This is why coral reefs are so vital for the planet

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 Beneath the ocean’s surface, colourful islands covered in algae are working hard to help the marine environment. Although they look more like plants or rocks, corals are animals that are essential for 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 […]

4 climate tipping points the planet is facing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Is our planet approaching a climate change cliff edge? Across the world, from the forests to the oceans, the consequences of humanity’s activities are being felt – and the effects could be catastrophic. Here […]

Huge areas of the Arctic are on fire – here’s what that means for the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Large tracts of the Arctic are ablaze as wildfires reach unprecedented levels, satellite images show. The massive fires devastate everything in their path, polluting the atmosphere and forcing thousands of people from their homes. […]

Efforts to save the planet must start with the Antarctic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, Member of Friends of Ocean Action “I am hopeful that Antarctica in its symbolic robe of white will shine forth as a continent of peace as nations working together there in the cause […]

This is how rice is hurting the planet

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 Global rice production is releasing damaging greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, doing as much harm as 1,200 average-sized coal power stations, according to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The UN Food and Agriculture […]

This tiny new grain could save the planet

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 There’s a new food we are all likely to hear a lot more about in the future. Developed from wheatgrass, ‘Kernza’ is being hailed as a weapon against climate change that could […]

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicole Schwab, Director of International Relations, Last Wild Places, National Geographic Society & Kristin Rechberger, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Planet At a time when the world is grappling with meeting the Paris Climate Agreement and trying to prevent the […]

It’s not just the protests. Here’s how young people are helping the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Pierce, Project Specialist, Social Engagement, World Economic Forum According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Survey, which covers more than 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries, climate change and the destruction […]

16 foods that are good for you – and the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Agriculture is already one of the biggest contributors to global warming. The greenhouse gases released in the form of methane from cattle and rice farms, nitrous oxide from fertilized fields, and carbon dioxide from deforestation […]

Modern farming is harming the planet. Tech-driven permaculture could heal it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Viktor Weber, Founder & Director, Future Real Estate Institute Healthy soil leads to healthy humans. Sir Albert Howard, one of the forethinkers of organic agriculture and composting, explored this link in the early 20th century. Sir Albert recognized soil […]

Why the foundations of the modern world are costing the earth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content One material has transformed the planet more than any other. Not plastic. Not steel. But concrete. It is literally the foundation of the modern world – even when our homes aren’t built from […]

We can decide to live within the limits of our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steve Howard, Co-Chair, We Mean Business Coalition & Usha Rao-Monari, Senior Adviser, Blackstone Group Are we living within nature’s limits? Or are we putting ourselves at profound risk of climate change, resource scarcity and a depleted world? Does the […]

The Impact of climates changes in health: a problem for all of us

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hiolanda Piler, currently a graduate of the sixth period of Medicine of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF-GV). 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 […]

Why sustainable packaging is good for profits as well as the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture & Wesley SpindlerCirculars Project Manager, Accenture Although sustainability is increasingly a priority for consumers when making purchasing decisions, with packaging often central to a product’s visual appeal for purchasers […]

Why feeding the planet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing our forests

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fraser Thompson, Director, AlphaBeta Between 2015 to 2025, around 750 million people are expected to move into cities worldwide, contributing to the burgeoning consuming class – and this urbanization in emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil will […]

How tomorrow’s buildings will make you – and the planet – healthier

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler The smart building concept is one of the most radical innovations to come to building design in generations. But smart buildings are just emerging, and we still don’t have a single, shared definition. Within […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris is the moment for climate justice”, Swedish MEP Linnéa Engström claims from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Linnéa Engström, Swedish Green MEP and Vice-chair of the Fisheries committee at the European Parliament. Climate change is the single most present global injustice, facing our and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. In the last six years, two percent […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Leading by example! EU must push for UN deal to avoid dangerous climate change”, European Parliament Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek cries out from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ulrike Lunacek, Vice president of the European Parliament and MEP Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/Austria). The climate-change impacts are already visible in natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. The latest Assessment Report (5AR) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris and beyond: EU action and what COP21 should deliver”, Green MEP Keith Taylor discusses from Brussels 

This article was exclusively written by Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for South East England The international community is on the eve of discussing one of the hugest challenges facing humanity: climate change. The United Nations Climate change conference (COP21) negotiations which start next week are a key moment for decisive action, but what happens afterwards and […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe must be more ambitious in COP21 and lead on climate finance and sustainable development”, Green UK MEP Jean Lambert points out from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Jean Lambert, UK MEP at the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance The EU must be more ambitious if it is to play a constructive and proactive role in shaping the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), or else risk being a bystander. The stakes are higher than ever […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Without climate, forget about peace!”, Swedish MEP Bodil Valero cautions from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Bodil Valero, Member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Green Party For a long time, climate change has been seen as a “soft” issue, one that states and citizens can afford to care about when the rest of society’s problems aren’t as pressing. Portrayed as separate […]

A Sting Exclusive: “There can be no global deal on emissions without China and the USA”, Conservative MEP Ian Duncan stresses from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland. World leaders have arrived in Paris today for the opening of the UNFCCC COP21 conference on climate change.  Over the next two weeks politicians, businesses and civil society will gather in the French capital in the hopes of hammering out […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris is indeed our best bet for a secure climate future”, EU Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella cries out from Brussels

Exclusively written for the Sting by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries When we think of climate change the oceans are now central to our thinking and our efforts. It must be at the heart of our efforts because the ocean is the heart of our planet. We know […]