Nature Inc. I - 6x22’ - EnglishJune 2008
Nature is priceless, or is it?
This is the first season of Nature Inc. This six-part series takes its lead from economists who have worked out that ecosystem services are worth more than the grand total of all the world’s national economies.
Episode 1: A fruit and nut case
Nature Inc. goes to the almond groves of California to discover how the mysterious crash in the bee population threatens the $15 billion agri-industry in the USA. The team talks to producers and scientists about how they and the bees are coping.
Then it’s off to Ghana to report on the vital role that persecuted fruit bats play in the multi-billion dollar chocolate and cosmetics industry.
Episode 2: Trees on tap
Every year we spend billions of dollars on pumping and purifying water for the world’s ever-expanding cities. But why bother building a desalination plant, when a forest will do the same job for a fraction of the price?
In “Trees on tap”, Nature Inc. goes to New York, Ecuador and Jordan to see how the authorities are waking up to the potential. How they are protecting ecosystems, saving a fortune and safeguarding two of our most precious assets: water and biodiversity.
Episode 3: The aliens have landed!
According to one calculation, the economic damage from invading alien species might be costing the global economy more than any other form of environmental disruption: $1.4 trillion a year. “The aliens have landed!”, is a keyhole into the price nations are paying for failing to stop species invasion.
We feature a cast of leading villains: cane toads in Australia; zebra mussels and the Burmese python in the USA; and love grass in Brazil.
Episode 4: Coral cashpoint
Nature Inc investigates a claim that our coral reefs are worth $30 billion a year.
In “Coral cashpoint”, we go diving on the Barrier Reef, the Maldives and to the bottom of the North Sea to find out how coral reefs supply 500 million of us with food and work. But we are destroying the reefs so quickly, they could vanish entirely in less than a hundred years.
Episode 5: Slippery slopes
The UK Government’s Report by former World Bank economist Nicholas Stern advocates a one per cent investment in combating global warming to save a much bigger bill a few decades down the line.
In"Slippery slopes”, Nature Inc. goes to the Andes and finds glaciers are melting so fast that scientists say most could disappear in 25 years. But millions of people in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru rely on these glaciers for their drinking water, agriculture and electricity… their economies will be decimated. Their experience backs the dire warning of Stern and others; but where is the investment coming from to avoid climate change-induced economic collapse? And what are the strategies?
Episode 6: Bloom or bust
We look at the new breed of investors who are making substantial and sustainable profits by going long and investing in keeping ecosystems healthy. We uncover the ultra-slick carbon trading market, which is predicted to be worth $300 billion a year before the end of the decade; the multi-million dollar trade in endangered wetlands; and how investment banks are buying entire islands and rainforests to make huge future profits.
Saving the planet is no longer just about ethics; it’s becoming big business.
Continent(s):Europe / Africa / Middle East / Asia Pacific / North America / Central America / South America /
Topic(s):Agriculture / Conservation / Development / Environment / Economics / Technology / Nature /
Location(s):USA, Germany, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Jordan, Maldives, Peru