New Commission Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation to further strengthen evidence-based policymaking

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation, to maximise the use of knowledge generated from Earth Observation, in particular from the European Copernicus Programme, in EU policymaking. The ultimate goal of the Centre is to support the efficient implementation of the […]

Protecting the ocean is key to fighting climate change

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 Currently, about 7% of the ocean is protected and CO2 emissions from bottom trawlers are akin to global aviation industry. New study reveals that to preserve marine life, increase food supplies and […]

Climate change: What is COP26 and why does it matter?

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 A UN report says 2021 is a “make or break year” in the fight against climate change. The next UN climate summit, COP26, is due to take place in the UK city […]

The US needs partners to tackle the security risks of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin & Morgan Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines & Florian Krampe, Programme Director, Stockholm International […]

Building a Climate-Resilient Future – A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission adopted today a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must […]

Here’s how data can help us fix the climate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sherry Madera, Chief Industry and Government Affairs Officer, Refinitiv Inadequate data holds back the allocation of funds to sustainable projects. Regulators can cooperate with data providers and industry to identify data gaps. Sustainability experts and data scientists are […]

How the institutional response to COVID-19 can prepare us for climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer, The Nature Conservancy Political institutions’ response to the pandemic could be a crucial dress-rehearsal for a transition to a different economic model in the face of climate change; How national institutions work with […]

How debt for climate swaps could spur a green recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Anna Ainio, Policy Officer, European Commission To “build back better”, we must make sure economic recovery plans also foster resilience to climate change. Debt-for-climate swaps could offer countries debt relief in exchange for a specific commitment to […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

Energy: EU funding for priority projects should reflect 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects that are fully in line with its climate policy, said Parliament. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

The COVID-19 recovery can be the vaccine for climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business & Jose Siri, Senior Lead, Science, Cities, Urbanization, and Health, Our Planet, Our Health (OPOH), Wellcome Trust The positive environmental benefits of the pandemic have shown us what is possible. Our actions […]

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 […]

A silver bullet won’t solve a green problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christian Mumenthaler, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group, Switzerland The localized approach to climate change has been largely ineffective. We must take a methodical approach to every aspect of this challenge. Knowledge of the risks involved will […]

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 […]

We need better alignment between climate and trade. Here’s a roadmap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, The Graduate Institute, Geneva; Senior Research Associate, Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford & John W.H. Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Trade and climate policy-makers have worked in separate silos […]

From fire to fake snow – the global consequences of the climate crisis

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 Extremes of heat and cold are becoming more frequent. Norway basks in 19°C heat in January. Moscow imports fake snow for New Year as temperatures soar. Picturing Norway in January probably brings […]

How green investment will help Latin America and the world fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank Climate change is having a dramatic effect on Latin America and the Caribbean. Most people in the region view climate change as a major peril. Costa Rica, Chile and 21 regional […]

Autumn 2019 Standard Eurobarometer: immigration and climate change remain main concerns at EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. According to the results of a new Eurobarometer survey released today, overall trust in the EU remains stable (at 43%), although slightly less than in spring (-1 percentage point). Trust in the EU is the majority view in 18 Member States and trust has […]

Climate change is forcing 20 million people a year from their homes, Oxfam says

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 Every two seconds, a weather-related disaster forces someone on the planet from their home, Oxfam says. Climate change is increasing the threat from extreme floods, droughts and wildfires, leaving millions displaced each […]

Climate adaptation could make the world more peaceful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Pearson, Graduate of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, CUSP As communities around the globe, especially those in poorer regions, are suffering increasingly from the negative impacts of climate change, the importance of climate adaptation is becoming […]

Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2019 is ‘climate emergency’

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 “Climate crisis”, “climate denial” and “eco-anxiety” were also contenders Use of “climate emergency” was 100 times more common in September 2019 compared with the previous year Comes in a year that saw […]

The European Parliament declares climate emergency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU should commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference, says Parliament. Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and […]

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 This article first appeared on LinkedIn. More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook, the report’s overarching aim remains the same – […]

Climate change brings a host of other risks for businesses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group It may be somewhat surprising at first glance that environmental factors do not feature among the top 10 risks named in the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Regional Risks for Doing […]

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 […]

The 100-year climate catastrophe of Mont Blanc

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Chief Sub-Editor, Formative Content In 1919, pilot and photographer Walter Mittelholzer flew over the Mont Blanc massif in a rickety propeller-driven aircraft, taking pictures that gave the world a new perspective on Western Europe’s highest mountain range. […]

These are the places with the most climate change deniers

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 While there’s widespread scientific consensus that the world is getting warmer, it seems some individuals still need convincing. In the US, 6% of people say climate change isn’t real, and 9% don’t attribute […]

How climate change sparks innovation for fragile communities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Efrem Garlando, Investment and Innovation Policy Officer, European Commission & Yo Nishimura, Global Shaper Rome Hub & Adriana Bianco, Knowledge Management Consultant, World Food Programme A daily income of less than $2 per person is the internationally recognized threshold […]

Here’s why infrastructure will make or break our response to climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joel Moser, Founder and CEO, Aquamarine Investment Partners The public discourse about climate change and infrastructure often treats these two issues as separate. It’s time to start thinking about them as the same thing. Many of the solutions to […]

Here’s how we can use agriculture to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ben Riensche, Owner and Manager, Blue Diamond Farming Company, Iowa, USA & Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers Forum India) 2019 will go down in history as the most difficult planting season for North American farmers, with […]

Africa must become more resilient to climate risk. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beat Strebel, Market executive, Middle East and Africa, Swiss Re As a reinsurer, I take climate change seriously. I have no choice. Over 2017 and 2018, the global re/insurance industry paid out a staggering $219 billion in claims from […]

Germany is trying to rescue its fabled forests from 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 Germany’s forests are in a bad way. Two summers of extreme heat and a plague of pests and timber diseases have reduced their area by the equivalent of 200,000 football fields. Now the […]