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The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Ecosystem services explained in 90 secs

Having discovered Powtoon, I’ve now made another one. This time, with my elder son’s voice over, we’ve made a little introduction to the concept of natural capital and ecosystem services.   You might argue that the “payment” bit is a bit presumptuous, but I wanted to at least raise the question of who has responsibility … Continue reading

Six good things about petrol

I hate petrol [1]. As a fossil fuel its combustion contributes CO2 to the atmosphere, and so contributes to climate change. The particulates it emits on combustion contribute to inner-city pollution. Its extraction around the world is a dirty process, despite some half-hearted efforts to convince us otherwise. And the global appetite for oil-based fuels … Continue reading

Forests or food?

On the outskirts of a forest reserve in northern Malawi, local rural communities cut down trees. They know trees are important. They know that its probably a bad thing to cut down the trees.  But the trees appear abundant and the wood is important — for cooking, for warmth, or to sell to others to … Continue reading

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