Global Trends Impacting the UK Construction Industry

Following on from my series on Global Mega Trends I have decided to re-work a piece I had written previously on those trends that directly affected my own industry of construction. I will inevitably write with a UK and European bias however much of the discussion will be relevant to anyone reading. Of the 11 … Continue reading Global Trends Impacting the UK Construction Industry

Diversification of Governance in the 21st Century – Global Mega Trends Part 11

It has been quite some time since I first started writing about the global mega trends that the European Environment Agency identified in their 2015 report. In this final part of the series I will be looking at changing approaches to governance - the mechanisms used to move society towards beneficial outcomes and away from … Continue reading Diversification of Governance in the 21st Century – Global Mega Trends Part 11

Increasing levels of Environmental Pollution – Global Mega Trends Part 10

At this stage in the series on global mega trends it will be no surprise at all that environmental pollution is a significant and increasing problem. It is also transboundary affecting air, water, soil and ecosystems around the globe. It affects human health (GMT 3) and the natural world (GMT 8). The key driver behind … Continue reading Increasing levels of Environmental Pollution – Global Mega Trends Part 10

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

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