New York and London mayors call on cities to divest from fossil fuels

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Superlatives such as “hottest”, “wettest” and “windiest” are becoming commonplace in news headlines, as freak weather events linked to climate change occur with increasing intensity and frequency. In September, Bill de Blasio, Mayor […]

David Attenborough: The planet can’t cope with overpopulation

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The naturalist David Attenborough once said the creature he finds “most extraordinary” is a nine-month-old human baby. But now he believes the planet can’t sustain many more. In an interview for BBC […]

They won this year’s Nobel for economics. Here’s why their work matters

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Simon Brandon, Freelance journalist On the day that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we only have 12 years left in which to prevent climate catastrophe, an American climate economist cited heavily in the […]

This city is planting a tree for every man, woman and child

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Manchester, the UK’s third largest city by population, is to plant a tree for every one of its inhabitants. The City of Trees project intends to plant 3 million new trees across Greater […]

India can soar in the robot age. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Sophie Hardach As India enters the era of robots and artificial intelligence, most companies plan to automate jobs to compete on cost. But will replacing humans with machines really turn India into a global economic powerhouse? A […]

The United States divorce rate is dropping, thanks to millennials

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Young people in the United States are rebelling against their parents’ generation, though not in a way that you might expect. New research suggests Americans in their late 20s have a less than […]

What makes Copenhagen the world’s most bike-friendly city?

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 There are 675,000 bicycles and just 120,000 cars in Copenhagen, meaning bikes outnumber cars by more than five-to-one. So it’s perhaps not so surprising that in 2016 more bikes crossed the city […]

Worldwide terror attacks have fallen for the third year in a row

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 The total number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2017 decreased by 23%, primarily due to far fewer attacks and deaths in Iraq, according to analysis by the US State Department. There was a total […]

In the future of work it’s jobs, not people, that will become redundant

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever I am likely stating the obvious but it needs to be stated as often as possible – the world is changing and it is changing fast. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is blurring […]

Why cities hold the key to safe, orderly migration

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Bauder, Professor of Geography and the Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto & Loren Landau, South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration […]

The Chinese retail revolution is heading west

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard McKenzie, Partner, Retail & Consumer Goods, Oliver Wyman & Pedro Yip, Partner, Retail & Consumer Goods, Oliver Wyman China’s two biggest online retail groups, Alibaba Group and JD.com, are building retail empires unlike anything yet seen in […]

Bias in AI is a real problem. Here’s what we should do about it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert GrynChief Executive Officer, Codewise & Pawel RzeszucinskiChief Data Scientist, Codewise Hardly a day goes by without a new story about the power of AI and how it will change our world. However, there are also dangers alongside […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can close the digital divide. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Julian VercruysseInfrastructure Resilience Researcher, Fergus ReidStrategy Consulting Analyst The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is fast approaching, and with it comes one of the greatest celebrations of technological innovation, for which information and communication technology (ICT) is […]

Why are the Balkans’ political leaders meeting in Geneva this week?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Cann, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum As October begins, the World Economic Forum welcomes five European heads of state or government at our headquarters in Geneva. The meeting is the latest instalment of a Strategic […]

Harnessing the power of nature in the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florian Reber, Strategy Lead, South Pole If we are to solve our global climate and development challenges, we will need nature’s help. Healthy forests, soils and mangroves are not only important allies for addressing our global food security […]

How can we build a workforce for our digital future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Greg Caimi, Partner, Bain & Company & Ouriel LancryPartner, Bain & Company At a recent World Economic Forum workshop on the topic of successful digital transformation, a group of executives passionately debated the challenges of managing their most […]

We need impartial LGBT+ news to advance human rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonio Zappulla, Chief Operating Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation ‘Filthy’, ‘diseased’, ‘devil worshipper’, ‘disgusting’, ‘abnormal’, ‘paedophile’. These were real words used by some media outlets around the world this year when reporting on LGBT+ people. This might sound shocking. […]

