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2010-02-23 09:40:00

Results from Long-Term Ecological Research show importance of resources and processes supplied by ecosystems Humans are sustained by a multitude of processes and resources in the environment around us. These benefits are called "ecosystem services," and include products like clean drinking water and the provision of foods such as crops and spices. On Thursday, March 4, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will host a symposium titled, "Ecosystem Services in a Changing World: Perspectives...

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2009-11-13 12:40:00

A new UN report claims that by investing billions into saving biodiversity and ecosystems, groups could stand to earn trillions. The report showed that world leaders must come together to ensure the safety of threatened species and ecosystems, or they will have to pay the price later. "Recognizing and rewarding the value delivered to society by the natural environment must become a policy priority," said Pavan Sukhdev, lead author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) paper...

2009-10-16 10:20:43

Economists, assigning values to 'ecosystem services,' report staggering totals and rates of return on investment Experts concluding the global DIVERSITAS biodiversity conference today in Cape Town described preliminary research revealing jaw-dropping dollar values of the "ecosystem services" of biomes like forests and coral reefs "“ including food, pollution treatment and climate regulation. Undertaken to help societies make better-informed choices, the economic research shows a single...

2009-10-12 07:56:08

Growing water needs, mismanagement leading to 'catastrophic decline' in freshwater biodiversity The world will miss its agreed target to stem biodiversity loss by next year, according to experts convening in Cape Town for a landmark conference devoted to biodiversity science. The goal was agreed at the 6th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in April 2003. Some 123 world ministers committed to "achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction of the current rate of...

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2009-08-28 10:40:00

Research co-authored by Bournemouth University (BU) Professor Adrian Newton and published in the leading journal Science this week shows that ecological restoration in areas of environmental degradation can help reverse global biodiversity losses, as well as promoting recovery of ecosystem services.However the research also showed that measures of biodiversity and ecosystem services are higher in pristine land, freshwater and marine systems than in restored systems.Examples of ecosystem...

2009-07-30 13:50:16

While policymakers across of the globe are relying on environmental restoration projects to fuel emerging market-based environmental programs, an article in the July 31 edition of Science by two noted ecologists warns that these programs still lack the scientific certainty needed to ensure that restoration projects deliver the environmental improvements being marketed.Markets identify the benefits humans derive from ecosystems, called ecosystem services, and associate them with economic...

2009-04-23 14:07:46

Conservation experts from 24 world-leading organizations including the WWF, Conservation International and Birdlife International have identified one hundred key scientific questions that, if answered, would help conserve global biodiversity. Scientists say if the questions are answered swiftly, it could stem massive biodiversity loss. Some of the questions include: 'are there critical thresholds at which loss of biodiversity disrupts ecosystem functions and services?' and 'how effective are...

2009-04-20 09:54:15

Research reports costs of invasive species' damage to ecosystem services Invasive species can disrupt natural and human-made ecosystems, throwing food webs out of balance and damaging the services they provide to people. Now scientists have begun to put a price tag on this damage. In a study published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment e-view, ecologists have listed the invasive species that cause the most harm to environment and cost the most money to control. "The impacts...

2009-02-11 08:21:37

In the era of global warming, when many scientists say we are experiencing a human-caused mass extinction to rival the one that killed off the dinosaurs, one might think that the discovery of a host of new species would be cause for joy. Not entirely so, says Paul Ehrlich, co-author of an analysis of the 408 new mammalian species discovered since 1993."What this paper really talks about is how little we actually know about our natural capital and how little we know about the services that...

2009-02-02 09:20:26

Ecosystem services key to future conservation efforts, researchers sayThe idea of ecosystem services is a promising conservation concept but has been rarely put into practice. In a special issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, researchers use novel tools to report some of the first quantifiable results that place values on nature's services to humans."The idea of 'ecosystem services' "“ identifying and quantifying the resources and processes that nature provides...


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