We are yet to price, supply and use water, or trees efficiently

Until we are able to put a price on not just carbon, but on trees, and water and food- entrepreneurs and governments will not turn their hands sufficiently to saving our civilisation.

Our planet is covered with water, but we are yet to price, supply and use it efficiently, writes Rebecca Gill http://bit.ly/g0WlCc

Below FIrst Posted on August 29, 2010

This sign that is up at the Singapore Zoo. Should be up in every park!

The functional value of a tree was determined by Professor T.M. Das of the University of Calcutta as ‘a tree living for 50 years will generate $31,250 worth of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control , control soil erosion and increase soil fertility to the tune of $31,250, recycle $37,500 worth of water and provide a home for animals worth $31,250, This figure does not include the value of the fruits, lumber or beauty derived from the trees.’

A 150-year-old Hopea sangal Tree was chopped down by a property management firm more than three years ago. The firm was fined $8,000 for chopping down the tree and an additional $76,000 in compensation. Now, a similar offence could result in a $50,000 fine for chopping down the tree and even more in compensation.