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 […]

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 Over €487 million to modernise thecountry’s railway communication system EU-funded works will replace the outdated technology and set up […]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. […]

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. Jean-Claude […]

These countries are leading the way in green finance

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 What if more money went into financing projects and policies that help the planet? Creating a greener economy requires significant investment, whether that is funding a new network of electric buses, the creation […]

Malaria could be gone by the middle of the century. Here’s how

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 Imagine a world free of malaria. It’s not such a far-fetched idea, as this deadly disease could be completely eradicated within a generation, according to new research. But how? The answer lies in […]

Record-breaking heatwaves killed about 1,500 people in France

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 In late July, a heatwave engulfed Europe, breaking temperature records in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was the second episode of extreme heat to hit the continent since June. […]

Music is a vital urban resource. How do we plan for it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shain Shapiro, Founder and CEO, Sound Diplomacy We take for granted what we use every day. Take clean water. For those lucky enough, we turn on the tap, and water comes out. Not only do we not realise that […]

How do we build a #sustainableworld?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Taylor, Lead, Innovation and Product Development, World Economic Forum Delivering on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement is no easy task. The global risks highlighted by these agendas will need […]

5G will change the world – but who will keep it safe?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Jordan, Delivery Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & David Rogers, Lecturer on mobile security systems, Oxford University The advent of 5G networks brings a wealth of new opportunities. Individuals will be able to access a whole […]

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU’s commitment to accelerated climate ambition. Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the […]

Fairness in the Food Supply Chain: Commission welcomes Member States’ support for greater price transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following today’s exchange with Member States, the Commission will now adopt the measures to introduce greater transparency through improved price reporting along the food supply chain. After banning unfair trading practices and improving the conditions for producer cooperation, the Commission presented in May the […]

3 of Jack Ma’s best pieces of advice

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 Alibaba founder Jack Ma turns 55-years-old today, while the e-commerce giant he founded turns 20. It’s also the day Ma is handing over the reins to Daniel Zhang. The former English teacher founded […]

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines. The Commission is structured around the objectives President-elect von der Leyen […]

Why Opportunity Zones could be key to transforming our cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Organizational psychologist and strategist, Cambridge Innovation Center The promise of being the base for Amazon’s second headquarters was great — so great, in fact, 238 cities jumped into the intense, year-long competition. Contenders had so much faith […]

Humans have caused this environmental crisis. It’s time to change how we think about risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nathanial Matthews, Program Director, Global Resilience Partnership & Patrick Keys, Research Scientist, School of Global Environmental Sustainability Global environmental risks caused by human activities are becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, with far-reaching consequences for people, economies and ecosystems. We […]

Why I stopped taking the lift

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guerric Radiere, Global Commercial Director, Sandoz I may be a bit claustrophobic but the main reason is environmental. Lifts consume 5 to 10% of buildings’ energy, which itself represents a third of global energy consumption and is responsible for […]

These are the world’s most tree-covered countries

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 Across the globe, there are deep pockets of green working as powerful lungs for all of us. Forests cover a third of the world’s land. They play a critical role in the ongoing […]

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The performance of selected recent public consultations by the Commission […]

The UK’s River Thames has come back to life – with a seal population to prove it

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 The River Thames flows through the heart of London and has been integral to the city’s identity for almost 2,000 years. It’s been a muse for great painters, writers and musicians. But by […]

How one change to shipping goods could change the way we live

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Starsky Robotics Between 191 BC and 1915, it became 10,000 times more efficient to move a ton of grain from Egypt to Rome. But the last 20 miles, from the seaport to […]

Why we need a Paris Agreement for nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Cloete, Official Writer, World Economic Forum on Africa It’s time for all governments to commit to a set of sustainability targets aimed at protecting nature and biodiversity across the globe, agreed environmental and business leaders at the World […]

These are the top countries for travel and tourism in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Bruce-Lockhart, World Economic Forum Spain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States are the world’s most travel-ready nations, according to the latest travel and tourism ranking of the World Economic Forum. There’s little change since the last edition […]

A roadmap for destination management in the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. In the digital economy, tourist destinations face management challenges like never before. As tourism has become a truly global activity, destinations compete with other destinations worldwide. New technologies have accelerated tourism growth, bringing supply […]

This company helps women to become solar entrepreneurs

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 The southern highlands of Tanzania are blessed with fertile soil and good weather. But some areas are also known for extreme poverty and a lack of infrastructure. Solar power has the potential to […]

I went blind at age 5, but managed to stay in education. We must ensure 93 million children with disabilities get the same chance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yetnebersh Nigussie, Director, Advocacy and Rights, Light For The World I became blind at the age of five, which more or less disqualified me from for school in rural Ethiopia. I would most likely have been married off instead […]

EU leading in global agri-food trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a report published today, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter of agri-food products, with EU exports reaching €138 billion in 2018. Agriculture products represent a solid share of 7% of the value of EU total goods […]

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today. The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced […]

What makes a good healthcare professional?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Felipe Mazaro Matheus, born in 1992, a biomedical and fourth year medical student at Unicesumar in Maringá (Brazil). He 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 writer and do not […]

This company grows crops inside, stacked on top of one another

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 Is it an agriculture or a tech venture? AeroFarms is blurring the lines between the two with its vertical farm. Crops are grown inside, under lights, one on top of the other. Image: Our […]

This is how attitudes to vaccines compare around the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Doctors around the world are witnessing a spike in the number of measles cases, despite widespread access to an effective vaccine that prevents infection and has been available since the early 1960s. Measles can […]

Practicing healthcare: Skills of a good healthcare professional and its effects

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Negrão dos Santos and Camila Zurlo Pianca, two third-year students of medicine from Brazil. They are 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 […]