Why carbon capture could be the game-changer the world needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute The clock is ticking, and greater ambition is needed. The scale of the challenge is unprecedented. The world economy is set to double in the next 20 years, while we need to cut […]

Wind farms now provide 14% of EU power – these countries are leading the way

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 winds of change continue to blow through the European energy sector. Renewables – in particular wind power – continue to grow in overall importance, even though their rate of adoption slowed over […]

This is how Britain saved some of its most precious wildlife from the threat of extinction

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 Many of Britain’s wild carnivore species have returned in numbers from the brink of extinction, despite humanity encroaching on their natural habitat. In the face of historic declines, most of the country’s […]

Climate change is a disruptor. Here’s how to harness it for innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business Coalition Disruption can mean many different things to different people. To established business leaders, it can mean a threat to market share or an opportunity to adapt and retain a leading […]

These 11 EU states already meet their 2020 renewable energy targets

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 Almost half of the European Union’s (EU) 28 member states have already hit, or are close to hitting, their 2020 renewable energy targets. But despite this, there has been a gradual slow-down in […]

Why poorer people suffer more from climate change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lincy Gonçalves Trevizan de Castro, a 22 years old medical student at the third year of studies. 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 […]

The road ahead to building a more sustainable world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “The Garden of Eden is no more”, Sir David Attenborough told Davos 2019 as he delivered his verdict on the destruction that humanity has inflicted on the natural world. Sir David […]

Human health – litmus paper for the climate change?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Irmina Morawska, a 5th year medical student of Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. 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 […]

Polluted lungs: health in the center of environment discussion

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amany Gonçalves Robaina, a 21 years old and medicine student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), in Blumenau, Santa Catarina – 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 […]

Thousands of Belgian schoolchildren have gone on strike to protest climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content There’s nothing new about children skipping school. But when they do it in their thousands, and all for the same cause, then it’s time to pay attention. On 31 January, tens of […]

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 […]

Davos on Climate Change: citizens demanding more actions while CEOs tried to balance profit with sustainability

Climate change was one of the hot topics during the annual World Economic Forum which took place in the Swiss Alps last week. Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and natural historian, outlined the serious impact that humanity is causing to the environment and underslined the urgency of immediate action in order to reverse the ongoing […]

Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway It is only 12 years until 2030, the deadline for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world has set itself an ambitious task. To reach the SDGs we will have […]

A silent killer: the impact of a changing climate on health

  This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Kim van Daalen, a prospective Public Health master student at Cambridge University, currently living in the Netherlands. She 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 […]

The COP24 Agreement: Yes, it happened at last

On the first day of 2019 we choose to commence our unique media race with an exquisite iSting article written by one of our loyal contributors, Dr. Upadhyay. This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by one of our passionate readers Dr Animesh Upadhyay. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s […]

COP24: Paris agreement remained alive but fragile while the EU attempts to slow down CO2 emissions for new cars

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) concluded last Saturday in Katowice, Poland where all parties agreed on the rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement which will help governments measure and report their emissions cutting efforts. With this decision, the climate change battle is still ongoing […]

What just happened? 5 themes from the COP24 climate talks in Poland

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emily Farnworth, Head of Climate Change, World Economic Forum The outcomes from a challenging two weeks of negotiations at this year’s climate conference (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aka […]

Politics is failing to protect the Amazon. It’s time for finance to step up instead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Crona, Executive Director Program on Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Global investors issued a stark warning to politicians at COP24, the 2018 United Nations climate summit in Poland. Companies with a combined […]

Madrid is banning high-polluting vehicles from the city centre

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 If you happen to be walking through the Spanish capital this weekend, you might think its roads are a little less busy than other cities – and you’d be right. Madrid has just […]

An open letter from business to world leaders: “Be ambitious, and together we can address climate change”

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders This open letter is to be released ahead of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the World Economic Forum on behalf […]

Trump denies climate change existence while Paris Agreement is not fully supported by G20 ahead of COP24

The 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) is going to kick off next week in Katowice, Poland but the US stance together with the latest draft communique from G20 is not promising and may weaken the fate of the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump seems to be questioning his own scientists who published a report […]

National parks transformed conservation. Now we need to do the same for the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas McCauley, Assistant Professor, Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara Parks on land host some of the world’s most famous conservation successes. Consider Yellowstone National Park, which was the world’s first national […]

How our food system is eating away at nature, and our future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author:  Joao Campari Global food practice leader , WWF International As you eat your next meal, ask yourself if you really know what you’re eating – not just the ingredients or where they came from, but what has […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Regulators and the shipping industry collaborating for a sustainable future”, written by the Secretary General of IMO

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer.   I am often asked about my vision for the future of the shipping industry, especially at a time of so much change. As a Secretary-General […]

How to end overfishing in the global South

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rupert Howes, Chief executive, Marine Stewardship Council The global leaders who gathered Bali for the annual Our Ocean Conference had much to discuss, and even more to do. Our ocean has never been more vital, nor so threatened. […]

Where EU air pollution is deadliest

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Formative Content Deadly pollution is not a problem that is consigned to the developing world. As new data from the European Environment Agency shows, it’s a significant issue in Europe as well. Across the 28 EU […]

How to stop plastic pollution at source

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation The problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans, rivers and beaches. Plastic waste and pollution are symptoms of a broken system in which we design products without considering what […]

EU invests in green projects and bans single-use plastics while climate change requires more to be done

It was last Thursday when the European Commission approved a 243 million euros package for LIFE programme projects which will improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions. This action enhances the EU climate position ahead of the COP24 in December and may have substantial influence to the rest of the parties. Apart from that, the […]

With the right leadership, sustainable finance can help us shift to a low-carbon economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sasja Beslik, Head, Sustainable Finance, Nordea Bank “There is no time to lose: sustainable finance is the answer.” Such a ringing endorsement for our sector is always welcome – all the more so when it appears in The […]

How big data can help us fight climate change faster

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Liza Ramrayka, Freelance Consultant social Policy Writer, Nature Conservancy A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns us that “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required to […]

Can we balance conservation and development? Science says yes

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Heather Tallis, Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation, The Nature Conservancy & Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota For too long, dire messages and gloomy assumptions about the […]

IPCC reports devastating climate consequences; US in denial while EU does not fully support the 2050 net zero emissions target

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report last week mentioning that limiting global warming temperature to 1.5°C is the only choice to ensure a more sustainable and equitable society compared to the 2.0°C. This assessment came out less than two months ahead of COP24 Katowice summit where all parties have to finalize […]

Why private investment in deforestation-free commodity production needs to be scaled up

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ivo Mulder, Finance and Private Sector Coordinator, Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, UN Environment Forests and agriculture hold more than 30% of the climate change solution in terms of providing the most cost-effective forms of mitigation potential. However, […]