Could a Digital Silk Road solve the Belt and Road’s sustainability problem?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Ma Wenyan, Chief Executive Officer, China Silkroad Investment & Development (Beijing) Co. Ltd China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involves a trillion-dollar investment programme to enhance economic interconnectivity and facilitate development across Eurasia, East Africa and close […]

This surgeon runs a makeshift hospital for over 200,000 people

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Dr Evan Atar Adaha offers a ray of hope to thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by conflict. The makeshift hospital he runs in South Sudan is powered by a generator […]

New York high school students are getting free water bottles to cut plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content What happens when you give free eco-friendly water bottles to thousands of high schoolers? You get a drastic reduction in plastic waste. Or at least that’s the idea behind a new partnership […]

A new era of computing is coming. How can we make sure it is sustainable?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirk Bresniker, Fellow and chief architect, Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Eighty years ago, Alan Turing laid down the mathematical basis of computation. Just a decade later, John von Neumann made computing practical. Advances in information technology […]

Want more climate action? Let’s show how good a planet-friendly life can be

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group This summer, jubilant weather reports celebrating hot, sunny summer days morphed into alarming stories about devastating drought in Australia, deadly heatwaves in Japan and Europe and catastrophic fires in California, […]

We won’t win the online security war without people power

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Taylor, President, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, BT It’s estimated that two-thirds of people online – more than 2 billion individuals – have had their personal information stolen or compromised, and a business falls victim to a ransomware […]

Cryptocurrency mining could become the new face of energy storage. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enass Abo-Hamed, CEO, H2GO Power & Daniel Evans, Co-founder, Gibraltar Stock Exchane If we want to prepare for the future, we must acquire a stake in the new and crucial area of technology called blockchain. Amongst other applications, […]

More than just a phone: mobile’s impact on sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA Can you live without your mobile phone? We all depend on mobile connectivity in our daily lives, but for many billions of people across the globe, mobile is more than just a useful communications […]

Three myths keeping government procurement stuck in the past

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hera Hussain, Senior Advocacy Manager, Open Contracting Partnership Governments worldwide spend $9.5 trillion annually procuring everything from hospitals and bridges to pencils and brooms. To meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2040, however, the world economy needs an […]

Batteries included: how better storage can transform renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arsalan Ali Farooquee, Senior Associate (Investments), cKers Finance Energy storage is arguably the next big thing in the cleantech industry, with the potential to bring constructive disruptions to the renewable energy and electric vehicle markets. Today, storing electricity […]

Technology is a force for peace and prosperity. Don’t let its challenges obscure this

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Marc Frangos, Chief Innovation Officer, BT, United Kingdom The American biologist E.O. Wilson observed of the modern world that we are “drowning in information, while starving for wisdom”. As a technologist, this sentence sits uncomfortably with me. I […]

The Indian miracle state pointing the way to global sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Suchi Kedia, Community Specialist, Regional Agenda – India and South Asia, World Economic Forum & Ian Cronin, Project Lead, Future of Production System Initiative, World Economic Forum Geneva Manufacturing and production activities have long been the drivers of […]

7 ways for businesses to capture the youth dividend

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Within every challenge lies an opportunity waiting to be seized. Businesses know this. Today, the world faces an urgent demographic challenge: 1.8 billion young people, between the ages […]

Algorithmic warfare is coming. Humans must retain control

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Humanity is faced with a grave new reality – the rise of autonomous weapons. It may sound like a Hollywood script, but the risk is real: humans so […]

How do you get people to trust self-driving vehicles? This company is giving them ‘virtual eyes’

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content We hear a lot about how autonomous cars are the future. They will be better and more efficient at driving than we are, and consequently our roads will become a great deal […]

How we can work together in the fight against NCDs

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jan KimpenChief Medical Officer, Philips & Pete TroiloDirector, global advisory and analysis, Devex The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a major focus of the United Nations General Assembly and related events in New York City […]