National parks transformed conservation. Now we need to do the same for the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas McCauley, Assistant Professor, Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara Parks on land host some of the world’s most famous conservation successes. Consider Yellowstone National Park, which was the world’s first national […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Regulators and the shipping industry collaborating for a sustainable future”, written by the Secretary General of IMO

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer.   I am often asked about my vision for the future of the shipping industry, especially at a time of so much change. As a Secretary-General […]

Superconductors: the miracle materials powering an energy revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Suchitra Sebastian, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge Imagine a world where ultra-fast levitating trains zip between destinations, where wind energy from the North Sea and solar energy from the Sahara power the electric […]

How to end overfishing in the global South

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rupert Howes, Chief executive, Marine Stewardship Council The global leaders who gathered Bali for the annual Our Ocean Conference had much to discuss, and even more to do. Our ocean has never been more vital, nor so threatened. […]

This woman solved one of the biggest problems facing green energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Most of us take electricity for granted. We expect the lights to come on when we flip a switch, to boil the kettle, and to charge our phones whenever we need. But while power failures […]

What the Amazon rain forest tells us about globalization

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Vanham, Media Lead, US and Industries, World Economic Forum Can globalization and the fight against climate change co-exist? Or is the environment doomed to suffer as people fly, goods are shipped, and agriculture and industry tap international […]

Where EU air pollution is deadliest

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Formative Content Deadly pollution is not a problem that is consigned to the developing world. As new data from the European Environment Agency shows, it’s a significant issue in Europe as well. Across the 28 EU […]

How to stop plastic pollution at source

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation The problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans, rivers and beaches. Plastic waste and pollution are symptoms of a broken system in which we design products without considering what […]

This billion-dollar campaign wants to protect 30% of the planet by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content When the world gathers in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh later this month for the biennial conference of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, how well we’re protecting the planet will be in the […]

Is the energy industry meeting its sustainability goals?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francois Austin, Partner, Oliver Wyman The energy industry was vastly different 20 years ago, when two colleagues and I founded a consultancy which advised global oil and gas companies. Our work was primarily focused on reducing operational risks […]

How to keep our cities cool as temperatures rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jürgen Fischer, President, Danfoss Cooling Sustainable, smart cities are at the heart of all conversations about the rising demand for cooling and rapid urbanization. This is not surprising: if you scrambled for ways to keep cool in the […]

Tackling water scarcity: 4 ways to pull H20 out of thin air

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer You may remember studying the water cycle at school, following the path from oceans and rivers to the atmosphere and back again. Image: UK Met Office While clouds are the most visible form of water […]

How big data can help us fight climate change faster

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Liza Ramrayka, Freelance Consultant social Policy Writer, Nature Conservancy A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns us that “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required to […]

Tobacco is harming the planet, not just our health, says new study

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 Smoking isn’t just harmful to human health, it’s also damaging the planet. That’s the key message of a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the environmental costs of tobacco […]

5 ways to fast-track the transition to a carbon neutral world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Emily Farnworth, Head of Climate Change, World Economic Forum The latest report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a dire picture, as predicted, of the consequences of climate change. Current levels of greenhouse gas […]

Why private investment in deforestation-free commodity production needs to be scaled up

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ivo Mulder, Finance and Private Sector Coordinator, Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, UN Environment Forests and agriculture hold more than 30% of the climate change solution in terms of providing the most cost-effective forms of mitigation potential. However, […]

We can save our ocean in three steps – if we act now

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Kristian Teleki, Head of the Friends of Ocean Action, Director – Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute   This article is adapted from a keynote speech to G7 Ocean and Environment Ministers in Halifax, Canada, on 20 September […]

Microplastic and nanoplastic pollution threatens our enviroment. How should we respond?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tyra HorngrenPhD candidate, University of Melbourne & Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University The 1907 development of Bakelite, which was the first mass-produced plastic used as an electrical insulator, sparked our dependence on synthetic polymers. Bakelite was durable, […]

This plastic-free bag dissolves in water

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 humble plastic bag has been with us since 1965, when a team of Swedish designers and engineers hit upon an idea for convenient packaging. Just over 50 years later, as many […]

New York high school students are getting free water bottles to cut plastic waste

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content What happens when you give free eco-friendly water bottles to thousands of high schoolers? You get a drastic reduction in plastic waste. Or at least that’s the idea behind a new partnership […]

Want more climate action? Let’s show how good a planet-friendly life can be

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group This summer, jubilant weather reports celebrating hot, sunny summer days morphed into alarming stories about devastating drought in Australia, deadly heatwaves in Japan and Europe and catastrophic fires in California, […]

Batteries included: how better storage can transform renewable energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arsalan Ali Farooquee, Senior Associate (Investments), cKers Finance Energy storage is arguably the next big thing in the cleantech industry, with the potential to bring constructive disruptions to the renewable energy and electric vehicle markets. Today, storing electricity […]

Harnessing the power of nature in the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florian Reber, Strategy Lead, South Pole If we are to solve our global climate and development challenges, we will need nature’s help. Healthy forests, soils and mangroves are not only important allies for addressing our global food security […]

EU confronts environmental threats as global leaders attempt to revive the global sentiment at NYC climate week

The climate week has kicked off with UN officials, businesspeople and global leaders to participate in a series of events from September 24-30 in New York. Patricia Espinosa together with UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim discussed yesterday about the financing of climate change measures and how infrastructure investments can be raised. The European Commission suggested […]

What you need to know about the Sustainable Development Impact Summit

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Poppie Mphuthing, Editorial Lead, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum & Alem Tedeneke, Media Manager, World Economic Forum USA When and where will the Summit take place? The second annual Sustainable Development Impact Summit takes place in New […]

Here’s how we get businesses to harmonize on climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeffrey McDermott, Managing Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors The most popular song of the 1970s British rock band Ten Years After goes, “I’d love to change the world … but I don’t know what to do.” After a great […]

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 […]

A Sting Exclusive live from Brussels: Solheim’s consequential visit leading the world and the UN

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by the Head of UN Environment at the end of his impactful visit in Brussels which was concluded earlier today. The opinions belong to the distinguished writer and global UN leader.  “In Europe we see the kind of vision, innovation and partnerships that will drive progress for […]

Businesses, governments and consumers to implement a more climate-friendly approach to #BeatPlasticPollution on World Environment Day 2018

Everyone addressed plastic pollution yesterday celebrating the UN World Environment Day which this year is hosted in New Delhi, India. The global campaign of the U.N. to create awareness and urge companies, NGO’s, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment. […]

“The markets have moved on renewables, policy makers must keep up”, A Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Just in case there was ever any doubt, it’s now crystal clear that clean, renewable energy is the future. The latest data shows a […]

Commission’s action plan: financial world mandatory links to environmental targets

It was last Thursday when the European Commission revealed its action plan on sustainable finance to deal with climate change. This action plan aims at mobilizing the financial world in order to achieve sustainable growth; something that the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative has been doing for 26 years already. The huge financial gap towards […]

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Plastic has been nothing short of miraculous. In our kitchens and supermarkets, it’s helped cut down on food waste. It’s the source of medical […]

“Beating pollution for our planet”, a Sting Exclusive by Mr Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Some may once have seen fighting pollution as a sacrifice made against improving the quality of our lives. The reality could hardly be further […]