Reuse systems: in search of a vision for tackling plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva We’re at a critical moment. The planet faces strains across its boundaries and 175 governments are about to kick off negotiations in […]

This is the current state of the ozone layer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Back in the early 1980s, the fashion was for big hairdos held in place by clouds of hairspray. What few people realised at the time, was that maintaining those gravity-defying styles was […]

Deal on new rules to protect consumers from taking on too much debt

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs reached a provisional deal with Council on new measures protecting consumers from credit card debt, overdrafts and loans unsuitable for their financial situation. On Friday morning, negotiators from Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement to update the EU’s rules on consumer […]

G7 agrees oil price cap: reducing Russia’s revenues, while keeping global energy markets stable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The international Price Cap Coalition has finalised its work on implementing an oil price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil. EU Member States in the Council have also just approved in parallel its implementation within the EU. The cap has been set at a […]

Climate change has cost the EU €145 billion in a decade

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 If you live in Europe, and think it’s hotter now than when you were younger, you’re right. Temperatures in the region have increased at more than twice the global average over the […]

To fill the cybersecurity skills gap, the sector needs to boost diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Renée Tarun, Deputy CISO/Vice President Information Security, Fortinet In the cybersecurity industry, there are currently two major issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible: first, the global cybersecurity skills gap; and second, the lack of […]

Ukraine: Commission proposes to criminalise the violation of EU sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today putting forward a proposal to harmonise criminal offences and penalties for the violation of EU restrictive measures. While the Russian aggression on Ukraine is ongoing, it is paramount that EU restrictive measures are fully implemented and the violation of […]

Sustainable change needs to happen from the inside out. Here’s why that needs investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Costas Papaikonomou, Co-Founder, UnaTerra Today, the number of impact-driven startups and scale-ups with noble intentions of improving the planet are plentiful, as are their ideas for clean alternatives to dirty technologies and innovations. But unfortunately, many of these […]

Why Cambodia is investing in human development to manage uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alissar Chaker, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia, Ivan Gonzalez de Alba, Senior Economist, United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia The COVID-19 pandemic created widespread challenges, which were compounded by the war in Ukraine. These shocks […]

Waste shipments: stricter rules to protect the environment and human health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Environment Committee today adopted its position on revised rules governing shipments of waste to boost the EU circular economy, resource efficiency and zero pollution goals. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted a report on the reform of […]

Has Eurozone inflation peaked? Plus other economy stories you need to read this week

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Formative Content 1. Has Eurozone inflation peaked? Eurozone inflation eased far more than expected in November, raising hopes that surging price growth is past its peak. But the European Central Bank’s (ECB) top names […]

European Green Deal: Putting an end to wasteful packaging, boosting reuse and recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules on packaging, to tackle this constantly growing source of waste and of consumer frustration. On average, each European generates almost 180 kg of packaging waste per year. Packaging is one of the main users of virgin […]

Singapore is leading the way in recycling wastewater. What can it teach the rest of the world?

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 Singapore is taking the “waste” out of its wastewater by turning sewage into safe, clean drinking water using an advanced filtration and treatment system. The Changi Water Reclamation Plant forms the core […]

How trade can help end plastic pollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Soumyajit Kar, Specialist, Sustainable Trade, World Economic Forum Government representatives are currently meeting in Uruguay to kickstart the first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) on reaching an internationally binding treaty to end plastic pollution that the United Nations Environment […]

EU and Canada launch formal negotiations for association to Horizon Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, another milestone towards deeper science collaboration between the European Union and Canada has been achieved: the Commission and the Canadian Government are launching formal negotiations for Canada to join Horizon Europe. Association to Horizon Europe is the strongest form of collaboration offered by […]

Ukraine: Commission presents options to make sure that Russia pays for its crimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission presented today different options to Member States to make sure that Russia is held accountable for the atrocities and crimes committed during the war in Ukraine. The Commission is proposing to create a new structure to manage frozen and immobilised public Russian […]

