The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with several large companies have worked on environmentally-sound business practices that align with and protect natural processes. The work has proven that using green infrastructure can be part of good business strategy and can lead to better outcomes for companies. Download TNC's Green Infrastructure Case Studies to review some of these collaborations.
Some conclusions from the different projects:
What comes first? A beach nourished with sand or real estate development? Sometimes it is hard to tell. What isn't difficult to realize is that all of this development is at risk.
For the rest of the blog post People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches by Sarah DeWeerdt | Jan 10, 2017 click here. DeWeerdt's piece is based on Armstrong SB et al. “Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment.” Earth’s Future. 2016.
The Belize Association of Planners and Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) is hosting the Caribbean Urban Forum May 17 -19 in Belize City and they put out a call for abstracts. Here’s the link: http://www.belizeplanners.org/caribbean-urban-forum-2017/ . The themes are Green Energy, Economy & Space – Pathways to Urban Sustainability--which, by definition in the Caribbean, includes coastal resiliency.
"Natural systems can provide basic services like water storage, storm buffering, or water filtration to communities, businesses, and residences. The benefits are not hypothetical."
Check out this blog which covers the kind of work SAGE is promoting.
Nature’s solutions for infrastructure problems By Lynn Scarlett - 11/08/16 03:00 PM EST
An iceberg, possibly one of the largest ever recorded, is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Researchers say this break will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up. "As it floats on the sea, the resulting iceberg from the shelf will not raise sea levels. But if the shelf breaks up even more, it could result in glaciers that flow off the land behind it to speed up their passage towards the ocean. This non-floating ice would have an impact on sea levels. " - McGrath, BBC
For the entire BBC Science and the Environemnt article click here.