Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, “Global no net loss of natural ecosystems,” examines what the concept of no net loss in biodiversity offsetting would mean in practice.

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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. 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

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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 services will only provide a compelling case in some places. The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital. Ecosystem Services 1, 50-61.

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.

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. The Marsh Arabs that are returning to their homes in the marshes are also playing an important role in the recovery of this precious ecosystem. Azzam Alwash (left), director of the environmental organisation Nature Iraq, talks with a Marsh Arab who lives in the Mesopotamian Marshlands of Iraq.

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 But the effect of land degradation transcend global warming and agriculture as a whole. According to a UN estimate, about 74% of the poor – 42% of the very and 32% of the moderately poor – are directly affected by land degradation globally. There are some things that you can’t put a price tag on – and nature is one of them.

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems. My favorite baseball teams, the Royals and the Cubs, reminded us of this over the last two years, and prairies (the underdog in the world series of ecosystems) proved this again recently in an analysis demonstrating that grasslands have a role to play in our climate change solutions (Ahlering et al. Globally, grasslands are one of the most converted and least protected ecosystems (Hoekstra et al.

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Woodpecker Skull Design, Novel Ecosystems, Yawning Wolves and More

Nature Conservancy - Science

I hate that new stuff : Are novel ecosystems cheapening restoration policies? Is that any way to inform a global conversation? 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. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

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. It has become irritating to hear everyone talking about the damned ‘ecosystem’, all the more so because in reality it’s often not an ecosystem but a toxic environment for startups.

Study: Ecosystem-Generated Molecules Believed To Be Reducing Global Warming Impacts

Eco Friendly Daily

While the potential impacts of global warming progression is well known, what is often forgotten is how the Earth attempts in essence to heal itself regularly. The importance of this finding is that aerosols help to reduce the impacts of global warming as they reflect solar radiation and heat. For now the scientists feel the most important message to be taken from the study is to protect the world’s ecosystems.

Handling global warming: Iron Oxides in marine ecosystems

EcoFriend

B.Sameer Kumar: The problem of global warming needs little to absolutely no introduction to most. But scientists from Concordia and McGill seem to have found a critical missing link which could help us reverse the global warming trend. IRON IS KEY TO REVERSING GLOBAL WARMING, CONCORDIA AND MCGILL RESEARCH SHOWS. The studies further prove how essential our marine ecosystems are for our planet’s sustenance and give another way to reverse global warming.

Indigenous Knowledge and Global Wellness

Green (Living) Review

million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. The Tharu healers— Gurau— base their healing practices on observing nature and using resources from the surrounding ecosystem. Modern medicine has enabled people to live longer lives, but what have we lost in turning our backs on traditional ways of healing? Today, heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world. An estimated 17.3

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Research Suggests Frequent Fires Could Help Forest Ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

Research has suggested that global warming will change wildfire patterns and cause a leap in the number of forest fires in the Pacific Northwest, though that is also rather hotly debated. In a recent interview with ScienceDaily.com, 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. Honest?

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Watershed Degradation Costs Global Cities $5.4 Billion in Water Treatment Annually

Nature Conservancy - Science

But nobody had a good estimate of how significant this process was globally. Here we built off of efforts of the History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE), which allowed us to reconstruct changes in land-use and population density over more than a century. We found that globally urban source watershed degradation is widespread, with 9 in 10 cities losing significant amounts of natural land cover in their source watersheds to agriculture and development.

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Peru Takes the Global Big Day by the Horns

10,000 Birds

The first Global Big Day will take place this coming May 9, 2015. However, the number of bird enthusiasts likely to participate in the Global Big Day is by far greater in the temperate regions of the world. Map of Peru showing the distribution of teams participating in the Global Big Day. With over 1800 species recorded in the country, the goal of being the country with the greater number of birds tallied on the Global Big Day is a possibility.

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Global Agriculture Trends: Are We Actually Using Less Land?

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s why I was surprised to find what appears to be good news lurking in global data (from the U.N. I found that, while the global food supply per person has increased over the last 15 years, we have simultaneously decreased the total amount of land we’re using to produce it. The global trend masks local and regional trends. The Surprising Global Trend. From 1998 to 2009 (the latest year global food supply data is available from FAO) we saw a 4.4%

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.

Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

Conservancy Talk

And while only 15 percent of global water basins are water-stressed, almost half of all cities over 100,000 people are in these basins. Globally, cities are projected to grow by over 2 billion people by 2050. We must take steps to protect critical ecosystems and incorporate “natural defenses” into urban areas to reduce risk and vulnerability. Adam Freed is the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Securing Water Program and a Lecturer at Columbia University.

