What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees Paperback – 10 Jan 2013
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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)
The true value of ecosystems to world economies.See all Product Description
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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 !!
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.Read more ›
The experiment Biosphere 2 is a focus, perhaps a surprise to those who expect a standard text on pollution. This enclosed dome with seven bio environments from jungle to mangroves was a habitat for a team of eight people for two years. This piece sets the tone of the book, which tells us that nature is brilliantly and intricately engineered by this time and any disruption can reduce our support services. Science is learning how everything operates and what we need to do to restore a balance.
From soil degradation and tree felling to landslides is an easy step to make, but we also need to understand the myriad tiny processes going on in soil - bacteria, fungi etc. A rich fibrous soil is not only more fertile, it captures water better.
We go around the world looking at wetlands in Britain and how the peat shrinks down when drained, then releasing carbon as it dries. From here we go to cities which flood due to storm surges. A mangrove swamp or other wetland, and coral beds, can absorb and soften the blow of a storm or a tsunami as proven in recent years by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina compared to Mitch, or the lands differently affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Also we see the value of an environment in producing oxygen and food - be it on land or sea.Read more ›
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Arrived in excellent condition which was very pleasing as it was a gift.Published 4 months ago by Nicola Dinneen
This really is the most fascinating, memorable and readable books I have ever read. Tony Juniper shows a wide and deep understanding of the problems and alternative natural... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr Finickity
An easy to understand book on how we take the earth's resources for granted and, despite much action taken over the past decades there is much to do..... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard John Catton