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Deaths from terrorism fell by 15% around the world last year to under 14,000, a 59% decrease since 2014, according to the report issued by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP).

Far-right terrorism bigger threat to West than Islamic State – study

Global deaths from terrorism have fallen for a fifth consecutive year, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, but far-right attacks have increased by 250% globally, to a level not seen in the last 50 years, with the pandemic likely to exacerbate the trend

A blue ocean mindset uncovers hidden opportunities amid the Covid-era economic crisis.

How to Be a Blue Ocean Strategist in the Post-Pandemic World

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, managers around the world are bracing for new challenges ahead

"Global energy consumption is expected to nearly double by the year 2050, further enhancing the challenge to cope with climate change."

What is servitisation, and how can it help save the planet?

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The rising global population and continuous economic growth are driving an increasing demand for energy

Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, outlined the challenges facing the global economy at the World Economic Forum’s Pioneers of Change Summit.

How COVID-19 is changing the economy – and what we can do about it, according to Christine Lagarde

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

Recovery from the economic setbacks induced by the pandemic will demand close cooperation between the public and private sectors, says Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank

"In developed markets, the impact of political risk has been generally more manageable than in emerging economies, which has resulted in a certain amount of comfort and predictability to those in the former who are affected."

5 ways political risk has changed natural catastrophe risk

By: EBR | Thursday, November 19, 2020

Natural catastrophes have always included an element of political risk. Whether it involves seeking aid from other countries or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or simply the allocation of a country’s resources by the party in power, there’s no shortage of political calculus in post-disaster decision-making

"Back in 2016, a World Economic Forum report predicted that complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity would be the 3 leading skills by 2020. Fast forward to 2020 and the world is presented with a complex problem that requires critical thinking and creativity to adapt."

20 views on the biggest opportunity for change after the pandemic

By: EBR | Monday, November 16, 2020

What is the biggest opportunity you see for positive change in the post-pandemic world? And what is your best piece of advice for how to make change happen?

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"A Global Data Convention will need a supporting a global institution to bring together the many data communities and ecosystems, that comprise not only of national governments, private sector and civil society but also including those who represent artificial intelligence, digital and IT services."

We urgently need a Global Data Convention

By: EBR | Monday, November 16, 2020

Data: a word that defines our age. Today, data has assumed a new importance for economies and societies. It is at the heart of almost everything we do, a ubiquitous globalized commodity, easily shared, duplicated and traded

"The pandemic has demonstrated to the world the deep connection between health and living conditions, but in far too many instances, homes that are supposed to be a refuge from disease have actually made people sicker."

5 ways to tackle the housing crisis after COVID-19

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

Even as COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in many areas around the world, we must look for practical and effective strategies to emerge from and recover from the pandemic’s devastating effects

According to the latest World Travel & Tourism Council, COVID-19 will impact, in a baseline scenario, an estimated 121.1 million jobs, and more than $3.4 trillion in GDP could be lost in 2020.

How we can prioritize sustainability in rebuilding tourism

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the global importance of the travel and tourism industry economically, as well as its interconnectedness with other industries

"When combined, sustainable digital finance can take advantage of emerging technologies to analyse data, power investment decisions and grow jobs in sectors supporting a transition to a low-carbon economy."

How sustainable digital finance can unlock a low-carbon economy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Many governments and corporations have made bold commitments to tackle climate change, labelling the next 10 years as the “decade to deliver”

"Making Responsible AI part of stakeholder feedback will not only help avoid reputational damage, but will ultimately increase customer engagement."

This is why we need to talk about responsible AI

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Bias in AI and other negative consequences of the technology have become common media fodder

"While gaining in popularity, the concepts of circularity have been around for centuries – from regenerative agriculture and bartering, to repair and reuse, to renewable energy and plant-based meat alternatives."

4 lessons from nature to build a circular economy

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The circular economy is one of the few disruptive concepts with universal appeal - with business leaders, investors, activists, economists and environmentalists

"The coronavirus crisis will continue to accelerate in the months ahead, and will demand more imaginative initiatives at both EU and national levels than policymakers have so far contemplated."

Here’s a credible plan to soften Covid’s catastrophic job losses

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Let’s be clear about the corona crisis; Welcome as the news is of a vaccine, Europe is already in the grip of a recession so serious it risks turning into a depression

"Natural climate solutions can combat climate change using nature’s capacity to absorb and store greenhouse gases. These solutions use the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands rather than employing technological solutions."

What nature can do for the climate in a post-COVID world

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

It was expected that 2020 would set the agenda for environmental action for the next decade

“Numerous digital tools and assets are mature and available to improve predictability, reliability, grid stability and finally the security of supply, accelerating the energy transition.”

Emissions from energy sector likely to rebound from COVID-19, Capgemini warns

By: EBR | Thursday, November 5, 2020

Emissions from the global energy sector will be 7-8% lower in 2020 than in 2019, but most nations are still failing to align their energy generation and consumption patterns with long-term climate targets

"On top of the massive disruptions to business, mobility and everyday life, there have been clear signs that the EU plans to make the economic recovery a green one – having dedicated an additional €225 billion (or 1.7% of GDP) to the energy transition."

Oil and gas have been hit dramatically by COVID, speeding the transition out of them

By: EBR | Thursday, November 5, 2020

COVID-19 has had a wide-ranging impact on oil and gas, with estimates showing that oil demand could peak as early as 2025, rather than 2040, and that gas will be a much shorter bridge into renewables

According to Bloomberg, competition among offshore wind companies is rising as governments look to transition from fossil fuels.

Offshore wind energy to double by 2025

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wind and solar energy are quickly becoming one of the cheapest forms of energy across the world

With regards to hospitality, AI can easily take over standardized services based on verbal communication, such as reception and information services. For this reason, humans will need to acquire more advanced hospitality skills.

These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate a number of changes and transformations in human society

"Large asset managers and banks face rising challenges from clients, shareholders and the public as the costly toll of climate change becomes increasingly evident."

Five key climate metrics for the oil and gas sector’s next five years

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 3, 2020

It’s an unforgiving time to navigate the choppy waters of oil and gas investment. Demand destruction from the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded earnings, dented dividends and sent share prices plummeting

Industrial clusters are groups of industries, such as cement, steel and chemicals, physically in the same location. Europe is home to 3,000 such industrial clusters, representing 54 million jobs. Notable global examples include Humber (UK), Nagoya (Japan) and Suzhou Industrial Park (China).

Industrial clusters are critical to getting to net-zero. Here’s why

By: EBR | Monday, November 2, 2020

Industrial clusters have a big role to play in the clean energy transition. But what are they? And how can they help?

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