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Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

To Achieve Scale, REDD Must Embrace Satellite Technology

Carbon projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) can save rainforests and slow climate change by keeping carbon locked in trees, but this mechanism and its sibling, REDD+, can only scale up if investors will know how many trees there are, and how much carbon is stored within them and

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Green vs. Gray Infrastructure: When Nature Trumps Concrete

People often don’t think of forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other natural ecosystems as forms of infrastructure. But they are. Forests, for instance, can prevent silt and pollutants from entering streams that supply freshwater to downstream cities and businesses. They can act as natural water filtration plants. As such, they are a form of “green

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Indonesia’s Mangrove Loss Threatens Community Resilience

Millions of hectares of mangrove forests in Indonesia are being lost to agriculture, oil palm plantations and even fish farms, making coastal communities more vulnerable to the force of tropical storms and the loss of livelihoods and products. “There’s quite a lot of evidence that mangroves reduce wave and wind energy in relation to storms,

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

New Report Evaluates Progress of Everglades Restoration Plan

Twelve years into a multibillion-dollar state and federal effort to save the Florida Everglades, little progress has been made in restoring the core of the ecosystem, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council.  Expedited restoration projects that improve the quality and amount of water in this area are necessary to reverse

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Code REDD Campaign to Save World’s Threatened Forests Illuminates Rio+20

Thousands of people from around the globe gathered at Arcos da Lapa last night to support the launch of Code REDD, an emergency action campaign to save the threatened forests of the world. The celebration of the Code REDD Campaign launch got under way as the historic Arcos da Lapa aqueduct in the heart of

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

24 Leading Companies Band Together at Rio+20 to Value Natural Capital

As world leaders and global companies descend on Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 24 major companies representing over $500 billion in combined revenues — Alcoa, CH2M HILL, The Clorox Company, Coca-Cola, Darden Restaurants, Dell, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, Ecolab, EKO Asset Management, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FEMSA, General Motors, Hanesbrands, Kimberly-Clark,

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Landsat Sets the Standard for Maps of World’s Forests

NASA’s Earth-observing fleet of satellites provides a worldwide and unbiased view with standardized scientific data—information crucial for tracking the health of the world’s forests. Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA satellites to track and measure their forests in advance of a United Nations effort to reduce climate change by providing “carbon credits” for

Monday, June 18th, 2012

U.S. and Others to Restore 18 Million Hectares of Forest

U.S. Forest Service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host of other benefits, according to IUCN.

Friday, June 15th, 2012

As World Warms, Conservation Evolves

A landmark book released by the Wildlife Conservation Society through Island Press shows that people in diverse environments around the world are moving from climate science to conservation action to ensure their natural systems, wildlife and livelihoods can withstand the pressures of global warming.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Global Warming Threat Seen in Fertile Soil of Northeastern U.S. Forests

Vast stores of carbon in U.S. forest soils could be released by rising global temperatures, according to a study by UC Irvine and other researchers in a recent online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists found that heating soil in Wisconsin and North Carolina woodlands by 10 and 20 degrees

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