Unearthing Global Megatrends in Land Condition

Publication date:
June 2023

No profession operates in a vacuum and it is imperative that we pay attention to emerging drivers of change.

This edition of environmental SCIENTIST explores how the European Environment Agency's eleven global megatrends are influencing the work of the land condition community. Tackling diverse topics from microplastics and antimicrobial resistance through to climate change, the journal suggests how we should be developing approaches to accommodate these momentous changes. In this way, land condition professionals, and other environmental disciplines that interact with land, can be prepared for future conditions and contribute meaningfully to sustainable development.



  1. The effects of climate change and other megatrends on the land remediation industry – Steve Jackson & Melinda Evans
  2. Tackling Scotland's legacy of vacant and derelict land – Hamish Trench
  3. A multi-disciplinary response to the challenges of the PFAS universe – Paul Nathanail & Shaun Grey
  4. Embedding sustainability in remedial options appraisal – Peter Fitch
  5. Antimicrobial resistance: the slow-burn pandemic – Lucy Bethell
  6. Future-proofing building foundations against climate change impacts – Roseanna Bloxham & Tom Henman
  7. Measuring and mitigating volatile organic compounds and odour emissions from remediation sites – Sarah Horrocks
  8. We must farm organically to save the UK's threatened soil ecosystems – Gareth Morgan
  9. Microplastics: an increasing threat to global soil health? – Paul Dumble, Diogenes Antille & Robert Earl
  10. The impact of China’s industrial expansion on the land condition community – Andrew Hursthouse
  11. Climate change, extreme weather events and brownfield projects in the UK – Joanne Kwan
  12. Geosciences: their role in the future of economic development – Rebecca Hearn & Jonathan Atkins

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