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS: THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL

Green (Living) Review

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two recent articles in Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development Volume 55, Issue 3 provide information on environmental issues that can be used towards sustainable ecosystems. Seagrass Meadows, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainability,” highlights the importance of seagrass and its roles in various ecosystems. In fact, “seagrass meadows rank among the most productive ecosystems on Earth.”

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Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon. In other words, there are more crops, pasture, plantations, and strip malls than there are native forests (28%) and other natural ecosystems (19%) (Hooke et. Global Change Biology.

Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

Conservancy Talk

That’s the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans. And TNC was my choice as a global opportunity because of its huge capacity, but mainly as an opportunity for action. Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist.

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Global Warming Threatens Wild Grains – And Our Daily Bread

Green Prophet

In addition, according to researchers at the University of Haifa’s Institute of Evolution , global warming has already caused disturbing genetic changes in wild wheat and barley. Israel’s territory contains a multitude of ecosystems, but many have shrunk away because of too-few nature reserves, and those too small to preserve ecosystems in their entirety. Climate global warming sustainable agriculture

314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

10,000 Birds

That study, which came out Monday and can be explored in detail at Audubon.org/Climate , shows that Chestnut-collared Longspur could be gone by the end of the century if global warming continues at its current pace. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century).

Global Wilderness Areas in Decline Despite Conservation Targets

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation today operates in a world of targets: Protect 17 percent of terrestrial systems and 10 percent of marine systems by 2020; keep global climate change below 1.5 percent of all global wilderness has disappeared in the last 20 years. Watson and his colleagues first revised a map of the global human footprint , incorporating other sources of non-satellite data like roads and pasturelands, to identify where natural systems are under pressure from human activities.

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The Surprising Importance of Freshwater Fisheries to Global Food Security

Nature Conservancy - Science

The fish they catch are commodities on the global market. The study’s authors created a map of the world’s fisheries documenting where people catch freshwater fish at the highest rates, and then linked it to data about fish biodiversity, ecosystem health and human nutrition. The international community needs to recognize there is great human dependence on river ecosystems that are already stressed,” McIntyre says.

The Global Butterfly Effect

The Green Changemakers

Our global species is at a turning point, the actions and decisions we take collectively over the next few decades will determine the path humanity (and all life on our planet) takes far into the future― towards either greater harmony or chaos, stability or destruction. The mass media feeds our fears, warning of global warming, terrorism, racism, wealth inequality, economic instability and ecological collapse. Nature’s Agents of Transformation- The Global Butterfly Effect.

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

Green (Living) Review

Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. In the starkest language it has ever used, the expert panel made clear how far society remains from having any serious policy to limit global warming.

Terrestrial ecosystems could absorb greater carbon dioxide emissions in future

EcoFriend

Pratima Kalra: Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of New York had recently conducted a study to prove that carbon dioxide absorbing capacity of the terrestrial ecosystems will be greater in the future, when global warming and greenhouse emissions will rise. The study gives us a deep insight into the inner workings of plants and how they will adapt themselves to the changing global conditions.

Global warming and epidemics

Eco Friendly Daily

Global warming can lead to extremes in climatic conditions. CDV occurs often in these ecosystems and mortality has generally been low. The need of the hour is awareness, where in everyone needs to do their bit and realize the effects and ramifications of the adverse effects of epidemics caused due to global warming. Frequency of droughts and floods are expected to increase in future.

Global Issues Tours

The Green Changemakers

What comes to mind when you think about global issues? Global issues are connected too. When we start to think of global solutions to global issues, we will begin to create a truly sustainable world. Learn about a specific global issue, take actions ideas, and see related videos, photos, and links. For more information read a brief introduction to global issues and sustainability or find global issues and sustainability resources.

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Nature Conservancy - Science

Farming and ranching can be converted from a global environmental problem into the leading edge of an effort to avert looming biological disaster – and farmers themselves can become more productive and profitable. Ideas Agriculture Biodiversity Ecosystem Services Nature + People Ranching Research Soil Science Sustainability

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The Global Oneness Project

The Green Changemakers

But these same experiences, which create the foundations of our most important relationships, can also play a role in building the future structures of our global community. Reflections of Oneness In the modern world, oneness is reflected through our growing understanding of ecological interdependence -- the ways every plant and animal species depend upon each other, and how the health of a whole ecosystem depends upon the health of each part.

