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A Post-Covid Social Contract

Peace and prosperity are a part of everyday life that we seem to have taken for granted. We used to be certain about how life should be, what success looked like, and we used to feel invulnerable

Farming is capital-intensive and farmers are at the mercy of volatile global commodity markets, trade disputes, regulatory changes, weather, pests, and disease.

How carbon-smart farming can feed us and fight climate change at the same time

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Farmers are the stewards of our planet’s precious soil, one of the least understood and untapped defenses against climate change

It is typically known that online purchases via e-shops have more than doubled since last March, from the beginning of the health crisis until today, while 50% of them will remain as online customers even after the crisis.

A new Entrepreneurship narrative and a Strategic recovery Plan for the next day

By: EBR | Friday, July 31, 2020

The new entrepreneurship narrative in post COVID-19 era is a necessity to be linked with the so called collective “being” and “acting” with an enriched notion of individual responsibility and the online digital familiarization of employers

Today, after more than two and a half centuries of fossil fuel use, that figure is around 414 parts per million (ppm).

Rising CO2 levels could have ’very severe’ global impact, according to the latest research

By: EBR | Friday, July 31, 2020

At the dawn of the industrial revolution, the Earth’s atmosphere contained 278 parts of CO2 per million

Sustainability is fast becoming a core investment focus. Here’s what the industry can learn from the most successful climate impact funds.

Can Investors Save the Planet While Making a Profit?

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

Globally, climate change has dominated the public space in the past couple of years. A vast increase in climate change articles in the last two years, emerging ‘climate idols’ such as Greta Thunberg and climate-related pop culture

"Across the globe, the pandemic has had a particularly severe impact on youth employment owing to disruptions to education, job layoffs and income losses and increased barriers to job market entry."

COVID-19: Why investing in youth will future-proof the economy

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended and laid bare the inequities in our global economic and social systems


A new wave of technologies are emerging that give companies new options – allowing organizations to generate insights without exposing the underlying raw data.

Data is the new gold. This is how it can benefit everyone – while harming no one

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

COVID-19 has dealt the world a twin crisis. We face not only our greatest global health shock but also our greatest economic shock in a century

"While the speed and scale of the changes imposed on the world in a few short months have been extraordinary, perhaps the most shocking thing is the ease with which we have adapted to this new normal."

Why COVID-19 stimulus needs to account for future infrastructure risks

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Once the current COVID-19 crisis has been contained, the focus of governments everywhere will inevitably shift to improving their economic health

Bill Gates thinks lessons from the AIDS fight can help defeat COVID-19, in particular teaching us about building “large, fair, global distribution systems”. But he says AIDS treatment programmes can actually benefit too.

Bill Gates: How HIV/AIDS prepared us to tackle COVID-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Around 2 million people a year used to die from HIV/AIDS. Now that figure has more than halved. So what changed?

"With business leaders needing to act quickly, the crisis provided a chance for advanced analytics and AI-based techniques to augment decision-making."

3 ways COVID-19 is transforming advanced analytics and AI

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

While the impact of AI on COVID-19 has been widely reported in the press, the impact of COVID-19 on AI has not received much attention

"Engineers need to be trained in a deepened understanding of social behavior and sciences."

Cyber developers are re-engineering society. Here’s the No. 1 thing they need

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

COVID-19 has forced organizations around the globe to move their operations online to ensure business operation continuity

“The global data usage of the mobile network grows annually, by an approximate factor 10 every 5 years, or around 5 exabyte per month in 2021.”

Ericsson: 5G could ‘dramatically increase’ network energy consumption

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

It is the industry’s responsibility to roll-out the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication networks without increasing energy consumption, Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson writes in a report outlining how this can be done

Until there is a major change in consumers’ behaviour towards plastic packaging waste, the widespread and tangible shifts the situation calls for are unlikely.

How Consumer Nudging Can Solve the Plastic Packaging Waste Crisis

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

Two overarching shifts need to take place to effectively tackle the plastic packaging waste challenge

The Sustainability Trends Report 2020, compiled by Generation Investment Management (GIM), says the pandemic has boosted awareness of the urgent need for a decisive shift to sustainability.

Why this moment could be decisive for tackling climate change: Report

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

More than half a century ago, one of the first images of Earth adrift in space was taken by the Apollo 8 space mission

"In Europe, we still have a number of digital divides in terms of digital literacy, broadband quality and affordability, and general preparedness of countries (i.e. e-government infrastructures)."

Digital politics and the COVID crisis

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to move more of our lives online faster. But is this for the better? What should we take with us from our lockdown experiences

The World Economic Forum’s Global Innovators Community, a group of innovative start-ups and scale-ups, explained recently how they used their technologies and expertise to fight the pandemic – and what they learned in the process that they’ll apply to future crises.

What COVID-19 taught 10 startups about pivoting, problem solving and tackling the unknown

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID has transformed how businesses run and how leaders lead

"By applying the gender lens to climate issues, we begin to see the 83% of single mothers who were unable to return to their homes for two years after Hurricane Katrina hit. Or that two-thirds of jobs lost in the wake of Katrina were those lost by women."

Gender equity and climate change have more in common than you think

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Gender equity is a lot like climate change. It’s a horizontally-integrated issue that largely exists inside a vertically-integrated policy framework. Now is the time to change that

"Policy-makers and health officers need to figure out the most efficient and effective way to ensure the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical devices in order to cope with future peaks in contagions, whether from COVID-19 or other health emergencies."

How to ensure countries don’t run out of medical supplies when the next crisis hits

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Europe and large parts of Asia and Oceania are starting to emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic

“We find that since 1950, human-produced greenhouse gases and particulate atmospheric pollution have influenced global changes in temperature, precipitation and regional aridity in two distinct ways. These two human ‘fingerprints’ are statistically identifiable in observations.”

Scientists discover new ‘human fingerprint’ on global drought patterns

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

There is a detectable “human fingerprint” on decreasing rainfall over the US, central Asia and southern Africa, according to results

"What organizations need to do is to learn how to be more agile in these kinds of situations. We’re nowhere near the end of the COVID-19 crisis, so it’s never too late to start revamping and revising your strategy."

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

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

For many, June was a time to rejoice at the start of summer. But for a large number of communities around the world, it signified the beginning of a potentially deadly period of hurricanes and monsoons, droughts and heatwaves

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Does Vestager overplay her hand again?

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The EU General Court overturned the landmark 2016 decision by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Ireland should claw back €13 billion in unpaid taxes plus interest from Apple

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The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50% or 55% on 1990 levels in the next ten years


COVID-19 has disrupted cybersecurity, too – here’s how businesses can decrease their risk

COVID-19 has disrupted cybersecurity, too – here’s how businesses can decrease their risk

COVID-19 is changing everything. Along with social distancing, obsessive sanitisation, broken supply chains, fragmented workforces and the rise of video meetings, the pandemic is driving acute systemic changes in consumer and business behavior


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