WTO panel rules against Indonesia’s export limitations on raw materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU welcomes the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) clear ruling confirming that Indonesia’s export ban and domestic processing requirement on nickel ore violates WTO rules. The WTO panel report was made public today. The WTO panel upheld all EU claims against Indonesia. First of […]

Drawing the positives from COP27

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katrin Eggenberger, Advisory Board Member, Pahl Peace Prize Foundation, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein As the world economy powers ahead into a fourth industrial revolution, a growing chorus of international […]

12 ecopreneurs restoring land and livelihoods in the Sahel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kaya Bülbül, Digital Producer, World Economic Forum, Gianluca Gygax, Community Specialist, Uplink, 1t.org The Sahel region of Africa is one of the regions on Earth that is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Already, millions of […]

e-Evidence: Commission welcomes political agreement to strengthen cross-border access for criminal investigations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on the new rules for sharing of e-evidence across the EU. This agreement will lead to  the formal adoption of a Directive and a Regulation to govern […]

The EU cultural sector is bouncing back from the pandemic. Here’s how

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, Ian Shine, Senior Writer, Formative Content When was the last time you went to a theatre, listened to live music or attended another type of cultural event IRL (in real life)? COVID-19 lockdowns […]

Intellectual property: New rules will make industrial designs quicker, cheaper and more predictable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is presenting revised rules that will make it cheaper, quicker and more predictable to protect industrial designs across the EU. An industrial design constitutes the outer appearance of a product characterised by its lines, contours or shape. The proposals for a revised […]

Drone Strategy 2.0: Creating a large-scale European drone market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted today by the Commission, sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and setting the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most […]

Decarbonizing real estate: How to price the net zero transition to avoid a ‘carbon bubble’

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Bracken, Lead, Real Estate, World Economic Forum Real estate is the largest asset class in the world and it’s also one of the most significant contributors to global carbon emissions. As recognition of the existential threat of […]

Will a price cap on Russian oil have much impact? What you need to know about the global energy crisis this week

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 1. News in brief: Energy stories from around the world The G7 nations’ proposed price cap of $65-70 a barrel on Russian oil would have little immediate impact on Moscow’s revenues, as […]

Air quality in Europe is improving, and the other climate change stories you need to read this week

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 1. News in brief: Top climate change stories to read this week Air quality in Europe is improving, but it still poses high risks according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Exposure […]

Digital skills: How businesses and policymakers can respond to future demand in the labour market

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sander van ‘t Noordende, CEO, Randstad Group, Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD Digital technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and cloud computing are fundamentally reshaping the world of work. The […]

Parliament approves €18 billion loan for Ukraine for 2023

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs approved an €18 billion loan to support Ukraine during Russia’s war against the country. The €18 billion will cover roughly half of the estimated €3-4 billion monthly funding Ukraine needs in 2023. The money will go to supporting essential public services […]

InvestEU: European Commission and Council of Europe Development Bank sign agreement to mobilise €500 million in financing for social investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have signed an InvestEU guarantee agreement worth up to €159 million. This makes the CEB an InvestEU implementing partner and will mobilise around €500 million in additional loans for social projects. It represents […]

Human rights breaches in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo. Human rights situation in Afghanistan, especially the deterioration of women’s rights and attacks against educational institutions The staggering regression in women and […]

Violence Against Women: The European Union establishes an EU-wide helpline number and calls to end violence against women worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice President, Josep Borrell issued the following statement: “Violence against women happens in every country. The facts are shocking – in the EU and […]

From dinosaur footprints to US-EU data: The latest in artificial intelligence

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 1. Biden administration implements US-EU data sharing framework US President Joe Biden signed an executive order last month that will see […]

10 key takeaways from COP27 on nature’s critical role

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lucy Almond, Chair, Nature4Climate Coalition and Head of Communications, Nature Pillar, World Economic Forum The implications of COP27 will likely be felt for decades to come, for better or worse. While a broad range of analysis has already […]