Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail

In a recent article in Analysis, Energy Barry Saxifrage reviewed the recent BP Statistical Review of World Energy and pulled out a series of ‘missing charts’. The most important was the total fossil fuels used over time shown below: Disappointingly, his analysis showed that global fossil fuel consumption had increased to an all-time record of … Continue reading Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail

Climate Change – Global Mega Trends Part 9

Whilst there is still a vocal minority that dispute anthropogenic climate change it is now accepted by the vast majority of the scientific community. The IPCC (2013) state warming of the climate caused by human influence is unequivocal and Cook et al. (2016) have showed in more than one study that 97% of scientists agree … Continue reading Climate Change – Global Mega Trends Part 9

Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8

Ecosystems around the world are coming under increasing pressure with significant potential impacts for the global population. These pressures are linked very much to the other global mega trends discussed in this series. Population growth (GMT 1) and urbanisation (GMT 2) first of all are literally increasing the global land area covered by our cities … Continue reading Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8

Intensified Global Competition for Resources – Global Mega Trends Part 7

The use of natural resources around the world has increased ten-fold since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030. This is a huge increase with a number of key drivers pushing consumption ever higher. Consumption first started to significantly increase at the onset of industrialisation which saw new technologies and population structures leading … Continue reading Intensified Global Competition for Resources – Global Mega Trends Part 7

The Multipolar World – Global Mega Trends Part 6

Continuing my series on global mega trends, this article focuses on what the European Environment Agency describes as the Multipolar World. Put simply, this is the emergence of new economic and political powers and the relative diminishment of the West. This gradual change represents a structural convergence with developing nations increasing in importance and developed … Continue reading The Multipolar World – Global Mega Trends Part 6