Cities & Clean Growth: ‘Future of Infrastructure’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Infrastructure.

The piece looks at the fight to accommodate more and more people, plus deliver on promises of prosperity, whilst still safeguarding our current and future needs on the planet. It is an urban dilemma. Caught in the crossfire between the forces of urbanisation and decarbonisation, cities are the clean-growth battlegrounds of the 21st century – where booming populations need their demands met, but impacts mitigated.

Clean growth is doable, but difficult. To meet climate goals, PwC has calculated carbon intensity of the global economy needs to fall by 6 per cent a year, twice as fast as ever before. With infrastructure always the solution, but often a problem, cities are where this war on carbon will be won or lost.

You can read the full story (with no paywall) here:

‘Cash-strapped cities are battlegrounds for clean energy’.

The full 16-page Future of Infrastructure report is available to view/download here.

What Being ‘Smart’ Means… ‘Smart Cities’ in The Times

New writing... Pleased to say I have another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on Smart Cities, by Raconteur. It looks at why business, the built environment and wider community must embrace constant change and lifelong learning to benefit fully from intelligent and responsive digital cities of the future:

‘What being ‘smart’ means for cities’.

The full 16-page Smart Cities report is available to view/download here.

Why Nairobi is a Global City in the Making

New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at the emergence of Nairobi, which has long been known as one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Now, as its growing economy and rising prosperity levels fuel a development boom, it’s fast building a reputation on the world stage and Kenya’s capital has soared to tenth in JLL’s latest City Momentum Index, despite only entering the top 30 last year.

My article explores the reasons ‘Why Nairobi is a global city in the making’.

The Future in 5 Words… #1: ‘Sensorsational’

Why Cities will be… ‘Sensorsational’ 

#1V2Mushrooming urbanisation has already seen us race past the halfway point for the proportion of people living in cities (with estimates reaching 54% in 2014) and is predicted to hit 2 in every 3, by 2050 (66%). With the boom in mobile and digital technology exploding alongside, driven by smartphone ubiquity, we as people are becoming increasingly connected by sensor technology to the physical environment around us. In effect, the Internet of Things has been creeping up on us by stealth; and that creep is fast turning into a gallop. Already, the forecast date for hitting the one trillion sensors mark has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025. Sensors will connect us to the buildings in which we live, learn and work, the shops where we buy goods, and all modes of transport in between. Within 10 years, that degree of connectivity will see the equivalent of around 120 sensors in operation for every human in existence.

Tomorrow: Why Business will be… ‘Sociable’

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From farming and energy, to future cities

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

GM-crops-760x428Fields of Thought and the Seeds of Time: GM Debate Reaches Deadlock

Opinion on genetically modified foods remains divided, but can such agricultural technology help to avoid widespread and imminent famine?
Published in: ‘Future of Agriculture & Farming’ Special Report, ‘The Times’‘  (29 Jul, 2015)

Top 5 Tech Innovations in AgricultureAg-tech-innovation-760x428

Advances in technology are key to the future of agriculture as farmers strive to feed the world with limited natural resources.
Published in: ‘Future of Agriculture & Farming’ Special Report, ‘The Times’‘  (29 Jul, 2015)

Energy-for-a-new-generation-760x428Next-Generation Energy: It’s Time for the Grand Transition

Summary: With the UK under pressure to plug a looming energy gap and at the same time meet targets for clean renewable energy, power may be shifting to a new generation of consumers
Published in: ‘Powering the Future’ Special Report, ‘The Times’ (30 Jun, 2015)

songdo-360x203The Future of Smart Cities

Summary: Future smart cities are unlikely to look that much different, but they are destined to interact differently with their human inhabitants.

Published in: ‘Internet of Things’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (28 Jun, 2015)

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