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. When we come to realize that straightened and channelized drainage-ways do not provide much flood control and fish production, ecosystem restoration is frequently recommended for streams. Ideas Ecosystem Services

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. How does biodiversity contribute to the sustainability of an ecosystem? Ecosystem services provided by biodiversity. The loss of an entire ecosystem can be socially disassembling. Ecosystem diversity.

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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.

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

Environmental Economics

From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. 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:  //

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

Environmental Economics

From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems. 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.

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Call for papers extended to May 3: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

Update from Wally Milon (March 7, 2019):  We have extended the deadline for the special issue of Water on Coastal Resource Economics and Ecosystem Valuation to May 3, 2019. From the guest editors (July 26, 2018): Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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A botanic garden to save an endangered Colombian ecosystem


South America is often depicted as a lush landscape full of diverse ecosystems. But today, mining, deforestation, extensive cattle ranching and draining of the wetlands in favor of urban development have threatened the country’s ecosystems and devastated the natural landscape. The design includes floating wetland spaces, an environment that has all but disappeared on the Bogotá Savanna. A botanic garden to save an endangered Colombian ecosystem.

How Virtual Jobs Are Helping the Environment

Green Prophet

If you are among the people who care about the environment, then it’s high time you thought about how your daily work routine affects the environment. How Virtual Jobs Are Helping To Environment. Online Workers Have More Time for The Environment.

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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. Grasslands represent one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. Environment biodiversity grasslands prairies To some people, a field of wildflowers is a jumbled mess that needs weeding or a good brush fire.

Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment


us and the environment. Plastic bags continually cause harm to natural environments from the beginning to the end of their life cycle. The delicate natural cycles that balance ecosystems are being put into jeopardy. Plastic bags cause many negative effects for. We use plastic bags out of convenience and ignorance of their seriously negative consequences. Plastic waste affects all types of biomes and organisms. .

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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. These large wildfires don’t create the same patch-mosaic vegetation structure as Martu burning, and the result in changes to the ecosystem were an added challenge for native fauna already stressed by invasive predators.

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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. Removal of the crabs may one day be required to help the ecosystem of the Antarctic survive. Environment King crabs are highly temperature dependent, but temperatures in the Antarctic are warming and king crabs are establishing themselves.

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. A USAID official, Robert Buzzard, noted that there were no studies performed prior to the dispersal of the nets to see what kind of impact the nets would or could have on ecosystems. USAID is also taking little responsibility for any ecosystem damage, pointing to local organizations to instruct locals about proper net usage. Environment

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Sea turtle rescue center mimics the natural ecosystems in Turkey


Located on Iztuzu Beach in Southern Turkey, the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles will raise awareness for the wildlife that calls the unique ecosystem home. More here: Sea turtle rescue center mimics the natural ecosystems in Turkey.

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Causes and Effects of Desertification on People and the Environment


Unlike the natural desert ecosystem with well-adapted species still inhabiting the area, desertified lands are often devoid of natural life without any ecosystem performing life-supporting services, like formation of new soil, which makes the reversal of the process extremely difficult. Our planet’s ecosystems sustain life only when balanced. And together with ecosystems disappear even natural resources that were once present.

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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 environmentEcosystem’ : the problem is that the very term has become a bit of a cliché. And yet, if we follow Wikipedia , it seems that ‘ecosystem’ is a relevant word when it comes to describing the entrepreneurial environment.

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment

Green Home Blog

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment: - Well over a billion single-use plastic bags are given out for free each day. Additionally, prospecting and drilling for these resources contributes to the destruction of fragile habitats and ecosystems around the world. - Tagged: environment , environmental products , plastic. Going Green environmental products plastic environment

Book Review: Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets

Green Prophet

“Nature has provided ecosystems and their benefits to us for free… perhaps because this capital has been provided freely to us, we humans have tended to view it as limitless, abundant, and thus perhaps always available for our use, exploitation, and conversion.” (p.3). However, in his latest book, ‘Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets’ , Edward Barbier argues that the economy can also be part of the solution.

Plastic Bottles: Bottled Water and the Environment


In reality they create immeasurable impacts on the environment and cost millions of dollars per year. Because such little value is attached to plastic bottles people often discard them on the ground where they become trapped in terrestrial ecosystems or float into our oceans. Plastic bottles take around 400 years to fully degrade in landfills and even longer in natural ecosystems. These impacts damage the natural ecosystems that we rely on.

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Gold Coast leads way in beachfront rainforest restoration

A Greener Life

To protect the Gold Coast’s natural environment and expand its ecological footprint, the City of Gold Coast is undertaking one of Australia ’s largest-ever beachfront rainforest restoration projects. By News Leads.

Acidification Of Oceans Risking Ecosystems

Eco Friendly Daily

” Ocean pH levels are changing a 100 times more quickly than would expected in an environment not being exposed to excessive amounts of carbon dioxide. 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”.

The Environment: Looking Towards the Future with UW's Kristiina Vogt

Living Green Technology

As we enter a new decade, it’s more important than ever to take a look at what we have accomplished and what work still needs to be done in order to preserve the environment. Professor Vogt is an expert on carbon and nutrient cycles at the ecosystem level and has worked around the world.

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The Marsh Arabs Who Restored A Global Ecosystem

Green Prophet

And a new generation of Iraqi environmentalists as well as the Marsh Arabs have played their part in restoring a global ecosystem which has existed for over 7,000 years. Indeed, Alwash states that part of the aim of setting up Nature Iraq was to help educate a new generation of Iraqis about the importance of protecting the environment be they mountains or marshes. “It

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. However, the scientists are not certain whether this phenomenon is of significance worldwide overall, however, the increased deaths of copepods could have significant impacts on water ecosystems.

