The racial wealth gap in the US is affecting its citizens and its economy – this is how

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 US has spent the past century expanding its economic power. As it has grown, so too has the wealth of American families. But not everyone has benefitted, according to a new report. […]

Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will […]

Where will evolution take us in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Juliana Chan, Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group & Benjamin Seet, Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore The study of evolution allows us to reconstruct the past and to understand how life evolved […]

Blue bonds: What they are, and how they can help the oceans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maram Ahmed, Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London Seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is ocean, and billions of people depend on the oceans for their livelihoods. Maritime transport remains an essential part […]

3 ways activists are being targeted by cyberattacks

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Friedhelm Weinberg, Executive Director, HURIDOCS When activists open their inboxes, they find more than the standard spam messages telling them they’ve finally won the lottery. Instead, they receive highly sophisticated emails that look like they are real, purport […]

6 charts that show how Japan’s economy stacks up as it enters a new era

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 Japan has entered a new era: following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, Emperor Naruhito has ascended to the throne. He may have no political power under the Japanese constitution, but […]

We need to measure innovation better. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College & Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Queensland Innovation drives productivity, and productivity is what drives jobs growth and the wealth that pays for our health, education, defence and social security […]

The world is getting angrier, according to a new poll

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 If you’re reading this with a niggling sense of dread, you’re not alone. More than a third of the world’s adults are worried or stressed, according to a new poll that’s found 2018 […]

These are the world’s most positive countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? Almost three-quarters of the world did. The yes or no answers to this question, and four others about positive emotions from 151,000 adults in 143 countries, have […]

How civil society can adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities , World Economic Forum & Antony Declercq, Research Consultant, Pact It is a time of transformation for the civil society sector – and it should be perceived as such by those civil […]

The business case for diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies We live in a complex, interconnected world where diversity, shaped by globalization and technological advance, forms the fabric of modern society. Notwithstanding this interconnectedness, there is also growing polarization – both […]

The EU’s trading partners: US, China and the rest

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content One-third of all EU trade last year was with the US and China. Combined, EU countries conducted €674 bn ($750 bn) worth of trade with the US in 2018. Import and export deals with China […]

Transparency is key to inclusive employment and government integrity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Digital transformation, or more precisely The Fourth Industrial Revolution, has inspired tremendous advances in business and government, and has created significant advancement opportunities for both sectors. It is transforming every aspect of both the […]

Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

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 Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion, blending formal, elaborate ceremonial practices from the imperial tradition with local, community-based beliefs. Followers of Shintoism worship their ancestors and regard them as the guardians of the family. […]

These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commuters

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 Once upon a time, in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, the people were so busy, they didn’t have time to finish reading lengthy works […]

Why global collaboration is needed to protect against a new generation of cyber threats

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Jordan, Delivery Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum The internet is a vastly complicated patchwork of protocols, data and codes, which only a limited number of true tech geeks really understand. And yet it pervades our […]

The future of manufacturing is smart, secure and stable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erik Josefsson, Head of Advanced Industries, Ericsson Manufacturers today are seeking efficiencies in production, and the ability to deliver a broader mix of customized products to their customers. They know that staying competitive will require operational processes and […]

Better sanitation for India is in the pipeline

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Asia, World Economic Forum Recently, I had the privilege of spending a day in Patna, Bihar. Beautiful as it is, Bihar is one of India’s poorest states, with a record 70% of its population under […]

These countries have the most expensive childcare

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 More than one billion people in this world are living with some form of disability. That’s one in seven of us. Eighty percent of these people acquire their disability between the ages of […]

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicole Schwab, Director of International Relations, Last Wild Places, National Geographic Society & Kristin Rechberger, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Planet At a time when the world is grappling with meeting the Paris Climate Agreement and trying to prevent the […]

These are the world’s most fragile states in 2019

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 There are some rankings no nation wants to lead. Yemen has just been named most fragile nation in the Fund For Peace’s 2019 Fragile States Index. The least fragile state is Finland. Between […]

Scientists are growing meat on blades of grass

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content What if you could grow a burger in the same way you grow grass? Sounds implausible? Scientists at the University of Bath are taking cells from pigs and cows and growing them […]

Is this 3D-printed building the future home for astronauts on Mars?

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 In one of his last acts as President of the United States, Barack Obama committed the United States to landing humans on Mars in the late 2030s. NASA has already test-flown its Orion […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for […]

Drones are saving lives in Tanzania’s remote communities

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 largest inland island in Africa sits just a few kilometres from mainland Tanzania and is the centre of a life-changing programme using drones to deliver vital medical aid. Ukerewe measures 530 […]

4 key ways countries can finance their SDG ambitions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gavin E.R. Wilson, Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Development Finance A new global framework for financing sustainable development was established in 2015. Every country on earth signed up to the Global Goals, having recognized the critical importance of attracting […]

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

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 total number of animals has halved since the 1970s in what some scientists have termed the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction. Seismic eruptions, ice ages, continental collision and asteroid impact are […]

The world is facing a $15 trillion infrastructure gap by 2040. Here’s how to bridge it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anita George, Senior Director of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank & Rashad-Rudolf Kaldany, Partner; Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrange Capital The leaders of the international community will gather in Washington DC this week to assess the state […]

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Dunham An international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics – the first-ever photo of a black hole – using a global network of telescopes to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so […]

This is what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content What comes to mind when you think of the high seas? Pirates, whales, giant squid and great white sharks? Long the subject of stories and myths, life in the oceans beyond territorial […]

Which countries get the most sleep – and how much do we really need?

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 Do you lie awake at night worrying you’re not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone – some countries are in the middle of a sleeplessness epidemic which has the potential to damage people’s […]

What happens when you toss your water bottle in the trash?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content Think you’ve done enough by making sure your waste plastic goes in the right recycling bin? Perhaps you imagine it floating off to a happy place, returning in a few months as […]

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer , Formative Content What could add almost four and a half years to your life? Being a woman, according to new data from the World Health Organization, which explores access to and attitudes towards health, […]