A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015

William J. Sutherland, Mick Clout, Michael Depledge, Lynn V. Dicks, Jason Dinsdale, Abigail C. Entwistle, Erica Fleishman, David W. Gibbons, Brandon Keim, Fiona A. Lickorish, Kathryn A. Monk, Nancy Ockendon, Lloyd S. Peck, Jules Pretty, Johan Rockstrom, Mark D. Spalding, Femke H. Tonneijck, Bonnie C. Wintle

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This paper presents the results of our sixth annual horizon scan, which aims to identify phenomena that may have substantial effects on the global environment, but are not widely known or well understood. A group of professional horizon scanners, researchers, practitioners, and a journalist identified 15 topics via an iterative, Delphi-like process. The topics include a novel class of insecticide compounds, legalisation of recreational drugs, and the emergence of a new ecosystem associated with ice retreat in the Antarctic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number1
Early online date27 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • environment
  • public health
  • priority setting
  • future
  • drugs
  • Antarctica
  • trade

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