Putting a price on Nature

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1) BBC: “Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK”
2) Independent: Valuing Nature: Why protecting the world’s wildlife is good for our wallets
3) A major four-year study reveals that earthworms can help prevent flooding and droughts.  Floods and droughts are caused by cycles of dry weather and monsoon-type rains, which are associated with global warming.  The average worm weighs less than half an ounce; but it is able to eat through a third of its own weight in soil a day.  When worms tunnel, the soil absorbs more water, meaning that in their millions worms can turn the ground into one vast sponge, soaking up the water in floods but retaining it during dry spells.  (Biodiversity Information Network)