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

  • 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

  • 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 Basics of Slope Stability Analysis for Geosynthetics

    Slope stability analysis is vital to preventing slope failures in a variety of engineering applications including landfill design, roads, dams and embankments, to name a few. Proper analysis anticipates both natural and manmade slopes and failure of foundations and retaining walls. This blog covers the necessity of slope stability analysis, how to conduct the analysis and the role of ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • 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

  • An experimental framework for ecosystem capital accounting in Europe

    Ecosystem accounts are being developed as part of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts which aims at supplementing the UN System of National Accounts with information on the environment and natural capital. The purpose is to broaden the scope of the variables taken into account in policymaking in order to improve understanding of the interdependence and interactions between the economy ...

  • Sustainable development, gender inequality and human resource capital

    Human resources are central to economic development and can be increased in value and productivity by investment in human beings, for example in their education and health. But for a considerable period in the past, economists stressed the importance of the accumulation of man-made physical capital for economic growth and development, to the neglect of human resource capital. Nevertheless, in the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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