90% of fish stocks are used up – fisheries subsidies must stop

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) & Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations The name of our planet is misleading. We call it Earth. Yet, over 70% of […]

How can we measure real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Christian Kroll, Scientific Co-Director, SDG Index and Dashboards The UN Agenda 2030, with its 17 historic Global Goals, was signed into action by governments – but these historic targets also hold unique opportunities for investors and businesses. Also […]

A Sting Exclusive: “EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan – Laying down the foundations for a Greener Financial System”, by European Commission’s Vice-President Dombrovskis

Mr Dombrovskis’ exclusive piece is another precious response to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Erik Solheim’s cutting-edge article on renewable energy investment and Sustainable Finance, exclusively written for The Sting. European Commissioner Vella had initially replied to the Head of UN Environment with his own insightful article on Sustainable Finance. These world-shaping articles constitute the most consequential High Level dialogue in European media […]

How to talk about climate change: 5 tips from the front lines

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jane Burston, Head of Energy and Environment, National Physics Laboratory I have spent almost my entire working life in climate science and policy, social enterprise, government, and now philanthropy. Over time, I have seen public communication as increasingly […]

A Sting Exclusive live from Brussels: Solheim’s consequential visit leading the world and the UN

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by the Head of UN Environment at the end of his impactful visit in Brussels which was concluded earlier today. The opinions belong to the distinguished writer and global UN leader.  “In Europe we see the kind of vision, innovation and partnerships that will drive progress for […]

G7 summit: Trump Vs. G6 leaders on trade and climate change

US President Donald Trump continued yesterday his fierceful critic to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the aftermath of last weekend’s G7 summit which took place in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada with the seven largest advanced economies in the world to discuss about gender equality, women’s empowerment, clean energy, and economic growth that works for […]

The G7 should take the lead on ocean targets for 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations Seven of the world’s most powerful heads of state are meeting in Quebec. Fortunately, their host Canada has put saving the ocean at the heart of their […]

If we don’t protect the ocean, humanitarian disaster awaits

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Overfishing and climate change threaten the vital food supply of more than one billion people. They are the driving forces behind the deteriorating health of […]

We need greater protection for our oceans. We can’t let politics stand in the way

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford “Thick fogs, snow storms, intense cold, and every other thing that can render navigation dangerous, must be encountered; and these difficulties are greatly heightened by the […]

Businesses, governments and consumers to implement a more climate-friendly approach to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

Everyone addressed plastic pollution yesterday celebrating the UN World Environment Day which this year is hosted in New Delhi, India. The global campaign of the U.N. to create awareness and urge companies, NGO’s, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment. […]

Here’s the secret to financing a greener future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enrico Lo Giudice, Research Associate, MainStreet Partners Sustainable investment is one of the biggest trends in financial services. More and more investors are becoming aware of their power to make a positive impact while earning healthy financial returns. […]

This is how people in Europe are helping lead the energy charge

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rob Smith, Formative Content. The views expressed in this article belong to the author and not necessarily to The European Sting. Denmark generated 74% of its energy from renewable sources in 2017, making it a world leader in renewable […]

Cape Town’s crisis shows us the real cost of water

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Anev Janse, Secretary General, European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Sometime this summer, residents of Cape Town, South Africa, are expecting ‘Day Zero’ – the day when almost all the taps in the city will run dry. On that […]

Climate negotiations on the road to a strong Paris agreement rulebook

The UN climate change negotiations are concluding tomorrow in Bonn after ten days in the German city aiming at developing the final text for the Paris agreement rulebook. However, this is not going to happen before COP24 scheduled in December 2018, according to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia […]

“A sustainable economy, low-carbon, resource-efficient, resilient and more competitive on the global stage”, EU Commissioner Vella in a Sting Exclusive

EU Commissioner Vella’s exclusive opinion editorial is published in response to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Erik Solheim’s cutting-edge article on renewable energy investment and sustainable finance exclusively published at The Sting on 13 April 2018. The opinions expressed in this Sting Exclusive belong to the EU Commissioner. Environmental risks to the economy cannot be ignored. The […]