Why Is Family Farming Better for the Environment?


Why are small family farms important for the environment and sustainable future? What is the key to their success and what are the benefits of family farming for the environment? In natural ecosystems, nothing goes to waste. This allowed people benefit from resources native grasslands had to offer, and ecosystems benefit from the presence of grazing animals that help to rejuvenate vegetation. #3 6 Respect for ecosystems and support of biodiversity.

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The importance of groundwater in coastal areas

Successful Green

Such nutrients can play a critical role in the function and vulnerability of coastal ecosystems worldwide. A new study highlights the major importance of nutrient inputs to coastal oceans from groundwater.

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. In the event of such a study there has to be some decisive action that has to be taken to protect the ecosystem from such air pollution. And its extremely important that we do all that it takes to save our ecosystem.

Grasshopper Stress Changes Local Environment

Green Prophet

Scared grasshoppers eat more sugary plants, a process that affects the microbes and chemical processes in the local environment. Halwena explained: “We are gaining a greater understanding of the necessity of conserving all of the component parts of the ecosystem in general and of predators in particular. This behavioral reaction by the grasshopper creates chemical changes in its body and in its excrement –– and both affect the ecosystem in which the grasshopper lives.

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The World’s Highest Microbial Ecosystem Discovered

Eco Friendly Daily

A 19,850-foot-high Andean volcano is an extreme environment highly inimical to any form of life. But according to a team of researchers from University of Colorado-Boulder, this is the site of the world’s highest microbial ecosystem. Socompa volcano, which spans the border between Argentina and Chile high in the Atacama Desert, is an environment as harsh as can be imagined. Environment Green News

Population matters to the environment

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is, apparently, the finding of some UN body as regards to population and the environment, and it would seem that they think they have made some great discovery. Sure population matters to the environment and to Mother Earth and if we would not be interfering with what She is doing there would be no problem.

Q&A with Tony Juniper: Dialogues on the Environment

Cool Green Science

The opportunities are considerable, not only in the potential for being able to harness more finance for conservation, but also in deepening the engagement and commitment of different economic actors to the protection of the natural environment. Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment advisor. In this ongoing series , I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement.

Help the Environment by Avoiding These Single-Use Plastics


Not only does this mean a major disruption within the balance of a delicate ecosystem, which is responsible for controlling weather patterns, providing oxygen and absorbing over 50% of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, but this would mean a toxic danger within our food chain, within our own bodies [2]. It’s time to put that delicious, karmic good back into the life of the environment, don’t you think? Every sip being a reminder of the good you’re doing for the environment.

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What Water Quality Says About the Local Environment

Eco Friendly Daily

Water quality indicators can provide information in several ways, such as: – Determining the stability of the ecosystem. – Identifying human impact on the environment. A pH balance in the normal range can help show whether or not the ecosystem is stable.

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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.

Bush Preserving Environment?

Green Earth Journey

Morgan is urging White House officials to conserve the full 370-kilometre zone surrounding the islands to give fragile coral ecosystems the best chance of survival. From New Scientist ONE of the George W. Bush's final acts as US president could be to create the largest marine conservation area in the world. White House officials say that Bush is considering a proposal to turn up to 2.3

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Cutting down trees is bad for the environment

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Cutting down trees is bad for the environment say many self-proclaimed environmentalists and ecologists but nothing could be further from the truth if it is done under proper coppice management. The new growth also absorbs a lot more carbon dioxide than does older growth and thus it is, in all instances where coppicing is concerned, a win-win situation for the environment.

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Sustainable Hydropower: Are Small Dams Really Better for the Environment?

Nature Conservancy - Science

These results were summarized in media reports as, “ small dams can pose a greater threat to ecosystems and natural landscapes than large dams.”. Freshwater dams Ecosystem Services Fish fisheries Fresh Water great rivers partnership hydropower Jeff Opperman migratory fish rivers sustainable hydropower Small hydropower dams (often defined as below 30 MW) are frequently presumed to be low impact. However, this dam, Veazie, on the Penobscot River, had a capacity of 8.4

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What is Sustainable Travel?

Green Living Guy

Environment green living plastic pollution Protect Forests Protect Oceans sustainability Sustainable travel Ecosystems Green travel nature sustainable travel Zero Waste

6 Eco-Friendly Funeral Ideas That You Should Know More About

Green Living Guy

Everyone is paying closer attention to the environment these days and with good reason. Climate change is threatening to diminish everything from our water supply, air quality and ecosystems. As a result, people are learning the value of taking care of our environment.

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.

Let’s rid our work environments of the toxic smoke of dysfunction


Let’s rid our work environments of the toxic smoke of dysfunction Chris Gaither Mon, 01/25/2021 – 01:30 Before he saw the smoke, he felt it in his throat. We must approach our personal sustainability challenges as a problem with our ecosystem. Sometimes they were, themselves, pumping that toxic smoke into their work environments. You see the forests, not just the trees, and work to improve the ecosystems so the individuals in them can thrive.

Surprising ways seaweed benefits the environment


Seaweed helping the environment Farming seaweed might even improve the sea’s health, according to findings from Chinese researchers in a 2019 issue of Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. As a natural filter, seaweed helps remove pollutants from the environment; this does mean people should eat seaweed in moderation, though, as it can contain high levels of metals and iodine. Surprising ways seaweed benefits the environment.

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Aquaculture has vast potential as a tool for conservation, providing food for people while benefiting the environment. Fish & Fisheries Ecosystem Services Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Valuing Nature

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