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The 2010 Ten-Year Forecast Map of the Decade benchmarked the big forces that will shape the decade: The Carbon Economy; The Water Ecology; Adaptive Power; Cities in Transition and Molecular Identity.
WHAT ARE WE SEEING?
The Institute for the Future published a Ten-Year Forecast in 2010 that it claimed would be a benchmark forecast for the next decade, focusing on five driving themes:
Global demand for energy will increase by 36% between now and 2035, according to forecasts. Emerging economies will account for almost all of this increase.
Global production of biofuels increased 17% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105bn litres.
We are using a million years of fossil fuel every single year. That will inevitably run out, if not in our lifetime then in the lifetimes of some of our children?s children or their children?s children; anyway, far too soon to consider it anything but a dire prospect. The growth of fuel wars will grow and water wars will [come] soon - Melvyn Bragg, In Our Time newsletter, 15/06/06
Meeting the world's biofuel targets could reportedly divert a tenth of the world
700m or so extra people may move to cities by mid-century and may double or triple demand for health services, transport, energy, housing, sanitation, food and water.