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 […]

The European Green Deal must be at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery

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 The coronavirus crisis recovery is a chance to redesign a sustainable, inclusive economy, revitalizing industry, preserving vital biodiversity systems and tackling […]

Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Abrupt melting of the permafrost layer is leading to erosion, landslides and craters in the Arctic landscape. As the permafrost melts, greenhouse gases are released into the environment. Current climate change forecasts […]

Air Pollution: Responsibility of Technology and Medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gilbert Uriel Braga Fernandes, a member of IFMSA Brazil and of the national White Team. 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 […]

Could Europe become the first climate-neutral continent?

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 plans to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The measures include tougher emissions targets, increased support for biodiversity, and a revision of EU farming subsidies. European Commission called it Europe’s […]

Air pollution: How to end the deaths of 7 million people per year?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Małgorzata Malingiewicz, a second-year Medical Student at the Medical Univeristy in Wrocław, 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 […]

This massive project in Spain is the latest milestone in Europe’s solar power boom

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 Construction is completed and testing is underway on a huge photovoltaic installation in Spain. The solar plant will supply emissions-free electricity to a quarter of a million people. The Núñez de Balboa […]

Air Pollution Control: Does Your Action Matter?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Margareta Evelyne Adriani, a fourth year medical student from Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia. 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 […]

How Europe’s science offers hope in tackling the climate emergency

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauro Ferrari, President, European Research Council Climate change dominated the agenda at Davos. Science will be key to finding solutions for a sustainable world. From understanding ice melt to building bird-like drones to monitor pollution, innovations are helping […]

Quality of air in Bucharest-Romania: is it fog or is it smog?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Bălan, member of FASMR, 3rd year medical student at Carol Davila University of Mecicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine. 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 […]

Nothing about us without us: how youth empowerment creates lasting change in the climate meltdown

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Ali, a fifth-year medical student at Imperial College London who has also undertaken a degree in Business Management in Healthcare at Imperial College Business School. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions […]

This is Germany’s $45 billion, 18-year plan to move away from coal

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 Germany has said it will phase out coal by 2038 as it looks to renewable energy sources for its power generation. A $45 billion compensation fund will assist the closure of lignite […]

Air pollution: How to end the deaths of 7 million people per year

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sarah Ibershimi, a third year medical students, studying at ‘Universiteti i Mjekësisë Tiranë (UMT)’, in Albania. 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 […]

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 […]