Briefing 1505: Economics of benefits for the environment – flood control, water purification, carbon sequestration, air quality and noise
This paper is taken from the section on regulatory services in the Natural England Research Report NERR033 ‘Microeconomic Evidence for the Benefits of Investment in the Environment – review’.
Year of Publication2012
11% of new houses in England since 2000 have been built on floodplains. Intensification of farming and draining of bogs have contributed to the increase in flooding. Currently the majority of water bodies in the UK fail to meet ecological and chemical targets but green infrastructure can help to purify waste water. It can also remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and sequester them over the long-term. Growth in UK forest cover will increase the amount of carbon held in biomass, but the effect is small compared to UK emissions. Vegetation reduces air pollution and noise.
This item is categorised as follows
- Subject Collection > Greenhouse Gas
- Subject Collection > Environmental impact
- Subject Collection > Greenhouse Gas > Carbon Capture & Storage
- Subject Collection > Soils & water > Rivers & lakes
- Subject Collection > Soils & water > Water resource management
- Subject Collection > Environmental impact > Flood & coastal defence
- Subject Collection > Environmental impact > Wastes management & pollution control
- Subject Collection > Greenhouse Gas > GHG Reduction
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