What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees

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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 ...
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Overview

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 tons 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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Editorial Reviews

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"One of those rare books that can change how we see our world."
-- Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"Put simply, nature is worth a lot...and Juniper uses fascinating examples to build his case." -- Charlotte McCann, Financial Times

"... Juniper brings the ecology versus economy debate into the mainstream through riveting and accessible anecdotes that display how important environmental balance is to a booming economy."
-- Craig Manning, Independent Publisher

From the Publisher
"Put simply, nature is worth a lot ... and Juniper uses fascinating examples to build his case."
-- Charlotte McCann, Financial Times

"One of those rare books that can change how we see our world."
-- Michael Brune, Excecutive Director, Sierra Club

" ... Juniper brings the ecology versus economy debate into the mainstream through riveting and accessible anecdotes that display how important environmental balance is to a booming economy."
-- Craig Manning, Independent Publisher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780907791478
  • Publisher: Synergetic Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 202,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels.
Juniper presently works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities' International Sustainability Unit.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles

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