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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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Wells Fargo: The Strongest 'Buy' In Banking - Seeking Alpha

"Last week, Wells Fargo announced a record $2.8 billion in loan commitments and tax equity financing in 2011 to businesses and projects with a direct positive impact on the environment.

These are the types of things banks need to be doing to build up a positive reputation, leading to increased costumers, and thus increased revenue.

 

Everything is about going green and helping the environment and the economy now, so if banks were smart, they would capitalize on this like Wells Fargo does. The head of Wells Fargo Environmental Finance, Barry Neal, states that recent developments in renewable energy, green building, and other environmental markets are providing a strong base to stimulate global economic growth, and facilitate the flow of important financial support for a variety of green enterprises. "As our investments and lending activity demonstrate, Wells Fargo has long recognized this opportunity and the need to support our customers, who are leading the way in creating a better, more sustainable future," Neal said. This is exactly the type of innovative thinking companies need to keep up with the current economic trends."

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Industry: Get your own water! (India)

Industry: Get your own water! (India) | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Business & ecosystem services - competition for water supply.

 

"The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to...consider feasibility of insisting upon every major industry that requires large quantity of water to have its own water resource facility rather than using/diverting the water that is being meant for drinking/irrigation purposes.”

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BB e WWF-Brasil discutem agenda ambiental em SP - Diário do Grande ABC

Brazilian workshop on biodiversity & finance sector, BBOP...

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Artificial reef up for review at workshop in Dana Point

Artificial reef up for review at workshop in Dana Point | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Env offset: a 174-acre artificial reef built in 2008 by Southern California Edison off San Clemente - built in response to a 1991 order by the Coastal Commission to mitigate the nuclear plant's possible adverse effects on sea life. The reef now sustains a kelp forest that is home to thousands of fish and other marine animals.

 

Background from 2008 OC Register article (http://www.ocregister.com/news/kelp-194144-reef-edison.html):

"a $40 million effort to expand beds of giant kelp offshore. The power company's goal: a 2.5-mile, 150-acre artificial reef vibrant with the fish, crabs and other creatures that make a living from the tips of the kelp strands down to their "roots" on the rocks below.

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Edison's project is meant as compensation for environmental damage thought to be caused by the San Onofre nuclear plant, which the power giant operates. It isn't a problem with radiation, but with the movement of sand on the ocean floor.

The nuclear plant's cooling system pulls ocean water in, then expels it. The sand stirred up in the process could be covering up rocks on the bottom, preventing kelp spores from settling there, forming attachments and growing their huge strands.

Years ago, Edison reached an agreement with the California Coastal Commission to create the artificial reef."

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Western Australia env offset for airport road construction

Main Roads has released its $1 billion plan for the network of freeways and interchanges around Perth Airport which, according to Transport Minister Troy Buswell, is going to be the biggest road project in Perth's history.

 

Brief mention of offset: "[the plan] includes approval of the environmental offset that will outline how the project will compensate for any impact such as to potential Black Cockatoo feeding habitat and wetlands"

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CA suspends Dept of Fish & Game conservation banking program - Sacramento Business Journal

CA suspends Dept of Fish & Game conservation banking program - Sacramento Business Journal | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Whoa. State budget woes impact conservation banking business in CA.

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New BioBank in New South Wales (AUS), owned by indigenous Wonnarua nation

New BioBank in New South Wales (AUS), owned by indigenous Wonnarua nation | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
It is being used as a biodiversity offset for the Minimbah Bank Third Rail Track project but as a biobank site will remain under Wonnarua ownership and control.President of the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation
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DOI Guidelines about Wind Energy Siting

Released March 23, 2012. Voluntary, supposed to help avoid impacts to birds/bats/habitat.

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Meeting of minds: Gaurdian.co.uk Live blog from the Skoll World Forum

Meeting of minds: Gaurdian.co.uk Live blog from the Skoll World Forum | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Join us for two days of live blogging from Oxford and find out what the world's leading social entrepreneurs and talking about...

Looks good. I'll have to dig in and see if there are any gems.

