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The landmark 2015 Paris climate deal enjoined nations to limit global temperature rises to “well below” 2°C over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

Gas boom risks ‘perfect storm’ for climate, economy: report

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Global natural gas capacity under construction has doubled in a year according to new analysis that warned Tuesday (7 July) the investment boom in the world’s fastest-growing fuel risks a “perfect storm” of climate chaos and stranded assets

Studies have found that reducing vehicle fleet levels from the equivalent of Euro I to Euro IV can reduce fleet emissions by about 80% and moving up to Euro V standards further reduces the remaining emissions by 80%.

These are the best ways to tackle air pollution and climate change together

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

When we look at air pollution and climate change, we see two dire situations

A circular economy is focused on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, so that we do not exhaust the resources of our planet.

To build a resilient world, we must go circular

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

COVID-19 has created a human tragedy on a huge scale, with deep consequences for the global economy that will lead to an extended recession and long-term hardship

"The threat of fresh pandemics means that tracing apps of a ‘Big Brother’ character are likely, with widespread teleworking seeing the growth of similarly Orwellian surveillance technologies bundled into high-tech communications."

What will the next ’Great Depression’ look like?

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Is Europe facing a recession or a depression? Are we on the threshold of economic hard times or the brink of a political abyss?

Resilient businesses use digital technologies, data and analytics as a process to create long-term customer value.

Building Digital Resilience Around the Customer

By: EBR | Friday, July 3, 2020

The ongoing crisis has both brought digital resilience to the forefront and broadened its meaning. This idea originally emerged in the area of cybersecurity and reflected the need to upgrade and maintain IT capabilities to resist cyber-attacks

This pandemic is having a deep impact on women and is throwing away decades of hard-won battles both in terms of gender equality and women’s economic rights. COVID-19 has seen the burden of unpaid work on women significantly increase around the globe.

COVID-19 is the biggest setback to gender equality in a decade

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be equal for women and men. We are currently experiencing the biggest setback in gender equality for a generation

One German utility company has taken the lead in transitioning to “embedded, scaled and disrupted” AI.

How Data Is Transforming the Energy Sector

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A new energy industry is busy being born. Steadily, the sector is pivoting from a centralised and monopolistic system dependent on fossil fuels to a renewable, sustainable energy grid

"As governments need to address growing distrust in the capacity of representative democracy to drive system change and to prevent unfair climate policies, citizens’ deliberation can be a response to growing demands for climate action, social justice, and public participation."

Are Citizens’ Assemblies the Answer to the Climate Crisis?

By: EBR | Friday, June 26, 2020

Citizens’ assemblies have sprouted up in several European countries. It remains to be seen whether they can efficiently boost governments’ responses to climate change

US state legislative proposals on commercial uses of facial recognition services (FRS) reveal how much work lies ahead in getting to laws that effectively address human rights and civil liberties (beyond privacy and security interests) and also that effectively instruct and engage business in doing so.

Emerging legislation on commercial uses of facial recognition shows the work ahead

By: EBR | Friday, June 26, 2020

Facial recognition has emerged as a powerful biometric technology, both in practice and in our collective imagination

The countries include the US - which is experiencing its largest increase in coronavirus cases since April; Iran, Germany and Switzerland - two European countries where the R rate has risen above one this week.

Revealed: data shows 10 countries risking coronavirus second wave as lockdown relaxed

By: EBR | Friday, June 26, 2020

Of the 45 countries to have recorded more than 25,000 coronavirus cases to date, 21 currently have relaxed responses to the pandemic. Of these, 10 are reporting a rising number of cases

"The crisis offers an opportunity for what the World Economic Forum has deemed the “Great Reset,” starting not at some point in the distant future but right now."

What today’s bailouts can do for tomorrow’s economies

By: EBR | Thursday, June 25, 2020

Last year, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report assessed 141 governments’ future-readiness and found that most rated poorly on this and other crucial long-term indicators

"It is very exciting to see the pace and transformative potential of today’s innovative technologies being applied to solve the world’s most pressing problems, such as feeding a global and growing population."

17 ways technology could change the world by 2025

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world in the next five years"

Looking for work during a historic downturn needn’t cost you your dignity. Multiple research studies suggest strategies for turning a negotiation disadvantage into opportunity.

The Hidden Upside to Low-Power Negotiating

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The current pandemic has made job hunting an even more daunting experience than it usually is

"We must recognize that the way we currently produce and consume food, and our blatant disregard for the environment more broadly, has pushed the natural world to its limits".

World health leaders: ’Human activity to blame for diseases like COVID-19’

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A number of health organizations, including the United Nations, World Health Organization, and WWF International have joined forces in calling for governments to change their ways, regarding sustainable and environmental practices

“If anything, the current pandemic will aggravate both inequalities as well as the need for a long-term approach to value creation, thereby forcing capitalism in general and public companies in particular to become more inclusive and depart from short-termism.”, Jean-Baptiste Wautier, BC Partners.

3 lessons public market investors can learn from private equity

By: EBR | Friday, June 19, 2020

As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of active ownership to accelerate the public market shift to “stakeholder capitalism” is becoming even more clear

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the disparities in terms of healthcare readiness across the globe, with hospitals ramping up capacity as best they can, to cope with the massive and unexpected influx of patients.

Partnerships helped us fight COVID-19. They can help in the climate battle, too

By: EBR | Friday, June 19, 2020

As we emerge from this unprecedented global crisis, it is useful to reflect upon how we can build a more resilient and sustainable future for our planet

Conflict-affected states, when facing converging security threats, suffer crises unprecedented in magnitude, mortality and scope. These states are less able to prepare for low-probability, high-impact events at a time of public health emergency, and will be less resilient should one materialize.

What’s needed to prevent cyberbiosecurity threats and protect vulnerable countries

By: EBR | Friday, June 19, 2020

The CT lung scan showed the ravaging signs of COVID-19 and the inflammatory response, the cytokine storm. But what if the CT scan was wrong?

Modernizing digital trade rules will advance digital trade and create more jobs, human connections and creativity in the post-COVID world.

5 ways to advance digital trade in the post-COVID world

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

Globalization is under threat. Even before the pandemic, globalization was already struggling due to years of stagnation in trade growth and uncertainties at the World Trade Organization (WTO) due to US-China trade tensions

"Natura has been a carbon neutral company since 2007, but we still have a lot to improve and we are going to reinforce our climate commitment. We will work even more closely with the forces that seek to protect the Amazon, and we will increase our work with companies, governments and academia, to end and reverse its deforestation by 2030."

Commitment to Life

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

To suggest that humanity is living through a defining moment is perhaps to underestimate the nature of our present situation

The coalition provides five policy recommendations to drive post-COVID economic recovery and protection of nature.

Nature is everyone’s business: a call for collective action to reverse nature loss

By: EBR | Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020 had been billed a “super year” for nature. As we entered the Decade of Action to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, expectations were high that we would see strides towards a consensus that placed nature at the heart of the conversation around the climate emergency

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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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Autumn challenges ahead as COVID rates rise amid European travel season

Autumn challenges ahead as COVID rates rise amid European travel season

Several European countries are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as holidaymakers set out to enjoy the last month of summer but experts are more concerned about a potential increase in COVID-19 infections in autumn

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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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