What if nature could save nature?

Oxford.  From the 24th to the 27th of July the European TED (Technology Entertainment & Design) conference was held in the presence of Gordon Brown.  Founded some 25 years ago in California, TED has become the reference for ideas that can change the world—a practical version of Davos.  Among the top ideas this year, is an ambitious project by the young architect Magnus Larsson, who wants to stop desertification.  If we don’t react to this disturbing phenomenon, one-third of arable land will disappear by the end of this century.  According to Larsson, only trees and plants can filter out wind and stop the desert from spreading.  Thus, he plans on fostering natural vegetable walls in the middle of the Sahara desert, from Mauritania to Djibouti, a distance spanning some 6,000 kilometers, by using the properties of the microorganism Bacilus Pasterii.  This bacteria transforms sand into sandstone, creating a space for vegetation.  This project, which is currently in costing, is sponsored by Holcim, a world leader in cement.  The initiative is nike air max pas cher nike air max pas cher nike air max pas cher influenced by biomimetics, a field dominated by Oxford’s Janine Benyus.  Dr. Benyus is convinced that “nature has already solved our problems of social organization but also our problems concerning technical procedures”.  Whatever this project’s future may be, Magnus Larsson will have at least created more awareness about a global problem that is not getting enough press.

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