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 […]

Meet the man who drove from the Netherlands to Australia without visiting a gas station

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 How far could you drive without gas? That’s the question answered by a 32-year-old Dutchman who drove from his home nation to Australia in an electric car. “For almost two years I […]

Scientists are growing meat on blades of grass

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 What if you could grow a burger in the same way you grow grass? Sounds implausible? Scientists at the University of Bath are taking cells from pigs and cows and growing them […]

Drones are saving lives in Tanzania’s remote communities

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 largest inland island in Africa sits just a few kilometres from mainland Tanzania and is the centre of a life-changing programme using drones to deliver vital medical aid. Ukerewe measures 530 […]

This is why mountains matter more than you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Mountains have long held a certain mystique for those living in their shadows. From the Mayans and Greeks to Japan’s Shinto religion, mountain gods appear in cultures and belief systems throughout history and around the […]

4 key ways countries can finance their SDG ambitions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gavin E.R. Wilson, Co-Chair, Global Future Council on Development Finance A new global framework for financing sustainable development was established in 2015. Every country on earth signed up to the Global Goals, having recognized the critical importance of attracting […]

This is what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like

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 What comes to mind when you think of the high seas? Pirates, whales, giant squid and great white sharks? Long the subject of stories and myths, life in the oceans beyond territorial […]

Which countries get the most sleep – and how much do we really need?

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 Do you lie awake at night worrying you’re not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone – some countries are in the middle of a sleeplessness epidemic which has the potential to damage people’s […]

What happens when you toss your water bottle in the trash?

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 Think you’ve done enough by making sure your waste plastic goes in the right recycling bin? Perhaps you imagine it floating off to a happy place, returning in a few months as […]

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

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 What could add almost four and a half years to your life? Being a woman, according to new data from the World Health Organization, which explores access to and attitudes towards health, […]

Norway’s electric car market has overtaken traditional vehicle sales

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Sales of electric cars in Norway have overtaken traditional vehicles for the first time: 58% of all new vehicles sold in March 2019 were battery-powered. Image: IEA When it comes to electric vehicle uptake, Norway […]

What the future of trust looks like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Fuglsang Østergaard, Futurist & Consultant, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies Recent events have contributed to declining trust levels in major public and private institutions across much of the world. These same institutions are now in a position where […]

This new form of currency could transform the way we see money

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Central banks around the world are experimenting with so-called Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). But what is it and why does it matter? CBDC is a digitized […]

4 bold new ways New York is going clean and green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Thanksgiving weekend, 1966. A thick smog engulfed New York. Residents with respiratory or heart conditions were warned by health officials to stay indoors as toxic air hung in a haze over the city. Residents were […]

How Africa and Asia are joining forces on universal healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sofiat Akinola, Project specialist, global health and healthcare , World Economic Forum An estimated 400 million people in the world lack access to basic health services, while millions are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket healthcare […]

These countries give the most aid – and are the most principled about it

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 Politicians sometimes find it hard to persuade their electorates of the value of international aid. Opponents argue that charity should begin at home. But new research shows that the national interest could be […]

What Mary Poppins teaches us about behavioural economics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Willcox, Founding partner, The Business of Choice & Nicholas Peters, Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Imperial College London In every job that must be done There is an element of fun You find the fun […]

This is how we inspire young people in the Middle East to join the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Asmaa Abu Mezied, Women’s Economic Empowerment Coordinator, Oxfam The Earth’s climate clock is ticking, as shown by the daily images, videos and research produced in the global North calling for immediate action against climate change. The Middle East is […]

5 factors driving the Chinese lawtech boom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sebastian Ko, Co-founder/COO, DHB Global The second largest economy globally has legal innovations the world should hear about. In enhancing access to justice, China is developing a vibrant emerging market for “lawtech” or “legaltech” (technology for delivering legal services). […]

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum Geo-economic developments are illustrating the power of global partnerships but also the constraints of current systems. As Japan begins its presidency of the G20 for the first time this year, there is an […]

What slums can teach us about building the cities of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stephen Cairns, Professor, Singapore ETH Centre Informal housing, be it in the barrio, tugurio, favela, bidonville, gecekondu or kampung, supports the majority of rapidly urbanizing populations in cities of the global South. Yet, many city planners and housing policymakers […]

Climate change helped destroy these four ancient civilisations

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 Ignorant, malign and evil. This is some of the unapologetically harsh criticism directed at climate change deniers by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her point […]

Earth Hour 2019: switch off your lights, and become an innovator

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sid Das, Director of Digital Engagement, Earth Hour Global Let’s take 30 seconds to think about innovators. What do they look like? Where do they work? What do they do? You might imagine labs, research centres, NASA, spacesuits and […]

Women’s work faces the greatest risk of automation, says new research

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 The robots are coming – but whose jobs are they most likely to take? By now, you’d be hard pressed not to have read something about how automation and technology are going […]

Further reforms needed for a stronger and more inclusive Argentine economy

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The Argentine economy is expected to begin emerging from its deep recession in 2019, but significant risks remain. Recovery from the crisis will require new efforts to restore confidence, build solid macroeconomic foundations, improve governance, create jobs and ensure that future growth is greener and benefits […]

Does it pay for cities to be green?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Niccolò Pisani, Assistant Professor of International Management, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Ans Kolk, Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Václav Ocelík, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Ganling Wu, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands There has […]

The countries most ready for the global energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harsh Vijay Singh, Project Lead, System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy, World Economic Forum Geneva Countries around the world are upping the share of renewables in their energy mixes. The bad news is, they’re not doing it […]

We can build an inclusive workplace, and it starts with empathy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Freakley, Chief Executive Officer, AlixPartners “Genius draws no color lines.” In 1939 US Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes said those words as he welcomed renowned contralto Marian Anderson to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Her performance […]

Five ways to increase trust in e-commerce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ioannis Lianos, Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, University College London & Kimberley Botwright, Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment SI, World Economic Forum Trust between consumers and suppliers is often a bigger issue online than it […]

In Japan, if you’re 76 you’re biologically 65

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Beale People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries suffering them 30 years earlier than in others. Japan and Switzerland have the healthiest ageing people, […]

Why we need a new social contract for data in healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Mills, Assistant Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics & Jennifer Miller, Founder and President, Bioethics International With advances in data collection, information technology and data science in the 21st century, the prospects of targeted disease prevention and precision healthcare […]

There are more than 1 billion guns in the world and this is who owns them

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 New Zealand’s ban on semi-automatic weapons has put guns, violence and regulation back in the spotlight, underscoring the different approaches taken by governments around the world and their relative success. Prime Minister […]

What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Last week I had the opportunity to visit Bhutan for the first time, a trip I’ve been looking forward to for many years. The country’s quest to buck the global trend […]