A growing body of evidence shows wetlands and reefs reduce flooding and erosion in adjacent communities better than hard infrastructure does.
A new study led by UCSC researchers finds more than $600 million in property losses were prevented during Hurricane sandy by coastal habitats in the Northeast coast.
Assessing property for the endangered species it saves or wetlands it preserves could pay off for some landowners, says a California-based firm researching ecosystem markets. According to the firm’s latest case study, sale price tripled for a property in San Benito County, California once it considered eco-asset market values.
An economic valuation of the Columbia River Basin will provide critical information that can inform negotiations for a 2024 Treaty update with local Native American tribes. A more expansive view of the Columbia River will allow for ecosystem-based functions to be included in a modernized Treaty.
A Yale University study placed a value on Kansas' water using data on aquifer levels and water use, and found the U.S. state lost about $110 million each year between 1996 and 2005.