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

Climate Change Litigation – Using Existing Laws to Promote Climate Action

This article was inspired by and largely based on a seminar given by Alice Garton (Client Earth) at the Edie conference in Birmingham, UK earlier this summer. Already aware of the work Client Earth has been doing holding the UK government to account on air quality failures, I was intrigued to hear their take on … Continue reading Climate Change Litigation – Using Existing Laws to Promote Climate Action

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?