‘Ghost fishing’ is threatening our oceans. Here’s how we can tackle it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content A team of “ghostbusters” is patrolling the waters of the Gulf of Mannar marine park, off the south-east coast of India, in search of an underwater menace. The marine scientists and support staff from […]

These are the world’s least – and most – corrupt countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance business journalist Denmark is the least corrupt nation in the world, according to an index which suggests corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. The Nordic nation is followed closely by New […]

Our global system has spun out of control. Here’s how to rebalance it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum The global system we are part of seems to be spinning out of control. Headlines around the world tell us something is amiss in many societies. I believe many of […]

Thousands of Belgian schoolchildren have gone on strike to protest climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content There’s nothing new about children skipping school. But when they do it in their thousands, and all for the same cause, then it’s time to pay attention. On 31 January, tens of […]

China is winning the electric vehicle race

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Demand for electric vehicles in China is soaring. Nearly 1.3 million new energy vehicles (plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) were sold there last year – a 62% rise on 2017. To […]

These are America’s most dangerous jobs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Think of fishing as a popular and leisurely pastime for retirees? Think again. It’s topped a list of US civilian occupations with the highest death rate. And it’s been consistently ranked among the most deadly jobs […]

5G will redefine entire business models. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nokia Corporation Everybody knows what a farm looks like, don’t they? The same goes for a factory, a mine, a power station. Although the scale might have changed, they are all still […]

Freshwater is saltier – and it’s bad for the planet and our health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Bewicke, Formative Content Every year, millions of tons of salt is applied to roads. Its ability to lower the freezing point of water helps to keep roads open – and economies running – throughout winter. But there is […]

4 myths about manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Cronin, Project Lead, Future of Production System Initiative, World Economic Forum Geneva & Adrian Widmer, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company & Diego Hernandez Diaz, Engagement manager, McKinsey & Company Like all good industry trends, the Fourth Industrial Revolution […]

This project in India helps people and tigers co-exist peacefully

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Tigers need large areas to roam and hunt unmolested. But Bengal tigers live in one of the most populous areas on Earth – and the resulting conflict with humans and destruction of […]

Why South Africa is on a path of economic renewal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa This year, South Africa will celebrate 25 years of democracy, hold its sixth democratic national election and accelerate the process of economic revival and growth. Over the last quarter century, the country has made […]

3 autonomous vehicle trends to follow in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Nally, Chief Marketing Officer, MSD Last year was a banner year for autonomous vehicle technologies and companies planning on commercialization. And 2019 has the potential to surpass 2018, with Waymo beginning public services in Phoenix and GM’s Cruise […]

We generate 125,000 jumbo jets worth of e-waste every year. Here’s how we can tackle the problem

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 We’re burying ourselves under a mountain of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) and it’s putting the environment and the wellbeing of people under growing pressure. According to a new report launched at Davos […]

Here’s how data can shine a light on financial crime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Craig, CEO, Refinitiv Financial crime is multi-faceted, multinational and very often invisible, making it hard to identify, measure and combat. Its impact is felt in many ways. For those forced into slave labour by criminals infiltrating supply chains, […]

Calculators didn’t replace mathematicians, and AI won’t replace humans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erez Yereslove, Senior Vice President, Globality Not many of us would see a calculator as a threat to our jobs. Yet just as the development of these now ubiquitous tools disquieted some mathematicians, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) […]

Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance business journalist Costa Rica is getting something right. The Central American country of stunning beaches, rainforests, and biodiversity, is also known for its stable democracy and educated population. Its president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, said at Davos […]

The anti-vaccine movement shows the peril of a post-truth world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Nally, Chief Marketing Officer, MSD Three centuries ago, Jonathan Swift anticipated our post-truth world when he said: “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late.” Recent […]

This is the critical number that shows when housing breaks down

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer How much of your income do you spend on your rent? The answer probably depends on where you live. Rents can vary wildly from country to country, city to city and even within regions. While it […]

We’re facing a ‘cold crunch,’ and it’s nothing to do with the polar vortex

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Do you take air con for granted? If you’re hot, you switch it on, right? In many places around the world, the cooling technology has become a feature of modern office blocks, hotels and restaurants. And […]

How Leonardo da Vinci’s outsider status made him a Renaissance man

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Walter Isaacson, Professor of History, Tulane University Leonardo da Vinci had the good luck to be born out of wedlock. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching […]

The world’s e-waste is a huge problem. It’s also a golden opportunity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) & Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Humankind’s insatiable demand for electronic devices is creating the world’s fastest-growing waste stream. Some forms are growing exponentially. The United Nations calls it a […]

The Impact of climates changes in health: a problem for all of us

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hiolanda Piler, currently a graduate of the sixth period of Medicine of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF-GV). She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer […]

The 4 types of leader who will thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Punit Renjen, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte One year ago, 86% of C-level executives in Deloitte’s first report exploring businesses’ readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution said their organizations were doing “all they could” to create a workforce for […]

Anti-vaccine sentiment one of 10 biggest health threats, says WHO

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content The global population faces diverse health challenges, ranging from serious virus outbreaks and drug-resistant bacteria, to the increase in non-communicable diseases like obesity and heart disease. While some parts of the world have limited […]

Egypt is building one of the world’s largest solar parks

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 At a site in the Western Desert, some 650 km south of Cairo, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious solar energy projects is underway. The Benban Solar Park will produce enough […]

How oysters are cleaning New York’s polluted harbor

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer 50 gallons of water. That’s more than a bathtub full. It’s also the volume that a single adult oyster can purify in a day, removing pollutants including sediment and nitrogen as it sifts for food. And […]

Why income inequality is bad for the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, President, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation In recent decades, income inequality has increased in almost all OECD countries. The average income of the richest 10% of the population today is about nine times as high as the […]

Can free trade deliver cheaper renewable energy? Ask Mexico

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juan Manuel Ávila, Director, Top Energy México Clean energy as a concept began as a merely experimental way to produce energy. The prices of this new technology were sky-high, and although more and more countries developed public policies geared […]

New Zealand will have a new ‘well-being budget,’ says Jacinda Ardern

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum Jacinda Ardern has unveiled a new approach to running New Zealand’s finances. “We need to address the societal well-being of our nation, not just the economic well-being,” she said during a […]

We can feed the world in a sustainable way, but we need to act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lyu Jun, Chairman, COFCO To feed almost 10 billion people by 2050, while at the same time preserving the natural resources that sustain food production, is possibly the greatest challenge that human civilization has ever faced. When we add […]

This new way of understanding disease is changing medicine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belen Garijo, CEO, Healthcare, Merck Group A new understanding of disease biology is emerging. In a paradigm shift towards what is known as molecular pathology, medical science is increasingly looking at diseases at a molecular level. This new perspective […]

It’s time for the circular economy to go global – and you can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips & Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility It is time for a radical rethink about our relationship with natural resources. We must move away from our current ‘take-make-waste’ […]

It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ross Chainey, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019. Adam […]