The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) took an initiative to check the overall benefits of introducing electric buses as a suitable replacement for the diesel buses to tackle the burgeoning pollution in the city of Bengaluru, India. For a trial run of three months, an electric bus was procured from a Chinese company ‘Build Your Dreams’ (BYD). Data were collected by BMTC on the operation and maintenance of the bus. This new initiative, if rightly guided, could have a direct impact on the lives of those in the city.

Protected public lands are insufficient to halt the loss of global biodiversity. However, most commercial landowners need incentives to engage in conservation.

We synthesize literature on the spatial aspects of coupled natural-human systems across a variety of natural resource contexts and introduce a framework that can be used to compare modeling approaches and findings across applications.

A new manual that will enable policymakers to calculate the true value of ecosystems for a transition to a green economy across the world's 52 small island developing states (SIDS), was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a ceremony celebrating the end of the International Year of SIDS.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) describes the situation where the user of an environmental service, such as water purification, pays the landowners who provide that service.

From climate change to ecosystem degradation – the solution to these problems could re-side in an economic valuation of nature and its services. But if the existential benefits that nature provides to humankind are expressed in terms of euros and dollars, can that really give nature any better protection?

SHILLONG: As the State gears up to observe World Environment Day on Wednesday, there are several questions that seek answers. Meghalaya has witnessed changes in the past few decades which can be only termed as environmental degradation.

Unrestricted mining activities, improper waste management and change in forest cover has dealt many a blow to pristine hill state. A prominent citizen of the State, veteran educationist EN Shullai expressed pity over the ongoing environmental degradation in the state while ruing the fact that Meghalaya has changed in more than one way in the past few decades.

A new report by the TEEB for Business Coalition estimates the global top 100 environmental externalities are costing the economy world-wide around US$4.7 trillion a year in terms of the economic costs of GHG emissions, loss of natural resources, loss of nature-based services, climate change & air pollution-related health cos

This report by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme focuses extensively on the conceptual foundations of economic evaluation providing an outline of what would ideally be needed for a comprehensive set of national accounts.