Tagged with Natural Resources

Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

Coastal Landforms and Accumulation of Mangrove Peat Increase Carbon Sequestration and Storage

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 19, 2016 v113 n16; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519774113 ) / Paula Ezcurra, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4404.short Despite their small height and stunted appearance, mangroves along the desert coasts of Baja California have compensated for sea-level rise during the last two millennia by accreting on their own root remains. In doing so, … Continue reading

Managing Coasts with Natural Solutions: Guidelines for Measuring and Valuing the Coastal Protection Services of Mangroves and Coral Reefs

World Bank |  Nature Conservancy http://bit.ly/20Ww6ek [From Press Release] This guidance note provides review and recommendations for how the protective services of mangroves and coral reefs can be measured and valued in a manner consistent with national economic accounts and included in other decision-making processes to support planning for development, disaster risk, and coastal zone management. It … Continue reading

Integrating Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Analysis into Natural Resource Management: Summary of a Workshop

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1TfmAlx The responsible management of natural resources for present-day needs and future generations requires integrated approaches that are place-based, embrace systems thinking, and incorporate the social, economic, and environmental considerations of sustainability. Landscape-scale analysis takes this holistic view by focusing on the spatial scales most appropriate for the resource types and values … Continue reading

Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic or Simply Cantankerous?

California Natural Resources Agency | U.S. Interior Department / by Samuel N. Luoma, et al. http://resources.ca.gov/docs/DeltaChallenges-v13.pdf [Courthouse News Service] … A study released Tuesday by an independent panel of scientists called the smorgasbord of problems in the delta “wicked” and “complex.” The report, “Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” detailed the potential for levee failures that could … Continue reading

The Guidance Manual on Valuation and Accounting of Ecosystem Services for Small Island Developing States

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://bit.ly/16c4TOg The global net loss of the coral reef cover will cost the international economy an estimated US$ 11.9 trillion, with SIDS [small island developing states] especially impacted by the loss. A new manual that will enable policymakers to calculate the true value of ecosystems for a transition to a … Continue reading