The natural world requires different standards of success and requirements for meeting goals than traditional businesses.Companies usually focus on the financial aspects of its activities, especially profit.Nature is about survival and coexistence.Valuation is not necessarily the end product or gain, but the balance, continuation and evolution of its systems and citizens.In Environmental and Natural Resource Accounting, a community, business or government would not just measure what is left to take of a resource, but figure out its own role in conserving it, who else relies on it, and the cost of losing it.These aspects should be as important, if not more so, than how much shareholders earn.If a business relies on a raw material to make its product, the supply of that one input will affect its ability to keep producing.On a larger scale, if a community relies on a natural resource to keep living conditions safe and healthy, it should matter if that resource can continue to support those conditions.
Measuring, recording and tracking the value of what nature gives and does for human communities provides a way to understand and value the earth in dollars and cents.By accounting for what the earth gives and does, people then have a basis for paying it back.
Wind turbine bat mortality is a significant adverse impact of large scale wind energy development. Wind energy has become an increasingly important sector of the renewable...
USA Federal crop insuranceLast Updated on 2011-05-12 00:00:00
In preparation for the next farm bill, the 112th Congress will likely continue reviewing the effectiveness and operations of the federal crop insurance program as part of the farm safety net. In 2010, the House Committee on Agriculture sought input from farmers and others on the program, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised its agreement with the crop insurance industry to deliver crop insurance to farmers following a rapid rise in government costs of the program. This report provides a primer on the federal crop insurance program.
The federal crop insurance program began in 1938 when Congress authorized the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. The current program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), provides producers with risk management tools to address crop yield and/or revenue losses on... More »
Potentials of ecosystem service accounting at multiple scalesLast Updated on 2010-06-02 18:46:03
To acknowledge the value of natural capital, one of society’s important assets, a better understanding of the patterns and spatial scales at which ecosystem services operate is essential to developing ecosystem services valuation (ESV) to support landscape-level conservation and land management plans.
Table 1. The four different classes of ecosystem services defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA 2005)
Provisioning: products obtained from ecosystems (e.g. food, fiber, fresh water)
Regulating: benefits obtained from the regulation of ecosystem processes (e.g. air quality, climate and water regulation)
Cultural: nonmaterial benefits people obtain from ecosystems (e.g. spiritual enrichment, recreation)
Supporting: services necessary for the production of other ecosystem services (e.g. nutrient and water cycling, photosynthesis
Ecosystem services (ESs) are... More »
Green careersLast Updated on 2010-04-24 03:20:27
Evolution of the green careers concept
A green career is a post with upward mobility, which contributes to sustainable use of resources, reduces waste and pollution, or otherwise benefits the environment. Only until recent years, for most people the idea of green jobs or green careers would have likely been limited to work in a natural science or natural resource area. This earlier perception included jobs such as a forester, natural resource manager, or a researcher studying one of the many facets of the natural world such as botany, ecology, wildlife biology, and ecosystem functioning.
A clearer perception of the finite nature of each of the Earth's resources has emerged in the last several decades, especially regarding non-renewable energy resources based upon fossil fuels; furthermore, man has learned that the continuation of the resource consumption patterns of... More »
Atlantic Meridional TransectLast Updated on 2010-03-29 00:00:00The Atlantic Meridional Transect is an ongoing research program that exploits the twice–annual passage of the RRS James Clark Ross between the United Kingdom and the Falkland Islands - before and after its use in the Antarctic research program in the Austral Summer - to obtain spatially–intensive time and space series data over the 13,500 kilometre transect.
This article is written at a definitional level only. Authors wishing to expand this entry are inivited to expand the present treatment, which additions will be peer reviewed prior to publication of any expansion.
The transect starts at the U.K. and heads southwest to the first waypoint at a JGOFS time–series station at 47oN, 20oW. From there it follows the 20oW meridian to 13oN, after which it heads south and west to Montevideo (Uruguay) and Stanley (Falkland... More »
Total economic valuation of threatened and endangered speciesLast Updated on 2010-02-01 00:00:00
[Authorship attribution for this article should be cited as John Loomis, Leslie Richardson and Arthur Edwards]
Protecting habitats for species threatened with or in danger of extinction is often aided by demonstrating the economic benefits to such protection comparable to the benefits of developing the habitat. The financial returns to commercial development are often obvious and concentrated in the hands of a few. The benefits of protecting threatened and endangered species (T&E) are widespread to hundreds of millions, if not several billion people on the planet. However, if the monetary benefits of protecting T&E species are not measured, then it appears that commercial development is of greater economic use than preservation of the habitat. This feeds the false dichotomy of the “economy versus the environment”. This article... More »
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