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 […]

How to unleash the potential of regions like São Paulo

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: João Doria, Governor of the State of São Paulo, Government of the State of São Paulo São Paulo’s economic success has been built on a broad spectrum of policy-making. Investments in infrastructure and technology have reaped enormous benefits. […]

The Arctic is having holes stabbed through it at an alarming rate

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Prosegur Alarmas by Telefónica and Prosegur

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Prosegur Alarmas by Telefónica and Prosegur. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area. Under the proposed acquisition, […]

Which countries’ workers spend the longest (and shortest) in retirement?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content Retirement lengths vary by country. There are now more people over the age of 65 than there are under the age of five. The World Economic Forum says pension savings must be […]

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 […]

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 intensity […]

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects so that the next EU list is in line with its climate policy, said the Energy Committee. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, […]

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 […]

COVID-19 outbreak: Commission supports repatriation of EU citizens from cruise ship in Japan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is co-financing the repatriation of EU citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, thanks to flights from Italy mobilised through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. “The outbreak of this epidemic is full of human stories. We must not […]

Getting people with disabilities into work requires data

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 People with disabilities – estimated to be about 15% of the world population – constitute a largely untapped pool of talent in the labour market. And they face a high risk of […]

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 […]

Afghan refugees: €21 million in humanitarian aid for host communities and vulnerable populations in Pakistan and Iran

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is releasing an additional €21 million in humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan. The announcement was made at the International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees held in Pakistan. On the occasion, Commissioner for Crisis […]

The vital role played by logistics during humanitarian crises

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Soren Skou, Chief Executive Officer, A.P. Møller-Maersk Maintaining supply chains is crucial in responding effectively to humanitarian crises. LET – the first public-private partnership of its kind – pools the expertise and resources of its member organizations. The […]

Shaping Europe’s digital future: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. I am a tech optimist. My belief in technology as a force for good comes from my experience as a medical student. I learnt and saw first-hand its ability to change fates, save lives and make mundane what once would have been a miracle. […]

Here are 10 of the most urgent health challenges we’ll face in the 2020s, according to WHO

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 […]

How emerging markets will shape Africa in 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Founder and Principal, Botho Emerging Markets Group & Akinyi Ochieng, Esther Ocloo Fellow, Botho Emerging Markets Group African countries are building new ties with emerging markets; These alliances will be critical in 2020 against a […]

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects so that the next EU list is in line with its climate policy, said the Energy Committee. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, […]

Commissioner Hogan announces new transparency package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan announced his intention to further step up the European Commission’s transparency commitments by, among others, systematically reporting on the work of all committees established under EU trade agreements. Speaking to civil society representatives in Brussels, Commissioner Hogan said: […]

This is what the UK’s major supermarkets say about plastic packaging and the environment

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 Consumers are pressuring brands and retailers to reduce plastic packaging. A new report from the Green Alliance suggests plastic alternatives may cause other problems for the environment, too. Greater involvement from government […]

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 […]

Here’s how the US can get the best out of 5G

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrew S. Weinberg, Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Brightstar Capital Partners The global economic impact of 5G is estimated to exceed $12 trillion dollars in the next 15 years. The US risks being left behind in […]

Fair Taxation: EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU Finance Ministers today updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. Four countries or territories- Cayman Islands, Palau, Panama and Seychelles – have been added to the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, as they failed to comply with the required standards within the […]

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects so that the next EU list is in line with its climate policy, said the Energy Committee. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, […]

EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate projects in nine Member States, helping Europe’s transition to a sustainable […]