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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685606
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Tony Juniper:

'He is by popular consent the most effective of Britain's eco-warriors

(Independent)

One of the top ten environmental figures of the last thirty years (The ENDS Report)

[Tony Juniper] is among the 100 people who are making the decisions that affect your life (Country Life)

A brilliant resume of Nature's New Deal: nurture me and I'll nurture you. (Nick Crane)

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? is a brilliant resume of nature¹s new deal: nurture me and I'll nurture you. (Nick Crane, author and TV presenter)

Juniper explains how the welfare of the human species rests on the assets and services provided by the rest of nature, and makes the case for natural capital to be integral in a new economy fit for the future. (Michael Clarke, Chief Executive, RSPB)

Tony Juniper takes us on a highly readable, personal journey of discovery of nature and our reliance upon it. What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? provides the stories and the numbers to convince others that investing in nature¹s balance sheet is good for the corporate balance sheet. (Jose Lopez, Nestlé)

This book should be on the essential reading list at schools. Without understanding the essence of life - and this is a fantastically modern romp through it - how can our children be expected to make the right decisions? If we ever needed a book to remind us that we are part of nature, not separate from it, this is it. (Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts)

Science Books of the Year ... A readable, timely vision (Robin McKie Observer 2013-12-08)

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The true value of ecosystems to world economies.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P TATNER on 1 Feb. 2013
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This book should be essential reading for all students of biology and pehaps it is even more important for people who really don't care much for anything but other themselves or other human beings ......
It shows how we, as a devastatingly powerful force in the world, have done many things that we feel improve our civilisation without realising the full 'costs' associated with benefits that we enjoy - it must be time for all humans to realise that 'ignorance is not bliss' and make sure that the future we will offer succeeding generations is not blighted by our blinkered approach to economic development.
Surely there can be few things more alarming than the photograph of Chinese people perched in trees doing the 'work' of bumblebees, so that the trees will produce fruit ?
Its well written, covers a wide range of issues that are nicely developed using easily appreciated metaphors and with a stunning array of examples - absolutely fascinating !!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By paulfoxashtanga on 9 Jan. 2013
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Everything we do and have is based on Nature - our lives, our existence and our economies. The environmental movement has evolved beyond simply protesting about the degradation of the natural environment. Now people like Tony Juniper are showing how utterly dependent we are on finely balanced natural systems and how removing parts of the whole can have disastrous consequences. Taking the Monty Python joke - What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? - and replacing it with What has Nature Ever Done for Us?, Tony Juniper tells compelling stories about how the environment supports economic and social life without many of us realising it. The book is entertaining, informative and easy to read, with a wealth of facts to counter the naysayers who are content to see Nature continue to be ravaged and exploited for short-term gain. This is a wake-up call for us all, and a rollicking good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2013
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A few years ago I paid a visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Winchester. Besides the usual suspects, the sanctuary at the time featured an enclosure of truly sad profundity, containing a handful of the few remaining Indian vultures, held there for safe keeping whilst back in India a solution was sought for their plight, caused by the use of an anti-inflammatory drug in cattle which had killed millions of vultures as they performed their job as nature's dustbin.

Vultures often get a bad press. Calling someone a vulture implies a lack of scruples, but in reality vultures are graceful fliers and useful scavengers, their use value given by Juniper in this book at $34bn in India alone. Without the vultures diseased carcasses are not cleared so efficiently, and there has been a surge in numbers of feral dogs which has led to an escalation in attacks on humans, often leading to rabies and death.

This is just one of a number of case studies used by Juniper in this readable and informative book to demonstrate just what it is nature has done for us. It's a mix of bad and good news. Awareness of the role played by natural agents - birds, bees, mangrove swamps, trees - is rising, but not enough is being done still to prevent their wholesale eradication and destruction. There is not only too much talk of mitigation instead of prevention, there isn't even enough actual mitigation.

In some ways Juniper is wrong that economists don't have the tools to cope with the situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Firrell on 1 April 2013
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It doesn't matter if you believe in climate change and/or global warming, this book by Tony Juniper must be read by all - certainly by school children, and then perhaps given away free to the nation. If you ever wantedd to know what damage we are doing to the planet - forget for a moment CO2 emissions and carbon footprints - just in the way we live and treat our environment to the point if we don't change our habits the environment that sustains us, i.e. life, will not be there. Tony's book spells it out for all to understand. It does not paint a pretty picture but it does need to be said.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Elizabeth Silver on 14 Jan. 2013
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This puts into words what I have felt for a long time- that our natural resources are being destroyed because they are not valued in the way that politicians understand. Perhaps a true economic value placed on what we are losing, may yet help to stem the damage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Critchley on 12 May 2013
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This book is fantastic, it offers a different way to view the environment which should lead to a wider and general audience appreciating what it offers, not just the environmentally aware. It is written in accessible language suitable for anyone whether they are an environmental expert, diving in for interest or hobby, a novice or even a skeptic. This book is especially useful to me for my masters degree and dissertation. It was cheap and arrived quickly and I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
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The subtitle to this new book says it all: How money really does grow on trees. Our only planet is heading for extremely tough times, at our hands, and yet although nature can provide all the answers, for free, and although many good things are being developed, we are not paying enough attention or quickly enough. Tony Juniper describes many of the major problems facing planet earth (and therefore us and all other living things) and then explains, with numerous staggering statistics, how nature really could provide the solutions if only our leaders would see the importance and common sense of the situations. Instead we continue to plunder nature's finite resources and deplete the very help that is available. The book makes you incensed that greed and short-sightedness are causing the loss of our chance to undo the damage. This is about all our futures and the future of our children - it couldn't be more important - yet instead of these issues being front page news every day we are instead encouraged to spend more and apply our passion to game shows and celebrity gossip. This is a book that you end up wanting everyone in the world to read - especially politicians, economists, educators and company leaders. Highly recommended.
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