Ask Nature

Saturday, December 17, 2011 is a beautiful and useful example of an appropriate solution that incorporates more than 1400 strategies using the Biomimicry Taxonomy. Along with Appropedia, it is one of the major inspirations for this site.

The Taxonomy is depicted here:

It is based on the processes observed to take place in nature; here’s just a small part of it:

It’s possible to browse the site following this taxonomy, or search the site for answers to “How would Nature…”. I happened to come across it while researching the desalination mechanism of mangrove trees. The entry is short, and there is more information to be found elsewhere, but this entry provides a brief description, an academic reference, and a possible application of the natural solution. (Additional research on this topic can be found at, etc. An example of a futuristic application is here:

Components of the AskNature web site are moreover broken down into:

Clearly, whatever is already posted at does not need to be repeated here. If you have a question about how nature would do anything, this is the place to ask. And browsing the strategies, looking at examples of real products that imitate nature, e.g.,, or the other 24 ideas listed under “NYSERDA + Energy,” in nothing short of amazing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Post
Appropriate Solutions ©2023 Possible Planet (Previously The Center for Leadership in Sustainability [discontinued])
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
All proprietary material is copyright by its creator(s) and may only be used with their permission.
Staff Login