This US city put an algorithm in charge of its school bus routes and saved $5 million

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Schniering, Founder, Future Cleantech Architects Every day across the US, fleets of iconic yellow school buses carry more than 25 million children to and from school, covering around 6 billion kilometres a year. But these instantly recognizable vehicles […]

A profitability roadmap for the fast-changing automotive sector

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nikolaus Lang, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group & Charley Xu, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group The rise of electric vehicles, self-driving cars and shared mobility will dramatically change the sources of profitability in the […]

Why a global recession isn’t inevitable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Senior Economist, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation The end of this week will showcase two important events for global economic governance. First, central bankers, leading academics and representatives of international organizations from around the world […]

We must treat cybersecurity as a public good. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mariarosaria Taddeo, Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford & Francesca Bosco, Project Lead, Cyber-Resilience, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum Soon your fridge will be able to buy your food on […]

Cleantech innovation is being stifled. Here’s how to unlock it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Schniering, Founder, Future Cleantech Architects An overwhelming majority of climate scientists are calling for immediate action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But progress is way too slow, considering the short time that remains to avoid catastrophic […]

New York’s rooftop farms provide fresh local produce – and help stop a sewage problem

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 High above the streets of New York, more than 36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown every year. And the farms that produce them aren’t just feeding residents – they’re helping to stop […]

These photos show the world of science in stunning detail

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 From the structure of a soap bubble to a close-up of a gas nebula thousands of light years from Earth, prepare to see science through a whole new lens. The inaugural Science Photographer […]

Long-term exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

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 The air you breathe could be doing as much harm to your lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, shortening your life and putting you at risk of chronic illnesses. That’s […]

Talking the talk: the voice-recognition disruptors looking to outsmart big tech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Candace Widdoes, Chief Operating Officer, Plug and Play & Joe Abi Akl, Acting chief corporate development officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding As investors, we are constantly on the search to find and propel early-stage companies redefining the technology landscape. […]

This company is breeding millions of insects in the heart of London

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Keiran Whitaker is fighting deforestation, saving the oceans and reducing food waste – and he’s doing it all with black solider flies. It all starts with a coffee or a beer. Well, brewery waste […]

Mosquitoes kill more people every day than sharks do in a century

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Jaws might not have had the same cultural impact if it had featured a tiny, buzzing insect in lieu of a great white shark. But, as Bill Gates explained for last year’s World Mosquito […]

We need to rethink the way we heat ourselves. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerard Reid, Founder and Partner, Alexa Capital Half of our total energy consumption globally is used for the production of heat – for our homes, industrial purposes other applications. Most of this heat comes from the burning of fossil […]

How businesses can navigate a global economic slowdown

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Freakley, CEO, AlixPartners Warning signs of a potential slowdown in the global economy are multiplying. These include the sustained inversion of the US Treasury yield curve and declines in manufacturing in Germany, Japan, and the United States, among […]

These are the challenges facing India’s most sacred river

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 Ganges is a lifeline for the people of India, spiritually and economically. On its journey from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, it supports fishermen, farmers and an abundance of wildlife. […]

A seafood fraud investigation DNA tested fish sold in the US. Here’s what they found

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 Here’s a fishy riddle. Question: when is a sea bass not a sea bass? Answer: when it’s a giant perch. That’s the conclusion of a recent study on fish sold to consumers in […]

Germany is trying to rescue its fabled forests from climate change

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 Germany’s forests are in a bad way. Two summers of extreme heat and a plague of pests and timber diseases have reduced their area by the equivalent of 200,000 football fields. Now the […]

5 ways to be a better humanitarian

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Annemieke Tsike-Sossah, Acting Refugee Livelihoods Programme Manager, IKEA Foundation World Humanitarian Day offers an opportunity to take stock of where the world stands on addressing humanitarian issues and highlight lessons for how to improve in the future. Here are […]

Last year, this coral reef was teeming with life. Now it’s dying – and it’s up to us to save it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Raquel Peixoto, Associate Professor – Molecular Microbial Ecology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse places on the planet. Like rainforests, they are teeming with species that live symbiotically with one another. They […]

Blockchain is not a magic bullet for security. Can it be trusted?

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 & Dominique Guinard, Founder, chief technology officer, EVRYTHNG Up to 10% of global GDP could be stored on blockchains by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. From product identifiers, […]

These 5 foods are under threat from climate change

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 As climate change warms the planet, unstable weather patterns and shifting seasons are disrupting how crops grow. Food producers face uncertainty as droughts, floods and storms become more frequent and rising temperatures lead […]

This warehouse is one of the world’s greenest industrial buildings

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 With its futuristic curved design and daylight-infused interior it doesn’t look like a typical warehouse. But the NewLogic III building, an office and warehouse space on the outskirts of the Dutch city of […]

3 reasons why business leaders can’t afford to ignore diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laura Liswood, Secretary-General, Council of Women World Leaders Much has been written about the importance and value of diversity. Diversity provides multiple perspectives and experiences (gender, ethnicity, cultural background and various acquired skills are some ways in which diversity […]

OK computer: why the machine age still needs humans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Prasad Akella, Founder and CEO, Drishti Tony has worked in the same automotive plant in north-west Ohio, US, for nearly two decades. During that time, he moved from a part-time line associate on the third shift to a line […]

The racial wealth gap in the US is affecting its citizens and its economy – this is how

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 The US has spent the past century expanding its economic power. As it has grown, so too has the wealth of American families. But not everyone has benefitted, according to a new report. […]

Voice tech and the question of trust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robb Henzi, Vice President NY, sparks & honey, Omnicom Group & Amie Stepanovich, Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons, University of Colorado, Boulde & Jennifer Lynch, Director, Surveillance Litigation, Electronic Frontier Foundation Voice technology is becoming more ubiquitous, integrating into tools […]

India’s strategy in space is changing. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lyons, Senior Adviser, Emerging Technologies, Lapa Capital & Riad Hartani, Co-Founder, Xona Partners Half a century after humans first walked on the Moon, space is still as much about scientific discovery as it is about strategic competition. As […]

Africa is set to get its first vertical forest

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 Egyptian desert is set to host the African continent’s first vertical forest. Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri has unveiled designs for three buildings covered with pollution-absorbing trees and plants in […]

This lethal fungus is threatening to wipe out the world’s bananas

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 A deadly fungus almost killed off one of the world’s most popular varieties of banana in the middle of the last century. Now, a new strain is again devastating plantations across the globe. […]

How 5G can connect the affordable homes of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fanyu Lin, CEO, Fluxus LLC & Michael Gallagher, Business Innovation & Strategy Executive Advisor, Fluxus LLC “2019 will be a critical year in the evolution of 5G as global roll-out pilots will shape the landscape and specifications will start […]

The Japanese have a word to help them be less wasteful – ‘mottainai’

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 The Japanese have a word for the sense of regret they feel when something valuable is wasted: ‘mottainai’ (もったいない). It can be translated as “don’t waste anything worthy” or “what a waste”, and […]

Indonesia is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit. And others in ASEAN aren’t far behind

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 The Japanese have a word for the sense of regret they feel when something valuable is wasted: ‘mottainai’ (もったいない). It can be translated as “don’t waste anything worthy” or “what a waste”, and […]

This farmer is saving the jungle by growing food in it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content “My dream is to create a sustainable farm, this is my work.” Alexander Retana is a farmer with a different kind of farm. His – where he grows around 22 different crops from bananas […]

Sustainable development funding is broken. Here’s how to fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an urgent call for action to end poverty and reduce inequality, while protecting our planet, […]