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Putting a Price Tag on Nature’s Defenses

Putting a Price Tag on Nature’s Defenses | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A new study estimates the trillions of dollars of protection that ecosystems provide, although not everyone buys the premise.
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Defenses provided by ecosystem services like coral reefs etc. are worth $142.7 trillion a year but our current economic system is destroying these services at a rate of 16.2 trillion dollars a year.

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What’s Wrong with Putting a Price on Nature?

What’s Wrong with Putting a Price on Nature? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The concept of pricing ecosystem services and allowing them to be bought and sold has gained wide acceptance among conservationists in recent years.

 

Excellent article in Yale's Environment 360 on the debate about pricing of natural capital.

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Nature as Capital? Or Nature as Inspiration?

Nature as Capital?  Or Nature as Inspiration? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We all too often in today’s prevailing business paradigm see the world around us through anthropocentric eyes. We view the world as a collection of things to be utilised for human consumption. Nature and the ‘ecosystem services’ that flow from nature are viewed in terms of the value they provide us. Often, within ‘sustainability programmes’ biodiversity is valued in terms of how it benefits the human stakeholder groups involved. This rather incomplete view of nature and life (encouraged through reductionist, mechanistic world views) rather overlooks the deeply important truth that life is an interconnected web of life; where ecosystems are systems of interconnected life with humans a strand within this diverse and rich fabric of life.

 

Good article on two differing views of "valuing" nature and the problem of "monetising" natural capital.

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EU Environment Ministers put lobbying interest first

The Environment Council caves in to lobbying interests and waters down Commission proposals for biodiversity and resource efficiency, confirming again that this is not the European Union we should continue defending.

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GRI Proposes Metrics for Firms’ Ecosystem Benefits

GRI Proposes Metrics for Firms’ Ecosystem Benefits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The Global Reporting Initiative has proposed a new approach for organizations to examine ecosystems as “service providers."

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More growth, not less, is the best hope for averting a sixth great extinction

More growth, not less, is the best hope for averting a sixth great extinction | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Over the past few centuries mankind’s economic growth has caused many of the problems that other species face. But as our special report this week argues, greater human prosperity now offers other species their best chance of hanging on.
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Very smart but deceptive article in the Economist on the link between biodiversity and economic growth. Two problems: it equates 'greater human prosperity' with growth and leaves out the social justice factor as an important dimension of why poor countries do even worse on biodiversity protection.

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Putting a price on the rivers and rain diminishes us all

Putting a price on the rivers and rain diminishes us all | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"By turning the natural world into a subsidiary of the corporate economy, it reasserts the biblical doctrine of dominion. It slices the biosphere into component commodities: already the government's task force is talking of "unbundling" ecosystem services, a term borrowed from previous privatisations. This might make financial sense; it makes no ecological sense. The more we learn about the natural world, the more we discover that its functions cannot be safely disaggregated."

 

Good article by George Monbiot on the monetisation of nature.

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Is business getting serious on risks of ecosystems collapse?

"Companies depend on and impact the services that healthy ecosystems provide such as freshwater, wood, water purification, carbon sequestration, pollination and natural hazard protection. Degradation of these “ecosystem services,” therefore, can pose a number of risks to corporate performance, as well as create new business opportunities. Making the connection between the health of ecosystems and the business bottom line is essential – but how?"

 

Interesting new report written by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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Can Ecological Corridors Heal Fragmented Landscapes?

Can Ecological Corridors Heal Fragmented Landscapes? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Conservationists have long called for creating corridors that would enable large mammals and other wildlife to roam more freely across an increasingly developed planet.

Interesting and convincing article questioning one of the basic instruments of conservation policy.

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Biodiversity On Earth Plummets, Despite Growth in Protected Habitats

Biodiversity On Earth Plummets, Despite Growth in Protected Habitats | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
This good Huffington Post story explains why the fight against biodiversity loss will need a lot more than protecting habitats and why a radical rethinki of conservation policies is required.
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