02 Sep '11, 7pm

How to put a price tag on nature.....everyone should read

How to put a price tag on nature.....everyone should read

But there are ways, nevertheless, to assign value. And more importantly, there are horrific costs to assigning no value at all. Think of it this way: the mantas come for the plankton. The plankton are there because the little cove is ringed by a healthy coral reef. The coral reef owes its staggering abundance of biodiversity to the delicate interplay between corals and the algae that live on them. The corals expel their calcium exoskeletons, the algae fix those skeletons as calcium carbonate, the limestone thus formed builds the reef. Without this byproduct of biodiversity – what Sukhdev and his TEEB colleagues call an “ecosystem service” – there are no Manta Ray Night Dives, no scuba and snorkeling tours of the Kona Coast, no dolphin lagoon at the big Hilton Resort where your daughter can plant a gleeful kiss on a bottlenose’s snout. No fresh mahi-mahi and ahi tuna at the...

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