Posted by: stiltsville | December 13, 2009

Don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone

… our economics does not, for the most part, include paying for nature.

But we pay when it is lost. Less fertile soils make it harder to grow crops. Dirtier water is more expensive to make fit for human consumption. The collapse of fisheries leads to unemployment. The loss of mangroves increases the impact of tsunamis. The loss of animal species increases the risk that humans will catch diseases such as Lyme disease. Again, the list goes on.

An opinion piece from the NYT

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