natural capital Articles

  • What Is Natural Capital, Anyway?

    Wikipedia defines natural capital as “the stock of natural ecosystems that yields a flow of valuable ecosystem goods or services into the future” — a definition that’s begging to be translated into plain English. In this easy-to-comprehend, and at times hilarious, video from the ...


    By Ensia

  • The Natural Capital Opportunity

    Trucost’s research for the TEEB for Business Coalition, Natural Capital at Risk, estimates the environmental externalities of business are costing the global economy around $7.3 trillion a year, equivalent to China's GDP in 2011. The report Natural Capital at ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • How important is natural capital in terms of sustaining real output? Revisiting the natural capital/human-made capital substitutability debate

    This paper revisits the natural capital/human-made capital substitutability debate by putting forward a production function incorporating the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Use of this alternative production function shows that, where relevant, the elasticity of substitution between natural capital and human-made capital is less than one. Moreover, as attempts are made to increase the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • iNatural Capital

    Anyone who stumbled into the packed room could be forgiven for thinking that a new iGismo was about to be launched. There was a palpable buzz at this week's Policy Exchange event on securing the value of nature. Professor Dieter Helm, Chair of the UK Government's Natural Capital Committee, said that biodiversity is ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Natural Capital at Risk - The Top 100 Externalities of Business

    1. Foreward This report offers a high level perspective on the world’s biggest natural capital risks for business, investors and governments. To provide a business perspective, it presents natural capital risk in financial terms. In doing so, it finds that the world’s 100 biggest risks are costing the economy around $4.7 trillion per year in terms of the ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Investment in natural capital for risk reduction – an opportunity not a cost

    Wetlands International South Asia - At the session on ‘Economic aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction’at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai on 16 March, the JICA Vice President, Mr. Kiyushi Kodera indicated that over 85% of ODI related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was still ex-post, for relief and reconstruction. This is taking place despite the proven ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Leading banks commit to valuing natural capital

    Leading banks commit to Valuing Natural Capital Risk at Rio+20, but why, and how will this translate into action? The CEOs of 37 major financial institutions announced that they would be integrating natural capital considerations into their products and services as a result of their commitment to the UN backed Natural ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • What`s the Best Air Pollution Control Technology for My Process?

    Air pollution control equipment is not something that business owners address by saying, “Let’s do the right thing for the environment and install an oxidizer!” In fact, the scenario is more likely to be “We need to increase productivity (always a good thing!), but that will put us over our annual emissions limits. Do we know what we will need? Where do we start? Who can ...

  • Transformational adaptation – when climate change means business as usual is no longer possible

    1. A lesson from the past Deep in the central Sahara, a crumbling mud-brick town sits at the edge of a dry lake bed. This is the medieval town of Germa, in southwestern Libya, one of a string of settlements along the Wadi al-Ajal, a valley defined by the towering dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea to the north, and the black cliffs of the Messak Settafet plateau to the south. Germa is romantic ...


    By Garama 3C Ltd

  • The predictive potential of intellectual capital

    Intellectual capital comprises intangible assets to include market, intellectual property, infrastructure and human centred assets. In some organisations, notably service organisations and those dependent upon information technology, intangible assets now outweigh tangibles in their importance to the organisation. Indeed, possession of tangible assets such as machinery, buildings and cash is only ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How to achieve triple bottom line sustainability benefits on airport runway projects

    CH2M delivers best-in-class sustainable approaches for airport clients worldwide by constantly seeking opportunities to apply sustainable development and design concepts. From planning through plowing, CH2M is leading the development of the most sustainable runway projects in the U.S. Through our life-cycle approach, airport clients have experienced significant benefits such as ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • On the definition of the natural capital of soils: A framework for description, evaluation, and monitoring

    The unknown consequences and potential impacts of mankind's ability to destroy, alter, or manipulate ecosystems on a vast scale drives our need to better understand the earth system. A fundamental challenge for soil science in the 21st century is to understand the role of soil processes in relation to the function of the earth system. The rationale for developing a definition of soil natural ...

  • Managing natural capital at a NZ University: toward a comprehensive accountability model

    The objective of this paper was to use a modified Jones (1996) natural capital inventory model to construct a baseline inventory of species, as well as the number of individual specimens against which future increases and decreases in the fern inventory of NZ University can be measured. By comparing historical records to the fern inventory, the paper provides some preliminary views on the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investing in sustainable development: the reproduction of manmade, human, natural and social capital

    Sustainability as described in Agenda 21 is characterised by a complex system of interacting targets in four dimensions social, environmental, economic and institutional. This four-dimensional approach is illustrated with a new communicative tool based on a spherical structure, the "prism of sustainability". In the economic debate, these dimensions of sustainability are well known; they ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Coming Capital Crisis

     Abstract Today’s wastewater utility stands at a crossroads. They can continue to do business as usual (Path A) and see their rates increase at three times the rate of inflation for the indefinite future due to enormous increases in capital costs. Or, they can become capital efficient (Path B) as the private sector has and keep rates affordable. To understand why utilities have arrived ...

  • Valuing water to make the best of capital

    Running down resources carries a high price tag. Four of the 10 cities with the highest water tariffs globally are in water-scarce Australia. Among them is Adelaide, which taps water from the River Murray. The Murray-Darling Basin includes half of Victoria and generates one-third of Australia's ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Environmental sustainability and capital investment appraisal

    Capital investment appraisal and its associated techniques are discussed in relation to the environment and its sustainability. Economic feasibility is to be linked to health, safety and comfort as well as conservation, preservation and regeneration. Environmental policies must be integrated with capital investment decisions; this is because conventional investment appraisal procedures are often ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Capital accumulation, technological progress and environment

    The paper deals with the problem of the relation between capital accumulation and the carrying capacity of the ecosphere for humankind. The approach is that of ecological economics, which utilises laws and models of ecological sciences to model some aspects of economic systems and their interaction with 'other' ecological systems. Being the analysis of this relation a very hard task, the article ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Human Capital 2010: The Future of Management

    On 30th September 2010 the Human Capital Forum will bring together some leading thinkers to present at a ground-breaking conference on the future of management. At the end of a decade that has seen major organisational failures through accountancy scandals, excessive risk-taking by the banks and a high rate of failure in merger activity, this conference will explore the extent to which poor ...


    By Article 13

  • Microfinance, social capital and natural resource management systems: conceptual issues and empirical evidences

    This paper attempts to trace the causes and consequences of natural resources' degradation as stated from various reviews. The paper also attempts to link poverty, environmental degradation and conceptual issues involved in recovery of natural resources through building social capital. This is a review of various papers on microfinance programmes undertaken in natural resource management ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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