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New IIED pollinator handbook - press release

New IIED pollinator handbook - press release | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Press release about the IIED pollinator handbook. Good quotes.

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nature_in_performance.pdf

WRI report discusses ways in which companies can incorporate considerations of ecosystem services into business performance systems such as corporate strategy development procedures, product design guidelines, environmental impact assessments, and sustainability reporting.

 

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Distributes $2 Million In 2011

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) awarded $2 million to conservation projects around the globe in 2011, the highest amount ever contributed in a single year.


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Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services

...or... water supply/quantity as ecosystem service and what to do about it.

 

Haven't read it yet.

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Bad Credit: How Pollution Trading Fails the Environment | Food & Water Watch

Bad Credit: How Pollution Trading Fails the Environment | Food & Water Watch | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
For the past 25 years, emissions trading, known more recently as cap-and-trade, has been promot­ed as the best strategy for solving pollution prob­lems.

 

Haven't read it yet, but here's a report critical of 'pollution trading'

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San Onofre artificial reef not meeting state standards

San Onofre artificial reef not meeting state standards | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Env offset/ artificial reef not meeting [all] standards. Nice follow-up slideshow to previous article, with much more info on the artificial reef project. The article title - that it's not meeting standards  - isn't quite nuanced as there seem to be a lot of indicators, and the project is meeting many of these. Don't know all the details, but it's interesting.

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Environment Bank and mission markets launch online conservation credit platform on Environmental Expert

Environment Bank and mission markets launch online conservation credit platform on Environmental Expert | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
LONDON -- The Environment Bank today launches the first online ‘conservation credit’ trading platform.  The Environment Bank, the first ...
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New PES system being developed in Thailand

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation plans to launch a trial Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme at five national parks and one wildlife sanctuary.

 

They're not sure what form it'll take: "For Thailand we might do it in the form of a law, on a voluntary basis or possibly by corporate social responsibility. The fund will be distributed to the communities who are in charge of the natural resources," said Mr Songtham. [director of the National Park Research Division]"

 

Why in parks? They're investigating "a possibility that visitors might have to pay more for PES services", aka higher park entrance fees?

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Scrub jays can coexist with Deltona development - Opinion

Deltona FL starting a conservation bank for scrub jays.

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Foresters, Tree Farmers, and Conservationists Applaud Rep. Wilcox for Protecting Rural Jobs & Renewable Energy

Can't tell exactly how this changes (?) the mitigation landscape in WA state. Does the bill just... allow an existing state incentive program for riparian restoration... to be used for mitigation in other statory areas? Confusing.

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Towards a new capitalism: Skoll World Forum live blog day two?

Towards a new capitalism: Skoll World Forum live blog day two? | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it
Transforming markets to save forests, branding as a tool for social change and how empathy is a key leadership quality...

Day 2, where is day 3?

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ESA blawg :: House Oversight Hearings: merely theater, or a preview of Endangered Species Act reform?

ESA blawg :: House Oversight Hearings: merely theater, or a preview of Endangered Species Act reform? | Nature + Economics | Scoop.it

Really nice blog post about House discussions on US Endangered Species Act reform & arguments for & against it, power of the purse, etc. I like this thought: "In substance, the policy choices in the ESA create what the Congressional Research Service calls conflicting values. In other words, the ESA forces humans to forego their ambitions and desires to benefit other species. While it may be easy for a crusading urban environmentalist to demand a sacrifice, the pain is felt more acutely by the rural farmer whose access to water is denied. So one of the fundamental problems with the Endangered Species Act, one that arises again and again, is a fundamental disagreement over whether, and to what extent, humans should sacrifice to protect other species."

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SocioEconomicEvalPollinatorFriendlyPractices.pdf

The unfortunately named Handbook for Participatory Socioeconomic Evaluation of Pollinator-Friendly Practices from IIED. This is a better description: "a handbook that smallholder farmers and organizations that work with them can use to identify such pollinator-friendly practices and evaluate their impacts on livelihoods, incomes and health."

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Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress Report - MarketWatch (press release)

Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress ReportMarketWatch (press release)Recycle the water used by the Company in its manufacturing processes and return it back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life.
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