About the Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek
If you are interested in environmental compensation and biodiversity offsets, there are certainly good news: there is now a whole bunch of information from different sources, locations and viewpoints publicly available (something which wasn’t this easy only a couple of years ago). Now, as has been pointed out (see here) the Biodiversity Offsets Blog aims to compile and somewhat structure this information. But there is not only a wealth of sources already out there on the internet, but also new sources are continuously being added. I am following and collecting the news via Scoop.it and cover the most trending ones in posts on the Biodiversity Offsets Blog.
Nevertheless, not all news can be covered (at least not yet) and therefore the “Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek” will list up the headlines of the past week, together with the links and PDFs of the articles or news (the latter to prevent to loose information — as we know, that unfortunately every now and then things are being removed from the internet).
This week: September 15–21, 2014
This week (September 15–21, 2014) was relatively calm compared to the hustle and bustle of the past week. However, I have found some interesting pieces of information. The first is an article that draws a critical analogy between biodiversity offsets and Jenga towers. And there are some more news from the controversy on the intorduction of biodiversity offsets in the UK, namely the “nightingales of Lodge Hill” (where a housing development is planned) and Smithy Wood (in which a motorway service station shall be built). Further on, the teaser “Biodiversity offsetting cannot compensate for ‘old growth’ habitat loss” by the European Commission points to a study by Curran, M., Hellweg, S. and Beck, J. (Is there any empirical support for biodiversity offset policy? Ecological Applications. 2014, 24(4): 617–632). And don’t miss this week’s cartoon by High Moon.
Critical discussion on biodiversity offsets
News on the biodiversity offset controversy in the UK
Campaigners fight to save 12th-century forest Smith Wood from proposed motorway service station, September, 21 2014, by Jamie Merril
Land Securities director abandons attempt to become wildlife trustee, September 18, 2014, by James Meikle
Director of Lodge Hill Developer Land Securities withdraws from becoming London Wildlife Trust trustee, September 18, 2014, by Miles King
Biodiversity Offset News from Academia
Biodiversity offsetting cannot compensate for ‘old growth’ habitat loss, September 18, 2014, by European Commission
Other biodiversity offsets news
Update: Mitigation Solutions USA Announces Muddy Boggy Conservation Bank Expansion, September 16, 2014, by Lisa Bricarell
Palm oil giants announce deforestation moratorium — effective immediately, September, 20, 2014, by mongabay.com
Pieces keep dropping out, September 16, 2014, Cartoon of the week by High Moon