Ecosystem Management: Tomorrow’s Approach to Enhancing Food Security under a Changing Climate

The Green Changemakers

Feeding the world at a time of climate change, environmental degradation, increasing human population and demand for finite resources requires sustainable ecosystem management and equitable governance. Ecosystem degradation undermines food production and the availability of clean water, hence threatening human health, livelihoods and ultimately societal stability. Though we all depend on ecosystems for our food and water, about seventy per cent of the estimated 1.1

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Study: Majority Of Global Fisheries In Decline

Eco Friendly Daily

Marine ecosystems have been suffering from diminished fish due to overfishing in recent decades, an issue which has global consequences. Growing consumption could drive further species towards extinction, threatening not only food supplies but ecosystems. Now a study recently published in the journal Science indicates that while some major fisheries globally are recovering due to changing management systems, the majority of global fisheries are declining.

Carbon Tax Provides Solution That Could Scale Globally

Conservancy Talk

Instituting a carbon tax was central to a great panel discussion about the economic impacts of climate change at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Tuesday. Invest in natural ecosystems—such as rainforests—that store carbon at low cost and low risk. Already, global companies are showing encouraging leadership on climate, and governments are making good progress at the state and city levels. Climate Change Global Warming Mark's Desk Editor's Choice

A Global Partnership to Protect a Crucial Natural Asset

Conservancy Talk

This World Mangrove Day, the launch of the Global Mangrove Alliance demonstrates an important step for a coordinated approach to ending and restoring this critical ecosystem. While these understated mangroves can seem meager compared to the vast forest expanses of the Amazon or Congo, they are among the world’s most productive ecosystems.

China’s Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges

Conservancy Talk

TNC’s global Board of Directors is holding its first-ever joint meeting with the boards of our China program and our local partner the Taohuayuan Foundation. Nick Hall for the Nature Conservancy Funding a Global Conservation Movement In 2011, TNC’s China Board members created the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF) to expand the base of support for global conservation.

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Coffee Yields Declining, Prices Rising Due To Global Warming

Eco Friendly Daily

Alongside rising seas, rising temperatures, disappearing ecosystems and a plethora of other issues, grumpy coffee drinkers may soon be on the list of global warming impacts. Coffee yields are declining and coffee prices are rising and the main culprit appears to be global warming. The culprit appears to be global warming, which is wreaking havoc on the coffee beans.

California Board Endorses Forest Clearcutting in Fight Against Global Warming

Green (Living) Review

Clearcutting forests is not the solution to global warming,” said Brian Nowicki, California climate policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. Including forest clearcutting not only threatens forest ecosystems and important wildlife habitat, but the integrity of California’s cap-and-trade program as a whole.” Last night the board voted to make clearcutting the face of California’s efforts to fight global warming,” said Nowicki.

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New Science Shows Seagrass Meadows Suppress Pathogens

Nature Conservancy - Science

And her thoughts immediately jumped to the seagrass ecosystems around the islands where she and her colleagues worked with collaborators at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia. It’s one more important check in the win column for the value of seagrasses, which have the dubious honor of being perhaps simultaneously the most important and the most overlooked marine ecosystem on Earth. Seagrass ecosystem in Spermonde Islands ©Joleah Lamb. NatureNet Fellows Science Update.

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Ginseng Digging: Local Traditions and Global Markets for Appalachia’s Medicinal Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

All of these native plants, I’d like to note, are strikingly beautiful, as is ginseng itself, as if these healthy ecosystems possess a kind of vigorous artistry that echoes somewhere in the human soul. I grew up in the flat-topped foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in north Alabama, and my mother was a student of wild herbs, wildflowers, and native medicinal plants. On my desk right now is a book called Tales of the Ginseng that my parents gave me for my twelfth birthday in 1976.

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Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

We have identified three approaches that show tremendous promise, and we are working around the world to expand their scale: Preserve Healthy Ecosystems : Destruction of tropical forests is the source of 15% of current greenhouse gas emissions. Restore Degraded Ecosystems : Rejuvenating degraded areas and restoring or planting new forests increase nature’s carbon storage capacity. Learn more about our work at nature.org/global.

Scientists Determine Cost Of Reducing Global Biodiversity Loss

Eco Friendly Daily

According to many scientists, we are likely in the beginning stages of a global mass extinction. The mass extinction can be considered due to a number of problems, including global warming, habitat destruction, human encroachment, pollution and even disease in the case of many amphibians. In recent years global governments have agreed to reduce biodiversity loss, but the losses keep accumulating.