Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets. The Commission’s assessment finds that the national plans already represent significant efforts but points […]

Three steps we must take to secure the future of our forests

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum In May, the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) hosted its annual meeting in Bogotá, Colombia’s high-altitude capital, surrounded by the country’s extensive forests. The meeting was invigorating. It was upbeat. […]

Fossil fuel support is rising again in a threat to climate change efforts

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Fossil-fuel subsidies are environmentally harmful, costly, and distortive. After a 3 years downward trend between 2013 and 2016, government support for fossil fuel production and use has risen again, in a threat to efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and the transition to cleaner […]

Israel is joining forces with Arab states to save coral from climate change destruction

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 Scientists from Israel and neighbouring Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs from the threat of climate change. The alliance is the brainchild of Moaz Fine, an Israeli professor […]

This Danish scheme is offering free kayak rides… for picking up trash

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 On some European waterways a fleet of kayaks has been fitted with an unusual accessory… a trash can. These bright green boats are free to rent, but volunteers are required to work […]

Cambodia’s schools are the new frontline in the battle against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Sargren, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia & George Edgar, Ambassador, Head of European Union Delegation to Cambodia & Nick Beresford, Resident Representative, Cambodia, United Nations Development Programme & Julien Chevillard, Trust fund administrator, Cambodia Climate Change Alliance-UNDP Students […]

Scoring for the environment: what Mathieu Flamini’s top-flight football career taught him about leadership

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Di Caro & Mathieu Flamini, Founder, GFBiochemicals S.p.A Footballer Mathieu Flamini has played in the top leagues in England (Arsenal), Italy (AC Milan) and Spain (his current club, Getafe). The midfielder started out at Olympique de Marseille and […]

5 ways to #BeatAirPollution

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 It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution – urging people to “be part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. But while many of us agree air quality needs […]

Meet the robot fighting back against coral reef destruction

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 Covered with toxic spines, it has multiple arms and is capable of regeneration. With a voracious appetite, it expels its stomach out of its mouth to eat, leaving just skeletons in its […]

Climate change hits the poor hardest. Mozambique’s cyclones prove it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Holmes a Court, Writer When experts say that the impacts of climate change fall disproportionately on the poor, they are referring to regions like the Sofala province of Mozambique, to villages like Nguineia, and to women like […]

Scientists have created a new kind of plastic that could be infinitely recyclable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sophie Hirsh, Writer, Green Matters By now, you’ve probably heard the statistic that only about 9 percent of plasticsactually get recycled, with the rest winding up in landfills and oceans. To combat the plastic crisis, many eco-conscious people are turning […]

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

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 Overhearing teenagers passionately discuss the climate crisis, while working for the British government, was a game-changer for one of the key architects of the Green New Deal for Europe. Pawel Wargan quit […]

5 droughts that changed human history

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 Reports of severe droughts are rarely out of the headlines as our world warms up. North Korea has said it’s suffering the worst drought in 37 years, while the last five months have been […]

These cities score an ‘A’ for environmental action – but hundreds more are falling behind

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 Barcelona, Cape Town, London and New York are among the few cities that top a list of those taking action on climate change. Just 7% of 596 cities ranked by CDP, an organisation that helps […]

We need to deep clean the oceans. Here’s how to pay for it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ingrid van Wees, Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management, Asian Development Bank The world’s oceans are running out of breath. In the past 50 years, we have lost nearly half our coral reefs and mangrove forests and the […]

This is what the world’s waste does to people in poorer countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum It’s contaminating our oceans. It’s clogging our drains and causing flooding. It’s transmitting diseases, causing respiratory infections, and harming animals. Welcome to the global trash heap. Our cities generate more than […]

Most US students aren’t learning about climate change. Parents and teachers think they should

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Parents and teachers in the US overwhelmingly think climate change is an issue to be taught at school – and yet it doesn’t feature in lessons for the majority of children. Eighty-four percent of parents […]

Could play be a game-changer for the world’s forests?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claude Garcia, Forest management and development team leader, ETH Zurich Decision-makers, be they company leaders or government representatives, have the monumental responsibility of creating laws, policies and regulations, and then deploying the relevant resources to implement them. This […]

It’s not just the protests. Here’s how young people are helping the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Pierce, Project Specialist, Social Engagement, World Economic Forum According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Survey, which covers more than 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries, climate change and the destruction […]

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first ever EU regulation on CO2 emissions for trucks and lorries was approved by Parliament on Thursday, in an effort to curb rising road transport emissions. The new legislation, informally agreed between MEPs and the Romanian Presidency of the Council in February, was […]

This chart shows the fall in coal-power plants being planned around the world

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 Coal is widely acknowledged as one of the most polluting ways to generate electricity. The International Energy Agency (IEA) calculates that this one fuel alone has been responsible for a third of all […]

This is why mountains matter more than you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Mountains have long held a certain mystique for those living in their shadows. From the Mayans and Greeks to Japan’s Shinto religion, mountain gods appear in cultures and belief systems throughout history and around the […]

How the Middle East is suffering on the front lines of climate change

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 People are experiencing the consequences of climate change across the Middle East, from floods in Jeddah to rising sea levels in the Mediterranean which are putting many coastal cities at risk. Participants at […]

5 ways cities can use emerging technologies to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mounir Kabbara, Founder, Climatick Even if the world adheres to the commitments set out by the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic are still expected to rise by 3-5°C by 2050, a UN Environment report concludes. The consequent […]

We have the tools to beat climate change. Now we need to legislate

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dietmar Siersdorfer, Chief Executive Officer, United Arab Emirates and Middle East, Siemens While climate change is right on our doorstep and threatening to wreak havoc, the radical global action that could make a difference is still absent. Population growth […]

4 bold new ways New York is going clean and green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Thanksgiving weekend, 1966. A thick smog engulfed New York. Residents with respiratory or heart conditions were warned by health officials to stay indoors as toxic air hung in a haze over the city. Residents were […]

Can fighting climate change bring the Arab world closer together?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Neeshad Shafi, Executive Director, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar Pathways toward improved regional cooperation in the Middle East are rarely smooth, and the road towards environmental and climate action is no exception. Rarely benefiting from high-level political attention or […]

Climate change helped destroy these four ancient civilisations

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 Ignorant, malign and evil. This is some of the unapologetically harsh criticism directed at climate change deniers by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her point […]

This project is turning abandoned fishing gear into volleyball nets

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 team of environmentalists is turning “ghost nets” into sports nets, giving new life to abandoned fishing gear adrift in the world’s oceans. The organisation responsible for world volleyball (FIVB) has teamed up […]

Climate change is a security threat. We must act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh For three years in a row, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has identified climate change as the gravest threat for global business and industry. The report notes that “failure in climate […]

An analysis of the impacts of climate change on human health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Anna Paula Janeiro, a 5th year medical student from Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor […]

What the car industry has done to help fight climate change – and what it needs to do next

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, US Media Relations Intern, World Economic Forum Last week, an estimated 1.5 million students from more than 100 countries walked out of schools and into the streets to protest the lack of climate action being taken by […]

Why saving our forests should be a global priority

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum As someone who cares passionately about the future of our planet, I have been cheering on the growing global movement of students in their school strikes for climate. They […]