How Permaculture Can Restore Ecosystems & Communities

Green (Living) Review

Maddy Harland tells the story of the Shona African community who healed their damaged ecosystems. communities ecosystems permacultureThey restored their springs, rebuilt their soil, regenerated their agriculture and alleviated poverty and malnutrition.

"Speaking Ecosystem Services"

Environmental Economics

Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen and Tundi Agardy: The value of ecosystems and the associated services they provide is receiving growing attention both in the public and decision-making arena. The language of Ecosystem Services essentially translates the complexity of ecological processes and functions into descriptors that define the socio-economic-ecological link. The language of Ecosystem Services creates new connections.

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Designer Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

More and more frequently I hear about ecosystem restoration—the attempt to reestablish a natural ecosystem on degraded land. Sometimes I even hear that “designer ecosystems” might provide services or experiences similar to or better than nature. Ideas Ecosystem Services

Forest’s Ecosystem Management

Environmental News Network

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Why Is Biodiversity Important to Ecosystems?


That area can be as large as the earth itself or it can be in a very small ecosystem such as the life in and surrounding a patch of moss on a fallen tree trunk. Biodiversity and the ecosystem sustainability. Ecosystem services. Ecosystem biodiversity. Ecosystem diversity.

The genesis of ecosystem services

Environmental Economics

The  Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Gretchen Daily and the  Natural Capital Project : No one knew exactly how the science of ecosystem services would work, beyond the idea that it would combine ecology with economics.

Putting a price tag on ecosystem services

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems. and he also explained as to why we should put a price tag on ecosystem services. InVest includes coastal and marine ecosystem services. There are companies who seek to quantify ecosystems.

When is an Ecosystem Service Not an Ecosystem Service?

Nature Conservancy - Science

If an ecosystem produces something useful, but nobody uses it, is still it an ecosystem service? If we become more honest and robust in our valuation, however, we will very soon find ourselves saying that some ecosystems in some places aren’t worth very much at all.

Ecosystem Magic: Wolves create Life.

Elephant Journal

How Wolves Change Rivers ”When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning

Environmental Economics

I think if we tried harder, we could've squeezed a few more co-authors onto this one: Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning: The role of valuation. Abstract: This paper scrutinises the use of ecosystem service valuation for marine planning. Current approaches to marine planning in both countries are presented and the role that ecosystem service valuation could play in this context is outlined.

The most Exciting Change in Elephant in 10 years—the Ecosystem Rating.

Elephant Journal

In the above image, you’ll see “Ecosystem Rating” top left. […]. Main Categories* Enlightened Society Waylon Lewis WAYLON: Today Only ecosystemYou can read the above article (I wrote it). It talks about…yes, nonpartisanship, and facts. But that’s not what this letter is about. This letter is about the most exciting thing in Elephant’s history since transitioning online, from a national ecoprint magazine 10 years ago.

How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem

Green (Living) Review

Permaculture principles go a step beyond organic and help your plants truly thrive. Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening, permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers.

Couple turns lawn into ecosystem; officials threaten to mow it down

Green (Living) Review

I had essentially grown a working ecosystem, one that had been waiting for the chance to emerge … The un-mowed plants in our yard attract plant-eating bugs and rodents, which in turn attract birds, bats, toads and garter snakes that eat them.

The Ross Sea – the Last Intact Marine Ecosystem on Earth – and I

10,000 Birds

The Ross Sea is the most productive stretch of water in the Southern Ocean, teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals, penguins and other animals that form the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. “Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.” (“Antarctica” by Kim Stanley Robinson, 1998).

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. Here is the link:  // From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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What makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

The Green Changemakers

In other words, we operate our own proprietary ecosystem, designed to defeat toxic startup environments and to build scalable businesses. TheFamily — building our own private ecosystem against a toxic environment ‘Ecosystem’ : the problem is that the very term has become a bit of a cliché.

I've been slow to adapt but my new research field is "ecosystem services valuation" #chump

Environmental Economics

environmental economists should have a lot to say about the last item under the first bullet point (a later slide mentioned "ecosystem services valuation" under "research agenda"

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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When Humans Leave: Chernobyl Ecosystem 30 Years Later.

Elephant Journal

Scientists now say that the effects from some of the world's biggest nuclear disasters are less damaging to the Earth than.

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems. Globally, grasslands are one of the most converted and least protected ecosystems (Hoekstra et al. Strategies that avoid conversion of ecosystems take advantage of this natural ability to offset carbon emissions.

Burning for Biodiversity: How Hunting Promotes Healthy Ecosystems in the Australian Desert

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, anthropological research shows that Martu burning — performed during hunting for sand goanna — actually increases biodiversity and benefits the desert ecosystem.

UN launches Decade on Biodiversity to stem loss of ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

In his own statement at the launch of the Decade, Mr. Akasaka stressed that stable ecosystems have the capacity to create jobs.

Tent Camping Banned in Three of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s Campgrounds

Wend Magazine

For the duration of the summer season, tent camping will not be allowed in three of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s campgrounds in order to prevent dangerous incidents between bears and humans.

How Wildflowers Benefit the Ecosystem

Eco Friendly Daily

To others, it is a thing of beauty and an ecosystem alive with buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. In reality, it is an ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity and habitat for a wide variety of organisms. Endangered Ecosystems.

