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Allianz Knowledge

Allianz Knowledge is a platform for the exchange of ideas and opinions on megatrends and global issues of demography, finance, mobility and the environment.
The top ten drivers of deforestation

Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change and environmental damage. See what is causing the gradual destruction of the world's woodlands.

How Costa Rica’s eco-economy saved its forests

Costa Rica's world-leading forest protection efforts are underpinned by a policy of paying people to protect the trees.

Hurricane tunnel helps design safe homes

Extreme winds destroy homes - as unfortunately recently demonstrated by Cyclone Pam's devastation in Vanuatu. Researchers in the US are using wind tunnels to design hurricane-proof homes.

Top 20 megacities by population

A countdown of the 20 largest urban areas on the planet, according to the 2015 edition of Demographia's World Urban Areas index.

What are the best countries for women?

See where in the world the health, education, economic and political gaps between the sexes are closing or widening.

Granny Au Pair: Around the world at 60 years

Granny Au Pair sends older women to help families around the world – an adventurous, active alternative to the rocking chair on the porch.

Save more, or work longer?

Longer lifespans, low interest rates and shaky public finances are forcing more would-be retirees to make a tough choice.

When is the right time to retire?

Countries are still grappling with this question, but a strict age limit is not the way. People should be able to choose their own exit from the workforce.

"Exotic" retirement opportunities abroad

A hit movie about British retirees in India suggests a novel solution to the aging crisis.

What happened to carbon capture?

Carbon capture and storage was supposed to slash climate changing CO2 emissions, but the green technology seems as far away as ever.