Beyond ‘business as usual’. Addressing the climate change crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Every year, insurers see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities around the world. From flooding in Japan, wildfires in the US, to a massive earthquake and tsunami […]

How the mobile industry is driving climate progress on the scale of a major economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA The number of countries, regions and cities committing to a net zero carbon emissions target has grown. According to the latest data, 15 countries, 11 states and at least 23 cities have set targets of […]

Zero carbon by 2050 is possible. Here is what we need to do

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: J. Adair Turner, Chairman, Energy Transitions Commission The collapsing cost of renewable electricity and batteries means that the world can now plan to decarbonize electricity generation far more rapidly, and at a lower economic cost than seemed possible 10 […]

Three ways batteries could power change in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Benedikt Sobotka, Chief Executive Officer, Eurasian Resources Group & Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF Lithium-ion batteries have been around for almost half a century – and now they are at […]

OECD sees rising trade tensions and policy uncertainty further weakening global growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The global economy has become increasingly fragile and uncertain, with growth slowing and downside risks continuing to mount, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Economic prospects are weakening for both advanced and emerging economies, and global growth could get stuck at persistently low levels […]

A new roadmap for corporate climate governance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dominik Breitinger, Project Lead, Climate Governance and Finance, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Prompted by extreme weather, calls for corporate climate action have been growing in volume and intensity – from regulators, governments, investors and youth. Within companies, […]

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday. Patent-free access to biological plant material is essential to boost innovation and competitiveness of the European plant-breeding and farming sectors, […]

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New figures released by the European Commission today show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. Detention figures for seized consignments jumped […]

Nordic companies prove doing good is good for the bottom line

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wendy Woods, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global Leader, Social Impact Practice at The Boston Consulting Group The Business Roundtable, which represents many of the largest US-based companies, surprised a lot of people when it publicly endorsed the idea […]

This farmer used an age-old technique to save his soil and now his farm is prospering

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Our soil is under threat. It’s estimated that we’ve got just 60 years of topsoil left, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost every year. With most of the food on our […]

Humanitarian migration falls while labour and family migration rises

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Migration flows to OECD countries rose slightly in 2018, with around 5.3 million new, permanent migrants, a 2% increase over 2017. Family and labour migration increased, while the number of asylum applications fell sharply, according to a new OECD report. The OECD International Migration Outlook 2019 […]

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University & Tyra Horngren, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne In August last year, the Trump administration proposed the weakening of vehicle emission regulations, causing concern for climate advocates. This follows its decision to withdraw […]

Want to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Look to digital technologies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Börje Ekholm, Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Over the next decade, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – particularly 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial […]

How private investment can boost education access and quality in the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Education can close achievement gaps and lift communities and individuals from poverty. As literacy rates rise around the world, the link between education and income is more evident. At the same time, the […]

3 ways to accelerate the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Fausing, President and CEO, Danfoss We are running out of time to meet the Paris Agreement and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on sustainable energy – “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern […]

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+). MEPs approved, by 614 votes in favour, 69 against and 10 abstentions, a €100 million boost to the EU’s […]

These are the world’s safest cities

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 Tokyo has again been named the world’s safest city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in a ranking of the digital, health, infrastructure and personal security of 60 major metropolitan areas. Singapore came […]

This start-up made doing good a business priority – and flourished

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Businesses cannot afford to ignore the social impact of their business or the interests of their wider stakeholders, as the Business Roundtable explained in the updated Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation. […]

Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution could spell more jobs – not fewer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jayant Menon Ever since Homo erectus carved a piece of stone into a tool, the welfare of humanity has been on the increase. This technological breakthrough led first to the hand axe, and eventually to the iPhone. We […]

The first-ever climate telethon has raised $2.6 million for new forests

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Danish people have donated $2.6 million in what’s been called be the world’s first climate telethon. Broadcast from the middle of a forest, Denmark Plants Trees featured live music, comedy, and a plea […]

Greenery: the miracle cure for urban living

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aruni Bhatnagar, Smith and Lucille Gibson Chair Department of Medicine, University of Louisville Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote […]

First do no harm. Why healthcare needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability, Philips If I’ve learned one thing working in the healthcare sector, it’s the earlier you can diagnose a disease, the better chance you have of curing it – or at least mitigating its […]

Climate change: won or lost in cities or by cities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre Extinction Rebellion disrupted London and brought many transport routes to a standstill on Easter Weekend in 2019. A key demand for the direct action group was for the government to declare a […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

Can Pakistan make its energy sector greener, cheaper and more reliable? The government thinks so

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ayla Majid, Managing Director, Financial Advisory Services, Khalid Majid Rehman Over the past few years, Pakistan has added extra generation to counter blackouts – but not much attention has been given to energy infrastructure, efficiency, and improving the recovery […]

I cycled over 6,000km across the United States to document climate change. Here’s what I learned

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Florian Reber, Tales of Change This summer, I cycled from British Columbia to New Mexico documenting climate change along the Continental Divide. As my second long-distance bike ride as part of the Tales of Change project, my motivation […]

How to build an entrepreneurial university

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaci Eisenberg, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum & David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College & Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Geneva Universities and industry have a lot to learn from one another – […]

From Israel’s ‘start-up nation’, 4 lessons in innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Ziskind, Project Lead, Digital Europe, Centre for Regional and Geopolitical Affairs, GLF, World Economic Forum & Annika Brack, Head of Community Development, Regional Agenda – Europe, World Economic Forum Only a short flight separates Tel Aviv from many […]

America’s student debt crisis explained

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrew Berkley, Project Lead, Data Science and Analysis, World Economic Forum & John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez injected a dose of reality into a hearing on America’s worsening student […]

This is where teachers are paid the most

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 Jack Ma was a teacher. So was J.K. Rowling. They probably didn’t get paid as much as teachers in Luxembourg, though. There, the average lower secondary school teacher with 15 years’ experience earned more […]

Third EU-Western Balkans Media Days: EU reaffirms comprehensive support to media freedom in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. […]

Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ could save lives and cut pollution, says report

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 Residents of Gracia, in Barcelona, live in a neighbourhood virtually free of traffic, where the areas once occupied by cars have been turned over to people and playgrounds. The area is part of […]

Why forensic science is in crisis and how we can fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Morgan, Professor of crime and forensic sciences, UCL Imagine you’re in court, accused of a crime that you know you didn’t commit. Now imagine a scientist takes the stand and starts explaining to the court how your DNA […]