A good example of why we need ecosystem services valuation

Environmental Economics

Off-shore windfarms versus rare birds.who should win

Nutcrackers, Whitebark Pine, and a Bond That Holds an Ecosystem Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

Her doctoral work here in Wyoming’s Bridger–Teton National Forest—just east of Grand Teton National Park and smack in the middle of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—has included 76 radio-tagged nutcrackers. From the Autumn 2015 issue of Living Bird magazine.

UN values ecosystem loss to trillions of dollars a year

Green Prophet

Their numbers are amazing – according to their recently released report, the world’s loses ecosystem worth up to $10.6 The study authors have calculated the cost of the “lost ecosystem services value” our planet has suffered in the last decade and a half.

Watch How Wolves Rebuilt an Entire Ecosystem

Eco Chic

The video below is a must-watch, because in a brief and beautiful explanation, it is clear why top predators are so very important to healthy ecosystems. The post Watch How Wolves Rebuilt an Entire Ecosystem appeared first on Eco-Chick. Have you ever heard of Rewilding?

Woodpecker Skull Design, Novel Ecosystems, Yawning Wolves and More

Nature Conservancy - Science

I hate that new stuff : Are novel ecosystems cheapening restoration policies? Woodpeckers pound their heads repeatedly with no ill effects. What can we learn from them? Photo credit: Flickr user Andrew Morffew via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Crisis of Will: A Family Ecosystem Out of Balance.

Elephant Journal

Will is not the parent winning and the child losing, or vice versa. Will—healthy will—is. Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Health & Wellness Crisis of Will doing For Children how to be a modern day parent leading by example parenting well-being

King Crabs Devastating Antarctic Ecosystem

Eco Friendly Daily

Scientists predicted years ago that king crabs would some day enter and change the ecosystem in the Antarctic. Scientists now fear that the king crabs will overpower the ecosystem and destroy species already acclimated to the region.

Nets Destroying Ecosystems In Kenya

Eco Friendly Daily

But now Kenyans are struggling between providing for their families and destroying their surrounding ecosystems that they depend upon. USAID is also taking little responsibility for any ecosystem damage, pointing to local organizations to instruct locals about proper net usage.

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Real World Ecosystem Education

The Green Changemakers

[link] GreenLearning's Science 7: Real World Ecosystems is an exciting, engaging resource developed by experienced educators to cover Alberta's Grade 7 Science curriculum (Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems) in four sections: A. Ecosystems Basics: Life's Like That B.

Acidification Of Oceans Risking Ecosystems

Eco Friendly Daily

Keep in mind that oceanic ecosystems have been built under the 8.2 ” Acidification could easily destroy countless ecosystems, and therefore our own. Recently, a group of more than 150 marine researchers top in their field drafted a declaration entitled the “Monaco Declaration”.

Research Suggests Frequent Fires Could Help Forest Ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

In a recent interview with, John Bailey, an associate professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University, discussed the beneficial role that fire plays in managing and enriching forest ecosystems. Burning is a natural ecosystem process and generally helps restore forest ecosystems. Honest? Yet another study was required to find out what the ancients knew ages ago.

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Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation

The Green Changemakers

[link] by Garry Peterson Ecosystem services for poverty alleviation ( ESPA ) is an exciting new research programme funded by a consortium of development and science agencies in the UK. I’m on ESPA’s international advisory board and they asked me for some thoughts on the ecosystem service science. The success of this idea has lead to many “payment for ecosystem service” schemes, which are now being implemented or are being discussed.

Study: Water Ecosystems Impacted By Boat Turbulence

Eco Friendly Daily

Zooplankton are a key element of water ecosystems as they are near the bottom of the food chain. Zooplankton are known to be disturbed by turbulence, however, a new experiment found that turbulence from boats my have an unknown number of potential impacts on water ecosystems.

Bottled water: A natural resource that is taxing the world's ecosystem

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bottled water consumption, which has more than doubled globally in the last number of years, is a natural resource that is putting a heavy tax the world's ecosystem. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is steadily increasing, producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy, and, as we will see in an upcoming article, the use of plant-based PET bottles is not better either.

Ecosystem of Eastern American States – facing consequences of Air Pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

People have known this for years about how our cities have become polluted and how our ecosystems are slowly diminishing. A recent study has revealed that the ecosystem in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States is being seriously harmed by Air pollution.

Payments for Ecosystem Services: best practice guide

The Green Changemakers

Documents Payments for Ecosystem Services: best practice guide A best practice guide to assist with the design and implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes. PDF , 10MB, 85 pages By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013 Defra has recently issued a Best Practice Guide on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), the publication of which fulfils an important commitment made in the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper.

The World’s Highest Microbial Ecosystem Discovered

Eco Friendly Daily

But according to a team of researchers from University of Colorado-Boulder, this is the site of the world’s highest microbial ecosystem. A 19,850-foot-high Andean volcano is an extreme environment highly inimical to any form of life.

Sumatra's unique ecosystem in danger of extinction


A new scientific organization— ALERT , the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers—has urged Indonesian officials to support World Heritage listing for a critically endangered ecosystem on the island of Sumatra.

Ecosystems for water and food security

The Green Changemakers

Against the current challenges to enhance food security worldwide, the publication aims at illustrating the importance of healthy ecosystems for the provisioning of key services that contribute to food security. Such ecosystem services are water provisioning and food production. In this regard the publication will provide an overview of the linkages between ecosystems, water, and food security.