Ecosystems Services – what are they and why are they so important?

Ecosystems Services – what are they and why are they so important? By Arend Hoogervorst Ecosystem Services? Ecosystem services are services provided by natural capital (“Nature” or “the environment”- see Explanations below) that support life on earth and are essential to the quality of human life and the functioning of the world’s economies. For example,

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Environmental Ponderings – 14: Thoughts on Environmental Books

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold Wilderness It is always interesting to be reminded of those events, activities and people that triggered change in views and perspectives on environmental matters. I have always been

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Environmental Ponderings-13

“The Source and Fate of Things”  Have you ever considered what would happen if you were made to take responsibility for the sourcing, content and fate of all the “things” that you acquire?  That means being held accountable for the impacts of mining raw materials, their transport, the manufacture of the goods and their distribution

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Environmental Ponderings No:11

Have you ever said things to yourself like, “It’ll never happen to me”, or “It won’t affect me”, “I can never do that”, or “It doesn’t apply to me”? Do these phrases sometimes come back and bite you? In the environmental business, we get many issues that do just that. I am not just talking

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Picking up the Pieces and Mending the Breaks After the Event

 “…There is no such thing as chance or accident; the words merely signify our ignorance of some real and immediate cause…” Adam Clarke Introduction After incidents and accidents, most organisations go through some form of review or soul-searching to ask themselves if they could have done things better. The problem with this is that often

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Environmental Ponderings No 8: Can I Help You to Save the Environment?

As a professional environmental advisor, I stopped using the opening line, “Can I help you to save the environment?” about 20 years ago.  Why? Mostly because very few people are altruistic enough or rich enough to magnanimously be able to “save the environment”. Even more people counter that request with the question, “What’s in it

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REFLECTIONS ON LIFE – IS THINKING A DYING ART?

 “Thought makes every thing fit for use” – Emerson (1844)  “If a man sits down to think, he is immediately asked if he has a headache” Emerson (1833)  Does anyone think these days? No, I mean really THINK about things…. When facing an important decision, do we still ponder on the options and the pros

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