What is 'natural capital' and why should investors care?

The last few hundred years of human activity have stored up changes in climate that threaten human existence. But climate change is not the only ecological threat – it is widely agreed that damage to the natural environment and loss of biodiversity pose a comparable risk. Natural resources are the singleContinue Reading

A low interest rate environment is only natural

Some mainstream economists have been busy fanning the inflation hysteria that’s supposedly upon us now and a sign of things to come because of the sustained low interest rate environment. Thankfully, central bankers are more realistic and optimistic. There’s a difference though between low interest rate like 1.5% and zeroContinue Reading

View of elephants in the delta in early morning. The 2019 Okavango Delta Crossing focused on the northern and eastern reaches of the Delta - a new route for the team and a part of the Delta seldom visited by humans - due to a low flood pulse this year. They travelled several hundred kilometers in mokoros and along the way conducted wetland bird surveys, hydrological surveys, and mammal/reptile/invertebrate surveys. Photo by Chris Boyes / National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project.

LONDON, Aug. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — De Beers and National Geographic today announced the launch of Okavango Eternal, a strategic partnership to address one of the most critical conservation challenges in Africa: protecting the source waters of the Okavango Delta and the lives and livelihoods they support. The five-year commitment,Continue Reading

Introduction of Plastic Packaging Tax from April 2022

This guidance is intended for those looking to learn about natural capital and to apply it. It forms part of a suite of Defra resources collectively called ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA). ENCA is recommended for use by HM Treasury’s Green Book: appraisal and evaluation in central government (2020)Continue Reading

NW Natural Holdings Issues 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NW Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN) has released its second annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report outlining the company’s progress in 2020 on safety, carbon reduction, diversity, community engagement and governance goals. “Our core values of integrity, safety, caring, service ethic, and environmental stewardship guided our decisionsContinue Reading

EPA Takes up Environmental Justice Complaint Against Philly’s Permit for Natural Gas Power Plant

Within a week of taking office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order committing federal agencies to address environmental justice — making sure poor neighborhoods and communities of color aren’t saddled with a disproportionate number of polluters. He formed the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the Environmental Interagency Council toContinue Reading

Natural enzymes revolutionize plastic recycling

At the beginning of the noughties, it was thought that certain polymers such as polyester and especially polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were not degradable at all, says environmental biotechnologist Dr. Doris Ribitsch from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna. She conducts research at the Institute forContinue Reading

Help restore the natural night environment

Starting in the nearest valley, my eyes scanned the vast expanse of grassland, over one ridge, then another, and another until the world seemed to abruptly stop, halted by the forest bordering this enormous landscape.  Above, the sun illuminated the sky with pink clouds and gave the land its lastContinue Reading