Since life so mysteriously emerged from the chemistry of a new planet billions of years ago, nature has been experimenting. Humankind has profited from copying, but only recently have our scientists begun to develop the know-how and technology to utilise aeons of trial and error for commercial benefit.
Mercedes, for instance, is adapting the
of the box-fish
for fuel efficiency. ‘Biomimicry’ is the subject
of ‘Doing What Comes Naturally’ showing
that ironically as humans lay waste to
species diversity faster than at any
point for 60 million years, we are
beginning to find ways of using
bio-inspiration for profit.
Nature Inc. finds out how much better off we are – and safer – in places where natural barriers to disaster remain intact.
Natural selection is a three billion year old product design process that can’t be beaten.
The ‘triple crunch’ of climate, credit, and energy insecurity has forced states to see the “green economy” as a way to make a sustainable recovery.
Agribusinesses and farmers are beginning to see sustainable profits and productivity in encouraging crop diversity.
There are moves afoot to put an economic value on the carbon stored by tropical rainforests.
Eminent scientists have warned of climate change's effect on our economies - where a 3°c warming could kill 40% of species and displace 200 million people.