"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.

Why Is Biodiversity Important to Ecosystems?

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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. plant growth control. Ecosystem diversity.

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Protecting Florida’s Last Old-Growth Pines

Nature Conservancy - Science

In a healthy ecosystem with frequent fire, this organic matter would burn off before it could accumulate, leaving a protective layer of sand between the pine’s roots and the blaze. That is one of the reasons why so many rare old growth trees have been killed with the reintroduction of fire,” she says, “but these trees are a very rare and valuable resource that needs special care and planning.”. Archiving Old-Growth Trees. Jean Huffman drills a longleaf pine core.

Qualitative Growth

The Green Changemakers

From an ecological point of view, all of this is good news, since continuing growth of such material consumption on a finite planet can only lead to catastrophe. At the same time, over 2 billion people who do not over-consume are even further deprived by conventional economic growth, free trade, and globalization. No growth" is not the answer. Growth is a central characteristic of all life; a society, or economy, that does not grow will die sooner or later.

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. Bird explains that sand goannas, which the Martu call parnajarlpa , love the edges or transition points between different habitats — they place their dens in older-growth vegetation and hunt in the recently-burned areas where there are different stages of vegetation regrowth.

What’s More Important… Economic Growth or Sustainability?

Green (Living) Review

Think about the challenges the planet earth and all of its inhabitants have faced since the growth of modern human civilization. Entire species have been eliminated or are currently endangered , entire ecosystems are being destroyed, 75% of our rainforests have been cut down, oil prices are rising as fossil fuels become more dangerous and cost more to extract, and fresh water aquifers lose more and more water everyday. What’s more important… Economic Growth or Sustainability ?

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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. Sustaining them sustains job growth,” he said. The United Nations today launched the Decade on Biodiversity with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanity to live in harmony with nature and to preserve and properly manage its riches for the prosperity of current and future generations.

Research Suggests Frequent Fires Could Help Forest Ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

This type of burning and re-growth is typical of fires in the Pacific Northwest. 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. Burning is a natural ecosystem process and generally helps restore forest ecosystems. Honest?

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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. They harm the coastal fisheries and make fish unsafe to eat; they can reduce plant growth which means we would have less agriculture and fewer forests and these pollutants also have a negative impact on human health.

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. The rapid growth in the bottled water industry has also, ironically, led to water shortages in some areas, including India where bottling of Dasani water and other drinks by the Coca-Cola company has caused shortages in more than 50 villages.

Ecological Conference in Istanbul Questions Wisdom of Rapid Economic Growth

Green Prophet

A recurring theme at the conference was the true cost of economic growth. Economic growth only improves social welfare up to a certain point — after that, it has been shown to bring down the overall wellbeing of a society. Alongside the social studies, some panelists presented research showing that in almost every country, economic growth has led to resource depletion and increased carbon dioxide emissions.

Emerald Edge: Old Growth Forest Injects New Life into Conservation

Conservancy Talk

As soon as you step into the deep green old-growth forest on Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound, its vitality envelops you. Life is abundant, supported by the warm ocean currents, healthy ecosystems, and of course plenty of rainfall. It can be hard to define what connects us to particular landscapes. We can be born in them, we can choose to make our homes in them, or we may just be passing through. Yet we can all feel love for a place.

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. They studied how changes in temperature and carbon dioxide levels will affect soil respiration, growth rate of plants, photosynthesis, etc.

UN Report Projects Future Population; Calls For Reduced Growth Rate

Eco Friendly Daily

The substantial growth rate in such a short period of time is putting greater pressures on natural resources and the world as a whole. However, the report indicated that a significant reduction in population growth rate is necessary to sustain the world’s population. According to the report, the world population needs to reduce the growth rate below the current replacement late in order to keep the population sustainable into the future.

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

Conservancy Talk

Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. Blue Growth by Design —which she and I are discussing this week at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit—incorporates conservation principles into ocean development plans to ensure growth in marine and coastal regions is sustainable. I was able to introduce a new sustainable fisheries policy and the blue growth agenda. Blue growth—development in the oceans—is happening anyway.

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Ecocide or Murder of Mother Earth

Green (Living) Review

Earth''s ecosystems are collapsing and dying as all life and the biosphere are murdered for industrial economic growth by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For decades, probably several centuries, our obsession with economic growth, but more so even in the last decades, has led to a wholesale destruction of habitats and the ecosystems of our Planet in general. The latest stupid idea is so-called sustainable economic growth and the talk is full of it, at times.

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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: Replacing Growth Imperative and Hierarchies with Sustainable Ways

The Green Changemakers

From Growth Imperative to Sustainable Economy Where we show the unsustainability of GDP growth and outline elements for an alternative 5. However, the results are far from impressive: complex environmental problems, such as climate disruption, impoverishment of ecosystems and toxification, are threatening the future of humanity more than ever before. The idea of economic growth with Gross Domestic Product as its indicator has been a dominant societal objective.

