Books : reviews

Tony Juniper.
What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?: how money really does grow on trees.
Profile. 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Or does it?

From Indian vultures to British bumblebees, nature provides ‘natural services’ twenty-four seven: recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; forests renewing fresh water and removing carbon dioxide; a genetic codebook that underpins our food and pharmaceutical industries; coral reefs and mangroves that act as insurance against floods; and much more.

It’s been estimated that nature is worth as much as $100 trillion annually to the world economy – nearly double the global GDP. Yet we fake most of what nature does for us for granted, imagining its services to be free and limitless … until they suddenly switch off.

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? is a book full of immediate, impactful stories. It will change the whole wag you think about life, nature and the economy.