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Nature's invaluable services

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Feb 25, 2013 | From the print edition

>> What has Nature Done for Us, by Tony Juniper, Profile Books, Rs 917

What has Nature Done for UsFrom vultures to 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 book is full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings and lessons.

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