Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 brings into focus the economic value our oceans represent for this planet, as the future of humanity depends on their healthy living conditions. While figures in the report are a vast underestimation, the economic assets at risk accurately portray the losses we will incur should we continue on the current destructive trajectory.
BCG Economic Valuation: Methodology and Resources outlines the analysis, assumptions, and data sources that informed Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 and its conclusions regarding the ocean’s annual contribution and asset valuation. This reports triangulates and refines existing primary research with new scientific evidence, generated by the Boston Consulting Group, in order to determine the first economic assessment of this kind.
Pulp is the base for a lot of products we use every day, such as napkins and paper. Pulp typically comes from natural fibers that are in trees. But purpose-grown and agricultural residue feedstocks – such as bamboo, kenaf and wheat straw—are being explored as alternatives to such fibers.
This study by TRAFFIC and WWF finds that while there is no evidence that international trade is currently a threat to the conservation of narwhals, improved monitoring of trade levels is increasingly important as climate change is likely to have a significant impact on narwhal populations.
A new survey of migratory monarchs at their wintering habitat shows a 69% increase in the area they occupied this winter in relation to last year’s winter. Yet this is still the second smallest area occupied by these butterflies in Mexican sanctuaries since 1993.
Today, we use the natural resources of 1.5 planets, depleting ecological goods and services faster than nature can replenish them. This is having a huge impact on nature and people, and threatening our very future. Better production will be vital if 9 billion people are to share this planet and its resources, equitably and sustainably, in the coming decades.
This factsheet provides an overview of the Wildlife Crime Technology Project, which focuses on research, development and implementation of a suite of technologies to detect and deter poaching. This work was made possible through a Global Impact Award from Google in 2012.