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Date: 2018-12-12 Page is: DBtxt001.php L07-NATURE-SOURCE-OF-ALL-VALUE


NATURE
SOURCE of all VALUE

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#9 NATURE / SOURCE OF ALL VALUE
EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON NATURE
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Social and Economic Progress linked to Massive Degradation of Natural Capital
LAND
WATER
AIR
RESOURCES
BIODIVERSITY
ECOSYSTEMS
To improve quality of life, nature has been exploited, depleted and degraded, but this is NOT sustainable.
The State of the Environment / Natural Capital
Rapidly degrading but ignored in conventional financial and economic analysis
Value Add ... the Contributions of Nature
Natural Systems are incredibly efficient, but operate very slowly unless the normal
equilibriums are disturbed, in which case there can be catasrophic dysruption
Value Loss ... the Depletion and Degradation of Nature
Industry and Consumption has been responsible for the Depletion of Natural Resources
and the Degradation of the Environment since the beginning of the industrial era at zero cost
to the participants who have benefitted financially. This was wrong and must be changed.
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NATURE / SOURCE OF ALL VALUE
EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON NATURE
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THE STATE OF NATURAL CAPITAL
NATURAL CAPITAL IS HUGE ... BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE PLANET EARTH
Open L0700-CS-NC-NATURAL-CAPITAL
THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF NATURAL CAPITAL
NATURE IS THE FOUNDATIONAL SOURCE OF ALL VALUE
Open L0700-PC-NC-NATURAL-CAPITAL
THE DEPLETION AND DEGRADATION OF NATURAL CAPITAL
FINANCIAL WEALTH HAS COME AT THE EXPENSE OF NATURAL CAPITAL
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The critically important role of natural capital and natural systems
Nature ... natural capital and natural systems ... are of vital importance and the ultimate source of all value. The sun is the source of all energy, and a multitude of natural systems convert this energy into all sorts of other forms.

NATURAL CAPITAL / ENVIRONMENT ... m
Social and Economic Progress has been achieved by the depletion and degradation of Natural Capital
LAND
Natural

Essential habitat for all sorts of living organizms ... more
LAND
Agricultural

Huge land areas now used for agriculture
LAND
Built up

Much land now built over with various types of economic development
FRESH
AIR

Fresh air is very good for human health and longevity ... more
FRESH
WATER

Without water there is no life, and now becoming increasingly scarce ... m
OCEAN
WATER

A huge energy sink, and where all the world's garbage accumulates ... m
MINERAL RESOURCES

The raw materials for most of the useful products we use every day ... m
FOSSIL
FUELS

The sources of power that made the industrial revolution possible ... m
CLIMATE
SYSTEMS

The essential mechanisms that have kept the climate stable until now ... m
ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

The many mechanisms that serve to recycle everything in nature ... m
BIODIVERSITY - FAUNA

Animals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects and other life forms ... m
BIODIVERSITY - FLORA

Millions of species of plants that occupy a complex ecosystem ... m

Social and Economic Progress has been achieved in large part
by the depletion and degradation of Natural Capital
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NAVIGATION
NATURAL CAPITAL / ENVIRONMENT
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LAND
LAND ... Natural
Essential habitat for all sorts of living organizms
Open L0700-CS-NC-LAND-natural
LAND ... Agricultural
Huge land areas now used for agriculture
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LAND ... Built up
Much land now built over with various types of economic development
Open L0700-CS-NC-LAND-built-up
AIR
FRESH AIR
Fresh air is very good for human health and longevity
Open L0700-CS-NC-AIR
WATER
WATER
Without water there is no life, and now becoming increasingly scarce
Open L0700-CS-NC-WATER
FRESH WATER
Without water there is no life, and now becoming increasingly scarce
OCEAN WATER
A huge energy sink, and where all the world's garbage accumulates
RESOURCES
MINERAL RESOURCES
The raw materials for most of the useful products we use every day
Open L0700-CS-NC-RESOURCES-minerals
FOSSIL FUELS
The sources of power that made the industrial revolution possible
Open L0700-CS-NC-RESOURCES-fossil-fuels
BIODIVERSITY
BIODIVERSITY - FAUNA
Animals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects and other life forms
Open L0700-CS-NC-BIODIVERSITY-FAUNA
BIODIVERSITY - FLORA
Millions of species of plants that occupy a complex ecosystem
Open L0700-CS-NC-BIODIVERSITY-FLORA
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES
The many mechanisms that serve to recycle everything in nature
Open L0700-CS-NC-ECOSYSTEM-SERVICES
CLIMATE SYSTEMS
The essential mechanisms that have kept the climate stable until now
Open L0700-CS-NC-CLIMATE

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OVERVIEW
NATURAL CAPITAL / ENVIRONMENT

LAND
LAND ... Natural
Essential habitat for all sorts of living organizms
More about LAND ... Natural Open L0700-CS-NC-LAND-natural

LAND ... Agricultural
Huge land areas now used for agriculture
More about LAND ... Agricultural Open L0700-CS-NC-LAND-agricultural

LAND ... Built up
Much land now built over with various types of economic development
More about LAND ... Built up Open L0700-CS-NC-LAND-built-up

AIR
FRESH AIR
Fresh air is very good for human health and longevity
Open L0700-CS-NC-AIR

AIR POLLUTION
Air pollution has been a dangerous bye-product of the industrial age. Many of the highly visible air pollutants have been controlled more stringently in recent years but not the invisible gases like carbon dioxide and methane which are greenhouse gases associated with global temperature rise and all its consequences.
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WATER
FRESH WATER
Without potable water there is no life, and now becoming increasingly scarce because of the massive consumption of water in modern industrial and agricultural systems, the increase in our global human population, and the changing weather patterns caused by global warming and gereenhouse gases.
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OCEAN WATER
The oceans are huge and an important part of the global ecosystem. They are a huge energy sink, and a very small rise in temperature represents a very large increase in their stored energy. Storm systems pull energy and water (as water vapor) from the oceans, and with higher temperatures the quantity of both energy and and water increase dramatically as manifested by the size of recent tropical storms.
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WATER POLLUTION
Even though the oceans are huge, the waste from the industrial production that serves our high consumption society has now reached a scale that even the oceans cannot cope.
Open L0700-CS-SS-POLLUTION

RESOURCES

MINERAL RESOURCES
The raw materials for most of the useful products we use every day
Open L0700-CS-NC-RESOURCES-minerals


FOSSIL FUELS
The sources of power that made the industrial revolution possible
Open L0700-CS-NC-RESOURCES-fossil-fuels

BIODIVERSITY
BIODIVERSITY - FAUNA
Animals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects and other life forms
Open L0700-CS-NC-BIODIVERSITY-FAUNA

BIODIVERSITY - FLORA
Millions of species of plants that occupy a complex ecosystem
Open L0700-CS-NC-BIODIVERSITY-FLORA

ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
The many mechanisms that serve to recycle everything in nature
Open L0700-CS-NC-ECOSYSTEM-SERVICES

CLIMATE SYSTEMS
The essential mechanisms that have kept the climate stable until now
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