Sometimes it feels as if the last 40 years never took place. Recent pronouncements in relation to how environmental challenges relate to economics provide a case in point.

The idea that looking after Nature is bad for the economy is one that is less and less heard these days. Such a fringe view, one that flies so squarely in the face of a mounting body of evidence, would normally raise more amusement than it would concern, except that recently this view has come from George Osborne, the leader of the UK’s finance ministry, a figure at the very heart of government.

In October 2011 he told his ...


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