A short history of climate change and the UN Security Council

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karolina Eklöw, Global Shaper, Stockholm Hub Climate change has risen up the Security Council agenda in recent years. Countries’ stances on climate change often mirror other geopolitical aims. While consensus is building, climate change isn’t waiting around. As […]

We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]

We can use plastics to change the world for the better

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lesley Van Staveren, Co-founding director, ReGen Plastics Plastic is often referred to as a material that needs to be eradicated. There is no doubt that the way we use plastics and our understanding of it as a resource […]

COP25 climate talks: What just happened, and what lies ahead?

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 Some 80 countries promised to increase climate action at the UN talks But only a handful of countries’ commitments are compatible with a 2°C target Businesses and young people are pushing for […]

Who’s promised net-zero, and who looks likely to get there?

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 Net Zero Challenge report calls for more action to limit global warming. Just 67 countries and eight US states have a net-zero ambition. Even fewer have sufficient policies and legislation in […]

The ocean is teeming with microplastic – a million times more than we thought, suggests new research

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 New research suggests the scale of plastic pollution in our oceans could be a million times worse than previously recorded. The researchers analysed the intestines of tiny filter-feeding invertebrates called salps, finding […]

Saving the whales is more important than planting trees to stop climate change. This is why

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 Whales store huge amounts of CO2 They support the growth of phytoplankton, which stores 40% of all carbon produced A 1% increase in phytoplankton productivity is equivalent to 2 billion mature trees […]

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the report’s overarching aim remains the same – to deepen our […]

National parks give a $6 trillion boost to mental health worldwide

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 There is a link between visiting protected outdoor areas like national parks, and improved mental health and well-being. Spending as little as two hours per week outdoors can be beneficial to one’s health […]

The water where baby fish are outnumbered 7 to 1 by plastic

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 Tiny larval fish in the nursery waters off the coast of Hawaii have a new and plentiful source of food, which has no nutritional value, is high in toxins, and can take decades […]

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

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 The latest innovation to tackle plastic pollution? A bubble barrier. A wall of bubbles can intercept plastics in rivers and canals without blocking the passage of boats and marine wildlife. Tests of a […]

4 innovative renewable energy projects powering Europe’s green future

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 Between 2007 and 2017, the volume of renewable energy produced in the European Union’s 28 member states rose by 64%. That energy comes from diverse sources, from the burning of wood and biomass […]

Can climate change wait for the US to rejoin the Paris agreement?

The US administration informed the United Nations (UN) two days ago that is starting the official process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement the moment that the whole world is experiencing the warmest October of the last forty years according to a research from a global group of around 11.000 scientists. On the other hand, […]

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 […]

Amazon: our green is turning to ashes

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eduarda Belasque Vriesmann, a twenty-one years old medical student from 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 on the topic, nor […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Why the next 4 months are crucial to the future of the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14.6 is the UN’s clarion call for harmful fisheries subsidies to be prohibited by 2020, a task of global importance assigned to the World […]

How LA plans to be 1.6°C cooler by 2050

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 Los Angeles has endured record high temperatures of over 35°C this summer. Scientists say that if nothing is done, LA will be as hot as La Paz on the southern tip of Mexico’s […]

1 in 7 people would choose not to fly because of climate change

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 The youth activist Greta Thunberg has made a splash by sailing across the Atlantic on a yacht to a UN climate summit in order to avoid the carbon emissions of a flight. While […]