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Countries Ranked on Sustainable Competitiveness

(Environment Guru)
December 30, 2015

SolAbility ranked 180 countries for sustainable competitiveness: the ability to generate and sustain inclusive wealth and dignifying standard of life for all citizens in a globalized world of competing economies. Natural capital is listed as a key element.

U.S. Bee Crisis Could Destabilize Crop Production

(Al Jazeera)
December 22, 2015

Unprecedented study finds crucial pollinator is facing major declines in most important agricultural regions across the U.S.

Vital to Calculate Environmental Wealth (en Español)

December 22, 2015

An interview with WAVES Program Manager Stig Johansson on how natural resources contribute to countries' economies, including Colombia.

Colombia Needs Better Indicators for the Environment (en Español)

(El Espectador)
December 21, 2015

An interview with WAVES Consultant Michael Vardon on Colombia's work to build natural capital accounts for forests, land and water, and how results can link to policy.

A New Era For Our Peatland Natural Capital

(Scottish Forum on Natural Capital)
December 18, 2015

It is now understood that healthy functioning peatlands are a key part of our natural capital worth billions in terms of the services they provide for biodiversity, water regulation and carbon storage. 

Greece’s Other Deficit

(Project Syndicate)
December 16, 2015

Greece is not just running a fiscal deficit; it is also running an ecological one. It would need the total ecological resources and services of three Greeces in order to meet its citizens’ demand on nature for food, fiber, timber, housing, urban infrastructure, and carbon sequestration.

Ecological Economics

(The Economist)
December 13, 2015

There are two ways our economies can grow, ecological economists point out: through technological change, or through more intensive use of resources. Only the former, they say, is worth having.

Stunning Sights, Wild Experiences: Nature-Based Tourism A Boon for Emerging Economies

(The World Bank)
December 07, 2015

When nature is well managed, many sectors of the economy thrive – agriculture benefits from good soil and plentiful water; fisheries are rewarded with valuable catches; coastal cities are better protected from storms.

London is a Forest-Who Knew?

(The Guardian)
December 07, 2015

The i-Tree study shows it would cost £6.1bn to replace London’s trees, and their ecosystem services provide green infrastructure, and benefits for public health and well-being. 

COP21 Is Reminding Us That Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature

(Huffington Post)
December 04, 2015

Natural resources lie at the heart of all human development stories from the first settlers who tilled the soil to later civilizations who have relied on resource extraction. Today, nature holds a powerful solution to development and environmental challenges, blogs Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy.