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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
 
During recent years, environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives indicate the emergence of a new wave of environmental attention focused on “natural capital,” “ecosystem services” and

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During recent years, environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives indicate the emergence of a new wave of environmental attention focused on “natural capital,” “ecosystem services” and “biodiversity,” things nature does for us. In What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? British environmentalist Tony Juniper points out that as a species we think that 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. For example, in 2005 Hurricane Katrina cost the US $81 billion and the damage still remains. If the land around the levees hadn’t been redeveloped for shipping and aquaculture, at an estimated value of $100,000 to $450,000 per square mile of natural mangroves, then, it is believed, much of the damage caused to the city would not have occurred. This book contains impactful stories imparting warnings about this and other unfortunate occurrences such as a rabies epidemic that followed the disappearance of India’s vultures (drugs administered to cattle killed the birds, leaving uneaten carcasses that led to 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 rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from automobiles and power stations. As a result of its immediacy, Tony Juniper’s book will entirely change the 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:
9780907791508
Publisher:
Synergetic Press
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB

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Meet the Author

Juniper is one of the top ten environmental figures of the last thirty years; a campaigner, author, and sustainability adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales and various NGOs; and former director of Friends of the Earth.

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