Climate change is speeding up. Our response needs to be even faster

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christiana Figueres, Convenor, Mission 2020 The race is on. This northern summer’s deadly, record-breaking heatwaves and wildfires leave us in no doubt that the impacts of global warming are accelerating, in many cases much faster than scientists predicted. […]

What does reimagining our energy system look like?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Martin, Co-founder and Managing Director, Power Ledger That carbon emissions from power generation are one of the leading causes of climate change is nothing new, nor is the fact that the proliferation of clean energy sources is […]

There is a forgotten solution to climate change that we must invest in – nature

  This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Managing Director, Global Lands, The Nature Conservancy Here are some things we know: that the climate is changing, that this is largely a result of too much carbon and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, […]

These coastal countries are sinking the fastest

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content When natural disasters strike, television pictures show us the devastating power of floods, landslides, storms and hurricanes. Smashed homes and businesses, upturned cars and beached boats are the trademarks of severe tropical weather. […]

US cities are going to keep getting hotter

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer If you live in the northern hemisphere, you’ve probably been feeling the heat in recent weeks. While summer still has some way to go, extreme hot weather has characterized the season, with heatwaves and sweltering […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Technology for all, development for all: the role of ITU”, written by the Secretary General of the United Nations Agency

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies-ICTs. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. The world is undergoing a technological transformation that promises to improve people’s lives on […]

Drought in Europe: Commission presents additional measures to support farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In light of the difficulties faced by European farmers affected by drought this summer, the European Commission continues acting to provide practical support to the sector. Additional flexibility will be granted to help farmers provide sufficient feed to their animals. The European Commission presented […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution must not leave farming behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Grahame Dixie, Executive Director, Grow Asia The Fourth Industrial Revolution has disrupted industry after industry. Better information flows, lower transaction costs and faster communication have made doing business easier and more efficient, and have proven to be major […]

Earth has more trees than it did 35 years ago – but there’s a huge catch

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content News headlines report a world constantly beset by deforestation and desertification, but new research suggests the planet may not be as tree-damaged as once thought. Although agricultural expansion in the tropics has swallowed […]

How technology is leading us to new climate change solutions

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund A fresh wave of technological innovation is deepening our understanding of tough environmental challenges — and also giving us new ways to solve them. As thousands of business leaders and policymakers gather […]

We should look to nature for solutions to the global water crisis. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Erickson, Acting Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy New York City faced a challenge in the 1990s: the city needed a new water filtration system to serve its nearly 8 million people. But the prospect of […]

Everything you need to know about water

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Water is one of the most valuable resources on Earth. It covers over two thirds of the planet’s surface, makes up around 70% of the human body and is essential for life. For […]

Does the “climate change” require ombudsman services for environment?

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr Ali Albasha. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. In the recent years, the globe has been experiencing environmental evolution and climate significant changes affecting the global and regional environment’s patterns. These changes leave […]

The Oslo model: how to prepare your city for the electric-vehicle surge

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sture Portvik, Project Leader Electrical Vehicles, City of Oslo & Emma Skov Christiansen, Community Specialist, Electricity Industries, World Economic Forum An automobile revolution is coming our way – only you might have trouble hearing it this time. Oslo’s […]

Innovation can transform the way we solve the world’s water challenges

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will SarniFounder and CEO, Water Foundry & Callie StinsonProject Lead, Water Initiative, World Economic Forum From an environmental and social impact perspective, this year has given the world much to worry about. On track to be the fourth […]

Technology can help us save the planet. But more than anything, we must learn to value nature

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International Technology is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, relate to one another and to the external world. The speed, breadth and depth of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent and is disrupting […]

How Hawaii plans to be the first US state to run entirely on clean energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rob Smith, Formative Content It may have a reputation as an ecological paradise but Hawaii is also one of America’s most fossil fuel-dependent states. This is largely because of its isolated location in the Pacific Ocean – jet […]

This graphene battery can recharge itself to provide unlimited clean energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rob Smith, Formative Content Graphene is a modern marvel. It is comprised of a single, two-dimensional layer of carbon, yet is 200 times stronger than steel and more conductive than any other material, according to the University of […]

Norway is known for its cold weather – but it’s been in the grip of a severe heatwave

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content Think of Norway and you probably picture pristine fjords, snow-capped mountains and decidedly chilly temperatures. But this summer, you’re more likely to see tourists flocking to the the fjords in baking sunshine and bikinis. […]

Greenpeace’s saints and sinners in the tech world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content The tiny European nation of Denmark (population 5.76 million) is famed for its green credentials. It plans to stop using coal for generating electricity by 2030, and the last Danish-owned oil company […]

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action. The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the new Sustainable Development Agenda”, Ulf Björnholm underscores from UNEP Brussels

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ulf Björnholm, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Liaison Office to the EU institutions. 2015 marked a turning point for global cooperation on sustainable development, with world leaders agreeing on a new UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. These agreements represent a […]

Better late than never? Commission runs now to fight energy dependency on Russia with the sustainable energy security package

Maros Sefcovic Canete European Commission Energy

It was last Tuesday when the Commission launched a set of measures to increase energy security in the European Union. The executive arm of the EU now aims mainly at reducing dependency from countries outside the bloc (i.e. Russia), endorsing the energy union and decreasing the use of fossil fuels by replacing them with renewables. Being one […]

Why the merchant ships can pollute the atmosphere with CO2 quite freely

Last Wednesday the European Union Environment ministers reached an agreement… essentially to not to impose rules or duties on CO2 emissions from ships. Cunningly, the relevant Council Press release said that the 28 ministers “reached an agreement on new EU-wide rules for CO2 emissions from ships”. Until today, ocean-going shipping is the only sector of […]

10 months were not enough for the EU to save the environment but 2 days are

The highlight in Brussels this week is certainly the EU Council of tomorrow, Thursday 23 October. The reason is not because it will be the last one presided by Mr Van Rompuy, but because the major topic to be discussed in the agenda is the EU climate targets 2030. It has been 10 months that the […]

Can one FTA and 110 lobby meetings make the dirty oil clean in Europe?

So it happens again. The EU is compromising its own policies to endorse trade and business. What’s wrong with that? Just an equivalent environmental damage of 6 million cars in the European roads by 2020. It was only yesterday morning that the European Commission issued a controversial proposal that undermines its own 2020 targets to […]

Right2Water initiative: Is the Commission ready to listen to citizens?

Predictably, the Right2Water campaigners while presenting yesterday in the European Parliament their ‘citizens’ initiative’, met opposition from some MEPs only when they crossed the line of the usual pompous but vacuous words about ‘universal rights’ and laid down their meaningful demand to ban privatization of water supply. It turned out that the organisers of the […]