A recent report summary indicates that spending $1 on protecting the natural environment (i.e. land or water) returns $5 since it gives nature a chance to thrive. This in turn can provide increases in agriculture, improve fresh water and help fight climate change among other benefits.
The study, as reported in Reuters was conducted and published by more than 100 researchers. Their fundamental conclusion is that making such investments would boost the worlds economic output by about $250 billion per year.
Of course, once this study becomes more well known, we will likely see those who want nothing more than to continue along the old path come out with finance arguments against the results.
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Does It Pay to Protect Nature? A New Study Weighs In.