“The markets have moved on renewables, policy makers must keep up”, A Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Just in case there was ever any doubt, it’s now crystal clear that clean, renewable energy is the future. The latest data shows a […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Infrastructure can lay the groundwork for the Sustainable Development Goals” by Mr Fulai Sheng, UN Environment Senior Economist

Exclusively written for The Sting by Mr Fulai Sheng, UN Environment senior economist. The opinions belong to the distinguished writer. Infrastructure’s importance is often overlooked. Similar to the circulatory and nervous systems in the human body, infrastructure underpins our economies and allow them to function. Energy, transport, telecommunications and water infrastructure provide the framework that […]

Commission’s action plan: financial world mandatory links to environmental targets

It was last Thursday when the European Commission revealed its action plan on sustainable finance to deal with climate change. This action plan aims at mobilizing the financial world in order to achieve sustainable growth; something that the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative has been doing for 26 years already. The huge financial gap towards […]

EU’s Bank signs € 150 million loan to India as part of record investment in clean energy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) last Saturday has signed a new € 150 million long-term loan with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), to support renewable energy investment across India. The loan was approved and signed by EIB’s President Werner Hoyer, the day before he also attended the International Solar Alliance summit in New […]

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Plastic has been nothing short of miraculous. In our kitchens and supermarkets, it’s helped cut down on food waste. It’s the source of medical […]

VW diesel scandal and climate change: can increased independent car checks lead to cleaner mobility?

It was last Thursday when the European Parliament together with the Council and the Commission agreed to enhance the car testing system by providing extra checks to the cars that are or will be placed in the market based on the proposal of the European Commission made on January 2016. Despite the fact that this […]

“Beating pollution for our planet”, a Sting Exclusive by Mr Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Some may once have seen fighting pollution as a sacrifice made against improving the quality of our lives. The reality could hardly be further […]

UN Environment Assembly 2017: where the world convenes to #BeatPollution

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is concluding today in Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 4.000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives to partake in this three-day meeting. Pollution and the ways to eliminate all its forms is the target of every leader, activist, scientist […]

“At the Environment Assembly citizens expect clean, not hot air”, the Head of UN Environment in Europe underscores in a Sting Exclusive

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Jan Dusik, UN Environment Europe’s Director and Regional Representative. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Last week’s fire at a waffle factory in Brussels luckily left no casualties behind. Yet the thick black smoke reminded people in the European […]

Energy Union: EU’s effort towards a cleaner climate with integrated energy market

The European Commission published its third annual energy report last Friday showing the progress that has been made so far since the last report in February of this year. Many policies’ amendments have been proposed for the next decade towards a greener environment and a more harmonised EU gas market. The majority of the EU […]

Climate change update: will the UN member states regain momentum despite the little progress at COP23?

The 23rd conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) concluded last Saturday in Bonn but little progress was achieved and everyone is now awaiting next year’s negotiations in Poland where a rule book for the Paris agreement has to be finalised. All member states should reconsider their emission cuts upwards via […]

“Joining forces to #BeatPollution”, a Sting Exclusive by the Head of UNEP in Brussels

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU institutions. What comes to mind when you hear the word “pollution”? And what do you think can be done about it? For me, I picture myself as a 10-year-old, somewhere in a clear-cut forest in […]

Climate change: Will COP23 be able to accelerate the implementation of the Paris agreement?

The next UN climate summit (COP23) will take place in Bonn, Germany from 6 till 17 November with everyone to await its outcome and whether it will be beneficial for the global warming adding to the Paris agreement. It is a crucial year for the climate as the US has declared to leave the Paris […]

The challenges of mental health: an inconvenient reality

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr James Carlos Vella, a second year medical student from Malta. James Carlos is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, 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 one. […]

E-energy declaration: will energy digitalization be beneficial to the climate?

It was last Wednesday when the EU energy ministers met in Estonia with industry representatives to sign the Tallinn energy declaration targeting at the digitalization of the market. This declaration aims at helping the EU to meet its climate and energy targets via digital and innovative solutions. This action is meant to add significantly to […]