Abu Dhabi is investing $250 million in tech start-ups

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 Hydrocarbons have powered Abu Dhabi’s economy since the discovery of its oil in 1958. But now the emirate – the capital of the United Arab Emirates – is moving to support homegrown tech […]

Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

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 Let me share my vision of 2030. By then, we are living in a global circular economy that has become ‘intentionally transparent’. This open mindset has released a surge in trust throughout the […]

3 ways digitalization will help end crime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Hvid Jensen, Senior Blockchain Advisor, Trustworks Digitalization of our societies powered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) offers many benefits and poses many challenges. However, one of the most important benefits often goes unmentioned: Digitalization’s potential to end […]

3 ways India can tackle its human-waste problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer, HCL Corporation & Subhashini Chandran, Managing Director, Xynteo India The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure availability of clean water and sanitation for all. The two are deeply interconnected issues: […]

Whale populations are slowly recovering – this is why

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 living whale, in his full majesty and significance, is only to be seen at sea in unfathomable waters; and afloat the vast bulk of him is out of sight…” So wrote the […]

How scientists are turning living cells into the tiny factories of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Freemont, Professor, Imperial College, London & Natalie Curach, Project manager, Partnerships Manager & Douglas Friedman, Executive director, Engineering Biology Research Consortium & Sang Yup Lee, Distinguished Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Biology is an […]

Quantum leap: why the next wave of computers will change the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andreas Baumhof, Vice President Quantum Technologies, QuintessenceLabs In 1936, Alan Turing proposed the Turing machine, which became the foundational reference point for theories about computing and computers. Around the same time, Konrad Zuse invented the Z1 computer, considered to […]

Scientists now think air pollution is fuelling violent crime

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 levels of air pollution may be putting lives at risk in more ways than one. It’s already well known for causing more deaths than smoking. But now a team from Colorado State […]

Here’s how the EU is doing on gender equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Europe is going to have to wait a long time before there are as many women as men in the corridors of power. The European Institute for Gender Equality has released its Gender Equality Index […]

This is how climate science went mainstream

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Environmentalism has become mainstream. Recycling is now a $200 billion global industry. Sustainability has become a significant focus for global corporations. And governments have been introducing major programmes to cut carbon emissions. It […]

Global public-private collaboration tackles cybersecurity skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Xie, CEO, Fortinet, Jim Alkove, Chief Trust Officer, Salesforce & Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director; Head of Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum As the world continues to transition to a digital economy, online connectivity is critical for unlocking […]

In New Zealand it takes less than a day to start a business

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 Dreaming of running your own business but wondering where in the world to start? Well, here’s a quick suggestion – New Zealand.   It is the fastest and most straightforward place to launch […]

The 100-year climate catastrophe of Mont Blanc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Chief Sub-Editor, Formative Content In 1919, pilot and photographer Walter Mittelholzer flew over the Mont Blanc massif in a rickety propeller-driven aircraft, taking pictures that gave the world a new perspective on Western Europe’s highest mountain range. […]

Innovation and entrepreneurship can cut waste and deliver the circular economy

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 My five year old daughter asked me recently if could take a bag and her gardening gloves to school. I said yes, of course – but why? She replied that at recess, she […]

Australia wants to build a giant underground ‘battery’ to help power the nation

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 Governments around the world are looking to boost renewable energy capacity as they race to cut their reliance on fossil fuels. But one of the big questions they face is how to keep […]

This is where obesity places the biggest burden on healthcare

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 planet’s population is growing rapidly – both in number and, in many places, size. Rising obesity levels place a heavy burden on healthcare provisions, leaving some countries facing an increasingly hefty bill, […]

Greenhouse gas emissions have already peaked in 30 major cities

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 Greenhouse gas emissions have already peaked, and are continuing to fall, in 30 major cities including New York, London and Paris. Austin, Athens, Lisbon and Venice are the latest places to hit that […]

Happiness apps: how schools are joining the fight for better student mental health

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 Schoolchildren who have experienced trauma or neglect could benefit from the use of mental well-being apps in the classroom. That’s according to educationalists and welfare workers in Australia, where the use of apps […]

The world’s landmine stockpiles in numbers

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 Every day, people die or lose limbs from stepping on a landmine. Most of these victims are civilians, living in countries at peace. Two decades on from the Mine Ban Treaty – a […]

Airships, solar planes and Soviet-era sea skimmers … here’s how we fix air travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jens Martin Skibsted, Partner, Manyone Air travel and related carbon emissions are responsible for more than 2 % of global emissions. Although it might not sound much, if it were a country, it would rank as the 10th largest […]

Welcome to the age of the platform nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) & Mihir Sharma, Senior fellow, Observer Research Foundation Since the First Industrial Revolution, growth and welfare have depended upon increasing the efficiency of production. Specialization, manufacturing, electricity and the computer all increased […]

This Dutch company makes environmentally-friendly paint

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 Dutch are well known for producing master painters. Now two brothers from the Netherlands are extending this reputation for quality to the production of sustainable paints, which promote the local circular economy. […]

These are the world’s 10 most innovative economies

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 What makes a country innovative? The excellence of its academic institutions? The amount it spends on coming up with new ideas or its willingness to work with a diverse mix of talent? All […]

How the ‘California effect’ could shape a global approach to ethical AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab, University of California, Berkeley & Jessica Cussins Newman, Research fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley Amid growing concern over the threat of AI-enabled systems to perpetuate discrimination and bias and infringe upon […]

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Bence Pardy used to clear tables for a living. Now he picks up plastic waste from his local river. Pardy quit his job as a waiter in Budapest to wage a battle against the trash […]

It’s time we harnessed Big Data for good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Grove, Chief Operating Officer, Edelman APAC & Anjuli Bedi, Associate Director, Analytics and Psychometrics, Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre Technology and data have transformed the way we live, work and play. So far, the outcomes have been mixed. While […]

What paleoecology can teach us about fires in the Amazon

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Amazon rainforest has been ravaged by fire in 2019 – much of it believed to be fuelled by deforestation.   You might think setting fires to clear forests for agricultural land is […]

5 creative alternatives to plastic packaging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Around 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans every year, causing untold damage to marine life, biodiversity and human health. Most plastics do not biodegrade. And yet, because the material is […]

Is this really it for the gig economy? Read on

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Not so long ago, our fates as future TaskRabbit handymen and Uber drivers seemed to be sealed. We were being told that freelance work in the “gig economy” would reshape careers, and even entire workforces in a way that […]

How private equity can fund the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Wong, Research Analyst, Private Investments – Impact, Glenmede Trust Company Technological advances in wind and solar now make renewable energy cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy generation. However, despite decreasing costs, renewables have not reached grid parity in […]

These countries spend the most on education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Luxembourg leads the way on education spending on a per-student basis, followed by the US and Sweden, according to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Stripping out […]

How to harness data to tackle rare diseases

Every year, millions of patients and families experience the emotional and financial burden of the seemingly unending “diagnostic odyssey” of a rare disease. In high-resource healthcare settings, an increasing percentage of these families will receive an accurate diagnosis thanks to genomic sequencing, but for many it will still be years of confusion, frustration and, at […]

Altruism can be good for business, as these companies show

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isaac Getz, Author and professor, ESCP Europe Business School & Laurent Marbacher, Author and consultant Despite all the benefits that capitalism has brought to society, we have reached the moment when its downsides – social and environmental – have begun […]