natural capital dependency Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean

    Executive Summary Tropical coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, and seagrasses—provide a range of valuable goods and services to people and economies across the Caribbean. These ecosystems contribute to tourism, fisheries, shoreline protection, and more. However, despite their importance, coastal ecosystems are under threat from numerous human ...

  • The Nature of the New World

    We recently entered a new century, but we are also entering a new world, one where the collisions between our demands and the earth’s capacity to satisfy them are becoming daily events. It may be another crop-withering heat wave, another village abandoned because of invading sand dunes, or another aquifer pumped dry. If we do not act quickly to reverse the trends, these seemingly isolated events ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Big business and the Amazon: protecting nature’s benefits

    The Amazon rainforest boasts incomparable biodiversity– home to one in 10 of all known species— and plays a vital role in regional water supply and global climate regulation. Yet, it is also a profitable working forest, benefitting both local businesses and international corporations. Trying to ...

  • Digester Developer Taps Natural Gas Markets

    IN the late 1990s, Dan Eastman and two colleagues were researching business opportunities in the renewable energy industry. They were looking for a commercially viable technology that could take renewable energy from an experimental phase to a solid business investment. In 1999, Eastman and his partners founded Microgy, Inc., with its base in Wisconsin. The company licensed the Xergi anaerobic ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Mongolia - Environment and natural resource management socio-economic survey (ENRMSS 2010)

    Mongolia has very significant natural resources and a large part of the population is dependent on them for their daily living. The impact of the state of the environment on the living standards of herders is obvious, but also Mongolians living in the capital Ulaanbaatar have learned that air pollution, especially in winter, and other environmental problems have a deep impact on their living ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Feasibility of landfill gas as a liquefied natural gas fuel source for refuse trucks

    The purpose of this paper is to develop a methodology to evaluate the feasibility of using landfill gas (LFG) as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel source for heavy-duty refuse trucks operating on landfills. Using LFG as a vehicle fuel can make the landfills more self-sustaining, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and reduce emissions and greenhouse gases. Acrion Technologies Inc. in ...

  • Ecological Footprint forecasting and estimating using neural networks and DEA

    There is a growing consensus that social and economic sustainability depends on limited natural capital. Ecological Footprint (EF) provides an alternative tool to account for natural capital. This study presents two models to research Wuhan's natural capital: first using Genetic Algorithm Neural Networks (GANN) model to forecast the EF; second, employing the DEA model to estimate the ecosystem ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Driving sustainable investment decision making

    We help investors understand the economic consequences of natural capital dependency in order to identify risk and opportunity from growing natural resource pressures and increasing environmental regulation Natural capital liabilities such as carbon, water, resource dependency, pollutants and waste are threatening the ability of our natural ecosystems to deliver economic growth. The impact is ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Promoting learning processes for public participation in sustainable development: lessons and experiences from action research in Southern Thailand

    The Masters Program in Environmental Education at the Prince of Songkla University in Southern Thailand has adopted an approach to combining environmental education with community learning. Students are encouraged to take environmental education by conducting participatory action research in collaboration with communities and schools. It includes development of a learning process to suit target ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The New Water Paradigm, human capabilities and strong sustainability

    The ethical power of the New Water Paradigm (NWP) is assessed using a capabilities approach and theory of strong sustainability. The concepts of strong vs. weak sustainability, natural capital, and ecosystem services are explained, and the Old Water Paradigm (OWP) is contrasted with ecological claims at the core of the NWP. The analysis suggests that the NWP should enhance the capacity of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental sustainability: issues of definition and measurement

    Operationalisation of the concept of sustainable development requires the formulation of sustainability indicators and of techniques to assess scores on such indicators. A flexible approach is proposed, which incorporates several normative issues (including intergenerational welfare and substitution of manufactured capital for natural capital) and leads to a choice of location-specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of Non-Condensable Gases on geothermal power plant performance. Case study: Kizildere Geothermal Power Plant-Turkey

    Non-Condensable Gases (NCGs) are natural components of geothermal fluids, and they are a source of considerable capital and operating costs for power plants. The NCG content of geothermal steam varies over the world from almost zero to as much as 25% (wt). In this work, the influence of NCGs on the thermodynamic performance of geothermal power plants is analysed for various NCG content and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The impact of robots on socio-environmental fields

    Robots – machines with artificial intelligence, physical movement, and environmental awareness – are increasing in sophistication and areas of use. Robots entered society in substantial numbers only 40 years ago as factory labour. They now occupy homes, hospitals, farms, and battlefields as an unpaid caste in a split-labour market. Their capacity for autonomous behaviour and experiential learning ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Soil resource efficiency in urbanised areas - analytical framework and implications for governance

    Soil is a limited and non-renewable resource — implying that its supply is limited — of which a lot of functional demands are made. As well as the use of the soil resource for growing food, which has been done for millennia, the many and diverse services that can be derived from it are in particularly high demand in urbanised spaces, as these areas are where economic development and ...

  • Deprivation of females in Kondh-dominated villages in rural Orissa: evidence and economic explanations

    Economic theories of the family, of gender discrimination and deprivation within the family are examined in the context of three Kondh-dominated tribal villages, relying on a survey. Background information about the groups surveyed, the study area and nature of the survey are provided and the resource endowments of interviewed wives and their families and their economic status are outlined. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Amenity migration and sustainable development in remote resource-based communities: lessons from northern British Columbia

    Development in northern British Columbia (BC) has focused on resource-based exports, frustrating efforts to promote self-sustaining development. The paper reports on a pilot study testing the applicability of the 2006 Vancouver Declaration on a 'new governance paradigm for managing human settlements' to northern BC. Fieldwork focused on two small northern BC settlements. Semi-structured ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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