4 External Factors Stunting Plant Growth and Why We Should Worry

Eco Friendly Daily

Growth is a systematic and progressive change from seed germination to maturity and finally flowering and fruiting. This has had a tangible impact on ecosystem health. Entire forest ecosystems stand in peril because of acid rain. 6CO2 + 6H2O = C6H12O6 + 6O2. This is the fundamental reason that life exists as we know it. Plants catch solar energy from the sun and use it to produce glucose and oxygen through photosynthesis.

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Finding a Home for Evicted Bats

Nature Conservancy - Science

In Utah and beyond, bats play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem by keeping insect populations in check. Bat guano, too, makes for an excellent fertilizer, promoting root growth and healthy soil. Bugs on the other hand… From the Field Wildlife Bats Ecosystem Services Mammals Research RestorationI pull over to the side of the road next to the abandoned costume shop.

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The Power of a Healthy Watershed for Energy Security in Gabon

Nature Conservancy - Science

But healthy forests and rivers are not a luxury, something that can be sacrificed in the name of economic growth and tended to at some later point. For Gabon, healthy ecosystems are key to its energy security and to powering a bright future for generations to come. Energy Development Economics Ecosystem Services Field Notes Forests Hydropower Nature + People Rivers Valuing Nature Water Water QualityNotes from the field: Mb é river watershed, Estuaire province, Gabon.

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Peter Kareiva on “What’s Good for Nature is Good for Business”

Nature Conservancy - Science

During the event, Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva argued that economic growth, high finance and the corporate bottom line are not only compatible with healthy nature, but essential to it. People and Conservation business case for conservation Ecosystem Services natural capital Peter Kareiva video By Bob Lalasz, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy . Capitalism eats nature for breakfast — that’s received wisdom among environmentalists.

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Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation. Ideas Ecosystem Services Forests NaturePopQuick, name the ingredients necessary for a beer: Water. Barley. Those are the easy ones. But there’s another you might not have considered. Forests. I’m not referring to evergreen-inspired brews like the Deschutes Pinedrops IPA or Rogue’s Juniper Ale, excellent though they may be. No, it’s much more universal than that. Beer relies on healthy, functioning forests.

Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Old-growth forests have stood for centuries, surviving the same kinds of challenges that forests face today. They call it an old-growth forest, but not all of the trees are old. Looking at satellite images and historical aerial photos of old-growth forests for reference, researchers found that forests were made up of a mosaic of individual trees, clumps, and openings (ICO). What can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests?

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

Nature Conservancy - Science

Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Sierra Harris) 3 of 3 Site visit at Middle Creek, July 2015 – Willow Fascine growth, ~ 2.5 From the Field Wildlife Ecosystem Services Field Notes Mammals Resilience Restoration Water WetlandsThe Nature Conservancy is working like a beaver ( Castor canadensis ) by mimicking beaver dam building to restore streams and floodplain habitat in Montana and California. No kidding.

Hero Against the Bully: Rachel Parent and GMO Labeling

The Alien Next Door

The Right To Know Rachel Parent No matter what people might believe about GMO and its effects on ecosystem function, biological integrity and human health, enough concern has been raised to warrant clarity in product description. The evidence, in fact, is clear regarding the risk to both human health andnatural ecosystems that GMO pose. When she was twelve years old, Rachel Parent did a school project on genetically modified foods. It changed her life. That was two years ago.

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New Report: What Will the Urban Century Mean for Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s the question tackled by the new UN report “ Global Urbanization, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities , ” released on Friday. The report, compiled by the UN Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project, addresses potential problems with this rapid urban expansion and offers solutions that will benefit urban populations while protecting ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. Urban ecosystems can mitigate climate change.

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Healthy Birds, Healthy Rainforest: Lessons from the Amazon

10,000 Birds

Essentially, scientists studying different types of habitats—mature forests, deforested lands, and new-growth forests meant to replace previously cleared trees—observed that birds provide many important services, including insect predation, seed scattering, and other means of enhancing biodiversity. The scientists hope to expand the scope of their study to examine how humans affect global ecosystems. News Amazon Rainforest biodiversity new-growth forest Rusty-margined Guan

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50 Year Old Record-Busting Bottled Terrarium – And It’s Not from Dubai!

Green Prophet

Plants sealed inside a large glass jug a half century ago are self-sustained inside a perfect ecosystem. His garden created its own miniature ecosystem, but only one of the original four species survived. Because the plant absorbs light, it can photosynthesize, recycling nutrients and converting sunlight into all the energy needed for growth. This ecosystem uses cellular respiration too.

Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

When Can Sustainability Drive Business Growth? Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Human Well-Being Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Social Science Valuing NatureBehavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. A new paper in Conservation Letters helps practitioners tap into behavioral sciences. Poverty and the environment are twin problems.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Floating Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Welcome to Floating Forests , a citizen science project that’s studying kelp — which is much more critical to life than most people realize — it supports entire ecosystems that span 25% of the world’s coasts and provides us with food. In order to protect kelp forests, scientists need to understand trends in kelp forest growth and location. How often do you get a chance to view the Earth of 30 years ago from space and discover new things about an important ecosystem?

