Archive for October, 2009

The first Swedish marine national park inaugurated

Friday, October 16th, 2009 | Environment Update | No Comments

The brand new Kosterhavets National Park consists almost entirely of ocean and here you’ll find more than 6000 species of which 300 only occur at this site alone in Sweden. The core consists of a 200 meter (565 feet) deep sea trench with high salinity and low water temperature. Where these oceanic conditions meet the coastal waters one of the most species-rich sites in Sweden is found. Usually corals are associated with the tropics but in Kosterhavet one can find cold water corals.

Welcome to Kosterhavet National Park

Check out other marine protected areas

Kosterhavet archipelago

Kosterhavet archipelago, image courtesy Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland

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Ecology + golf = true

Friday, October 16th, 2009 | Environment Update | No Comments

Golf courses might be environmental disasters, degrading habitats, wasting water and spreading pesticides and fertilizers. But they have the potential to become assets of nature, especially in the vicinity of cities. In a recent article Swedish scientists showed that golf course ponds contribute to the network of wetlands in the landscape, making life easier for many amphibians. In some cases the diversity of pond creatures were even higher compared to nature reserves!

Check out scientific paper “Golf courses and wetland fauna”

Check out Scandinavian turfgrass and environment research foundation

Recommended reading: The Swedish golf experience by Gene Oberto and Peter Cordén. “Brings you a golf book that is the only one of its kind in Sweden. It takes you on a journey to the many varied and beautiful types of golf courses there are in this golfing hideaway, Sweden.

image courtesy: Peter Cordén

image courtesy: Peter Cordén

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Invaluable nature

Friday, October 16th, 2009 | Nature @ Your Service | No Comments

How much are you prepared to pay for the park in your neighborhood? What is a viable bee population that pollinates crops worth to food production? Can a scenic view be given a monetary value? These are questions dealt with in ecological economics, a growing field of research. Our dependence on healthy ecosystem needs to be integrated into all kinds of decision making and economic estimation is one strategy. Still, some argue that it is wrong and impossible to put price-tags on nature.

Check out The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, TEEB

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