How Europe can reshape its cities to boost vibrancy, resilience and climate action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, Julia Okatz, Director Natural Resources, SYSTEMIQ Most people hold two assumptions about European cities. First, they naturally represent a vibrant way of life, world-renowned for their culture and relative safety. Second, they are […]

CBAM: What you need to know about the new EU decarbonization incentive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joachim Monkelbaan, Lead, Climate Trade, World Economic Forum, Tim Figures, Associate Director, EU & Global Trade and Investment, Boston Consulting Group After months of negotiations, EU Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to the world’s first Carbon […]

New EU deforestation law: A 5-step guide to giving deforestation the chop

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jack Hurd, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The first-of-its-kind EU legislation on deforestation-free products is just two weeks old, and is receiving mixed reviews, depending on your vantage point. The new […]

How much of Europe’s urban population is exposed to poor air quality? 

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 Breathe in. Hold it. And breathe out. If you live in one of Europe’s urban centres, there’s a 96% chance that the breath you just took contains fine particulate matter pollution exceeding World Health […]

Climate change has cost the EU €145 billion in a decade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content If you live in Europe, and think it’s hotter now than when you were younger, you’re right. Temperatures in the region have increased at more than twice the global average over the […]

Drawing the positives from COP27

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katrin Eggenberger, Advisory Board Member, Pahl Peace Prize Foundation, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein As the world economy powers ahead into a fourth industrial revolution, a growing chorus of international […]

Air quality in Europe is improving, and the other climate change stories you need to read this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Ellerbeck, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. News in brief: Top climate change stories to read this week Air quality in Europe is improving, but it still poses high risks according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Exposure […]

Germany’s €9 transit ticket cuts 1.8 million tonnes of CO2

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum For three months, Germany has been offering ultracheap monthly tickets for all local trains, metros, trams and buses. The scheme was introduced in an effort to encourage the use […]

The US is planting a billion trees to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Hall, Writer, Formative Content Tree planting is the ‘most powerful solution in the fight against climate change’, an ETH Zürich scientist says. The US is aiming to plant 1 billion trees over the next 10 years to […]

Extreme heat is weakening cities, financial services can help build resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Murphy, Risk and Resilience Specialist, World Economic Forum Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard but seldom receives the same attention as visible disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes or floods and the resounding impact […]

Water shortages must be placed on the climate-change agenda. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security, José Iganacio Gallindo, Co-founder and CEO, Waterplan Water is becoming more scarce as regional sources deplete or disappear. Increases in droughts and floods across the world make water resources […]

The best way to keep cool in heatwaves? Plant 170,000 trees, according to Paris

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Paris plans to plant 170,000 new trees by 2026 to help the city keep cool and fight climate change. Other cities working on urban greening initiatives include Seoul, Singapore, London and Curitiba […]

Which European capitals have the most green space? 5 climate change stories to read this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Crowfoot, Senior Digital Marketing Apprentice, Formative Content This weekly roundup brings you some key climate change stories from the past seven days. Top stories this week: Green spaces in cities; Climate-aggravated diseases; Climate denialism; Drought-watch; Climate action […]

5 unexpected impacts of drought in Europe

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 Record-breaking droughts are being declared around the world. Europe has experienced prolonged hot weather and heatwaves, which have impacted lives and livelihoods. From nuclear power plants that can’t be cooled to unexploded […]

Is climate denialism dead?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum It may not be dead yet but denial is in decline in much of the world. The climate legislation recently passed in the US is a sign of related […]

Most of the world’s ocean is unprotected. This is why that needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, Government of Nigeria & Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Government of Belgium More than three billion people rely on the ocean […]

COP 26: Goals & Critical Criticism

This article was 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 necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. The 26th Conference of the Parties lasted from the 31st of October 2021, until the end of 12thNovember 2021. One […]

EU rules, climate reporting and New York’s natural gas ban: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days. Top stories: New York votes to ban natural gas in new buildings; oil and gas reserves […]

3 ways to expand EU taxonomy and accelerate green transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ulrike Decoene, Group Chief Communications; Brand and Sustainability Officer, AXA & Olivier Blum, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Schneider Electric The EU taxonomy is a recently adopted classification system, establishing a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. The […]

57 organizations release open letter for EU to act on ESG

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. 57 organizations released an open letter for the European Union to act on ESG disclosure standards. They encourage the European Commission to promote a global baseline set of standards through supporting the IFRS Foundation on the launch of the […]

Europe’s hottest summer, climate change’s ‘existential threat’: What to know about the planet this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days, to help keep you up to date. Top stories: Europe sees hottest summer ever; US President Biden […]

What you need to know about the European Green Deal – and what comes next

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Teresa Belardo, Community Lead, Regional Agenda, Europe, World Economic Forum The European Green Deal is to play an important role in the region’s COVID-19 recovery. The deal aims to cut carbon emissions, achieve economic growth not tied to […]

How central banks are tackling climate change risks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Anna Ainio, Policy Officer, European Commission Central banks have an increasingly critical role in tackling climate change policy objectives. Incorporating climate-related risks into regulatory frameworks remains challenging but central banks are starting to lead the way. The […]

Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Giger, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group The World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform Learn more Most Popular Vaccines may soon allow international travel to take off again. But will it ever return to normal?Joseph M. […]

COVID-19 showed the importance of 5G for the economy and the environment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Through COVID-19, connectivity has become an even bigger part of critical infrastructure, helping people in an unprecedented way work, study and socialize online. Looking forward, governments need to do more […]

We can’t wait to act on emissions. Here’s how to get to net zero

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anthony Robert Hobley, Execituve Director, Mission Possible, World Economic Forum COVID-19 has caused the largest emissions drop since World War II, giving us a head start on limiting global temperature rise by 2030. Companies have a major responsibility […]

How the institutional response to COVID-19 can prepare us for climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer, The Nature Conservancy Political institutions’ response to the pandemic could be a crucial dress-rehearsal for a transition to a different economic model in the face of climate change; How national institutions work with […]

Europe is progressing most towards these UN Sustainability Goals: A report card for Europe

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 Europe has made significant in-roads on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Peace & Justice, according to a new report. There’s more work ahead to make progress towards the climate crisis. Some […]

European Union policy for improving drought preparedness and mitigation

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms Viviana Vaira. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  In recent decades the some severe droughts affected large parts of Southern, Western and even Northern Europe. In spite of that, less attention has […]

Billions for sustainable investments – Germany’s plan for a green recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content One third of Germany’s stimulus plan could help lower emissions. Billions are being spent on ‘green hydrogen’ – an energy source that could help to fuel industry – and to subsidise electric […]

For resilient, sustainable city mobility after COVID-19, these trends must continue

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michelle Watt, Global Leadership Fellow, Member of the Acceleration Team, World Economic Forum & Maya Ben Dror, Lead, Autonomous and Urban Mobility, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum Multi-modality benefited both operators and […]

How Europe’s green tech ‘scale-ups’ can help tackle climate change

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 pandemic has disrupted the growing momentum of Europe’s tech innovators in tackling climate change. Europe lags behind the United States in getting green innovations to scale. Emissions-busting technologies are key to […]

4 ways to scale up Europe’s green technology through better funding

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 Many of the innovative solutions that will drive the green recovery will come from start-ups. Ensuring proper access to funding for […]