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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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How Much Is Nature Worth?

July 15, 2010, 5:07 AM
"Doing business in a way that takes environmental economics into account is a good idea; aping climate policy and its mechanisms is not." The Economist assesses the value of nature. "Treating the services provided by ecosystems as part of the economy is a good idea, and the various ways in which their value can be sustained, or even enhanced, deserve study...The idea of turning an environmental benefit into a financial instrument with clear value has been tried in the carbon markets, but for biodiversity the issue is much more complex. Biodiversity is not fungible, as carbon is: its value is more like that of real estate than that of a commodity. And besides, though carbon markets do now exist, they have yet to demonstrate an ability to reduce emissions in a big way, and their large-scale expansion currently looks highly unlikely."

How Much Is Nature Worth?

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