Will clean air become a new global currency?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Duong, Director, Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change, Harvard Medical School & Neha Rana, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Riya Master, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School The growing clean air crisis is […]

Why ‘floating wind’ is key to the energy transition and how to get it onto the sea quickly

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Project Fellow, Scale360° and Senior Consultant at Kearney, World Economic Forum & Rebecca Meier, Senior Consultant, Kearney Floating wind, which uses turbines located at sea but not attached to the ocean floor, has several key advantages […]

It’s time to change the debate around AI ethics. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Ted Kwartler, VP, Trusted AI, DataRobot & Sarah Khatry, Managing Director, AI Ethics, DataRobot Heated debate about the development of […]

Remarks by Ambassador Zhang Ming at a Virtual Event Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China

This article was published in association with the Chinese Mission to EU On July 1, 2021, the Chinese Mission to the EU celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at a virtual event and presents to the EU the glorious history and achievements of the CPC over the […]

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how crucial occupational health and safety (OSH) is for protecting workers’ health, for the functioning of our society, and for the continuity of critical economic and social activities. In this context, today the Commission is renewing its commitment to […]

Becoming a father made me more motivated to end anti-Asian hate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC There has been a surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic – and children have not been spared. The harmful “perpetual foreigners” […]

Global Europe: MEPs back EU external cooperation funding instrument worth €79.5 billion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Global Europe fund will be used to support sustainable development in EU neighbourhood countries, Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Parliament gave the green light on Wednesday to the setup of the new Global Europe instrument (the Neighbourhood, Development and […]

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 […]

State aid: Commission approves German support for cogenerated electricity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the prolongation and modification of an existing German scheme to support the production of electricity from new, modernised and retrofitted highly efficient cogeneration (‘CHP’) plants (except coal and lignite-fired CHP). The scheme (‘Kraft-Wärme-Kopplungsgesetz’ – […]

Our current internet architecture was conceived for the 1980s. It’s time for an upgrade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Giacomo Giuliari, PhD candidate, ETH Zurich, Joel Wanner, PhD candidate, ETH Zurich, Markus Legner, Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich, David Basin, Professor of Information Security, ETH Zurich, Peter Müller, Professor of Programming Methodology, ETH Zurich & Adrian Perrig, Professor […]

Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected. In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the Commission to modify its draft […]

To make it cybersecure, CEOs must truly get to know their business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Joyce, Principal, Global and US Cybersecurity, Privacy & Forensics Leader, PwC US & Joe Nocera, Cyber and Privacy Innovation Institute Leader, PwC US & Richard Horne, Cyber Security Chair, Risk and Quality Partner , PwC UK • […]

Brazilian pandemic: far beyond the virus

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Manoel Flávio Silva Kanisky, a fifth period medical student at Unicesumar, Maringá, Brazil. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

These are the breakthroughs we need to achieve a net-zero world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anthony Robert Hobley, Co-Executive Director, Mission Possible Partnership and an Executive Fellow, WEF, World Economic Forum & Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26 High Level Climate Champions Most net-zero commitments are due by the 2040s but the […]

Material and human garbage

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Mr. Tomasso Merlo. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. We in the rich world export plastic waste and import human waste. We are turning the planet into a huge garbage dump. We produce […]

Environmental liability rules need revamping

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want to strengthen existing EU rules on companies’ environmental liability to reduce and prevent environment harm. In order to enforce implementation and increase citizens’ trust in EU rules, and to prevent and remedy environmental damage more effectively, Parliament demands that the Environmental Liability […]

Getting a patent waiver is not enough, says WTO chief to Trade Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Committee on Trade debated on Thursday how to increase vaccine production effectively with WTO Director-General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In reply to trade committee MEPs’ questions over what measures are needed to accelerate equitable access to vaccines, Dr Okonjo-Iweala argued in favour of expanding […]

What is ‘circular denim’ and why are top brands redesigning jeans?

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 It takes 3,781 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans. Circular production methods could trim the amount of water and other resources denim consumes. Many leading brands are backing […]

MEPs split over waiver for COVID-19 vaccine patents

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At Wednesday’s debate on ensuring global access to shots, there was a lack of consensus among MEPs on a temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines. A number of speakers called on the Commission to support a waiver of the intellectual property rights […]

Lessons learnt, unlearnt or re-learnt? Analyzing the third wave of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Fatima Irshad, a nineteen year old, second year medical student currently enrolled in Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Pakistan. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers […]

Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The effectiveness of our merger control […]

EU allocates €149 million in humanitarian aid to the Greater Horn of Africa region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As humanitarian needs increase in the Horn of Africa, the Commission has announced today new funding of €149 million in aid for the wider region in 2021. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “During the past year, the Greater Horn of Africa countries, […]

Why a green economy is needed to stop Amazon deforestation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, Executive Director, Igarape, Inc Future of the Amazon rainforest is at a dangerous environmental tipping point if deforestation levels rise another 5%. Collective action must be taken by countries in the Amazon Basin, underpinned […]

MEPs reach deal with Council on obligation for EU to be climate neutral by 2050

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55% while boosting the contribution from removals that can bring the target to 57%. MEPs reached an informal agreement with member states on the EU Climate Law […]

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union. By enabling investors to re-orient investments towards more sustainable technologies and businesses, today’s measures will be instrumental […]

EU launches €100 million humanitarian initiative to support COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, will visit the Africa Centres for Disease control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa. This visit marks the start of the implementation of the EU’s new €100 million humanitarian initiative in support of the COVID-19 vaccination […]

Antitrust: Commission fines three EU railway companies €48 million for customer allocation cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined railway companies Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB), Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Société Nationale des Chemins de fer belges / Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (SNCB) a total of €48 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. The companies participated in a customer […]

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: how to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in UHC

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mary AlMadani, a 3rd-year medical student at Mutah University, Jordan. 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

EU continues to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia by allocating over €53 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has announced today new funding of €53.7 million in humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including those affected by the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, who will arrive in Ethiopia tomorrow and will meet […]

5 milestones in green energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 has not slowed the rise globally in sustainable energy sources. 2020 saw unprecedented demand, adding 260GW of capacity. Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, says the […]

How learning through play as a child can help you succeed as an adult

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair, Learning through Play, The LEGO Foundation With 50% of all employees needing to reskill by 2025, the ability of individuals to adapt is even more essential in this rapidly changing global economy. Learning through […]

Countries must rethink tariffs on bio-manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thaddeus Burns, Head of Life Science Government & Public Affairs, Merck & Jennifer Brant, CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights COVID-19 has shown the global manufacturing capacity for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics is insufficient to support an effective pandemic […]

Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS. In the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders underscored the proposal’s aim to facilitate free movement and non-discrimination of […]