EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported. The EEA’s […]

We can solve climate change – if we involve women

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vaishali Sinha, Chief Communication & Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power With the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals approaching, the fight against climate change intensifies each year, with governments pumping resources into achieving them. One of the most […]

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. […]

These countries are leading the way in green finance

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 What if more money went into financing projects and policies that help the planet? Creating a greener economy requires significant investment, whether that is funding a new network of electric buses, the creation […]

Five ways individuals can help save the oceans

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance I have never understood why society believes young people are not capable of changing the world; ideas change the world, and young people are full of ideas and the energy […]

How global tourism can be more sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sérgio Guerreiro, Senior Director for Knowledge Management & Innovation, Turismo de Portugal One of the world’s biggest economic activities, tourism drives wealth, employment, and regional development. In 2018, international tourist arrivals reached 1.4 billion, while total export earnings from […]

This is how social media giants are helping stop the spread of measles

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 Social media companies are responding to the World Health Organization’s call to help prevent the spread of misinformation about vaccines, following a measles increase in almost every region in the world. Pinterest has […]

More efforts needed to boost trust in business and finance

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Policy makers should step up their efforts to bolster public trust in finance to reduce the risks of contagion if economic growth and financial returns continue to fall, according to a new OECD report. The 2008 global financial crisis marked a turning point in the way […]

Why Opportunity Zones could be key to transforming our cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Organizational psychologist and strategist, Cambridge Innovation Center The promise of being the base for Amazon’s second headquarters was great — so great, in fact, 238 cities jumped into the intense, year-long competition. Contenders had so much faith […]

Why I stopped taking the lift

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Guerric Radiere, Global Commercial Director, Sandoz I may be a bit claustrophobic but the main reason is environmental. Lifts consume 5 to 10% of buildings’ energy, which itself represents a third of global energy consumption and is responsible for […]

These are the world’s most tree-covered countries

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 Across the globe, there are deep pockets of green working as powerful lungs for all of us. Forests cover a third of the world’s land. They play a critical role in the ongoing […]

The UK’s River Thames has come back to life – with a seal population to prove it

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 The River Thames flows through the heart of London and has been integral to the city’s identity for almost 2,000 years. It’s been a muse for great painters, writers and musicians. But by […]

These 5 start-ups are shaping the future of Africa’s cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Hursh, Founder and Executive Producer, Utopia & Emmanuel Adegboye, Managing Partner, Utopia Lagos By the end of the century, it is estimated that 13 of the world’s 20 largest cities will be in Africa – and none of […]

South Africa’s SMEs should be first in line for a digital upgrade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lwazi Bam, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte We are facing one of the greatest leadership crises of our era. Business leaders, labour and policy-makers are routinely presented with narrow-minded views that technology, digitalization and automation are detrimental to jobs and […]

International Literacy Day: What you need to know about youth literacy

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 Youth literacy has steadily increased around the world over the past three decades, according to data from UNICEF. Overall, the number of illiterate young people has fallen by around 75 million in the past […]

How one change to shipping goods could change the way we live

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Starsky Robotics Between 191 BC and 1915, it became 10,000 times more efficient to move a ton of grain from Egypt to Rome. But the last 20 miles, from the seaport to […]

These are the top countries for travel and tourism in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Bruce-Lockhart, World Economic Forum Spain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States are the world’s most travel-ready nations, according to the latest travel and tourism ranking of the World Economic Forum. There’s little change since the last edition […]

A roadmap for destination management in the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. In the digital economy, tourist destinations face management challenges like never before. As tourism has become a truly global activity, destinations compete with other destinations worldwide. New technologies have accelerated tourism growth, bringing supply […]

I went blind at age 5, but managed to stay in education. We must ensure 93 million children with disabilities get the same chance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yetnebersh Nigussie, Director, Advocacy and Rights, Light For The World I became blind at the age of five, which more or less disqualified me from for school in rural Ethiopia. I would most likely have been married off instead […]

5G is here: PT Expo China 2019 will be held October 31 – November 3, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content Asia’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event, PT Expo China 2019 (PTEXPO19), will be held from October 31 to November 3 in Beijing, China, showcasing a world of 5G and other next-gen ICTs. The event, hosted by Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is reputed as the country’s 5G flagship event. […]

This company grows crops inside, stacked on top of one another

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 Is it an agriculture or a tech venture? AeroFarms is blurring the lines between the two with its vertical farm. Crops are grown inside, under lights, one on top of the other. Image: Our […]

This is how attitudes to vaccines compare around the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. Doctors around the world are witnessing a spike in the number of measles cases, despite widespread access to an effective vaccine that prevents infection and has been available since the early 1960s. Measles can […]

Practicing healthcare: Skills of a good healthcare professional and its effects

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Negrão dos Santos and Camila Zurlo Pianca, two third-year students of medicine from Brazil. They are 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 writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

A for-profit project has improved nutrition in Rwanda – is it a model that can eliminate hunger across Africa?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mauricio Adade, President, Latin America and Global Malnutrition Partnerships, Royal DSM No fewer than seven institutional and academic reports on sustainable global food systems were published in 2019. Never has there been so much attention paid to the role […]

Why the next 4 months are crucial to the future of the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14.6 is the UN’s clarion call for harmful fisheries subsidies to be prohibited by 2020, a task of global importance assigned to the World […]

How many websites are there?

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 In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a software engineer at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, had an idea to connect scientists from all over the world. He wanted to create a series of […]

The hottest new craze for German millennials? Gardening

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 Allotment gardening is no longer seen as the preserve of retirees. Green-fingered and environmentally-conscious millennials are signing up for a patch of nature where they can grow their own food. One of the […]

This is how we can feed the planet while saving the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director, Oceans, Nature Conservancy What if I showed you evidence suggesting the global supply of beef, chicken or pork could collapse over the coming decades? You might well panic at the thought. This threat, while […]

What cybersecurity professionals can learn from triathletes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Jordan, Delivery Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum This weekend, the Swiss city of Lausanne hosted the final of the World Triathlon Series where triathletes from across the world came together after a season of racing to […]

Microplastics have been found in Rocky Mountain rainwater

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 Scientists have found tiny plastic particles in rainwater samples taken from the Rocky Mountains. Their discovery, set out in a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study titled It is Raining Plastic, adds to […]

This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax

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 Carnivores are in the firing line, with nations including Germany, Denmark and Sweden considering a tax on meat. Advocates of such a plan say the environmental impact, health ramifications and concerns about animal […]

Working together to end the AIDS-HIV pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: André Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman, Roche Many of the world’s top relief and aid organizations have united around an ambitious goal: ending the HIV-AIDS pandemic. In Africa, more than 25 million people are living with HIV—a clear sign that improving access […]

Africa’s future is innovation rather than industrialization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Liu, Managing partner, AT Kearney Africa has taken three significant steps in recent months on its journey to a stronger economic future. In March, the African Union launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This landmark agreement […]