Innovation Inspired by Nature

Drawing inspiration from plants, animals and ecosystems in order to design sustainable innovations: more and more companies are investing in this concept based on the principles of biomimicry.

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We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.

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A Better Way for California to Water Its Farms

California’s Cenytral Valley farmers have a problem. Agriculture accounts for about 80 percent of the state’s water consumption, and in the midst of a historic drought, it is the largest potential…

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Combating desertification: Monique Barbut’s fight through…

Initiated during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and then adopted in Paris in July 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) took effect in 1996. It has now been signed by 194 countries.…

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Europe’s largest man-made coastal reserve created off Essex…

Europe’s largest man-made coastal reserve was created off Essex on 12 July – as the wall that has protected Wallasea Island for hundreds of years was punctured, allowing sea water to over-run the…

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Food security: best sustainable development practices recognized…

A "Best Sustainable Development Practices" award ceremony was held on July 6, organized as part of the World's Fair in Milan, in partnership with Feeding Knowledge, which supports research and innovation…

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Computer chip made of wood works as well as the one in your phone

Biodegradable, wood-based computer chips can perform just as well as chips commonly used for wireless communication, according to new research. The inventors argue that the new chips could help address…

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2015 Ramsar Convention: Sustainable development requires the protection…

From June 1 to 9, the city of Punta del Este, in Uruguay, hosted the 12th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP12). A few months before the Paris Climate Conference, the 168…

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The solidarity fridge: Spanish town’s cool way to cut food…

Everyone from vulnerable families to peckish builders are taking leftover goods left dropped off by local people in Galdakao

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African agriculture needs more of the green stuff, says farming…

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers

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