Could this electric ferry’s success herald an era of greener shipping?

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 Danish electric ferry Ellen has successfully completed 10 months of sea trials. With an energy efficiency rating of 85%, the passenger ferry is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2,250 […]

Empowering Young healthcare workers to be future healthcare entrepreneurs: Road to SDG8

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mehr Muhammad Adeel Riaz, a final year medical student in Punjab Medical College, faisalabad, Pakistan. He 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 […]

How to create a trustworthy COVID-19 tracking technology

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sébastien Louradour, Fellow, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum Tracking technologies could help monitor the spread of COVID-19. Yet they also raise questions about privacy and data management. Here are four ways to ensure the responsible […]

What are antibody tests and can they get the world back to work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Tests are already being used to test frontline workers in the US; citizens in Wuhan are being tested and 10-minute test kits are now available to buy. However, questions remain about the […]

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 […]

EU and international donors pledge €1.15 billion for reconstruction after the earthquake in Albania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. About 100 delegations from the European Union, its Member States and partners, including international organisations and civil society gathered in Brussels today at the International Donors’ Conference to mobilise support for Albania after the devastating earthquake of 26 November 2019. President of the European […]

OECD presents analysis showing significant impact of proposed international tax reforms

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. New economic analysis shows that a proposed solution to the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy under negotiation at the OECD would have a significant positive impact on global tax revenues. The analysis, released today, puts the combined effect of the two-pillar solution […]

5 ways to break down the barriers for women to access leadership roles

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Becky Frankiewicz, President, North America, ManpowerGroup More awareness and conversation on gender is surely a good thing, but is this “noise” masking a lack of real action and progress? Attracting and developing more women in leadership roles requires […]

‘No safe level of air pollution’: Major study links cardiac arrests with fine particulate matter exposure

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jordan Davidson Researchers now say there is “no safe level” of air pollution exposure after a large-scale study found a correlation between exposure to fine particle matter, known as PM2.5, and cardiac arrests, according to the The Sydney […]

A new dawn for Europe: Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and […]

Markets can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy

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 Prices shape the behaviours of individuals and companies alike. Insurers are incentivizing customers to tackle climate change. A carbon tax would encourage users to put less of it into the […]

This is the hidden connection between smuggling and climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Martinez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer, Orbia Advance Corporation SAB de CV Smuggled goods bypass climate regulations and threaten our goals. A black market for HFC gases accounts for the same CO2 emissions as Slovenia. Industries need to partner […]

Africa will develop with oil and gas – whether the West likes it or not

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: NJ Ayuk, Global Shaper Boycotting oil and gas firms in Africa is a misguided course of action. Many are diversifying into renewables. Africa’s time to grow is here – and its natural resources are a part of that. […]

Beyond trust: Why we need a paradigm shift in data-sharing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nadav Zafrir, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Team8 The promise of the data economy is being jeopardized by mistrust and new regulation. Economic growth, scientific discovery and innovation are all at risk. Privacy-enhancing technologies could be the answer. […]

Climate resilience is make or break for businesses. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum & Lindsey Prowse, Specialist, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum Even with strong climate action, we cannot avoid all of the consequences of climate change. Companies must place a greater […]

How to talk to people about mental health – and support one another

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi, Global Shaper, Casablanca Hub, It’s time to act on, not just talk about, mental health. Global Shapers trains volunteer youth to help each other out with mental health issues. Empathy is the best therapy. […]

Human Rights breaches in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso. Russia MEPs call on the Russian authorities to immediately repeal the country’s law on ‘foreign agents’ and to bring existing legislation into line […]

How supporting climate action on a local level can transform the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance Practice, United Nations Capital Development Fund & Sophie De Coninck, Programme Manager, LoCAL, United Nations Capital Development Fund Fighting Climate Change is Everyone’s Task is the tagline for the COP25 Climate Conference in […]

Antibiotics are contaminating the world’s rivers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content om the Mekong to the Seine, the first global study of antibiotics in the world’s rivers has revealed that some contain concentrations up to 300 times above ‘safe’ levels. Antibiotic pollution was found in […]

What keeps me up at night? Two strategists reply

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karen Karniol-Tambour, Head of Investment Research, Bridgewater Associates Daria Krivonos, CEO, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies Nearly 300 of the world’s leading strategy executives and futurists are meeting at the World Economic Forum’s Industry Strategy Meeting. This is part of […]

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007. The new Joint Communication adopted today by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign […]

This start-up is making a palm oil alternative from used coffee grounds

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world drinks more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day. Brewing that much coffee generates half a million metric tonnes of used grounds in the UK alone. Globally, more than 6 million tonnes of […]

How ‘savings circles’ empower women in rural Africa

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 In a rural community in the small African country of Burundi, 16 women squeeze on to narrow wooden benches, arranged in a rugged circle under the shadow of banana trees. One woman’s […]

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the […]