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76% of adults now have a bank or mobile account, according to the latest World Bank report.

4 things to know about financial inclusion around the world right now

Financial inclusion is so important that it features in 8 of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Fearing Russia may completely halt gas flows, EU countries agreed on Tuesday (26 July) to curb their gas use by 15% over winter, to fill storage and free up fuel to share around in a supply crisis.

Analysis: EU gas solidarity complicated by lack of fuel sharing deals

By: EBR | Friday, July 29, 2022

The European Union clinched a deal this week to cope with a gas supply crisis, but to make it work member states need to establish bilateral pacts to share gas and, right now, most have no such agreement in place

Artificial intelligence (AI) is usually associated with getting us to the future faster, but it can also be a powerful tool in uncovering the past.

6 ways AI is helping us learn more about our past - and future

By: EBR | Thursday, July 28, 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to aid research across disciplines

There will be no net-zero future if industries don’t decarbonise.

Five steps to get industries on track for net zero

By: EBR | Thursday, July 28, 2022

Net-zero emissions by 2050 cannot be achieved without radically accelerating the decarbonization of heavy industries

What we are yet to see is a global response bringing together these diverse technologies across entire value chains and at the scale required, despite abundant evidence that the world is seriously lagging behind the kind of progress vital for delivering a net-zero future within the required timeframe.

How investing in green industrial value chains can accelerate the race to net-zero

By: EBR | Thursday, July 28, 2022

To achieve net-zero targets, the speed and scale of industrial decarbonization needs to accelerate

As shipping as a whole attempts to decarbonize, could this be an indicator of the industry’s future?

From electric ferries to wind-powered boats: here’s how the shipping industry can decarbonize

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A ferry described as the world’s fastest electric passenger vessel is being trialled in Sweden

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UK infrastructure has typically been designed to retain heat during the winter, but it must become effective at keeping the heat out in the summer. As things stand, roughly 20% of existing UK infrastructure is at risk of overheating – and this threat is projected to rise as average temperatures climb.

Climate change: Can water, rail and electricity systems cope with rising temperatures?

By: EBR | Monday, July 25, 2022

As global temperatures continue to rise, UK infrastructure is under threat when dealing with temperatures it is unequipped to manage

Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) can help SMEs reduce waste, optimize operations and monitor processes more effectively.

IoT can help small and medium businesses implement sustainability measures. Here’s how

By: EBR | Monday, July 25, 2022

84% of current IoT deployments are “addressing or have the potential to address” the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

When teams adopt paradoxical frames, we hypothesised, they collectively recognise the contradictions inherent in the task at hand, yet understand that the contradictions could feed off each other to the team’s benefit.

Paradox Mindset: The Source of Remarkable Creativity in Teams

By: EBR | Monday, July 25, 2022

Teams are more successful if they embrace internal differences and explore conflicting ideas instead of glossing over them

In many ways, these are analogous to our urban areas, offering town and city planners a blueprint for how to implement their own smart infrastructures.

How smart urban areas can benefit everyone

By: EBR | Friday, July 22, 2022

The promise of our urban areas being transformed into fully smart cities, towns or villages has been a long time coming

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) global tax deal, which will apply from 2023, aims to reduce incentives for avoidance by multinational companies while limiting tax competition – the so-called “race to the bottom” where every country lowers its tax rate to attract businesses to relocate to its jurisdiction.

Why we need to shift towards a destination-based corporate tax system for a fairer world

By: EBR | Thursday, July 21, 2022

More than 130 countries have agreed to set a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15% from 2023, under the OECD’s global tax deal

«Online learning is narrowing gender education gaps and preparing women for in-demand jobs in the digital economy by removing barriers for women learners and improving gender inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and connecting women to rising skills and job opportunities.»

3 ways online learning can narrow the higher education and workforce gender gap

By: EBR | Thursday, July 21, 2022

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022 estimates it will take women 132 years to reach full parity with men in the workforce

«Associative hyper-search is essentially a general technology that brings new possibilities. It offers another view of the world in real time, like a constant window to what the world is thinking.»

AI Could Reveal a More “Human” Understanding of the World

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Information search could be made less biased and more holistic through the lens of empathy

 According to the World Health Organization, between 1998 and 2017, more than 166,000 people died as a result of heat waves.

Here’s how heat waves can impact economies, as well as people and wildlife

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Countries across the globe have witnessed record high temperatures in 2022

Shifting from fossil fuels to renewables requires huge amounts of critical metals.

3 circular economy approaches to reduce demand for critical metals

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 19, 2022

We need a clean energy revolution, and we need it now. But this transition from fossil fuels to renewables will need large supplies of critical metals such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, to name a few

"Inflation is higher than expected and has broadened beyond food and energy prices".

Here are 3 main economic priorities for the G20

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The IMF is set to further downgrade its forecasts for global growth

"The traditional methods of training journalists aren’t able to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape".

How can journalists keep pace with an evolving digital landscape?

By: EBR | Monday, July 18, 2022

Social media networks are becoming the primary news source, and this trend is accelerating

During that period steep interest rate hikes were made in a bid to help lower inflation.

From stagflation to debt crises: What history tells us

By: EBR | Friday, July 15, 2022

The world economy is facing slowing growth and rising inflation, raising concerns of a return to the stagflation of the 1970s

In the absence of a solar industrial strategy, Europe’s dependence on Chinese crystalline silicon solar supply chains will only deepen.

Solar is ‘freedom energy’ – unless we depend on autocracies for the technology

By: EBR | Friday, July 15, 2022

The production of solar panels is virtually monopolised by China, which makes no secret of its disdain for democratic values

According to the new Wealth Equity Index, women accumulate only 74% of the wealth that men have at retirement.

Measuring wealth: a key step to effectively narrow the gender gap

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Longstanding global societal and business inequities have disproportionately affected wealth accumulation for women

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