Global Mega Trends Part 4: Accelerating Technological Change

Technological progress around the world is accelerating. This is particularly true in information, communication, nano- and bio-technology. Whilst it took electricity 50 years to reach 25% of the US population, the internet and smart phones took less than 10 years to achieve the same market share. Combined with the other global mega trends, particularly population … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 4: Accelerating Technological Change

Global Mega Trends Part 3: Changing Disease Burdens & Risks of Pandemics

The changes being outlined in this series of Global Mega Trends will inevitably have significant impacts on human health. The types of diseases and their prevalence will change according to many of the other trends described including: changing populations, urbanisation, mobility and climate change. One of the most significant drivers for these changes is environmental … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 3: Changing Disease Burdens & Risks of Pandemics

Global Mega Trends Part 2: Towards a More Urban World

Urban areas will absorb most of the population growth discussed in the first part of this series on global mega trends “Part 1: Diverging Global Population Trends”. By 2050, 67% of the projected 9.6 billion people on the planet will be living in cities. Increasing urbanisation is being driven by several key trends the most … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 2: Towards a More Urban World

Global Mega Trends Part 1: Diverging Global Populations Trends

Following some recent work reviewing long-term risks and opportunities in the construction industry I came across a publication from the European Environment Agency (2015) on the assessment of global mega trends. These are basically major shifts in economic, social or environmental circumstances which have the potential to change societies and impact on people and the … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 1: Diverging Global Populations Trends

What makes a successful Biodiversity Action Plan?

A Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) is designed to protect and enhance the biological diversity of an ecosystem. The original driver behind these plans was the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which has currently been signed by a total of 168 countries. All signatories committed to producing national biodiversity strategies and action plans as the … Continue reading What makes a successful Biodiversity Action Plan?