BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Nature ‘pays biggest dividends’

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Nature ‘pays biggest dividends’ The cash return from conserving wild places is far higher than the gains made from developing them, researchers say. They estimate humanity loses about $250bn through the loss of the habitat destroyed in a single year.

That loss occurs in the year the destruction happens, and in every subsequent year, they say. They put the benefit-cost ratio at more than 100 to 1 in favour of conservation.

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