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Posted on Feb 18, 2011

Michael Pawlyn explains the genius in nature that we could use to achieve factor 100 savings in resources. Three big changes we need:

  1. radical resource efficiency
  2. from linear to closed loop systems
  3. solar power driven processes

Ideas from nature can allow us to reduce resource requirements. The Eden Project created a massive greenhouse with alternative materials to glass that made the entire structure weigh less than the air inside.

We could transform the waste in cities to a closed loop resource recycling process. Cycles of food, waste and energy can be combined to transform linear systems into closed loop systems. Sahara greenhouse projects are find ways to de-salinate sea water, including the damaging waste from desalination plants, in order to create resources and reverse desertification.

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