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Feb 22, 2011
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Of Billabongs, Weevils, and Alternative Stable States

I've heard the song "Waltzing Matilda" many times but I only learned today the meaning of the word billabong - a long lake formed by a river jumping its bed. (In America we call them oxbow lakes.) The billabongs of Australia's Kakadu National Park are the site of a revealing ecological phenomenon reported today…See More
Feb 3, 2011
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Tipping Points and the Precautionary Principle

Many ecological systems have tipping points - thresholds where small changes in impacts can have very large effects on on ecosystem functioning, often in a bad way.  Lakes, for example, might show little impact from nutrient pollution until a threshold level is reached, and then massive algal blooms form that choke off many other species growth.In the absence of knowledge of exactly how far one can push a…See More
Jan 27, 2011
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Rural Abandonment and Ecosystem Services

I have an article up at GOOD magazine about the abandoned rural lands and how to manage them for ecosystem services:Brazil has had a declining rural population since 1990. Even as loggers and farmers cut and burn ancient rainforest in the south, emigrants leave northern farmlands fallow. In China, between just 2000 and 2008, the countryside lost 86 million people. The United Nations projects that the…See More
Jan 17, 2011
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Jellyfish and Ocean Tipping Points

Over at Yale Environment 360, Richard Stone has an interesting article about ongoing work examining recent blooms of jellyfish populations.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that jellyfish populations have been on the rise, and it is possible that some marine systems are entering alternate stable states that are jellyfish- rather than…See More
Jan 15, 2011
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REDD+ and Financial Resilience for Conservation

This month's Conservation Letters has a Policy Perspective on the risks of relying REDD+ funding for conservation projects.  REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, with the "+" standing for biodiversity and social benefits), is a mechanism for transferring funds to developing countries for forest preservation and restoration.  REDD+ financing is eventually supposed to flow primarily from the private…See More
Jan 7, 2011
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Preparing for unexpected opportunities in Borneo

Conservation Letters has an article about a situation in Borneo that illustrates how sudden, unpredictable events in ecology are not always bad.  In the past year, the island's forests have undergone an ecosystem-wide event known as "general flowering," where trees of many species produce seeds and fruit in massive amounts.  These events occur rarely (the last was 12 years ago), and in the years in…See More
Jan 2, 2011
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Tackling investor risk in forest restoration

Ecosystem Marketplace posted an interesting document today on Global Forest Carbon Financial Risk Management Best Practices.  Produced as part of a workshop of forest investors and lawyers, it outlines the risks in the forest carbon offset market and practices to manage…See More
Dec 21, 2010
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Managing New Invasion Risks from Biofuel Crops

The search for new biofuels has effectively created an entire new category of agriculture, along with which comes a host of new management risks.  The cycles of crop growth and failure may be less well known than those of more familiar food crops, and they may be affected by new…See More
Dec 17, 2010
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Good environmental management lowers cost of borrowing

Today the RiskMetrics Group ESG Blog highlights new research showing that companies with better environmental performance are viewed as lower risk in bond markets and pay a lower cost of borrowing. The researchers, Rob Bauer and Daniel Hann, won the Moskowitz Prize for research in socially responsible investing. I found this the most interesting finding....More HereSee More
Dec 6, 2010
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Fishing for Metrics

In 1998, Dan Pauly et al. of the University of British Columbia publisheda classic paper called "Fishing Down Marine Food Webs." They reported that humans were steadily depleting oceans of the top predators in the food web and working our way down the food web as the fish ran out. Pauly measured a value called "Mean Tropic Level," (MTL), essentially the average place in the food web that our fish come from, finding that it had declined in fisheries globally since the 1970s. (For a more…See More
Nov 20, 2010
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Apparently, there's nothing left to learn about ecosystem services

In a new paper in Ecological Economics, Mark Sagoff criticizes ecologists for trying to find general, broadly applicable values for ecosystem services. Real values, Sagoff argues, are "dispersed, contingent, particular, local, transitory, and embedded in institutions and practices." He cites an example of citrus growers in the San Joaquin valley of California. While pollinators have been held up by many ecologists as providers of a valuable ecosystem services, pollinators are a pest to these…See More
Nov 18, 2010
Noam Ross commented on Noam Ross's blog post PricewaterhouseCoopers gets into the ecosystem services game
"Yup, the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. I do like the social fuel seal idea in theory, though I'm fairly skeptical of biofuels in general."
Nov 16, 2010
Andrew Gordon-Maclean commented on Noam Ross's blog post PricewaterhouseCoopers gets into the ecosystem services game
"I agree with you on the knee jerk reaction - big companies are often labelled as the bogeyman before they have done anything. They have to be in the mix if the restoration of ecosystems is going to get to anywhere the scale we need things to be. The…"
Nov 15, 2010
Noam Ross commented on Noam Ross's blog post PricewaterhouseCoopers gets into the ecosystem services game
"Andrew, Interesting thoughts. I think it's critical that big companies get involved in PES, as I write about here: http://bit.ly/d96lGb. A lot of people in biodiversity have a knee-jerk reaction to big companies getting involved, but…"
Nov 14, 2010
Andrew Gordon-Maclean commented on Noam Ross's blog post PricewaterhouseCoopers gets into the ecosystem services game
"Thanks for the interesting article Noam. I agree with you that overall this is a good sign - people are starting to take ecosystem services seriously. Biodiversity and other forms of natural capital are starting to be accounted for. I came across a…"
Nov 14, 2010

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What is your name?
Noam
What is your job title?
Graduate Student
What organisation do you work for?
UC Davis
Website
http://www.noamross.net
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Forests, Poverty and biodiversity, Trade and biodiversity
What languages do you speak?
English, Hebrew
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I'm a graduate student at UC Davis studying catastrophic shifts in ecosystems, how to forecast them, and how to manage related economic risks. I'm also a former corporate strategy consultant, and I work on and write about ways that ecosystem services and biodiversity affect businesses.

Noam Ross's Blog

Climate Change and Credit Risk in the Chemicals Sector

WRI continues the march of environmentally-driven credit analyses with a new report on the…

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Posted on February 22, 2011 at 17:45

Delving into the Green Economy Report

UNEP published the Green Economy Report (GER) today.  I've been looking forward to reading this as it comes from the team that produced the impressive Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Study (TEEB).

TEEB aimed to be the "Stern report" for biodiversity, but it…

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Posted on February 21, 2011 at 21:15

Of Billabongs, Weevils, and Alternative Stable States

I've heard the song "Waltzing Matilda" many times but I only learned today the meaning of the word billabong - a long lake formed by a river jumping its bed. (In America we call them oxbow lakes.)

 

The billabongs of Australia's Kakadu National Park are the site of a revealing ecological phenomenon …

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Posted on February 3, 2011 at 7:00

Tipping Points and the Precautionary Principle



Many ecological systems have tipping points - thresholds where small changes in impacts can have very large effects on on ecosystem functioning, often in a bad way.  Lakes, for example, might show little impact from nutrient pollution until…

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Posted on January 27, 2011 at 7:30

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