Civilization without destruction

Conservancy Talk

All of the panelists are advocating for change in how we get better at decoupling economic growth from environmental damage. Photo © The Nature Conservancy The true power of nature Our latest research tells us that better management of forests, farms and other ecosystems can deliver at least 20% of the carbon mitigation we need in striving to reach the 2°C goal. “Forests precede civilization; deserts follow.”

Technology to the Rescue for Foresters in the Thick of It

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the conference room, we look at aerial images and stem maps of old-growth forests in similar climates – these will provide the reference conditions for the healthy mosaic we hope to restore. From the Field NatureTech Climate Ecosystem Services Fire Forests Human Well-Being Invasive Species Research Resilience Restoration Technology

New Study: Marine Protection Goals Are on Target, But Still Not Enough

Nature Conservancy - Science

of the world’s ocean area, and found: A small number of large MPAs are responsible for much of the global growth: The 20 largest MPAs account for 60% of the entire global MPA coverage, with an increasing trend to cover remote and off shore areas. This study was the first to plot MPAs alongside coastal density, finding that most MPAs are in areas far away from people, in remote ecosystems that typically have high levels of biodiversity and few conflicting demands for ocean space.

Reforestation for Ozone Removal: An Attractive Option

Nature Conservancy - Science

The study — conducted by researchers from the Conservancy, Dow and the University of Florida — combines air-quality and weather data with a forest growth and mortality model to estimate how much ozone and NOx would be removed by reforesting once-deforested areas. Science air pollution Eco:nomics Ecosystem Services Forests natural infrastructure Smog blankets Houston, Texas. Ozone — together with fine particulates — contributes to smog formation.

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Research: Can Restoring Oyster Reefs Combat Nitrogen Pollution?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The reefs provide other benefits as well, like protecting shorelines, providing food and habitat for fish and filtering water so more light reaches the bottom thus encouraging the growth of seagrass. All indications are that a reef with all its component species — the entire ecosystem — does a far better job at removing nitrogen than oyster aquaculture designed to produce oysters for market. Could restoring oyster reefs combat nitrogen pollution?

Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

Nature Conservancy - Science

But this information is not, by itself, enough to help us make good long-term decisions about investments that are literally altering the shape of coasts and reducing the integrity of ecosystems that have persisted for millennia or longer. Such investments are often driven by the important intentions of reducing poverty, improving well-being and increasing opportunities for growth and social development. Ideas Coral Reefs Economics Ecosystem Services Oceans Valuing Nature

A Breakthrough for Data-Poor Fisheries Starts in Palau

Nature Conservancy - Science

children, population levels will flat-line — no growth and no decline.”. Fish Carmen Revenga conservation Darci Palmquist data-poor fisheries ecosystems fisheries overfishing Palau Stephen Victor Watch video above explaining the new technique for assessing fish stocks in Palau — an approach The Nature Conservancy hopes could be applied to data-poor, resource-poor fisheries around the world. (If If the video is not loading, please refresh the page.).

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Gorgeous! World’s Biggest Tree Captured in One Photograph

Eco Chic

Since I’ve been out in Oregon for the past few months, I’ve been seeking out Old Growth trees (follow my Instagram feed to check out my finds—the shot below is from about a week ago) and reveling in the unique and fantastic ecosystems they are the center of. You can find old growth trees near you (yes, there are some groves on the East Coast and South too), using this incredibly comprehensive list.

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Debate: What Good Are Planetary Boundaries?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The major disagreements of the evening came over 1) whether outlining global limits for the stable functioning of nature (as opposed to tipping points for individual ecosystems) is good science — and 2) whether “limits” are the correct approach to achieving environmental goals. Ecosystems change, but it’s not a domino effect. ” Howarth, Liverman and Galaz: This Is Not Your Father’s Population Control, Limits-on-Growth Debate.

How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

Conservancy Talk

Last year, we installed special structures in the water to foster coral reef growth – and break waves – along 30 meters of Grenada’s economically critical shoreline. Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers. Governments and businesses aren’t going to invest in conservation without data showing the effectiveness of those initiatives. So this is a great opportunity for us – environmentalists – to give them that data.

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Rob McDonald

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservationists have typically viewed cities as the enemy of the environment — to embrace urban growth is akin to heresy. Conservationists have to start asking, ‘How can the natural world sustain 3 billion people in cities and preserve vital species and ecosystems?’”. NatureNet Fellows cities duke university Ecosystem Services municipal nature NatureNet Fellow Rob McDonald urban urban planning Water conservation water use View of the crowded Sao Paulo cityscape.

Toward a Post-Growth Society

The Green Changemakers

This growth imperative trumps all else. It is widely believed that growth is always worth the price that must be paid for it—even when it undermines families, jobs, communities, the environment, and our sense of place and continuity. The Limits of Growth But an expanding body of evidence is now telling us to think again. Americans are substituting growth and consumption for dealing with the real issues—for doing things that would truly make us and the country better off.

Climate report shows iconic cedars of Lebanon in distress (video)

Green Prophet

They are the only old-growth forests in the Middle East, with some trees being more than two thousand years years old. . This is the second film that was produced to document and highlight the devastating impact of global climate change on precious and unique ecosystems in the Middle East. .

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