From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, Nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more, it has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless ... until they suddenly switch off.
This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India's vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations).
Tony Juniper's book will change whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy
About Tony JuniperSee more books from this Author
...the story – with many other tales garnered in this salutary, highly readable appreciation of the living world – tells a simple truth. Nature does a great deal for us.Read Full Review of What Has Nature Ever Done for Us | See more reviews from Guardian
Just in case we might have forgotten about the relentlessly draining impact of 7 billion humans on the Earth's life‑support system, this impassioned book reminds us of the key elements in that dismal story.Read Full Review of What Has Nature Ever Done for Us | See more reviews from Guardian
An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes