Africa’s motorbike taxis are going electric – saving money and cutting emissions

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 Rwandan electric motorcycle start-up Ampersand has just been named one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022. The e-motos produce 75% less lifecycle greenhouse emissions than petrol motorbikes, and are cheaper […]

Factors associated with vaccine hesitations against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Júlia de Moura Cassita, first year student of the medical course at Unicesumar, in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil and Mr. Manoel Flávio Silva Kanisky, studying medicine (seventh period) at Unicesumar, Maringá city. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission announces new aid worth €200 million for displaced people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor’s Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today we came together with a […]

Discharge: MEPs delay signing off on

accounts of EU border control agency Frontex This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament signed off on the 2020 budgets of most EU bodies, except for Frontex, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council. In a vote by show of hands, Parliament withheld their approval of the management […]

State aid: Commission approves German umbrella scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a German umbrella scheme with a budget of around €11 billion to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission […]

Machine learning can help protect urban water. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shefali Rai, Project Specialist, C4IR India & Sanjiv Jha, Principal, Smart Infrastructure, Amazon Web Services Climate change has highlighted the importance of preserving freshwater as a resource. Effective infrastructure management in cities is vital to preserve water. Real-Time […]

How company boards can be a vanguard for climate action

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharon Thorne, Global Chair, Deloitte Company boards can cut through the clutter and provide strategic direction on climate change. A recent Deloitte survey shows only half of board members consider themselves ‘climate-literate’. A new collaboration with the World […]

Green Deal: EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important […]

Right to repair: MEPs set out their demands ahead of Commission’s proposal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The “right to repair” must encompass designing products that last longer and can be fixed, as well as labelling to better inform consumers and extending guarantee rights. In a resolution approved on Wednesday with 41 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions, the […]

Could cities hold the key to accelerating net-zero progress?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Don McLean, Founder & CEO, Integrated Environmental Solutions According to a new report some of the world’s leading corporations do not have realistic sustainability goals and policies. Digital twin technology is able to provide accurate reporting data to […]

People trust AI fake faces more than real ones, according to a new study

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 Fake faces created by AI are considered more trustworthy than images of real people, a new study has found. Researchers behind the study are calling for safeguards to prevent deep fakes. AI […]

How to heat up – and cool down – climate innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dave Regnery, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Trane Technologies Heating and cooling technology for buildings create around 15% of global carbon emissions, while food loss adds 10%, according to research. New technologies that are helping to decarbonize these […]

Rule of law: MEPs travel to Poland to assess respect of EU values

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. An EP delegation will travel to Warsaw next week to look into the rule of law situation in Poland, in the framework of the ongoing Article 7 procedure. Ten MEPs from the Civil Liberties and Constitutional Affairs committees will be in Poland from Monday […]

E-Health and Telemedicine: An Accelerative Revolution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ahmed M Lahmady, a third year medical student at Hadhramout University College of Medicine (HUCOM), Yemen. 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 writer and do […]

5 early insights for using digital public goods for development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Professor S. Rajagopalan, President, MOSIP & Keyzom Ngodup Massally, Head – Digital Public Goods, UNDP Digital public goods (DPGs) and digital public infrastructure (DPI) are an emerging agenda for digital cooperation. Current implementations of DPGs and DPI have […]

Four ways universities can future-proof education

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alice Gast, President, Imperial College London The COVID-19 crisis accelerated changes that were on the horizon for universities, stepping up research and moving teaching online. Now they must hold on to the best of those changes, and forge […]

1,500 endangered languages could disappear by the end of the century

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 Around 1,500 known languages may no longer be spoken by the end of this century. Current levels of language loss could triple in the next 40 years. Greater education and mobility marginalize some […]

How green corridors can enable the transition to zero-emission shipping

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jesse Fahnestock, Head, Research and Analysis, Global Maritime Forum & Aparajit Pandey, Associate, Energy Transitions Commission Zero-emission fuels and vessels will need to be deployed at scale over the next decade to meet emissions targets by 2050. Green […]

The earth is dimming. What ‘earthshine’ means for our climate system

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 Our planet absorbs light and radiation from the sun and reflects some radiation back into space. But Earth’s reflectivity is reducing over time, according to new research. Rising sea temperatures have reduced […]

EU rules, climate reporting and New York’s natural gas ban: Everything to know about the environment this week

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 This weekly round-up brings you some of the key environment stories from the past seven days. Top stories: New York votes to ban natural gas in new buildings; oil and gas reserves […]

EU strengthens protection against economic coercion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a new tool to counter the use of economic coercion by third countries. This legal instrument is in response to the EU and its Member States becoming the target of deliberate economic pressure in recent years. It strengthens […]

What are nature-based solutions and how can they be harnessed to tackle climate change?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Santiago Gowland, CEO, Rainforest Alliance Nature-based solutions refers to actions and policies that protect, manage and restore ecosystems to address socio-environmental challenges. Despite the success of current nature-based solutions, much more investment is needed to unlock their potential […]

ASEM Summit: Europe and Asia reaffirm shared partnership and engagement to a stronger recovery from the pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit on 25-26 November which took place in virtual format from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, leaders reaffirmed their shared partnership and engagement in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the title ‘Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth’, the Summit brought […]

Elderly care from the perspective of intersectionality

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Liliany Mirelly Bezerra Alves, a first-year medical student at the State University of Rio Grande do Norte – UERN, Brazil. 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 […]

We need to work in partnership with nature to ensure a world that meets all of our needs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dharsono Hartono, Chief Executive Officer, Rimba Makmur Utama Ecosystems find balance across complex networks of interactions, interdependencies, niches – disrupting this can trigger ripple effects with far-reaching consequences. It’s time we reassess how we treat the natural world […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022. It […]

EU job-search aid worth €1.2m for 300 dismissed workers in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Over 300 metal workers in the Basque region in Spain who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic set to receive €1.2 million in EU aid. Members of the Committee on Budgets on Tuesday approved Spain’s request for support from the European Globalisation […]

Protecting media freedom from malicious lawsuits: press conference after EP vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the co-rapporteurs of the Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs committees will present Parliament’s proposals to curb the use of legal actions to silence critical voices. Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Tiemo Wölken (S&D, DE) will hold a press conference on their report […]

Here’s how companies can make sure they are blockchain-ready

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Herkelrath, Managing Director of Business Development, Chainlink Labs In recent years, many of the world’s biggest enterprises in the finance sector and beyond have adopted blockchain technology. Companies that are not integrating blockchains into their processes are […]

From adversaries to allies: How trade reform built trust in Colombia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Candice White, Knowledge Specialist, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, World Economic Forum A high level of trust between business and government is essential for effective regulatory reform that drives trade, economic development and progress on the UN Sustainable […]

A third of humanity could be on the move if climate change isn’t curbed, scientists say

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 Extreme heat could force a third of humanity to move to cooler regions. A new report says most of us live in a temperature “niche,” but it’s starting to shrink. As climate […]

European Green Deal: Commission adopts new limits for some of the most harmful chemicals in waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal to protect human health and the environment from some of the most harmful chemicals in waste – Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The proposal tightens the limits for these chemicals in waste, preventing them from re-entering the economy. […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]