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Putting Natural Capital to Work: How Business Can Benefit from Landscape-Scale Restoration

Natural Capital Coalition | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Natural Capital Coalition

This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition's series of blogs on natural capital by PJ Marshall, co-founder and executive...

Peru's New President Gets Wealth of Environmental Tools

Forest Trends | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

This story has been adapted from Ecosystem Marketplace By Kelli Barrett When Peru's new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, took office yesterday, he i...

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 4)

William S. Becker | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

The safest and most sensible strategy to combat climate change consists of two parts. The first is to make the transition from carbon-based to carbon-free energy. Second, we should restore and protect the natural ecosystems that store carbon and provide fringe benefits that include water savings, flood protection, wildlife habitat, food security and many other services.

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 3)

William S. Becker | Posted 03.26.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

A technical fix can be the best approach to confronting a challenge. But whenever possible, it should be used in partnership with rather than in place of natural systems.

Survival of the Richest or Radical Living

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Angie Cordeiro

Humans need habitat to survive, to live, and to thrive. Air, water, food, shelter. Reality Check: We are living on a planet with a scarce amount of...

2016 Environmental Performance Rankings Show Progress and Failure

Jared Green | Posted 02.26.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Deforestation in Brazil / Wired Yale University and Columbia University, together with the World Economic Forum, have released the 2016 Environmental...

Gross National Happiness -- Bhutan's Innovative Metric for Good Governance

Meg Lowman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Meg Lowman

With national indices of happiness instead of manufactured goods, Bhutan is perhaps the world's most forward-thinking country in how it measures the ultimate health and well-being of its population. Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) index embraces economic development, environmental conservation, good governance and cultural priorities.

The Renewable Arctic

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Who is advocating for the most renewable resource of the all: the public who would directly and indirectly benefit from the enduring value of the Arctic as a global resource on the conservation of which we can depend for a sustainable future?

Billion Oyster Project

Peter Neill | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

There was a time, not so long ago, when the oyster was poor man's subsistence food, cheap, available and plentiful, and eaten more often than not because one could not afford anything else.

How Ecological Intensification Can Feed the World

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

The economic value of ecosystem services -- specifically nitrogen mineralization and biological control of pests -- could exceed the input costs of pesticides and fertilizers on the global scale, even if adopted on only 10 percent of farmland worldwide.

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Jared Green

GSA ended up creating the second largest green roof in the U.S. at 550,000 square feet, and the third largest in the world. It's so big that a deer actually grazed on the roof, not realizing it was on one.

Got Organics? Re-Thinking the Proposed Organic Checkoff Program

Douglas J. Bruggeman | Posted 07.03.2016 | Green
Douglas J. Bruggeman

"Got Milk" and "Beef, It's What's for Dinner" ad campaigns have become part of the American culture, but few realize they are paid for by the USDA Checkoff programs.

Is Your Balance Sheet an Effective Management Tool for Today and Tomorrow?

Forest Trends | Posted 05.22.2016 | Business
Forest Trends

Water challenges, climate change, and other such issues are changing the business operating context like nothing we've ever seen before. Future-oriented companies are beginning to consider and account for impacts -- with the plan of out-competing laggards to this change in context and business measures.

The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance

Forest Trends | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

About This Series  Colombia's Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which they depend. Bu...

Lawns: It's Time to Rethink This Property Right in Southern California

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For years, I've maintained that education, not government-sanctioned coercion, would be the best way to help us live within our water means. I don't believe that now.

World Catching On to Importance of Blue Economy

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

Humans have always depended on the "blue" covering most of our planet. Yet only recently have we become more aware of the magnitude of our impacts -- and realized what we must do to conserve and be able to continue to benefit from these waters.

Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

To some, protected areas may seem like "traditional" conservation -- setting aside pristine places for the benefit of wildlife. And to be sure, protecting biodiversity remains at the very core of every conservation strategy in our toolbox. But protected areas also do much more.

In Sydney: Recommitting To Wildlife And Parks

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.

10 Things You'd Miss If the Ocean Called It Quits

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

It is pretty obvious that we wouldn't do well without the benefits provided by a healthy ocean. In fact, we most likely would not survive. The good news is that many people are realizing what is at stake; even global and national leaders are catching on.

Despite Its Remoteness, Antarctica's Health Matters

Greg Stone | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

Whether or not you have ever eaten a piece of Antarctic fish or a krill oil dietary supplement, this spectacular place is meaningful to your life. The stark beauty of its land and sea matter to us, as do the lives of the iconic animals that call it home.

L.A.'s Drought Response: An Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti and the Office of Sustainability

Lisa Novick | Posted 11.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.

Balancing Nature and Human Needs on the Designer Ark

David Wilkie | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

I can live with rabbits in my garden, even if I don't like them. Let's do all we can to people whose homes are in or around national parks and protected areas, to live with wildlife that they would likewise prefer to live without.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted t...

Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

Forest Trends | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Almir Surui was ten years old when the first logging truck came to his tiny village deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It came to chop down a single stand...