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January 16 2013

What's the economic value of nature?


HOW much is nature worth, in measurable financial value? Most economists - and politicians - would answer in terms of the price of timber, pasture for grazing or tourism in national parks. But nature delivers far, far more than that. In What has Nature ever Done for Us?, Tony Juniper aims to bring that knowledge to a broader public.

One of the UK's leading environmentalists, Juniper lays out the many ways that natural ecosystems pay dividends to human societies. Some are obvious: soils support crop growth; photosynthetic plants are the ultimate source of all the food that nourishes us; and thanks to biodiversity, we have access to a wealth of genes to breed better crop varieties and develop new antibiotics and other drugs.

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