The forests, farms and fields of the United States sponge up roughly 15 percent of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, but that carbon sink is under threat as forests age, urban areas expand, and the climate changes.
Earth Genome, along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, scientists at institutions such as Arizona State University, and a group of seven pilot companies, has embarked on a quest to demystify the nexus between environmental data and financial value — a field broadly referred to as natural capital.
Research published in the journal Global Environmental Change reveals a tough but critical issue for REDD+ conservation schemes to grapple with. Sometimes, the research shows, the social safeguards included to ensure that vulnerable forest communities are not further marginalized by conservation programs fail to actually benefit the people they are designed to help.
On Nov. 3, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum calling for environmental markets to develop large-scale solutions that lead to a net benefit for the environment. Environmental markets pay landowners to provide ecosystem services such as water purification and retention, species habitat, or carbon sequestration.
We are pleased to announce that the Conservation Finance Network’s 2016 Boot Camp training course is being held in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University from June 6 to 10.
Source: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Most people understand that investing in the future is important, and that goes for conserving nature and natural resources, too. But in the case of investing in such “natural” assets as groundwater, forests, and fish populations, it can be challenging to measure the return on that investment.
Most people understand that investing in the future is important. That goes for conserving nature and natural resources, too. But in the case of investing in such “natural” assets as groundwater, forests, and fish populations, it can be challenging to measure the return on that investment.
The legally binding global agreement to reduce emissions, combined with climate change’s move into first place as a World Economic Forum risk to society and explosive growth in green bonds are among the clear signals to investors that infrastructure investments must increasingly be low carbon, says a longtime financial journalist.