Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets. The Commission’s assessment finds that the national plans already represent significant efforts but points […]

Fossil fuel support is rising again in a threat to climate change efforts

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Fossil-fuel subsidies are environmentally harmful, costly, and distortive. After a 3 years downward trend between 2013 and 2016, government support for fossil fuel production and use has risen again, in a threat to efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and the transition to cleaner […]

5 ways to #BeatAirPollution

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 It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution – urging people to “be part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. But while many of us agree air quality needs […]

Climate change is destroying a barrier that protects the US from hurricanes

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 East Coast could soon be pounded by more intense and destructive hurricanes than ever before. The cause: greenhouse gases, which researchers say are disrupting patterns of air circulation known as wind […]

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

How the Middle East is suffering on the front lines of climate change

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 People are experiencing the consequences of climate change across the Middle East, from floods in Jeddah to rising sea levels in the Mediterranean which are putting many coastal cities at risk. Participants at […]

We have the tools to beat climate change. Now we need to legislate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dietmar Siersdorfer, Chief Executive Officer, United Arab Emirates and Middle East, Siemens While climate change is right on our doorstep and threatening to wreak havoc, the radical global action that could make a difference is still absent. Population growth […]

Can fighting climate change bring the Arab world closer together?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neeshad Shafi, Executive Director, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar Pathways toward improved regional cooperation in the Middle East are rarely smooth, and the road towards environmental and climate action is no exception. Rarely benefiting from high-level political attention or […]

Climate change is a security threat. We must act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh For three years in a row, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has identified climate change as the gravest threat for global business and industry. The report notes that “failure in climate […]

An analysis of the impacts of climate change on human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anna Paula Janeiro, a 5th year 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 to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

What the car industry has done to help fight climate change – and what it needs to do next

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, US Media Relations Intern, World Economic Forum Last week, an estimated 1.5 million students from more than 100 countries walked out of schools and into the streets to protest the lack of climate action being taken by […]

Why saving our forests should be a global priority

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum As someone who cares passionately about the future of our planet, I have been cheering on the growing global movement of students in their school strikes for climate. They […]

Our poisonous air is harming our children’s brains

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 The World Health Organisation (WHO) says almost 700,000 children under five die each year as a result of air pollution. Millions more are being condemned to a life of ill health because of […]

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kok Kwang Phoon, Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore & Olivia Jensen, Lead Scientist, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore Top decision-makers […]

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs outlined their ideas on the EU’s long-term emissions reduction strategy, in a resolution adopted on Thursday. In a non-binding resolution, adopted with 369 votes to 116 and 40 abstentions, MEPs say that only two of the eight scenarios (“pathways”) proposed by the European […]

Parliament proposes policy toolbox to curb air pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A resolution adopted on Wednesday sets out proposals to tackle air pollution from transport, agriculture and energy sectors. In a non-binding resolution adopted with 446 votes to 146 and 79 abstentions, MEPs underline that air pollution has a local, regional, national and cross-border dimension […]

New York City has a plan to fight fast fashion waste. Here’s how it works

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 Each year, 200 million pounds (90.7 million kg) of clothing ends up in New York City’s landfill sites – the equivalent of filling the Statue of Liberty with garments 440 times. To combat […]

Your chocolate can help save the planet. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Scobey, President, World Cocoa Foundation Despite intensive efforts over the past decade to slow tropical deforestation, the equivalent of 40 football fields worth of trees was lost every minute in 2017. Commercial agricultural production of palm oil, soy, […]

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission today announces an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, […]

We can decide to live within the limits of our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steve Howard, Co-Chair, We Mean Business Coalition & Usha Rao-Monari, Senior Adviser, Blackstone Group Are we living within nature’s limits? Or are we putting ourselves at profound risk of climate change, resource scarcity and a depleted world? Does the […]

Climate change is a disruptor. Here’s how to harness it for innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business Coalition Disruption can mean many different things to different people. To established business leaders, it can mean a threat to market share or an opportunity to adapt and retain a leading […]

Why poorer people suffer more from climate change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lincy Gonçalves Trevizan de Castro, a 22 years old medical student at the third year of studies. 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 […]

Climate Change : An Already Health Emergency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Baghfar, a second year medical student at Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM), Yemen.   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 […]

Scientists in Sweden are studying the climate-cooling effects of spruce forests

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 Scientists are exploring whether coniferous trees might help to counter the effects of global warming. Deep in Sweden’s spruce forests researchers from Lund University are studying the cooling qualities of organic compounds called terpenes, […]

Polluted lungs: health in the center of environment discussion

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amany Gonçalves Robaina, a 21 years old and medicine student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), in Blumenau, Santa Catarina – 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 […]

12 ways the tech sector can help save the climate in 12 years

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johan Falk, Senior Innovation Fellow, Future Earth and Stockholm Resilience Centre & Owen Gaffney, Co-founder, Future Earth Media Lab Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis At Davos 2019, 16-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told business […]

Thousands of Belgian schoolchildren have gone on strike to protest climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer , Formative Content There’s nothing new about children skipping school. But when they do it in their thousands, and all for the same cause, then it’s time to pay attention. On 31 January, tens of […]

The health of the human being in coexistence with a transformative biosphere

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Priscila Pegoretti, a third-semester medical student at the Universidade Regional de Blumenau(FURB) in 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 […]

Health is nothing but the main consequence of climate change

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sofia Schmitt Schlindwein, a second-year medicine student at the Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), in 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 […]

The world’s e-waste is a huge problem. It’s also a golden opportunity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) & Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Humankind’s insatiable demand for electronic devices is creating the world’s fastest-growing waste stream. Some forms are growing exponentially. The United Nations calls it a […]

Egypt is building one of the world’s largest solar parks

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 At a site in the Western Desert, some 650 km south of Cairo, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious solar energy projects is underway. The Benban Solar Park will produce enough […]

Why income inequality is bad for the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, President, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation In recent decades, income inequality has increased in almost all OECD countries. The average income of the richest 10% of the population today is about nine times as high as the […]

Davos on Climate Change: citizens demanding more actions while CEOs tried to balance profit with sustainability

Climate change was one of the hot topics during the annual World Economic Forum which took place in the Swiss Alps last week. Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and natural historian, outlined the serious impact that humanity is causing to the environment and underslined the urgency of immediate action in order to reverse the ongoing […]