3 critical steps leaders must take to halt biodiversity loss and tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mads Nipper, Chief Executive Officer, Ørsted 2022 was a big year for the ocean and biodiversity, two subjects that are catching up with climate change on the political agenda. There was a day dedicated to the ocean and biodiversity […]

How biodiversity credits can deliver benefits for business, nature and local communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cherie Gray, Global Lead Sustainability & Market Development, Swiss Re, Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature and Biodiversity, World Economic Forum Continuous degradation threatens critical ecosystems and the services they provide and economies are getting dangerously close to tipping points that […]

EU at COP15: Final stretch to global deal to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, for people and planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today starts the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP15 meeting in Montréal. From 7 to 19 December, countries will aim to reach a global agreement for the protection of nature and the planet with long-term goals by 2050 and milestones for 2030. The Commission, representing […]

These 4 cities are encouraging people to protect biodiversity. Here’s how

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 Half of the world’s population lives in cities. That is projected to grow to two-thirds, or almost seven billion people by 2050. Rapid urbanization poses a threat to wildlife and nature. Around […]

Biodiversity: Stronger measures against wildlife trafficking

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted a revised EU Action Plan to put an end to illegal wildlife trade, as announced in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The lucrative global black market in illegal wildlife trade contributes to the depletion or extinction of entire species and […]

How can the building materials sector tackle biodiversity loss?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carolyn Jewell, Senior Manager Biodiversity & Natural Resources, Heidelberg Materials iodiversity is rapidly catching up with climate change on the global policy agenda, and not a moment too soon. The world has already seen an average 69% drop […]

Commission secures ambitious EU negotiating mandate for the COP27 on Climate and COP15 on Biodiversity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At yesterday’s Environment Council in Luxembourg, the Commission secured an ambitious negotiating mandate for the upcoming COP27 Climate Conference in November and the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in December. The EU will push for increased action at global level to tackle the interconnected climate and […]

6 charts that show the state of biodiversity and nature loss – and how we can go ‘nature positive’

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 “The planet is in the midst of a biodiversity and climate crisis… and we have a last chance to act… A nature-positive future needs transformative – game changing – shifts in how […]

Why an international treaty for the high seas is crucial to biodiversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Pickerell, Executive Director, Global Tuna Alliance & Janine Felson, Research Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute The high seas are largely unexplored, vastly deep, and teeming with marine life. Yet, there are outside of any country’s jurisdiction. At […]

Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is taking legal steps against 15 Member States in order to step up the prevention and management of invasive alien species. Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia have failed to establish, implement […]

COP15 in China: businesses role in protecting biodiversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zhang Bowen, Deputy Secretary-General, SEE Foundation As part one of the UN’s COP15 biodiversity summit ends in China, we look at what’s been achieved so far. Although progress has been made towards finalising the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A “Paris agreement” for biodiversity and an EU Biodiversity Law are needed to ensure that ecosystems are restored, resilient, and adequately protected by 2050. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted the resolution “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives” with 515 votes […]

How to reimagine our cities as hubs for biodiversity, conservation and climate resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Mayor of Quito (2014-2019) and Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania & Lena Chan, Senior Director, International Biodiversity Conservation Division, National Parks Board Biodiversity – all living organisms, including plants, animals and microorganisms – is essential […]

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and humans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EU Biodiversity Law is needed to set the biodiversity governance framework until 2050, the Environment Committee agreed on Friday. The committee adopted its position on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives”, with 62 votes to 4 and […]

Biodiversity: Commission progress report on EU action to protect pollinators highlights urgency of action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is publishing a report on the implementation of the first-ever EU Pollinators Initiative, which the Commission adopted in 2018 to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. Pollinating insects are crucial for the functioning of ecosystems, our food security, for medicines […]

Why women have an essential role in biodiversity conservation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) The world is suffering a biodiversity crisis – approximately 10,000 species are lost to extinction every year. Women in indigenous communities are uniquely positioned to take action on […]

5 reasons why biodiversity matters – to human health, the economy and your wellbeing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie Quinney, Specialist, Nature Action Agenda, World Economic Forum Biodiversity is critically important to human health, economies and livelihoods. Humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild animals and half of all plants. To mark the […]

European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched today in Monaco a new global coalition for biodiversity. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity. Ahead of the […]

Threat to biodiversity risks a flood of economic ruin

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society Mangroves are trees that grow miraculously on seawater, fringing some of the tropical shores of our planet. They shelter a wealth of wildlife, protecting more than 3,000 fish species, many of which […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

To feed 10 billion people, we must preserve biodiversity. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization & Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources , United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization The threats to bee colonies around the world have been […]

A biodiversity scientist explains the problem with our neat lawns

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 You won’t find many neater lawns than those Roger Federer and tennis stars from across the globe will play on over the next fortnight (July 1-14) at the All England Lawn Tennis […]

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 […]

Why we are using these custom-built drones to collect whale snot

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vanessa Pirotta, PhD student, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University Have you ever been whale watching, or seen a whale coming up to breathe? If so, you will have seen a spray rising from the surface as it […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Consumer expectations for the 2015 UN summit on climate change”, Director General of BEUC Monique Goyens outlines from Brussels

The article is exclusively Co-authored for the Sting by Mrs Monique Goyens, Director General of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Mrs Sylvia Maurer, Head of Sustainability and Safety in the organisation. The negative consequences of climate change are already and will increasingly be affecting consumers worldwide. We experience lower health standards due to air […]