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What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

How Money Really Does Grow on Trees
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Synergetic Press
 | 
April, 2014
ISBN:
9780907791478
Quantity: 
2
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?  British environmentalist Tony Juniper points out that we think everything nature does for us—providing water, pollinating plants, generating oxygen, recycling miracles in the soil and much more—is free, but it isn’t. Its economic value can, and has been, measured. And upon realizing what that value truly is we would stop treating our natural systems in a destructive manner.

During recent years, environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect. But there’s the emergence of a new wave of environmental attention focused on “natural capital,” “ecosystem services” and “biodiversity,” things nature does for us.

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more. It has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP.  

This shift towards seeing Nature as the provider of a set of economically vital services, rather than resources that can be used up to fuel economic growth is, for me, one of the most important conceptual shifts in history. I am pleased to say that the shift is already underway, but it needs to go much further and happen much faster. —HRH the Prince of Wales, from his foreword

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India's vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper's book—the statistics are mind-blowing—will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

Publisher’s Description: 

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more. It has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless... until they suddenly switch off. This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India's vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper's book will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

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