This may not seem that amazing at first glance. But once you dig below the surface and consider the implications and possibilities of this Nasa-approved, Japanese technology it quickly becomes another matter.
Using a very thin and unassuming film to create ‘hydro-membranes’ with the ability to grow plants, Japanese scientists have opened up new possibilities within reforestation and plant cultivation in space. In the contemporary media discourse where topics like global warming, deforestation, recession and other gloomy issues are constantly flung at you left and right, success stories like these that contribute significantly to the planet’s well-being are few and far between.
Needless to say, the present scientific consensus is that our current way of life is unsustainable. But instead of thinking in limiting, reductive terms, the scientists at Mebiol have created a technology that uses little energy and creates a hugely significant output when it comes to coping with accelerating population growth and global warming. It’ll be interesting to see what the competent people at Mebiol do next.