Who’s promised net-zero, and who looks likely to get there?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Net Zero Challenge report calls for more action to limit global warming. Just 67 countries and eight US states have a net-zero ambition. Even fewer have sufficient policies and legislation in […]

The ocean is teeming with microplastic – a million times more than we thought, suggests new research

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content New research suggests the scale of plastic pollution in our oceans could be a million times worse than previously recorded. The researchers analysed the intestines of tiny filter-feeding invertebrates called salps, finding […]

Sydney is choking on record levels of smog – and the bushfire season is just getting started

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content New South Wales records worst-ever air pollution. A blanket of bushfire smoke over Sydney has triggered health warnings. The likelihood and intensity of wildfires have increased around the world, from Australia to […]

Only the private sector can help deliver universal healthcare in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pascal Fröhlicher, Executive director, U-Care & Carlijn Nouwen, Partner, Dalberg Advisors No one doubts the impact of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) for both individuals and society at large. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are currently striving […]

As Marvel’s first comic book fetches $1.26 million, here are five things to know about the superhero business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Marvel’s first comic book just sold for $1.26m. Movies have contributed to the enduring popularity of superheroes, bringing in new audiences. The printed comic is still big business, worth over $1bn in […]

Malaysia’s last Sumatran rhino died – here are more species on the verge of extinction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Malaysia’s last Sumatran rhino just died and fewer than 100 now remain in the wild across Asia. Habitat loss, poaching and climate change are contributing to the loss of species around the […]

Deaths from far-right terrorism have more than tripled in the West

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Incidents of far-right terrorism have increased by 320% in the past five years in Western Europe, North America and Oceania. But far-right terrorism remains a tiny fraction of total terrorism worldwide. Terrorism-related […]

How to turn a traditional business into a platform-based success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauro F. Guillén, Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA & Srikar Reddy, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sonata Software Limited and Sonata Information Technology Limited The experiences of successful digital businesses […]

Why we need to rethink geo-economics to beat climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abhinav Chugh, Content and Partnerships Specialist, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum On Mousuni Island – a part of the Indian Sunderbans with a rich ecosystem and UNESCO World Heritage site status – the climate crisis has already threatened […]

Here’s how community lending could help refugees find their feet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rya G. Kuewor, Executive Director, RIO Entrepreneurship is often proposed as the ideal way for refugees to achieve financial independence; while others say savings and lending services is the key. The ideal solution may, in fact, be a […]

12 ideas on how the private sector can help ensure universal healthcare access by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Around half of the world’s population does not have access to essential health services, and 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty by healthcare costs.   While government funding of healthcare is crucial, the private sector plays a […]

Lifting the lid on the value of a company’s human capital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hilger Pothmann, Regional Head of Human Resources, Deutsche Bank AG, Region East, in Germany & Mark Loon, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Bath Spa University “People are at the heart of all that we do” is often […]

5 things fighting malaria can teach us about Universal Health Coverage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Sadek, Senior Advocacy Lead, Comic Relief & Samantha Johnson, Senior Manager, Global Health Policy and Advocacy, GSK Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – or all people having access to the health services they need without financial hardship – […]

This Pacific island has banned fishing to allow the marine ecosystem to recover

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Palau will ban fishing on 80% of its marine territory to allow coral reefs to recover and protect coastal areas against the impact of climate change. Fish stocks have already doubled in […]

5 libraries doing innovative things to help their communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Libraries are adapting to serve changing communities. Some have taken to the road in a bid to find new readers. The libraries of Tokyo are the biggest lenders of books. There are […]

Blockchain is becoming key for global trade – but is that a gift for hackers?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Soichi Furuya, Senior Researcher, Hitachi (and World Economic Forum Fellow) Blockchain is a system of recording transactions that could replace ‘trust intermediaries’ including banks Businesses are starting to […]

Why our future relies on more inclusive and transparent innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger Across the tech sector, the gap between imagination and reality remains too wide. Nobody disputes that new technologies have the potential to make the world a more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected and […]

How video games can reunite a divided world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Susanna Pollack, President, Games for Change & Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Unlike most other entertainment platforms, video games can connect people of all backgrounds and beliefs. When people engage in play of any […]

Successful carbon removal depends on these 3 conditions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neil Yeoh, Global Shaper, New York II Hub There is now more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in the past 400,000 years, with carbon dioxide levels exceeding an unprecedented 400 parts per million. The […]

Chart of the day: This is why we need to protect nature’s pollinators

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Writer, Formative Content Pollinators like bees are essential to 35% of crop production. Foods including coffee, tomatoes and cocoa all depend on them. 40% of the world’s insect species are threatened with extinction. There is an […]

Here’s how tech can help governments fight corruption

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carlos Santiso, Director for Digital Innovation in Government, Development Bank of Latin America Technology is changing and challenging governments around the world. With data analytics and artificial intelligence, new technologies present governments with tremendous opportunities to improve public […]

7 shocking statistics that show the cost of corruption

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Corruption is a global problem. It costs both money and lives. International collaboration is the only way to defeat it. Corruption takes many forms. It is often thought of as a problem […]

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a […]

What do refugees really need from those who want to help? A refugee explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joelle Hangi, Director, Refugee Artists and Authors, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya When I fled my home and sought shelter in Kakuma refugee camp, I was at one of the lowest points in my life. But not the lowest. […]

Climate change is forcing 20 million people a year from their homes, Oxfam says

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Every two seconds, a weather-related disaster forces someone on the planet from their home, Oxfam says. Climate change is increasing the threat from extreme floods, droughts and wildfires, leaving millions displaced each […]

What you need to know about 5G

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek O’Halloran, Head of Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum 5G, the fifth generation of mobile communications that enables global connectivity, is predicted to contribute $13.2 trillion to the global economy […]

More than 80% of adolescents worldwide aren’t getting enough exercise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Globally, girls tend to be less physically active overall than boys. The United States has higher rates of physical activity among adolescents, thanks to school-based physical education and sports clubs. Many poorer […]

9 climate tipping points pushing Earth to the point of no return

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world could be heading toward tipping points in the climate system. In an interconnected climate system, passing one tipping point may trigger a cascade of irreversible changes. As the world continues […]

These social entrepreneurs are lighting up Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Easy Solar provides solar lighting and chargers to power energy-deprived homes in Sierra Leone. The pay-as-you-go devices provide electricity to even the least-well-off families. A reliable energy grid is the foundation for […]

How venture capital can transform global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dr Nina Rawal, Founder and Managing Director, Emerging Health Ventures Venture capital can turn scientific discoveries into consumer products for patients in LMIC. It has transformed the market for rare disease medicines, bringing huge benefit to patients worldwide. […]

Putting a price on carbon will help New York state achieve a clean energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Dewey, President and CEO, NYISO New York State, the 11th-largest economy in the world, recently enacted the US’ most aggressive climate change legislation. By 2040, according to the new law, the state must get all of its […]

Encryption is under attack. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adrien Ogée, Project Lead, Cyber Resilience, World Economic Forum & Marco Pineda, Head of Security and Innovation, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The news that Interpol is about to “condemn” the spread of strong encryption is just […]

Here’s what happened when a charity gave $1,000 each to poor households in Kenya

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Charity GiveDirectly gave $1,000 to poor households across Siaya County, Kenya. The money had a ripple effect on the region’s economy, as every $1 of cash delivered generated $2.60 in additional spending. […]