Carbon Capture and Storage in Natural Areas

Growing vegetation absorbs carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in biomass. As such, natural habitats provide a highly efficient Carbon Capture and Storage technology, one landowners could potentially derive income from if we can establish a scheme that pays them for the carbon sequestration benefits they deliver. Internationally, efforts have been underway for some time …

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Dr Tony Whitten

It's very sad to hear that Dr Tony Whitten, a hugely effective conservation practitioner, has died following an accident while cycling through Cambridge. After a long career as a senior biodiversity specialist with the World Bank, Tony returned to the UK to work at Fauna & Flora International at the David Attenborough Building. http://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/cambridge/tributes-flood-in-after-cambridge-wildlife-conservationist-dr-tony-whitten-is-killed-in-collision-while-cycling-1-5309610

Rivers systems as critical natural infrastructure

River systems in the UK have been used and abused for centuries. Much of the damage has been undertaken in an effort to create yet more space for low-yield agriculture. Yet many UK rivers and their floodplains are rather narrow, produce very little food, and could produce far greater benefits if we stepped back and allowed …

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Welsh lynx killed

It's very sad to hear that the lynx that escaped from a 'zoo' (aka exhibit of caged animals?) in Wales had been 'destroyed' after evading capture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-41944467#_=_ The council said despite "exhaustive efforts" to recapture her, it received advice that the risk to public safety had "increased to severe". I'd say we need an inquiry …

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Natural Areas: a fictitious, but plausible, tale of their creation

Miles King recently featured a blog post from me, which I reproduce below. Over at Mark Avery's blog, I outlined the idea of creating a series of pilot new Natural Areas, a new class of natural landscape to sit alongside National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I stressed that such areas would complement, not replace, existing …

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Half-empty landscape syndrome

In my guest blog at Miles King's blog here, I mention the 'empty forest syndrome', a term coined by Kenton Miller in the early 90s to describe the implications of depletion of large animals from tropical forests. Here are some key references: http://www.dse.ufpb.br/alexandre/Redford%201992%20-The%20empty%20forest.pdf https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/46891244/The_empty_forest_revisited20160629-24311-1lxh7n.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A&Expires=1505856048&Signature=XaL7hzVMiyFBButp04CoDv14%2BG4%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DThe_empty_forest_revisited.pdf