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Ecosystem Services

Published June 1, 2020
From a pure monetary point of view, a puppy is worth more than a spider. However, which one offers the most benefit to humans and in what way? Which contributes more to human survival and which would have the greater impact if it became extinct? We can answer these questions by considering the benefits that […]
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We Use The Environment As Waste Disposal

Published June 1, 2020
Another way that we abuse the world’s capacity to withstand human activities is by treating it as a place to dispose of our waste. We create huge amounts of waste that is not designed to be disposed of, and then hide it in the ground, release it into the air, or dump it into a […]
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Tragedy Of The Commons

Published June 1, 2020
There is pattern, and a common trend in the way that we abuse the environment for profit; something that was written about almost 200 years ago. In 1833, William Forster Lloyd published an article in which he described the effects of the overuse of a common resource. In the early 1800’s, common land was used […]
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Technology And Innovation

Published June 1, 2020
The miracle of nature is that whenever there has been a challenge, there is an organism that has found a way to conquer it. There are an estimated 30 million plants and animals on Earth which are essentially individual science experiments, perpetually testing out new ways of doing things in order to find a better […]
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Biomimicry

Published May 22, 2020
Biomimicry is the replication and application of nature for our own benefit. Since nature operates under the same laws that govern our own lives, it makes sense to learn from these tried and tested design principles. Inspiration from nature has given us some of the most fundamental design principles that we take for granted. Velcro […]
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Biotechnology

Published May 22, 2020
Another area of great interest is the application of biological aspects of nature to create new technologies. New technologies are being discovered from areas of the natural world that we once thought were of no benefit to mankind. It is an exciting field of study simply because it is limited only by our imagination and […]
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Population Pressure

Published May 22, 2020
The human population has been increasing at an alarming rate. From 1804, it took just over 100 years for the human population to increase from 1 billion to 2 billion in 1927. In 2016, it was projected that we will increase our population by 1 billion in about 12 years. This exponential growth is having […]
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Snake And The Rabbit

Published May 22, 2020
Imagine that you are driving your dream car down a dark and misty road. You could be driving anything from a Prius, to a Hummer. All of a sudden, from the left a fluffy bunny rabbit jumps into the road, and from the right a snake slithers into the road. What do you do? If […]
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Average Is Not Enough

Published May 22, 2020
Sustainability not only represents a new way of doing things, but also an opportunity to be better than average and to take aim at bold and audacious targets. An average student will not find a job in today’s world, an average job performance will not get a promotion, an average organisation will not muster the […]
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Nature Has Become A Destination

Published May 21, 2020
For many of us, nature has become a destination. It is somewhere we go for a holiday or over a weekend. We leave our preoccupied lives behind and venture off to a national park or game reserve in our fossil fuel guzzling 4×4 laden with all the necessary gadgets and accessories. In reality however, nature […]
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