Services are the hidden side of the US-China trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Fellow , University of International Business and Economics in Beijing Discussions about the trade war between the United States and China have largely focused on goods. This is not surprising, given that tariffs have been […]

Our health systems are under pressure. Here are 9 ways to remedy that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Helen Clark, Patron , The Helen Clark Foundation The pressures facing health systems around the world are increasing, and they are diverse. Some populations are youthful and fast-growing – others are ageing. Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are affecting the […]

Car-free day – and the other 364 days of the year

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mattias Eriksson, Senior Vice President, Core Map Group, HERE Technologies The car-free day has come a long way since its beginnings in 1956, when Dutch and Belgians abandoned their cars every Sunday to curb the effects of the Suez […]

This company lets you set your own salary

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 When unemployment is low, competition for talent can lead to a sellers’ market. Organizations must compete for attention hoping to attract the best people. But attractive salaries are not the only tool employers […]

Taxes on polluting fuels are too low to encourage a shift to low-carbon alternatives

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Taxing polluting sources of energy is an effective way to curb emissions that harm the planet and human health, and the income generated can be used to ease the low-carbon transition for vulnerable households. Yet 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions from advanced and emerging economies are […]

#EUBeachCleanUp: EU organises record number of cleaning actions worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are joining hands with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year’s campaign will run through October, culminating on Saturday 21 September, the International […]

Beyond ‘business as usual’. Addressing the climate change crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Every year, insurers see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities around the world. From flooding in Japan, wildfires in the US, to a massive earthquake and tsunami […]

How the mobile industry is driving climate progress on the scale of a major economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA The number of countries, regions and cities committing to a net zero carbon emissions target has grown. According to the latest data, 15 countries, 11 states and at least 23 cities have set targets of […]

Zero carbon by 2050 is possible. Here is what we need to do

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: J. Adair Turner, Chairman, Energy Transitions Commission The collapsing cost of renewable electricity and batteries means that the world can now plan to decarbonize electricity generation far more rapidly, and at a lower economic cost than seemed possible 10 […]

OECD sees rising trade tensions and policy uncertainty further weakening global growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The global economy has become increasingly fragile and uncertain, with growth slowing and downside risks continuing to mount, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Economic prospects are weakening for both advanced and emerging economies, and global growth could get stuck at persistently low levels […]

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday. Patent-free access to biological plant material is essential to boost innovation and competitiveness of the European plant-breeding and farming sectors, […]

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New figures released by the European Commission today show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. Detention figures for seized consignments jumped […]

Nordic companies prove doing good is good for the bottom line

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wendy Woods, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global Leader, Social Impact Practice at The Boston Consulting Group The Business Roundtable, which represents many of the largest US-based companies, surprised a lot of people when it publicly endorsed the idea […]

Humanitarian migration falls while labour and family migration rises

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Migration flows to OECD countries rose slightly in 2018, with around 5.3 million new, permanent migrants, a 2% increase over 2017. Family and labour migration increased, while the number of asylum applications fell sharply, according to a new OECD report. The OECD International Migration Outlook 2019 […]

Want to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Look to digital technologies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Over the next decade, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – particularly 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial […]

How private investment can boost education access and quality in the digital economy

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 Education can close achievement gaps and lift communities and individuals from poverty. As literacy rates rise around the world, the link between education and income is more evident. At the same time, the […]

3 ways to accelerate the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Fausing, President and CEO, Danfoss We are running out of time to meet the Paris Agreement and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on sustainable energy – “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern […]

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”. The European Parliament continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted […]

These are the world’s safest cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Tokyo has again been named the world’s safest city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in a ranking of the digital, health, infrastructure and personal security of 60 major metropolitan areas. Singapore came […]

Why responsible consumption is everyone’s business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bibi la Luz Gonzalez, Founder, Eat Better Wa’ik Your closet. Your desk. Your drawers. Your private spaces never to be seen by guests or colleagues. These are the areas where we accumulate stuff. And they are where each one […]

Mergers: Commission clears E.ON’s acquisition of Innogy, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition by E.ON of Innogy’s distribution and consumer solutions business as well as certain of its electricity generation assets. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by E.ON. […]

Greenery: the miracle cure for urban living

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aruni Bhatnagar, Smith and Lucille Gibson Chair Department of Medicine, University of Louisville Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote […]

Climate finance for developing countries reached USD 71 billion in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Climate finance provided and mobilised by developed countries for climate action in developing countries reached USD 71.2 billion in 2017, up from USD 58.6 billion in 2016, according to new estimates from the OECD. While the 2016 and 2017 totals cannot be directly compared with earlier […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

Can Pakistan make its energy sector greener, cheaper and more reliable? The government thinks so

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ayla Majid, Managing Director, Financial Advisory Services, Khalid Majid Rehman Over the past few years, Pakistan has added extra generation to counter blackouts – but not much attention has been given to energy infrastructure, efficiency, and improving the recovery […]

EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported. The EEA’s […]

We can solve climate change – if we involve women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vaishali Sinha, Chief Communication & Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power With the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals approaching, the fight against climate change intensifies each year, with governments pumping resources into achieving them. One of the most […]

How to build an entrepreneurial university

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaci Eisenberg, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum & David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College & Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Geneva Universities and industry have a lot to learn from one another – […]

From Israel’s ‘start-up nation’, 4 lessons in innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Ziskind, Project Lead, Digital Europe, Centre for Regional and Geopolitical Affairs, GLF, World Economic Forum & Annika Brack, Head of Community Development, Regional Agenda – Europe, World Economic Forum Only a short flight separates Tel Aviv from many […]

America’s student debt crisis explained

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrew Berkley, Project Lead, Data Science and Analysis, World Economic Forum & John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez injected a dose of reality into a hearing on America’s worsening student […]

This is where teachers are paid the most

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Jack Ma was a teacher. So was J.K. Rowling. They probably didn’t get paid as much as teachers in Luxembourg, though. There, the average lower secondary school teacher with 15 years’ experience earned more […]

Poland: €676 million worth of EU investments in better rails and roads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted three major Cohesion Policy projects, modernising the Polish rail and road network and increasing travel safety while reducing costs and travel time. Over €487 million to modernise thecountry’s railway communication system EU-funded works will replace the outdated technology and set up […]

Third EU-Western Balkans Media Days: EU reaffirms comprehensive support to media freedom in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. […]