One in three children do not get the nutrition they need

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor M Aguayo, Associate director and global chief of nutrition, programme division, UNICEF When you read the words child malnutrition, you will most likely see a child with a hollow face and a swollen stomach in one of the […]

Reading the smoke signals: The long-term consequences of Amazon wildfire on global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Christos Tsagkaris, a fifth-year medical student at the University of Crete. He 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

The EU now has rules that say household appliances must be easier to fix

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 Millions of electrical appliances in Europe will soon have to be made easier to repair, thanks to new rules to encourage manufacturers to design products with the circular economy in mind.   From […]

Health inequalities in the 21st century

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Paula Laderuski Wolf, 23 years old, a fouth-year medical student at Unicesumar Brazil – Maringá(Paraná). 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 and do not necessarily reflect […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. He’s Africa’s youngest leader who ended a conflict that had seemed intractable for decades. And on Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy, now 43, took office in April 2018 after the resignation […]

The Amazon is burning and we’re all watching

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a Nigerian medical student. 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s […]

In this ‘wildland’ farm in Britain, species thrive and yields are high

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 Just 25 km from the constant buzz of planes taking off at London’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, there’s a very different cacophony of sound. “When you go out at dawn, you can feel […]

Could the EU’s ban on palm oil in biofuels do more harm than good?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani, Director and co-founder, Sorga Ventures In an era where trade wars and tariffs are commonplace, it is often the case that developing countries are held to double standards by Western nations. Commodities are among the […]

A poor kid died just now. Do you know why?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abdul Basith K M, a final year MBBS student, currently studying at JIPMER, Puducherry, India. He 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 and do not necessarily reflect […]

Amazon on fire: the interference in global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Gustavo Cardoso Gomes, a 3rd year student in medical school, founding member of the local committee of IFMSA Brazil-Uningá and vice president of the Academic Center. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

This brewery is ditching plastic six-pack rings to save marine life

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 Fancy a beer? If you’re picking up a six-pack, stop and look at the packaging. About 100,000 marine creatures die every year after becoming entangled in ocean plastic waste, according to the WWF. […]

What are plastics and why do they matter? An explainer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fernando J. Gómez, Head, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum & Simonetta Rima, Research and Analysis Specialist, Chemical and Advanced Materials Industry, World Economic Forum A group of materials now known collectively as plastics has played a […]

Privatisation and public health: a question of Human Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Dourado, a first-year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás. 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Burned in the Amazonian forest: Your health may be in danger

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Natália Federle, a 23 year old medical student in her third year in Brazil. 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

EU-US trade war: Will Trump take advantage of WTO’s decision leading to ominous economic growth?

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is going to back up the US to impose tariffs on EU products over the Airbus case where the aerospace firm received illegal subsidies by EU governments. Thus, the US President Donald Trump will have the upper hand and either impose billions of tariffs or bargain a better trade deal […]

This study wants every child in the UK to spend a night under the stars

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 Imagine if every schoolchild could spend a night under the stars. That’s the vision of a new report on England’s national landscapes, which suggests a need to reconnect with nature and inspire future […]

Boris to end up in jail if he loses the next elections?

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, or what is left of them, after the expulsion of important moderates, are heading straight towards a no-deal Brexit. The moderates were explelled centrally by 10 Downing St. without consulting the local branches of the Conservative Party. If the Brits, in the next general election, whenever it is held, vote for this […]

Listen to the future – how 26 youth-led organizations are supercharging the UN’s Global Goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lysa John, Secretary-General, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation From gun control marches in the United States to impassioned climate change speeches on the global stage of the UN, youth are leading the charge to hold governments accountable and […]

Trash bin at the top of the world: can we prevent Arctic plastic pollution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Halla Hrund Logadottir, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government & Katie Segal, Research Assistant, Arctic Initiative and Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Student Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Stranded polar bears, mining disasters, oil spills. […]

For small island nations, climate change is not a threat. It’s already here

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Minister of Environment, Republic of Maldives & Valerie Cliff, Deputy Regional Director, UNDP in Asia and the Pacific As world leaders gathered at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit this week, the damage Hurricane Dorian […]

UN Climate Action Summit concludes with insufficient EU and global pledges

The UN Climate Action Summit took place last Monday in New York but the commitments announced were not enough to counterbalance the devastating effects of climate change which is damaging our planet with high temperatures and tremendous natural phenomena. Although the EU is an ambitious contributor to the global efforts to fight climate change and […]

How supporting climate action on a local level can transform the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance Practice, United Nations Capital Development Fund & Sophie De Coninck, Programme Manager, LoCAL, United Nations Capital Development Fund Fighting Climate Change is Everyone’s Task is the tagline for the COP25 Climate Conference in […]

Half of the world’s population lack access to essential health services – are we doing enough?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children UK & Corry Jacobs, Head of Corporate Government Affairs, Global Health and Trade, GSK In 2015, world leaders agreed a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) […]

Banking on sustainability – what’s next?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek Baraldi, Head of Banking, World Economic Forum In recent years, leaders of public and private organizations, regardless of sector, have started to prioritize sustainability. And now, banking is starting to see sustainability as a priority, as well. Leaders […]

Beyond ‘business as usual’. Addressing the climate change crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Every year, insurers see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities around the world. From flooding in Japan, wildfires in the US, to a massive earthquake and tsunami […]

A Sting Exclusive: Young people are right about climate change; it’s time to listen

This article was written for The European Sting by Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Climate Action Summit. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Climate change is not a far-away problem– it is causing huge damage right now in Asia-Pacific and around the world. From air pollution […]

Apple Vs. EU: Will the US tech giant ever pay for taking advantage of Ireland’s taxation?

Apple Inc. together with the Irish government showed up yesterday at the EU’s second-highest court to appeal for the 13 billion euros EU tax order. The US corporation has decided to legally challenge the 2016 European Commission’s decision by claiming that its products and services are created in the US and thus the profits were […]

We can solve climate change – if we involve women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vaishali Sinha, Chief Communication & Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power With the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals approaching, the fight against climate change intensifies each year, with governments pumping resources into achieving them. One of the most […]

Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ could save lives and cut pollution, says report

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 Residents of Gracia, in Barcelona, live in a neighbourhood virtually free of traffic, where the areas once occupied by cars have been turned over to people and playgrounds. The area is part of […]

These countries are leading the way in green finance

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 What if more money went into financing projects and policies that help the planet? Creating a greener economy requires significant investment, whether that is funding a new network of electric buses, the creation […]

Malaria could be gone by the middle of the century. Here’s how

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 Imagine a world free of malaria. It’s not such a far-fetched idea, as this deadly disease could be completely eradicated within a generation, according to new research. But how? The answer lies in […]

Record-breaking heatwaves killed about 1,500 people in France

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 In late July, a heatwave engulfed Europe, breaking temperature records in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was the second episode of extreme heat to hit the continent since June. […]

London wants new skyscrapers to protect cyclists from wind tunnels

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 London has introduced tougher rules for building new high-rises in its financial district that take into account the impact of wind conditions on cyclists and pedestrians. It is the first time in the […]