With a world population of 9 billion expected by 2050 "less in [of resources] and more out [of products & services]" will be essential.
Amazing! It goes to show how important each any and every life form is.
The unique significance of each and every life form in helping us to advance our technology for the goofd of all is not as surprising as it seems.
Natural selection has shaped life forms over aeons to be what they are - highly successful organisms that have survived and evolved from the very first moment Life appeared on Earth.
Each has a complex and intricate story of success to impart to us.
If the Greenland ice mass can handle higher temperatures than we anticipate in the future what about Antartica?
In the previous period of global warming being compared to in the article the oceans rose by 4 to 8 metres!
Note especially the following points:
· Spare capacity, which ensures that there is a back-up or alternative available when a vital component of a system fails.
· Flexibility, the ability to change, evolve, and adapt in the face of disaster.
· Limited or "safe" failure, which prevents failures from rippling across systems.
· Rapid rebound, the capacity to re-establish function and avoid long-term disruptions.
. Constant learning, with robust feedback loops that sense and allow new solutions as conditions change.