water, Research Reveals

22nd May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. The study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have… [more]

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]