Banking on sustainability – what’s next?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Derek Baraldi, Head of Banking, World Economic Forum In recent years, leaders of public and private organizations, regardless of sector, have started to prioritize sustainability. And now, banking is starting to see sustainability as a priority, as well. Leaders […]

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 […]

OECD sees rising trade tensions and policy uncertainty further weakening global growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The global economy has become increasingly fragile and uncertain, with growth slowing and downside risks continuing to mount, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Economic prospects are weakening for both advanced and emerging economies, and global growth could get stuck at persistently low levels […]

This farmer used an age-old technique to save his soil and now his farm is prospering

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 Our soil is under threat. It’s estimated that we’ve got just 60 years of topsoil left, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost every year. With most of the food on our […]

Humanitarian migration falls while labour and family migration rises

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Migration flows to OECD countries rose slightly in 2018, with around 5.3 million new, permanent migrants, a 2% increase over 2017. Family and labour migration increased, while the number of asylum applications fell sharply, according to a new OECD report. The OECD International Migration Outlook 2019 […]

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bart Kolodziejczyk, Research Fellow, Monash University & Tyra Horngren, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne In August last year, the Trump administration proposed the weakening of vehicle emission regulations, causing concern for climate advocates. This follows its decision to withdraw […]

3 ways to accelerate the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kim Fausing, President and CEO, Danfoss We are running out of time to meet the Paris Agreement and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on sustainable energy – “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern […]

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”. The European Parliament continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted […]

A Sting Exclusive: Young people are right about climate change; it’s time to listen

This article was written for The European Sting by Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Climate Action Summit. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. Climate change is not a far-away problem– it is causing huge damage right now in Asia-Pacific and around the world. From air pollution […]

Why responsible consumption is everyone’s business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bibi la Luz Gonzalez, Founder, Eat Better Wa’ik Your closet. Your desk. Your drawers. Your private spaces never to be seen by guests or colleagues. These are the areas where we accumulate stuff. And they are where each one […]

Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution could spell more jobs – not fewer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jayant Menon Ever since Homo erectus carved a piece of stone into a tool, the welfare of humanity has been on the increase. This technological breakthrough led first to the hand axe, and eventually to the iPhone. We […]

Here’s how to close the $176 billion health financing gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Guilford, Co-Founder & CEO, Common Health & Dr. Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead for Health Financing, World Bank Group The question of how we pay for healthcare has taken centre stage on the global agenda. US presidential candidates are […]

Making the move to more sustainable mobility – three steps for companies

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 Gridlocked highways, smog over buildings and armies of unhappy and angry commuters are images seen in cities around the world. But a different vision – one of people on bicycles, buses, trains and […]

Mergers: Commission clears E.ON’s acquisition of Innogy, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition by E.ON of Innogy’s distribution and consumer solutions business as well as certain of its electricity generation assets. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by E.ON. […]

Greenery: the miracle cure for urban living

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aruni Bhatnagar, Smith and Lucille Gibson Chair Department of Medicine, University of Louisville Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote […]

Climate finance for developing countries reached USD 71 billion in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Climate finance provided and mobilised by developed countries for climate action in developing countries reached USD 71.2 billion in 2017, up from USD 58.6 billion in 2016, according to new estimates from the OECD. While the 2016 and 2017 totals cannot be directly compared with earlier […]

Climate change: won or lost in cities or by cities?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre Extinction Rebellion disrupted London and brought many transport routes to a standstill on Easter Weekend in 2019. A key demand for the direct action group was for the government to declare a […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

Can Pakistan make its energy sector greener, cheaper and more reliable? The government thinks so

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ayla Majid, Managing Director, Financial Advisory Services, Khalid Majid Rehman Over the past few years, Pakistan has added extra generation to counter blackouts – but not much attention has been given to energy infrastructure, efficiency, and improving the recovery […]

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 […]

How to build an entrepreneurial university

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jaci Eisenberg, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum & David Gann, Vice President, Imperial College & Saemoon Yoon, Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Geneva Universities and industry have a lot to learn from one another – […]

European Solidarity Corps: three years on

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 14 September it was the third anniversary of President Juncker’s 2016 State of the Union announcement to set up a European Solidarity Corps, offering young people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU. Since then, […]

Poland: €676 million worth of EU investments in better rails and roads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted three major Cohesion Policy projects, modernising the Polish rail and road network and increasing travel safety while reducing costs and travel time. Over €487 million to modernise thecountry’s railway communication system EU-funded works will replace the outdated technology and set up […]

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. […]

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. Jean-Claude […]

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU’s commitment to accelerated climate ambition. Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the […]

Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ could save lives and cut pollution, says report

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 Residents of Gracia, in Barcelona, live in a neighbourhood virtually free of traffic, where the areas once occupied by cars have been turned over to people and playgrounds. The area is part of […]

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 […]

Why forensic science is in crisis and how we can fix it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Morgan, Professor of crime and forensic sciences, UCL Imagine you’re in court, accused of a crime that you know you didn’t commit. Now imagine a scientist takes the stand and starts explaining to the court how your DNA […]

These fishing pioneers are making it easier to eat sustainable seafood

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 Imagine a restaurant menu where the fish changed every week, and you never knew what you might be able to order. Well, that’s exactly the type of menu Dock to Dish is trying to […]

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 […]