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

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

by Tony Juniper
 

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During recent years, and since 2005 in particular, the environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and efforts to achieve low carbon economies. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives indicate that there is a new wave of environmental attention focused on a wholly different set of subjects&

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During recent years, and since 2005 in particular, the environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and efforts to achieve low carbon economies. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives indicate that there is a new wave of environmental attention focused on a wholly different set of subjects: namely that of 'natural capital,' 'ecosystem services' and 'biodiversity,' or in other words, what Nature does for us.

From Indian Vultures to Chinese bees and from recycling miracles in the soil to the abundant genetic codebook underpinning our food and pharmaceutical needs, Nature provides the 'ecosystem services' that underlie our economies. It is been estimated that these and other services are worth about twice the global GDP, and yet we take most of these services for granted, imagining them free and limitless- until they suddenly switch off.

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing warnings, such as the rabies epidemic that followed a disappearance of Indian vultures (hormones in cattle killed the birds and resulted surplus in carcasses, creating an explosion of wild dogs), as well as promising and enlightening tales of how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs shield coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from automobiles and power stations. Tony Juniper's book will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780907791485
Publisher:
Synergetic Press
Publication date:
07/28/2013
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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