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Deadly Shock: The Coming Devastation of Power Utilities
August 31st, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Environment, Technology

Power utilities are about to get a nasty shock, and if they don't adapt, they will go bankrupt.

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The Greediest Generation
July 7th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Society, General

The boomers want to have it all – no matter who it belongs to!

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Climate Change, Part III: What We Will Do About It
February 17th, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Humanity will – reluctantly – finally decide that it has no choice but to act on climate change. When that happens, what will we do? Here's an exploration of the issues.

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Climate Change, Part II: Risk Management
November 22nd, 2013
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Environment

This is the second of three parts in an overview of the future of climate change. The first part can be found here.

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Why You Should Believe in Climate Change, and What We Will Do About It: Part I
November 4th, 2013
Topics: Environment

Climate change science is settled, yet people still disbelieve. It's time they changed their minds. Here's why.

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What’s Truly Important In Today’s News
October 3rd, 2013
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Environment

The biggest headlines often don't indicate what's truly important, and the disconnect now is about as big as I can remember. Here are the three most important issues that I think should be dominating the news.

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The Future of Food: Farming It, Processing It, Packaging It, Selling It, Eating It
23 January 2013
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, General

Almost everything about food is going to change, and in ways we don't expect. Here's why.

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13 Trends for 2013
December 26th, 2012
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, Geopolitics, General

Here are some of the key trends that are going to shape the year ahead.

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4 Wild Cards for Utilities in 2013: Risks & Opportunities
December 11th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Technology, General

The year ahead holds significant risks and opportunities for the utility industries.

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12 Trends for 2012
December 27th, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, General, Society, Technology

Although there are more than 12 things going on in the world, I believe these are the most significant trends for the year ahead.

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Why There Will Be More Earthquakes
February 18, 2011
Topics: Business, Society, Economy, Environment, General

The Earth is a complex system. Indeed, it is a series of interlocking, overlapping, complex systems, and such systems often affect each other in surprising ways. Accordingly, although at first it may seem strange to say that climate change will increase both the number of earthquakes and volcanoes, that actually is the case. Here's how it works:

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Things to watch through 2011 and through the decade
Jan. 28, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Business, Demographics, Environment, Technology, General

Like all years, there will be good news and bad in 2011. Because of the bad planning, bad judgment, and bad behavior of previous years and decades, some of the potential bad news is very scary indeed, as I'll get to in a moment. The odds are that 2011 will be a not bad year, but the risks are higher than normal for economies emerging from a recession. I'm going to deal with the scarier parts first, and then move on to happier things, so bear with me.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the Next 10 Years
August 4th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, General

This is a summary of a presentation I delivered to the World Education Congress of Meeting Planners International in Vancouver, Canada at the end of July, 2010. It was part of a series of “Flash” presentations, each limited to 15 minutes, which didn’t leave a lot of time to elaborate. I’ve fleshed some of the points out here, but the most important reason for approaching the future in this way is that it is never shaped by just one thing, but rather by a confluence of forces, many of which are conflicting.

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Outlook 2020: The Environment
December 14th, 2009
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The next 10 years will effectively settle the climate change debate, but not much else. What's more, we may be making policy in precisely the wrong way. Here's why.

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The Future of Food: Not Just for Body Fuel and Fun Anymore
March 12, 2009
Topics: Business, Demographics, Environment, Economy, Society, General

What follows is a summary of a presentation I gave to a symposium on the future of food. In attendance were farm producers, food processors, food retailers, and research scientists.

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The Future Grows on Trees: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Tomorrow's Pulp & Paper Industry
April 25th, 2008
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Technology, General

What follows is a summary of a presentation that I made for the international “Pulp and Paper Strategies” conference in Miami, Florida, in mid-February of 2008. In it, I outline the major changes in our society’s use of paper, and the very positive forces at work that can benefit pulp & paper producers, particularly the emergence of the green economy.

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The Green Economy and the Future of Energy
November 2007
Topics: Economy, Business, Environment, General

Energy is at the center of our society and economy, so the future of energy is pretty close our future. Yet, with climate change emerging as both a physical and political imperative, energy's future must and will also change.

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The Future of Farming: Sunset or Sunrise?
April 2006
Topics: General, Business, Environment, Economy

Traditional farming is dying, and will not recover. However, those farmers who can adapt face a remarkably properous future.

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Katrina's Aftershocks
September 2005
Topics: Society, Geopolitics, Environment, General

The immediate effects of hurricane Katrina - death and destruction - are obvious. The long-term consequences and downstream effects may be more important.

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Tomorrow's Car and the Environment
September 2003
Topics: Environment,Economy

The car you'll drive 10 years from now will be significantly different than the one you're driving today, in large part because of environmental concerns. But it may not be the eco-car environmentalists are talking about, either.

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Frankenfoods: More complex than advertised
February 2000
Topics: Environment

Genetically modified foods, colloquially called 'Frankenfoods' by Europeans, are a perfect example of a complex issue being given sound-bite treatment by news media, with predictable results. Advances in genetic engineering are giving researchers the ability to modify the genes of both plants and animals, with the result that new strains of each are appearing.

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