Nature's Cash Value

Insects' benefits are valued at £134bn and coral's at £109bn in a pioneering report equating biodiversity to cash in the hope of encouraging conservation.

"The enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs (and) the social and economic consequences of their loss, must be factored into political and economic policies in all countries, according to the new study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (Teeb). It suggests...that the value of human welfare benefits provided by coral reefs is between $30bn (£19bn) and $172bn annually (and)...the economic value of insect pollinators in global crop production is worth €153bn (£134bn) every year." "The lack of an economic lens to reflect these realities has meant that we have treated these matters lightly."

Understand your own mind and goals via bullet journaling

Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.

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  • Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
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Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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