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*****My Life as a Young Bat Enthusiast by Maisy Inston. Videos of Regenerative Projects from Around the World. The Amazon’s new industrial revolution. The cure to cancer was in a wasp the whole time. Ecosystem Services Clean Water Clean Air The Beauty of Forests HT @andyheald #NaturalCapital. Special Issue on Shared, Plural and Cultural Values – Shared values. A Special Issue on ‘Shared, Plural and Cultural Values’ has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Ecosystem Services, bringing together 15 publications presenting cutting edge theory and methodology building on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

Special Issue on Shared, Plural and Cultural Values – Shared values

The issue is currently freely accessible, and was edited by Dr Jasper Kenter, Principal Investigator in Ecological Economics at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). Editorial abstract To deeply resolve conflicts between nature conservation and exploitation, we need valuations that result from and are integrated with transformative processes that bring together different voices to develop shared understandings of conflicts between different ecosystem services and shared values around how to resolve them.

This Special Issue builds on evidence from the second phase of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment to develop a discourse of shared, plural and cultural values in relation to ecosystems. View or download seminar slides. ***Ecosystem services: The Factory as Forest – The Dirt. “Our goal is to achieve zero negative environmental impacts by 2020,” said Erin Meezan, vice president at Interface, an innovative producer of carpets and textiles, at Greenbuild in Los Angeles.

***Ecosystem services: The Factory as Forest – The Dirt

Ecosystem services, the value that has no price. Ecosystem services, the value that has no price. Guest blog: On valuing nature's water infrastructure. News & Blog | BlogPosted 15.07.15 Click here to see the full 'Go with the Flow' infographic Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015 Written by Dr.

Guest blog: On valuing nature's water infrastructure

Mark Smith, Director IUCN Global Water Programme. Nature is priceless — so let’s value it. October 21, 2016 — Have you ever paid more to buy something labeled “organic” because you thought it was the right thing to do for nature?

Nature is priceless — so let’s value it

Looked for a “recycled” or Forest Stewardship Council label on a paper product? Paid a fee to visit a national park? What’s Nature Worth? Study Puts a Price On Groundwater and Other Natural Capital. The authors point out that the average annual losses in the value of western Kansas’s groundwater aquifer were roughly equal to the amount of the fiscal surplus projected in the state’s 2005 budget.

What’s Nature Worth? Study Puts a Price On Groundwater and Other Natural Capital

So while the annual losses were significant, they say, they were in a range where Kansas could have offset the losses with investments in other areas, such as conservation, education, or infrastructure. The research provides means to make these types of comparisons. The authors say that the framework is applicable to the full range of natural capital assets, and are currently working to apply it other forms of natural capital such as fish and forests. The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees.

The skyline along Manhattan’s Upper Fifth Avenue, where it flanks Central Park, is dominated by vast, verdant clouds of American elm trees.

The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees

Their high-arched branches and luminous green canopies form – as historian Jill Jones puts it – “a beautiful cathedral of shade”. When she started researching her new book, Urban Forests, she’d have struggled to identify the species – but now, she says, “when I see one, I say ‘Oh my goodness, this is a rare survivor,’ and deeply appreciate the fact that it’s there.” The American elm was once America’s most beloved and abundant city tree. It liked urban soil, and its branches spread out a safe distance above traffic, to provide the dappled shade that cities depended on before air conditioning. #Greenroofs & #Biodiversity #pollinators #ecosystemservices. Ramsar Sites Information Service. Ecosystem services: Can bats reduce nut farmers’ pesticide use?

Ecosystem services: On valuing nature's water infrastructure. What is a living shoreline? Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique using native vegetation alone or in combination with offshore sills to stabilize the shoreline.

What is a living shoreline?

Living shorelines provide a natural alternative to ‘hard’ shoreline stabilization methods like stone sills or bulkheads, and provide numerous benefits including nutrient pollution remediation, essential fish habitat provision, and buffering of shoreline from waves and storms. Living shorelines are known to store carbon (known as carbon sequestration), which keeps carbon out of the atmosphere.

Continued use of this approach to coastal resilience will result in increased carbon sequestration and storage, potentially mitigating the effects of climate change. Living Shorelines Support Resilient Communities. Ecosystem services: 'Green exercise' provides £2.2bn in public health savings in England. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Public Health England calculated that more than eight million adults in England take part in ‘green exercise’ or nature-based activities for 30 minutes or so each week.

Ecosystem services: 'Green exercise' provides £2.2bn in public health savings in England

This includes activities such as dog walking, running, cycling, outdoor swimming or horse riding. Data from Natural England’s ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ survey was analysed to reveal that more than 1.3 billion recreational visits to green spaces took place each year in England. Scientists then worked out what proportion of weekly physical activity took place in natural settings and estimated the benefits to health if sustained for a year. Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events at Public Health England, and co-author on the work, said: “Our parks, gardens, coasts and countryside play a vital role in improving health in this country, inspiring millions of us to get active outdoors every year.

Ecosystem services: Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars. Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.

Ecosystem services: Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars

The report was released on Wednesday by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which has been assessing the economic impacts climate change and degrading biodiversity could have on the world.