Water

Effect of Environmental Changes on Vegetable & Legume Yields & Nutritional Quality

18th June 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. “Environmental changes threaten agricultural production, food security, and health. Previous reviews suggest that environmental changes will substantially affect future yields of starchy dietary staples. To date, no comprehensive global analysis of the impacts of environmental change on… [more]

Complex River Networks Better Support Stable Watershed Populations

14th June 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Phys.org How are populations of living organisms maintained in changing environments? This ecological question is even more imperative as many species are increasingly threatened by climate change and human influences. A new University of Minnesota study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, helps answer this question for… [more]

Artificial Wetland To Be Built Outside Cape Town to Help Purify Berg River

12th June 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Cape Town Etc.  “A R2.5-million artificial wetland will be built next to Mbekweni, an informal settlement in Paarl, to prevent the Berg River from being contaminated by wastewater and refuse off-flow from the settlement. The contaminated water is threatening the future of farms in the area which use water… [more]

Integrated Modelling for Economic Valuation of the Role of Forests & Woodlands in Drinking Water Provision to two African Cities

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

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights Forests and woodlands help to regulate seasonal flow and water provision. We integrate hydrological and economic models to assess the value of water regulation. Uncontrolled deforestation would result in higher household costs – especially for poorer people. Conservation of forests would help meet water demand in Tanzania’s… [more]

NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts

4th June 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org  “Data from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring the water content of soils is now being used operationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor global croplands and make commodity forecasts. The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, or SMAP, launched in 2015 and has helped… [more]

Forests & Wetlands Are Water Infrastructure, New Green Bond Helps Finance Their Protection

31st May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Eco-Business.  “East Africa’s Kariba Dam is almost empty due to diminishing rains. In Brazil, Sao Paulo’s reservoirs were reduced to dried mud three years ago, and experts say the city is heading toward another dry spell. Catastrophic floods recently wreaked havoc in southern England, Texas and Bangkok. These are not simply one-off events; they represent systemic failures… [more]