Why protesters disrupted London Fashion Week

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 Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupted the opening of London Fashion Week. The fashion industry’s environmental impact has gained increased attention – in part as a result of the rise of fast fashion. The industry […]

A junk food diet can impair your brain, study finds

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 Too much salt, sugar and fat can damage your ability to remember things. It takes as little as one week for the effects to be seen. Western-style diets high in fats and […]

Correcting the “jitters” in quantum devices

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David L. Chandler, Writer, MIT News & MIT News A new study suggests a path to more efficient error correction, which may help make quantum computers and sensors more practical. Labs around the world are racing to develop […]

People are scared of artificial intelligence – here’s why we should embrace it instead

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bowen Zhou, President, JD Cloud & AI; Chair, JD Technology Committee; Vice-President, JD.COM Artificial intelligence (AI) needs to be democratized to help more people understand it and embrace its potential; We need to develop regulations for AI that […]

How to tackle the perils of air pollution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Monisha S, an aspiring student of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore in India. 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 writer and do not […]

What are the greatest global health threats?

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 The WHO released the top 10 global healthcare challenges in the coming decade. Global warming, conflict zones and unfair healthcare provision are among the main obstacles. Many healthcare challenges are interconnected and […]

Researchers have invented a brick that can build itself

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 Engineers have invented a self-replicating brick that pulls CO2 from the air. The brick is produced by harnessing photosynthesis and bacteria. While refinements are needed, researchers say the new technique is an […]

Everything you need to know about the coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lan Xue, Professor and Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University & Li Xin, Managing Director, Caixin Global, Caixin Medi & Longmei Zhang, Deputy Resident Representative for China, IMF & Han Jian, Associate Professor of Management and Co-director, Centre on […]

Some endangered languages manage to thrive. Here’s how

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 Most of the world speaks one of 20 languages. Two-fifths of the world’s languages are poised to die out. The UN says learning languages could help promote peace. Of the more than […]

NASA is recruiting new astronauts – this is what it takes to apply

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 There are two basic requirements for those applying to be a NASA astronaut. But don’t let that fool you – getting selected is still a tough task. NASA wants to land the […]

Budgetary Control Committee asks for stronger measures to protect EU spending

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the Budgetary Control Committee signed off on the Commission’s 2018 budget, but rules to fight fraud and conflict of interest must be strengthened. The Budgetary Control Committee recommends granting discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (corresponding to 97% of the whole […]

President Michel’s MFF proposal not acceptable for Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of a special summit on 20 February, the EP’s negotiating team expresses its opposition to President Michel’s proposal for the next long-term budget. “Despite welcoming the contact we have had with the President of the European Council Charles Michel over the past few […]

Corporate bond debt continues to pile up

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The volume of corporate debt reached an all time high in real terms of USD 13.5 trillion at the end of 2019, driven by the return of more expansionary monetary policies early in the year. At the same time, the overall quality of corporate debt has […]

India is now the world’s 5th largest economy

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 Forecast data from the IMF shows India has risen to become the world’s fifth largest economy. India has leapfrogged the GDPs of France and the UK. Despite its growth, challenges remain, from sustainability […]

Residents and visitors to this Dutch neighborhood could share a pool of cars and bikes

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 A new city center development in the Netherlands could go nearly car-free. Residents in this district will share a pool of cars and bicycles. There will be 3 private car parking spaces […]

The economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world

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 China’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020 – the slowest pace since the financial crisis, according to a Reuters poll of economists. “Global oil demand […]

You can live up to 10 years longer by doing these 5 things

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content 20-year study finds healthy life expectancy can be increased by 5 behaviours. Adopting low-risk behaviours can extend life of people diagnosed with illness. Heavy smoking and obesity are major limits on life […]

Ireland: prepare now for rising fiscal pressures, external risks

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Ireland needs to prepare itself to meet rising pressures on public finances from an ageing population and significant external risks such as new EU-UK trade barriers post Brexit. Another important development could be future changes to the international tax rules, according to a new OECD report. […]

Violence in North and West Africa increasingly targeting civilian and border areas – OECD/SWAC

  This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Violence in North and West Africa is increasingly targeting civilian and border regions as today’s conflicts involve non-state actors with diverging agendas, according to a new report by the OECD’s Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC).   The report uses granular data to assess the […]

Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Abrupt melting of the permafrost layer is leading to erosion, landslides and craters in the Arctic landscape. As the permafrost melts, greenhouse gases are released into the environment. Current climate change forecasts […]

A healthy human future depends on healthy oceans. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gunhild A Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT, and member of Friends of Ocean Action Blue food could have a huge role to play in feeding the planet sustainably and healthily. As we turn to the oceans, we […]

The five stages of the Chief Digital Officer – and why they often fail

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Wade, Professor of Innovation and Strategy, Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation, IMD Business School, 21% of large public firms employ a Chief Digital Officer, or CDO. The average tenure of a CDO is 31 months, shorter […]

6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Petros Kusmu, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub & George Patrick Richard Benson, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub We can all take steps to reduce the environmental impact of our work-related travels. Individual actions – like the six described here – […]

High-tech or ‘high-touch’: UK survey gives clues to the jobs of the future

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 A UK report shows the 20 roles likely to be in high demand in the new decade. Routine-based roles will shrink as automation takes hold. Coders and carers among the fastest-growing occupations. […]

Women’s rights: MEPs call for action to fight backlash against gender equality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ahead of the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW64) in New York in March, Parliament spelled out its priorities on Thursday. In a resolution adopted by 463 votes in favour, 108 against and 50 abstentions, MEPs deplore that many of the […]

Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Winter 2020 Economic Forecast published today projects that the European economy is set to continue on a path of steady, moderate growth. The euro area has now enjoyed its longest period of sustained growth since the euro was introduced in 1999. The forecast […]

Here’s how blockchain could fight illegal fishing and help tuna stocks recover

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 More than half of the world’s tuna comes from the Pacific Ocean, but tuna fisheries are suffering from depleted stocks and illegal fishing. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major […]

Von der Leyen on EU long-term budget: our opportunity to make Europe fit for the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “All of us must be ready to find a common ground and we must find the right balance between old and new priorities”, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said about the EU long-term budget at the European Parliament debate today. European […]

Air Pollution: Responsibility of Technology and Medicine

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gilbert Uriel Braga Fernandes, a member of IFMSA Brazil and of the national White Team. 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 writer and do […]

Infringement – Commission takes Italy to Court for its incomplete regime of access to genetic resources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is referring Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU because its system of access to genetic resources from non-EU countries is considered to be dysfunctional. These dysfunctionalities damage the ability of companies established in Italy to tap the benefits […]

It’s time to disrupt Human Resources if we want talent fit for the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adriana Stan, Strategic Communications Consultant, Interesting Speakers & Tom Goodwin, Head of Futures and Insight, Publicis Groupe The rise of HR can be traced back to the dawn of the industrial age. The model is outdated if a […]

These 8 countries have perfect scores for women’s rights at work

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 Women only have three-quarters of the employment rights of men worldwide. In Middle East and North African women still have half the rights of men. Much remains to be done to deliver […]

Air Pollution Control: Does Your Action Matter?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Margareta Evelyne Adriani, a fourth year medical student from Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia. 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 writer and do not necessarily […]