In truth, the significant nature of value lies in the fact that we live in a [bio-diversified] world in which it is significantly undervalued:

While some of nature’s services could be similarly traded as commodities, such as proposed “rainforest bonds” which would pay for forests’ wildlife, fresh water and carbon storage, most biodiversity cannot be valued or traded directly.

“We should probably be thinking about biodiversity less like the carbon market and more like a real estate market, these are very distinctive, unique assets, they can be graded and valued but they’re not interchangeable,” said Joshua Bishop, chief economist at the IUCN. Story continues:

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