Emerging technologies are reshaping financial services. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Drew Propson, Head, Technology and Innovation in Financial Services, World Economic Forum A new report from the World Economic Forum explores how emerging technology clusters are changing the financial services industry. AI, IoT, cloud computing and 5G, among […]

How the power of youth can help fight air pollution across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tolu Oni, Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cambridge Air pollution kills more people in Africa than unsafe drinking water or malnutrition. Tackling this problem will require a concerted effort from both public and […]

This member of the banana tree family could help us cut COVID-19 plastic waste

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 The abaca tree, a relative of the banana, produces fibre that’s being made into COVID-19 PPE products, including facemasks. Conservationists say single-use plastic PPE is adding to marine pollution. Abaca fibres – […]

Mental distress during the pandemic: is there a way out?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Rafael Mosconi de Freitas and Ms. Isabella Beltramia, 2 Brazilian medical students who believe that there is nothing more beautiful than the human side of the human being. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. […]

Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from […]

COVID-19 creates a perfect storm for the extreme weather season

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group COVID-19 will hamper preparations for and responses to extreme weather events this year. Even a relatively small natural hazard event will place disproportionate stress on already overstretched systems. Agility […]

A new report outlines the shipping industry’s plans for decarbonization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director, Shell The shipping sector must cut its carbon emissions if we are to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate change targets. A new report, based on interviews with leading figures from the sector, outlines 12 […]

This electric plane has flown successfully for 30 minutes – is this the future of flying?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Elliott, Senior Writer, Formative Content World’s largest all-electric plane flew for half an hour over Washington State. It’s a significant development in electrifying flights for short distances. But battery technology is a big obstacle to longer journeys. […]

How can you or your organization support the Hour of Pride initiative?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ty Greene, Community Lead, Civil Society, World Economic Forum As part of the World Economic Forum’s Hour of Pride initiative, we are showcasing commitments to support the LGBTQI+ community from our partners in business, civil society, government, academia […]

4 ways to scale up Europe’s green technology through better funding

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Larkin, Head of Regional Strategies, Europe and Eurasia; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Many of the innovative solutions that will drive the green recovery will come from start-ups. Ensuring proper access to funding for […]

Mental health in midst of a pandemic: can we help?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Elisa Torquato, a second year medical student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil. 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 […]

10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katja Iversen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women Deliver Women and girls must be front and centre of coronavirus response and recovery. • Sex-disaggregated data is needed to understand the impact on men and women. • Economic opportunities, […]

Why ‘video call fatigue’ might be making you tired during lockdown – and how to beat it

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 Some video conferencing users are complaining of exhaustion after continual online meetings. Alongside Skype, Houseparty and Microsoft Teams, virtual meetings platform Zoom has boomed during the pandemic, growing from 10 million daily […]

How blockchain is addressing key problem patterns in the financial services sector

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Crozier, Board Member, B3i; Head of Global Blockchain Centre of Competence Chief Architect, Customer Platforms, Allianz Technology Three years ago, I confidently declared that the global insurance industry was on the cusp of a technological revolution that […]

What is true and not true about the new Coronavirus?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Florea Danut-George, a second year medical student at “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, Romania. 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 necessarily […]

Quashing myths on 2019-nCoV for better public management

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Frederick Putra Wijaya, a fourth year medical student from Indonesia. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

In Bangladesh, COVID-19 threatens to cause a humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC Only 15% of Bangladeshi workers earn more than $6 a day. The economic shutdown sparked by COVID-19 threatens millions of livelihoods in the country imminently. But there are reasons for optimism, […]

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. New EU aid package To boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the virus the Commission announces today a new aid package worth €232 […]

You can live up to 10 years longer by doing these 5 things

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 20-year study finds healthy life expectancy can be increased by 5 behaviours. Adopting low-risk behaviours can extend life of people diagnosed with illness. Heavy smoking and obesity are major limits on life […]

Female directors reached record highs in 2019 Hollywood

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jill Serjeant, Writer, Reuters The number of women behind the camera on Hollywood movies jumped to record levels in 2019, with 12 directing top-grossing films including “Frozen II,” “Captain Marvel” and “Hustlers,” two studies showed on Thursday. Women […]

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the European Union

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Giovanni Cuce’, a first-year medical student at the University of Catania, Italy. 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 necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

5 ways you can protect insects if you live in a city

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 Over the past 50 years, an “unnoticed apocalypse” may have killed off half the planet’s insects. Climate change, loss of natural habitat and exposure to pesticides are causing declining insect populations. There […]

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency This article first appeared on LinkedIn. More than 40 years after the International Energy Agency published the first edition of the World Energy Outlook, the report’s overarching aim remains the same – […]

These are the countries that have made their climate commitments law

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 New Zealand has joined an elite group of countries that has enacted emissions-target legislation, aiming to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. The new law commits the country of 4.9 million people to achieve […]

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 […]

Got the blues? Head for some green spaces

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 Feeling down? Something as simple as a visit to your nearest park could perk you up with long-lasting positive effects on your mood, according to new research from the British Ecological Society and […]