KenCanning via Getty Images
If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun's beneficence! Research shows we might benefit by thinking more like a forest.
In this sequel to my previous article, I shed light on some of the recent divestment decisions by European banks, sending a stern message to the fossil fuel sector. I've also featured researchers who...
Modern methods of controlling pests have consisted mainly of poisoning them with chemicals. But that's led to problems. Pesticides kill far more than the bugs they target, and pollute air, water and soil. Some fascinating research has found a way of dealing with bed bugs that may go back centuries.
I've always felt a profound sense of emotional connection with nature's expressions, as they most often reflect my own internal world. The moment I step into the wilderness, the smell of the earth, th...
We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets. Biomimicry, a word coined by biologist and writer Janine Benyus, means to copy nature. It's a science that asks "What does nature do?" instead of "What's it for?" -- the question usually posed by human endeavour.