Value of Biosphere Earth, 3-Ecosystem Services

Earth's "ecosystem services" are the most valuable thing we have. Here's a 14-minute overview of the science on the value of "Ecosystem Services" to humans.
Biosphere Earth is the composition of life and living ecosystems that make human life possible. This series, "The Value of Biosphere Earth", seeks to connect people of all backgrounds to a greater relationship with that reality by sharing synopses of current science. In this episode, Ecosystem Services, BioIntegrity founder/director Chris Searles shares  a brief synopsis of the most valuable thing humans have: Earth's Ecosystem Services. So far this series has covered the history of Life and our Life-support system’s architecture. This podcast talks about what other Life does for us.

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Graphic of Ecosystem Services
Map of Earth’s vertebrate biodiversity concentrations on land. (Source)

Partial list of Ecosystem Services
  • Oxygen production
  • Freshwater filtration
  • Micro-climate establishment
  • Generation of fertility
  • Body formation intelligence
  • Decomposition
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Detoxification
  • Biological richness and abundance
  • Biological diversification
  • Air purification
  • Water purification
  • Cellular intelligence
  • Adaptative intelligence
  • Moisture retention
  • Moisture recycling
  • Moisture circulation
  • Immunity
  • Pollination
  • Food production
  • Flavors
  • Food quality
  • Food diversity
  • UV protection
  • Atmospheric composition
  • Air quality
  • Humidity
  • Air Pressure
  • Atmospheric circulation
  • Water quality
  • Sentience
  • Brain formation
  • Beautification
  • Pest control
  • Pathogen control
  • Seed dispersal
  • Cloud creation
  • Precipitation stimulation
  • Climate tempering
  • Micro nutrient exchanges
  • Micro fluid movements
  • Photosynthesis
  • Carbon absorption
  • Nutrition creation
  • Storm water buffering
  • Communication
  • Microbiome generation
  • Community generation
  • Ecosystem generation
  • Self-maintenance
  • Rapid regrowth
  • Creation of relationships
  • Genetic diversity
  • Genetic intelligence
  • Body formation intelligence
  • Biome diversity
  • Human diversity
  • Soil generation
  • Biomass generation
  • Generation of microbes
  • Generation of micro-insects
  • Generation of plants
  • Generation of animals
  • Carbon storage
  • Instinct
  • Nurturing
  • Fertility and reproduction
  • Primary value creation
  • Global integration…
About This Podcast
Biosphere Earth's rescue and ongoing integrity is our most urgent, essential, and powerful climate solution and economic priority. This series talks about why. Read the two paragraphs on Ecosystem Services here. This piece contains more than 60 academic citations. Read the essay version of this post. 

More in this Series
· Listen to "About this series."
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The music heard at beginning of this podcast comes from renown songwriter, Stephen Doster. Visit to hear more of his music.

Tommy Orange's first novel, There There, won the 2019 American Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the John Leonard Prize. Learn more about There There here

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