From around the web

These Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores of Carbon

(Climate Central)
March 28, 2016

Despite their diminutive appearance, scientists discovered that mangroves provide value by storing huge amounts of carbon.

Putting a Price on the Value of Nature

(Triple Pundit)
March 23, 2016

A new study from Arizona State University puts forth a plan for a more simple way to tackle one of the biggest challenges in modern economics: determining the proper economic value for nature.

Cloud-Piercing Satellites Unleash Torrent of New Data, New Insights Into Planet Earth

(Conservation International)
March 21, 2016

An open-source data platform recently launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) is enabling scientists to lift the lid on clouds, allowing for faster and more precise monitoring and mapping of changes to land use in tropical places where clouds are a persistent feature.

Why Forests are Key to Climate, Water, Health, and Livelihoods

(The World Bank)
March 18, 2016

Forests and trees, celebrated on March 21, the International Day of Forests, are a cornerstone of addressing climate change and provide significant economic, social and health benefits.

Natural Capital: Climate Change’s First Line of Defense

(Inter-American Development Bank)
March 14, 2016

As a result of the agreement reached at COP21, financial infrastructures to address climate change are being created, and encourage trillions of dollars of investment for adaptation to climate change. In the Caribbean, projects are focusing on stabilizing shorelines, reducing flooding, improving public access and protecting the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems and the valuable services they provide. 

Can You Put a Price on Nature? A Californian Nonprofit Thinks It Can

(The Guardian)
March 14, 2016

Dow is working with The Earth Genome to test new software that crunches data to help assign monetary value to the natural world and calculate the environmental impact of its work.

Statistics South Africa Releases Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium

(Statistics South Africa)
March 10, 2016

This is the first Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium, which presents updated energy, fishery, mineral accounts and indicators for South Africa. 

Beyond the Cowboy Economy: Towards Natural Capital Accounting

(Inter-American Development Bank)
March 09, 2016

A blog by WAVES Senior Environmental Economist Juan Pablo Castaneda on NCA efforts and the importance of working with partners in Latin America where immense natural resources are being depleted.

UNEP, Sweden, Chile Report on using the SEEA to Monitor SCP Targets

February 23, 2016

A paper published by Statistics Sweden and Chile's Ministry of Environment outlines ways to measure sustainable patterns of consumption and production in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals using the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA).

Wealth Accounting is Critical for Measuring Sustainability

(East Asia Forum)
February 16, 2016

A blog by Kevin Mumford, an associate professor of Economics at Purdue University, discusses how measuring national wealth can serve as a complement to GDP.