Category Archives: Natural Capital

New Board members for Natural England: the banker, the mandarin, the natural capitalist and the media exec.

      An image speaks a thousand words, doesn’t it. Imagine being the person at Defra who decides which image to use for each story. “Natural England board members appointed.” Natural. England. Something natural perhaps. Hmm – perhaps a … Continue reading

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further thoughts on the Net Gain consultation

Following on from my general critique of the Net Gain proposals, here are a few specific comments in case anyone is thinking about responding to the consultation before the deadline of the 10th February. 1. On page 6 of the … Continue reading

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Accountancy will not save nature: the problems with “Net Gain”

It’s difficult to believe that while we watch – ok, there are probably only a few of us now hanging on to the bitter end, as most will have given up and gone off to do something more sensible – … Continue reading

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Natural Capital thinking leads us astray

It seemed appropriate that I should take part in a debate about natural capital and wetlands yesterday, on International Biodiversity Day. I was invited (I think) to be the Natural Capital dissident. It was a good debate and I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Earthwatch Natural Capital debate today: Does nature come with a price tag?

It’s going to be the warmest day of the year so far (at least down here) so of course rather than go and enjoy the fantastic nature that a beautiful spring day in Dorset has to offer, I’m getting on … Continue reading

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Pythagoras, Bean Counters and Natural Capital

“have nothing to do with the bean.” We are all familar with Pythagoras who discovered that, for a triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is the sum of the squares of tte opposite sides. What we may not realise is … Continue reading

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It’s new moon: a goat must be sacrificed

Some random musings on natural capital. Sacrifice may have been a way for societies to avoid creating ecological debt. Ecological debt is another way of describing the damage to nature inflicted by human activity. Arguably ecological debt starts when modern … Continue reading

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Natural Capital Day

Monday was Natural Capital day at the Green Alliance. They produced a report called Natural Partners, in which they sought to explain that Natural Capitalists and Nature Conservationists could get along fine, instead of bickering. On the same day, they … Continue reading

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Natural Capital Poll: The Results

Thanks to the 160 people who took part in my poll about natural capital last week. THe results are: 60% of voters agreed that natural capital is one of a number of approaches to take, and believe that a natural … Continue reading

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Natural Capital: The Poll

OK so I’ve had a bit of a rant on things like Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services this week; Now it’s your turn. I know quite a few people in the conservation/environment sector read this blog, so I’m going to … Continue reading

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