Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content In Europe, the air you breathe could be the death of you. In fact, it could be killing as many as 400,000 people a year prematurely. As well as bringing about the […]

Climate change update: consistent global actions urgently needed as we are running out of time

Record high temperatures and extreme weather events across the world urge leaders to focus more on climate actions that will stop temperatures increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels through greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The progress at the Bangkok conference last week was not consequential leaving gaps at the completion of the […]

There is a forgotten solution to climate change that we must invest in – nature

  This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Managing Director, Global Lands, The Nature Conservancy Here are some things we know: that the climate is changing, that this is largely a result of too much carbon and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Technology for all, development for all: the role of ITU”, written by the Secretary General of the United Nations Agency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies-ICTs. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. The world is undergoing a technological transformation that promises to improve people’s lives on […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution must not leave farming behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Grahame Dixie, Executive Director, Grow Asia The Fourth Industrial Revolution has disrupted industry after industry. Better information flows, lower transaction costs and faster communication have made doing business easier and more efficient, and have proven to be major […]

Earth has more trees than it did 35 years ago – but there’s a huge catch

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content News headlines report a world constantly beset by deforestation and desertification, but new research suggests the planet may not be as tree-damaged as once thought. Although agricultural expansion in the tropics has swallowed […]

How technology is leading us to new climate change solutions

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund A fresh wave of technological innovation is deepening our understanding of tough environmental challenges — and also giving us new ways to solve them. As thousands of business leaders and policymakers gather […]

We should look to nature for solutions to the global water crisis. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Erickson, Acting Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy New York City faced a challenge in the 1990s: the city needed a new water filtration system to serve its nearly 8 million people. But the prospect of […]

Innovation can transform the way we solve the world’s water challenges

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will SarniFounder and CEO, Water Foundry & Callie StinsonProject Lead, Water Initiative, World Economic Forum From an environmental and social impact perspective, this year has given the world much to worry about. On track to be the fourth […]

Technology can help us save the planet. But more than anything, we must learn to value nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International Technology is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, relate to one another and to the external world. The speed, breadth and depth of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent and is disrupting […]

What would happen if we removed cars from cities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Audrey de Nazelle, Lecturer in air pollution management, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London Air pollution is now the fourth biggest killer in the world after smoking, high blood pressure and diet. It contributes to more […]

Commission hardens its stance against carmakers ensuring emissions reductions targets

The car industry will be under tighter surveillance by the European Commission after 2020 when the next phase of the EU’s emission regulation will take place. All car manufacturers who do not meet the 2021 fleet CO2 emissions compliance for new passenger vehicles sold in the Old Continent will face fines of more than €14 […]

Greenpeace’s saints and sinners in the tech world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The tiny European nation of Denmark (population 5.76 million) is famed for its green credentials. It plans to stop using coal for generating electricity by 2030, and the last Danish-owned oil company […]

Humans account for only 0.01% of life on Earth – but our impact has been immense

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ron Milo, Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science Most of us, including scientists, are blind to the full scope of the living world. This was illustrated by an informal survey which asked biologists and ecologists from elite universities two […]

EU and Japan ratify first FTA ever to include Paris Climate Agreement provision

Shinzō Abe, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker at EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo last week. (Copyright: European Union, 2018 / Photo: Etienne Ansotte)

In the week that US President Donald Trump called the European Union a “foe”, and reaffirmed his will to hit China with more duties on imports, Brussels signed a wide-ranging free trade deal with Japan. At the 25th EU-Japan summit in Tokyo last week, the leaders of the two areas indeed finally sealed two landmark […]

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 […]