The New Green Revolution

By far the biggest medium-term opportunity for AI, ubiquitous computing, and robotics to transform our lives and...

published on: Jul 15, 2016

The Climate-Industrial Complex Enters...

Low energy prices, a lack of technological game-changers, and a shift in the political climate are about to put the...

published on: Jan 23, 2016

The Truth About a High-Carbon World

In prior issues, the Trends editors have quantified the miniscule nature of the adverse impact of global warming over...

published on: Dec 19, 2015

Challenging the Green Tyranny

Even as the global economy embraces the opportunities created by the Deployment Phase of the Digital Techno-Economic...

published on: Sep 20, 2015

Dry California Whine

published on: Jun 23, 2015

California is suffering from another year of drought, which appears to be getting worse. It's affecting consumers, agriculture, and industry. How did...

Wizards, Prophets, and Other Wall Street Fair...

published on: Jun 23, 2015

Is your email overflowing with urgent messages from "get-rich-quick wizards" or "prophets of doom"? It's amazing how many otherwise-smart people are...

Diamond Becomes the New Material of Choice

published on: Jan 17, 2015

For centuries, diamonds have been valued for ornamentation, as well as use in manufacturing applications where their hardness enables them to easily...

It’s a Big Fracking Deal

published on: Nov 17, 2014

Because of the enormous transformational implications built into the economics of the North American Energy Revolution, its promoters and opponents...

Linking Weather Events and Climate Change

published on: Jun 11, 2014

Twenty years ago, the Trends editors predicted that the economic case for the “climate change crisis” and related solutions championed by...

The Green Implosion

published on: Mar 22, 2014

Two of the biggest stories of the current decade are actually flip sides of the same story.  On side one is the accelerating North American Energy...

Turning Environmental Trash Into Treasure

published on: Sep 11, 2013

In rough times like we've experienced since 2000, and especially since 2008, many want to say, "The system is not fair." That feeling is at the heart...

Managing the Global Water Crisis

published on: Apr 12, 2013

For over a decade, the Trends editors have been watching the global water crisis unfold. The supply-demand situation has been deteriorating in many...

Adapting to Climate Change, While Unleashing ...

published on: Apr 12, 2013

What do we know, rather than believe, about the state of climate change as of 2013? What trends are most likely to impact climate change and our...

Techno-Phobes and Famine Fanatics

published on: Dec 6, 2012

At least since the days of Thomas Malthus, a steady chorus of opinion-makers has routinely put forward the case that the world will soon face...

Fishing for Answers to World Hunger

published on: Sep 1, 2012

Since the dawn of civilization, lakes, rivers, and oceans have been a major source of food for human beings. However, in recent years, it has become...

Harvesting Arctic Resources

published on: Jun 1, 2012

Regardless of its proximate cause, it’s increasingly clear that the Earth’s climate is warming.  The primary debate has been over the...

Cost-Effectively Adapting to Climate Change

published on: Feb 7, 2012

No entity has produced more quixotic, job-killing regulations than the Environmental Protection Agency. Why? Part of it is ideological. However, part...

Green Jobs: Myth vs. Reality

published on: Feb 15, 2009

We’re hearing a lot of talk about so-called “green jobs” and their anticipated impact on the economy. Some of this is based on “solid...

Recycling Bonanza

published on: Oct 15, 2008

One major effect of China’s rising economy is an explosive rise in the prices of commodities and the high-profile promotion of “sustainable”...

Energy Crisis 2.0

published on: Aug 15, 2008

Since the middle of this decade, the world has been plunged into an energy crisis reminiscent of the one we faced in the 1970s. However, the...

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