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 […]

“Our house is on fire.” 16 year-old Greta Thunberg wants action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Workman, Official Writer at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 “I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic…and act.” Greta Thunberg does not mince words when speaking truth to power, and her soft voice silenced […]

Here’s how drone delivery will change the face of global logistics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jon Liao, Chief Strategy Officer, JD.com The power of technology to bring positive change is well documented and well understood across the planet. However, when its benefits are distributed unequally across different strata of society, technology creates barriers, dividing […]

Four ways Europe can become a global innovation leader

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Larkin, Head of Regional Strategies – Europe and Eurasia, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva & Jacques Bughin, Director, Brussels office, McKinsey & Company & Jan Mischke, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute At a time […]

Who should pay for workers to be reskilled?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Formative Content The narrative around the increased adoption of AI in the workplace has been clear for some time – AI will replace masses of jobs but also create many others. That could happen in 1 of […]

Want a Sustainable Earth? Bring on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hans Vestberg, Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications When I became CEO of Verizon back in August, one of my commitments was to accelerate our company’s progress in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, drawing upon our longstanding role as a […]

5G and the growing need for national CTOs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erik Ekudden, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson The profound impact that 5G will have on the world is hard to overestimate. It is a platform for innovation that will bring about a wave of new opportunities and economic growth to […]

This is what the world’s CEOs think about the global outlook

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 Since 1997, PwC has been taking the temperature of chief executives’ confidence around the world. The outlook this year is inescapably pessimistic. Do you believe global economic growth will improve, stay the same, […]

Our children’s career aspirations have nothing in common with the jobs of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick Chambers, CEO, Education & Employers Much of the discussion in Davos this week will focus on technology and jobs. But what will the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for our children and the way we educate them? How do […]

Moving from commitment to action on LGBTI equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sander van ‘t Noordende, Group Chief Executive, Products, Accenture & Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice-Chair, Public Policy, EY Multinationals play an important role in promoting equality and a culture of respect in the workplace, and this extends to the […]

How the tech sector can power the shift to a sustainable economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer, BT In a world where both the development of technology development and climate change seem to be powerful and accelerating forces, it’s worth asking how the two interact. You might be […]

The Sahel is engulfed by violence. Climate change, food insecurity and extremists are largely to blame

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group & José Luengo Cabrera, West Africa researcher, International Crisis Group For centuries, herdsmen across Africa’s Sahel headed south during the long, hot dry season. Farmers typically welcomed them because their cattle […]

We must build resilience to face the future – but will we be fast enough?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Mumenthaler, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group, Switzerland The effects of climate change are undeniable. Ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and according to recent projections, 2018 is likely to go down as the fourth-warmest […]