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Environmental markets' news & resources: species, wetlands, habitat and biodiversity.

From May 2013, Madsen Environmental has handed over these reins. I'll continue the focus and trends of Nature+Economics here, and post on similar themes. Follow, suggest a Scoop, and offer advice and feedback as I curate
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Accounting for pollution likely within a decade - group | Reuters

Accounting for pollution likely within a decade - group | Reuters | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
* Companies, countries plan to put nature on balance sheet * Regulators, stock markets study ways to value pollution * Fifty-seven nations agree to revise national accounting * Resource losses seen...

"Companies that signed onto the natural capital accounting commitments include Puma <PUMA.L > Unilever Wal-Mart , Woolworths Holdings and Standard Chartered"

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Earthblawg: May 2012 in Review

Earthblawg: May 2012 in Review | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
FACTS & FIGURES The Center for Biological Diversity issued a report indicating the ESA is a success.  The Committee on Natural...
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Accenture Summary of 2010 UN Global Compact CEO Survey

Source: United Nations Global Compact CEO Survey 2010 (based on 766 completed responses)

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Deloitte | No Water, No Energy. No Energy, | Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies

Deloitte | No Water, No Energy. No Energy, | Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies.
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SABMiller: tackling the ripple effect of water scarcity

SABMiller: tackling the ripple effect of water scarcity | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Brewer is exploring many new ways of conserving water by using risk assessments to justify allocation of resources...
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Kangaroo rat habitat costs SANBAG $13.3 million ($175k/acre)

Kangaroo rat habitat costs SANBAG $13.3 million ($175k/acre) | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

The improvements... will disturb 29.3 acres of kangaroo rat habitat... According to SANBAG, the only option is to buy 76 acres owned by Vulcan Materials Co., which purchased the land as a habitat “bank.”..SANBAG will pay $175,000 per acre, which is $75,000 less per acre than Vulcan normally charges, according to a report given to officials. The difference between the actual and usual sales price can be considered a charitable donation, the report said.

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CGLI - good resource re: water/ecosystem service tool analysis

You wouldn't know it from it's title, but this is actually a great resource for understanding tools out there to measure ecosystem services - in this case, services related to water. Various tools were reviewed, metrics considered, tools applied to four different industries. Very nice approach and a lot of useful information.

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BSR's report "The Quiet (R)Evolution in Expectations of Corporate Environmental Performance

Great summary of corp engagement in ES to date, trends there. Nice set of 23 cases of business engagement in ES. Interesting to note that of 23 examples, only 3(ish, debatable) intimate monetary returns - RioTinto re: investigation of offsets opportunties of lands they own; Goldman Sachs in env market opportunities; Dow saying they expect $10 mill investment in ES partnership to have "real returns to our company and our world". The rest just mention they are assesing their impact/dependencies, consider ES in siting new operations or consider ES impacts of operations (esp extractive), bunch of goodwill stuff incl research, managing lands for ES, voluntary reporting (Puma)

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Ecological Economics - Where is the consensus? A proposed foundation for moving ecosystem service concepts into practice

Ecological Economics - Where is the consensus? A proposed foundation for moving ecosystem service concepts into practice | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

operational ES definition. Framework. Wonky stuff.

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Work in Progress: Ecosystem Service Tools Overview

Work in Progress: Ecosystem Service Tools Overview | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Thought I’d share an overview I’ve been working on to simplify the expanding suite of tools available to identify, measure, value and track ecosystem services. This overview is written ...
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Wetlands expert suspended by DEP after she refuses to approve permit - Tampa Bay Times

Wetlands expert suspended by DEP after she refuses to approve permit  - Tampa Bay Times | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
The DEP suspends a top wetlands expert after she refuses to approve a permit.
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Nature's Own Hedge Fund

Nature's Own Hedge Fund | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Under the leadership of a Goldman Sachs alum, the Nature Conservancy's investment returns and corporate partnerships are upending the nonprofit green world...
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Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership Launches | WRI Insights

Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership Launches | WRI Insights | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
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Scientists Find Oil-Eating Bacteria Plentiful in Deep Gulf Waters

Scientists Find Oil-Eating Bacteria Plentiful in Deep Gulf Waters | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Oil-eating bacteria exist in significant quantities even in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and may be breaking down submerged oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak faster than previously believed, scientists are reporting.

 

Not new news, but a great example of nature's services.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises: creating a water sustainable business

Coca-Cola Enterprises: creating a water sustainable business | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Water is key issue for the company, which aims to significantly reduce its usage and invest in community-based programmes...
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Florida's top wetlands expert reinstated, but details remain murky - Tampa Bay Times

Florida's top wetlands expert reinstated, but details remain murky - Tampa Bay Times | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
She had refused to okay a mitigation permit. The state's top wetlands expert has been reinstated after a three-week investigation, but the question of who initiated it and why remains unclear.
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Oil industry, Texas, NM focus on lizard habitat

HOUSTON (AP) — The energy industry has made enough progress toward conserving a rare lizard's habitat in Texas and New Mexico that its efforts may help prevent the reptile from being listed as an endangered species, a designation that could harm...

"About 95 percent of the dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat in New Mexico and more than 70 percent of it in West Texas are now under voluntary "conservation" contracts. The agreements mean ranchers, the energy industry and the states agree to avoid the habitat or pay a fee if they can't"

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FSC ForCES Pilot

FSC ForCES Pilot | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Whoa - FSC wants to certify ecosystem services. They're looking at how to "evaluate and reward the provision of critical ecosystem services, such as biodiversity conservation, watershed protection and carbon storage/sequestration."

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IPIECA guidance on BES for Oil & Gas Sector

The aim of this guide is threefold. Firstly, it explains the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and the oil and gas industry. Secondly, it provides a set of checklists to help identify the main ecosystem service dependencies and impacts of oil and gas developments. Thirdly, it highlights key associated risks and opportunities for oil and gas companies, and provides guidance on potential measures for managing them

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Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES): 2011 Update

People who like to think about thinking, making a nice classification system for ES. I like the simple table. Bit better than WRI's table in the ESR.

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Good synthesis report of ES in Europe

From 2011. Nice reference. Discussion of what it might mean to take an ES approach in policy. Indicators & mapping discussion. Some nice map examples of measuring ES - seems to be using diff models than I've seen in US.

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Voluntary Carbon Offsetting Hits Three-Year High

Voluntary Carbon Offsetting Hits Three-Year High | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

The market for voluntary carbon offsetting hit a three-year high in 2011, transacting more than $576 million of offsets, second only to 2008’s record $776 million... “US buying is coming from corporate commitments to grow the marketplace based on their desire to make a domestic impact,” said Ecosystem Marketplace Carbon Program Manager Molly Peters-Stanley. “This more than compensated for the loss of federal pre-compliance positioning.”

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Freakonomics » Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line?

Freakonomics » Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line? | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Yea! I heart freakonomics and now they covered a topic near & dear to my heart.

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