6 surprising side effects of this year’s global heatwave

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content Large areas of the world are in the grip of a fierce heatwave, with some areas experiencing record-breaking temperatures. During the first three weeks of July, temperatures have been much higher than average, by […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we grow, buy and choose what we eat

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juergen Voegele, Senior Director, Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Technology has revolutionized agriculture at regular intervals, from the invention of the ox-drawn plough in ancient Egypt, to the first gas-powered tractor at the beginning of the […]

‘I thought I’d never get out alive’ – the Muslim director who interviewed neo-Nazis

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content In one of her most terrifying moments, activist and film-maker Deeyah Khan was told that she would end up with a bullet in her head. At the time, Khan, a Muslim woman of Pakistani […]

3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative and fair

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudio Cocorocchia, Acting Head of Information and Entertainment System Initiative, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Geneva Last month the European Union’s governance body, the European Commission (EC), narrowly rejected controversial legislation intended to redefine copyright for the […]

Greenpeace’s saints and sinners in the tech world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The tiny European nation of Denmark (population 5.76 million) is famed for its green credentials. It plans to stop using coal for generating electricity by 2030, and the last Danish-owned oil company […]

How fungi could save the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Jezard, Formative Content A family of health superheroes, whose powers range from fighting cancer to cleaning up pollution: meet the humble fungi. While fungi are everywhere, we do not know how many of them there are. A […]

Which countries have the highest unemployment rates?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood The global financial crisis that began in 2008 shook the world’s economies, but the long-term impact hit some countries harder than others. First, though, the good news: the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) […]

It’s not your imagination, summers are getting hotter

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Summers never used to be this hot, did they? You may have asked yourself that question and wondered whether in fact you’re just getting more sensitive to the heat as you get older. But in […]

Social entrepreneurs can change the world – but these 6 things are holding us back

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kyle Zimmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Book & Kristine Pearson, Founder and CEO, Lifeline Energy Social entrepreneurs around the world have been unparalleled catalysts for social change. They use market-driven strategies to tackle critical social issues […]

LED lights could stop turtles and birds from drowning in fishing nets

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content Every year, at least 7.3 million tons of marine life end up as bycatch. Sharks, turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds are unintentionally caught in fishing nets, and then usually discarded, dead or dying, back […]

We know ethics should inform AI. But which ethics?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauro F. Guillén, Anthony L. Davis Director of The Lauder Institute, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania & Srikar Reddy, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sonata Software Limited and Sonata […]

Time to say goodbye to the plastic straw. But what’s the best alternative?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Consider the plastic straw. The once ubiquitous and popular item has become a symbol of our throw-away culture and the proliferation of non-recyclable materials. In the US and UK alone, 550 million plastic straws are thrown […]

Air pollution could be responsible for 1 in 7 new cases of diabetes

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Formative Content Outdoor air pollution – already a major cause of disease and death globally – contributed to 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in 2016, according to a new study. Tiny particulate matter […]

Humans account for only 0.01% of life on Earth – but our impact has been immense

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ron Milo, Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science Most of us, including scientists, are blind to the full scope of the living world. This was illustrated by an informal survey which asked biologists and ecologists from elite universities two […]

India’s future as a world power depends on 4 key relationships

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) In the 2040s, India is expected to surpass the United States (in PPP terms) and become the world’s second largest economy, behind China. Alongside this Indian emergence, the international order is […]

These are the best MBAs if you want to be an entrepreneur

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Want to study alongside the next Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey or Richard Branson? Or perhaps you imagine starting Uber’s biggest rival while tackling an MBA on the side? You probably won’t be surprised to learn […]

This house is made entirely out of recycled rubbish

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood The world’s waste problem is getting bigger by the day as we use and discard billions of things that deserve a second chance. While the global recycling market is expected to continue to expand rapidly, […]

A bad marriage can be as unhealthy as smoking and drinking

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Keith Breene We’ve been told many times that marriage is good for your health; on average married people live healthier, longer lives. But a new study suggests that if the marriage is a bad one, the opposite […]

Working fewer hours makes you more efficient. Here’s the proof

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Formative Content Happy, committed and productive. That is how most companies would like their staff to be. But few companies would go so far as giving their workers one day off a week in order to […]

Children who exercise have more brain power, finds study

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chinmay Jadhav, Formative Content We know that exercise boosts memory and thinking skills. But now, researchers have shown for the first time that physical activity can increase the size of children’s brains and improve academic performance. The study […]

High-flyers: China is on top of the world for skyscraper construction

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Jezard, Formative Content China seems determined to reach the stars by building ever-taller skyscrapers. In 2017 it saw the construction of 144 high-rises of more than 200 metres (660 feet) in height, including 15 described as “supertall” […]

6 ways countries can prepare for the next infectious disease pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Inglesby, Director, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security All pandemics start as a small outbreak somewhere. When the next potential pandemic begins, will we detect it early? Will we recognize its pandemic potential? Will we have […]

Vegans in France are using extreme tactics to stop people eating meat

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer When you think of a vegan, the first image that pops into your head might not be one of an activist daubing fake blood on a French charcuterie shop. But butchers in France say militant […]

Where do Americans stand on immigration? They’re not as divided as you might think

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content If someone told you 75% of the population of a particular country believed immigration was a good thing, where would you think they were talking about? What if they went on to […]

Back to the future: flying cars are becoming a reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Alexander, Director, Aerospace Standards, SAE International In 2011, Peter Thiel confronted his Silicon Valley peers with this observation: “We were promised flying cars, but instead we got 140-character tweets.” Thiel wanted to know when the long-awaited innovations […]

China is among the 20 most innovative economies for the first time

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content In the last few decades, China has made huge progress in science and technology. This new age of innovation has seen the birth of ‘unicorn’ tech companies like media giant Tencent, the ‘Uber of […]

How women are transforming the Arab world’s start-up scene

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kelly Ommundsen, Community Lead, Digital Economy and Society System Initiative, World Economic Forum LLC & Khaled Kteily, Founder and CEO, Legacy It may surprise some to learn that one in three start-ups in the Arab World is founded […]

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group There are ominous signs of growing turbulence around the world. The number of civil wars has doubled since 2001 – ​jumping ​from 30 to 70. The number of people killed […]

Here’s what keeps CEOs awake at night (and why it might be bad news for your next job)

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer What’s keeping top company executives awake at night? Muted revenue growth and whether or not to hire staff before that improves, according to a survey from KPMG. More than half of the global chief executive […]

Good grub: why we might be eating insects soon

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Finding a bug in your food can be a moment of horror that kills the mood and your appetite in one fell swoop. But that might be about to change, according to […]

Online government services could change your life. But only if you have access to the internet

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oren Pinsky, Project Coordinator, Internet for All, Latin America, World Economic Forum Geneva Estonians can register a new company online without leaving their desks. Brazilians can file their taxes online. Muscovites and Porteños – citizens of Buenos Aires […]

Phone lines open between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and people are calling strangers

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea that has roots stretching back to the 1960s has finally come to an end, resulting in one of the most unexpected consequences of any peacetime period. […]

The Chinese film boom luring Hollywood’s stars

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Phil Hoad, Freelance writer In 1973, Hollywood made Bruce Lee an offer he couldn’t refuse: to become a global megastar. After three low-budget Hong Kong features, the grandstanding Enter the Dragon, produced by Warner Bros, made his fame […]