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While geopolitical tensions are elevated, countries in the region are encountering falling fiscal revenues, increasing debt, higher unemployment, and rising poverty and inequality.

IMF: How to ensure an inclusive recovery in the Middle East and Central Asia

Countries in the Middle East and Central Asia face with COVID-19 a public health emergency unlike any seen in our lifetime, along with an unprecedented economic downturn

In Europe, they employ over 90 million people but their small size makes them vulnerable to cash flow crises. In Spain, for example, 83% of the 85,000 businesses that have collapsed since February employ fewer than five workers.

Over half Europe’s small firms fear for survival, survey finds

By: EBR | Thursday, October 22, 2020

Over half the small and medium-sized companies which together provide jobs for two-thirds of European workers fear for their survival in the coming 12 months, according to a survey released by management consultancy McKinsey

"Collecting used plastic is vital to create a circular economy in the industry and prevent fossil fuels from being used to produce new plastics."

Fixing plastic collection seen as vital to success of chemical recycling

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south

Ocean temperatures are known to rise and fall, but this recent spike falls outside of scope of natural patterns.

New research shows the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in 3000 years

By: EBR | Friday, October 16, 2020

This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in nearly three full millennia

The new challenges, and the speed of the necessary changes, cannot be overcome by using solutions from the past. Business as usual is no longer an option; it exists merely as evidence that our current systems have failed in delivering economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The new lens that can unlock the net-zero economy

By: EBR | Thursday, October 15, 2020

The world today is facing a series of convergent global emergencies linked to the economy, the environment and society

How do these emissions break down? Is it cars, trucks, planes or trains that dominate?

Cars, planes, trains: where do transport CO2 emissions come from?

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Transport accounts for around one-fifth of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions [24% if we only consider CO2 emissions from energy]

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We need to achieve this annually for the next 15 years to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC goal.

Emissions have fallen this year. Now we need to make it permanent

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The green lining of the COVID-19 crisis is a projected 8% drop in global CO2 emissions in 2020

Cities are on the frontline of the climate crisis. Many already face the threat of flooding and rising sea levels. Once in a hundred year storms now hit every few years.

The future of cities: sustainable or bust

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

European leaders need to recognise that direct investment in cities is the best way to address the immediate needs of our citizens, whilst also responding to the causes of the climate crisis

Widespread Covid-19 testing will be a fact of life for years to come. Scaling up the supply chain requires governments to answer five key questions.

Building the Supply Chain for Large-Scale Covid-19 Testing

By: EBR | Monday, October 12, 2020

Scaling up access to Covid-19 testing is one of the most serious challenges that the global healthcare supply chain has ever faced. And it is not going away anytime soon

Initial data suggests that 2020 annual emissions could decrease by as much as seven percent globally due to the downward shift in energy demand worldwide.

What are the biggest risks to business? New data shows climate concerns are rising

By: EBR | Monday, October 12, 2020

An overly simplistic view of global economics has fuelled climate denial and skepticism for decades

"Ill health worsens an individual’s economic prospects throughout the lifecycle. For young infants and children, ill health affects their capacity to acumulate human capital; for adults, ill health lowers quality of life and labour market outcomes, and disadvantage compounds over the course of a lifetime."

How to build a better health system: 8 expert essays

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Our healthy future cannot be achieved without putting the health and wellbeing of populations at the centre of public policy

"The Impact Assessment accompanying the Commission’s proposal only assessed net targets, revealing that this idea has been in the making for some time, despite this not being explicit in the public consultations."

Now is the time for an honest conversation about carbon dioxide removal

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The European Commission’s new climate plan for 2030 increases uncertainties and gives us a rude awakening on carbon removal

Around 25% of all CO2 emissions are absorbed by the ocean, making it one of the world’s largest ’carbon sinks’.

The oceans are absorbing more carbon than previously thought

By: EBR | Friday, October 2, 2020

The oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in taking up CO2 from the atmosphere

According to the International Energy Agency, even if we deploy all the technologies currently available to us (solar, wind, energy efficiency, etc.), we still won’t be able to achieve the emission reductions we know we need to reduce climate change-related risks from wildfires, droughts, massive storms and melting glaciers.

Science and Innovation as the way out of the crisis

By: EBR | Thursday, October 1, 2020

The only plausible exit strategy for our current global challenges is science and innovation. We need EU funding for science and innovation more than ever… yet the Council wants to cut Horizon Europe, warn Pascal Lamy and Carlos Moedas

While some organizations such as the Human Rights Foundation and American Red Cross have long-accepted cryptocurrency donations, we have seen an increase in the number of players looking at digital currency as an avenue for financing the SDGs.

3 ways blockchain can accelerate sustainable development

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

When the SDGs were conceived in 2012, blockchain technology was in its early days. Few could have foreseen the trajectory and the potential of blockchain for advancing these ambitious targets

As transport makes up a quarter of EU carbon emissions, the European Commission estimates that a 90% decrease in that sector will be necessary to meet the 2050 target.

Internal combustion engine ‘not going away’, automakers say

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

While automakers are busy making plans to roll out electric vehicles, the existing car fleet will continue relying on traditional fuels for many years to come, the industry says, arguing in favour of biofuels to achieve CO2 cuts in the short term

The 10 new factories awarded Lighthouse status, joining 44 others, have not only survived the disruptions of COVID-19, they’ve pivoted to scale up operations, make supply chains more sustainable, upskill the workforce and improve customer satisfaction - all by adopting technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Why workers are key to the sustainable, smart factories of the future

By: EBR | Friday, September 25, 2020

However smart our factories become, the human workforce will always be central to their success

A low-carbon growth path can stimulate the economy as well as mitigate climate risks. Renewable energy can revitalize the economy by creating “green” jobs, ensuring energy security and strengthening resilience.

How renewable energy can drive a post-COVID recovery

By: EBR | Thursday, September 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll on lives, livelihoods and economies globally

"Governments and firms will need to invest in a sustainable digital transformation not only to thrive, but to survive the 21st century."

The dark side of digitalization – and how to fix it

By: EBR | Thursday, September 24, 2020

The digital economy has finally arrived. During the mid-1990s, technology enthusiasts predicted that the rapid spread of the internet and super-computing would generate new efficiencies, innovations and economies of scale

Better access to foreign markets benefited exporting firms’ top executives disproportionately more than rank-and-file workers.

How Trade Made the Richest 0.1% Even Richer

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Among the alleged ills of globalisation, few have dominated the headlines in the past decade as much as worsening inequality

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Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

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Brexit and the Dismal Reality of “Take Back Control”

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The UK’s economic relationship with the EU will change profoundly. Instead of open trade, Britain is heading for a hard Brexit that will have dire consequences for its economy and role as a trading nation

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world of work at a rapid pace, and its impact is poised to accelerate even more in the decades ahead

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