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How Carbon Trading Can Help Preserve Coastal Ecosystems
Introduction The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet, storing and cycling 93% of the earth’s CO2 . The ocean’s vegetated habitats, in particular mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses, comprise only 0.05% of the plant biomass, but store equal amount of carbon as terrestrial biomass per year, and thus stand among the most efficient carbon sink. However, the rate of loss of these so-called blue carbon ecosystems is the highest amongst all ecosystems. If more action is not taken to...
Green Urban Infrastructure: Assessing Potential Ecosystem Services in Urban Cities
Cities all over the world are currently experiencing climate change caused by rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Fortunately, cities may mitigate GHG concentrations by incorporating vegetation into green urban infrastructure (GUI) to develop parks, green roofs, waterways, and other structures. For example, plants sequester carbon (C) by removing atmospheric CO2 and incorporating it into their tissues through photosynthesis, behaving as carbon sinks1. GUI may also remove urban air pollutants,...
Can nature help reduce the impacts of climate change?
Building and managing a well-planned network of natural areas might provide an effective and, in many cases, cheaper solution for coping with natural disasters such as floods or landslides. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores how ‘green infrastructure’ can help Europe prepare for and reduce the loss from weather- and climate-related hazards. Weather- and climate-related hazards, including extreme precipitation, floods, wet mass movement (e.g. avalanches and...
Investment in resource innovation needed for a key tech ecosystem
We are living in a time of major transitions, and we are at the beginning of a new innovation supercycle. With more than 9,000 technology companies currently calling British Columbia home, there’s no shortage of support and enthusiasm for our burgeoning hub for startup ventures. But while we pride ourselves on cultivating new businesses at the startup level, we are neglecting to provide adequate support and funding for the next critical stages that will grow and scale successful Canadian companies. With a...
Effects of different management regimes on mangrove ecosystem services in Java, Indonesia
This new report, published by Wageningen University and Wetlands International, seeks to fill a significant gap in mangrove ecosystem service estimates. While several studies have sought to measure and value the ecosystem services provided by mangrove ecosystems in general, this new piece of research has for the first time conducted separate evaluations for zones that are characterised by distinct management activities – so-called ‘management regimes’, which include protected, rehabilitated,...