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All policies, programmes and investments, including stimulus and recovery packages, must be designed with a gender lens, so they don’t overlook or have unintended consequences for girls, women and gender equality. This approach should include proven best practices such as gender-responsive analysis, budgeting and auditing processes, and a gender marker for tracking.

10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world

By: EBR | Friday, May 22, 2020

Evidence shows that disease outbreak affects women and men differently, that pandemics exacerbate inequalities for girls and women, who are also often the hardest hit, and that women play an outsize role responding to crises

«Over the years, we’ve seen utilities being targeted either for criminal purposes or other nefarious reasons with ever-increasing maturity and an increasing ability to exploit OT systems. The increase in cyber-threats to utilities has grown as attackers and adversaries have become more familiar with the technology that we use.»

Evolution of cybersecurity in the utility industry

By: EBR | Friday, May 22, 2020

The utility industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Everything from the digitalization of critical infrastructure to the relationship between utilities and their customers is in transition

Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated using a variety of methods, often based on “activity data”. This might be the number of miles being driven, the amount of electricity generated or even – in the case of nitrous oxide, which is used as a propellant – via cream consumption.

Daily global CO2 emissions ‘cut to 2006 levels’ during height of coronavirus crisis

By: EBR | Thursday, May 21, 2020

The amount of CO2 being released by human activity each day fell by as much as 17% during the height of the coronavirus crisis in early April, a new study shows

“Whilst there are uncertainties around the optimal technology mix for heating in the future, it is clear that electrification will have to play a significant role”.

Heating electrification amplifies need for efficient buildings, experts say

By: EBR | Thursday, May 21, 2020

Electrification is key to decarbonising the residential heating sector, but it needs to be done smartly, by using heat pumps flexibly in houses that are efficient enough to act as “thermal batteries,” experts argue

The pandemic may disproportionately affect women around the world – but it need not imperil the hard-earned progress toward gender balance.

Disruption as a Force for Good? Gender Balance and COVID-19

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives and livelihoods for all of us. Current and aspiring leaders – when they have a moment to breathe – are reflecting on how to sustain those they lead and how to leverage this crisis to society’s benefit. How do we do this with respect to gender balance?

In a time of great uncertainty, decisions are being taken today by governments and businesses that will determine how these risks or opportunities emerge and play out.

Several crises in one: what effects will COVID-19 have on the global risk landscape?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We are in a healthcare crisis that is also an economic crisis combined with an energy crisis. Add to that a looming humanitarian crisis in some emerging economies and you have a multitude of challenges, all of which are exacerbating geopolitical risks

Less than a fifth of executives are women, and only a third of managers. In short, women are still a minority in leadership positions.

The tech sector needs to take the lead on gender equality

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Europe still has a gender problem in business. Data from the European Institute for Gender Equality suggests that amongst Europe’s largest listed companies, only 8% are led by female CEOs

In order to communicate with natural ecosystems, we must first understand the language they speak. Only then will we be able to think about representing them through legal guardians, boards or assemblies.

What if nature became a legal person?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The warnings from scientists are not sufficient anymore. In light of the dramatic biodiversity losses we have suffered over the past few decades, we urgently need to hear the voices of nature itself

According to the Milken Institute, there are some 200 therapeutics being developed as possible treatments for COVID-19; and a remarkable 123 vaccines under development to prevent against infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for causing COVID-19.

Reasons to hope and reasons to keep perspective on a vaccine

By: EBR | Friday, May 15, 2020

In the face of an immense burden of disease and an unfathomable death toll from COVID-19, the world today has an intense need for hope

“Any individual behaviour that limits contagion is contributing to slowing the spread of the virus. And we need to make people internalise this externality.”

Social Norms for the Era of Social Distancing

By: EBR | Friday, May 15, 2020

With nearly four billion people in some kind of lockdown, we now live in a completely different social environment than four months ago. And our daily choices – staying home, wearing masks, limiting our shopping, etc. – all affect the spread of the novel coronavirus

Many of the models forecasting COVID 19 infections and deaths have been wildly off the mark. Those experts trying to prove that the coronavirus threat was overblown, predictably enough, used models forecasting low death rates.

Coronavirus: Information, Misinformation, Disinformation and Outright Lies

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 12, 2020

We urgently need to equip ourselves better for the basic requirements of contemporary truth management. Here is your guide for survival in a very contested field

The epidemic response is very much inter-sectoral; it is not just a public health issue. Experience has shown the importance of the agriculture, transport, education, communication, research and security sectors. But if there is one thing that is different in our arsenal today, it is technology and science, from diagnostics to logistics and communications.

Harnessing Technology in Our Battle With COVID-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tech companies are pumping out new services and products to tackle pandemic challenges

Globally, nurses are widely credited with the sustained mass immunization campaign which led to the eradication of smallpox, the only human disease ever to achieve that distinction. However, throughout history, there have been many other wars against disease in which nurses have supported similar immunization campaigns: against cholera, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis A and B, and H1N1, among many others.

COVID-19 reminds us of the crucial role nurses play

By: EBR | Thursday, May 7, 2020

Nurses today are waging war worldwide against COVID-19, a foe as formidable as any in recorded human history

Risk-averse industries like the energy sector should use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as the inspiration for new challenges.

How the SDGs Can Power Innovation

By: EBR | Thursday, May 7, 2020

The energy sector is a risk-averse industry with good reason – if something goes wrong, it goes terribly wrong for many people (like Deepwater Horizon or Fukushima). Disruption at the power plant level is not as easy or exciting as it might be in other markets

Facebook agreed, and set about achieving that diversity by identifying Board members who are experts hailing from different backgrounds and disciplines, with a range of different viewpoints, but all of whom could act in the interest of a global community.

Lessons from the creation of Facebook’s new Oversight Board

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Facebook has long made important decisions about what content to remove or leave up on its platform

A group of researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) suggest that the COVID-19 outbreak won’t end until 60% to 70% of the human population is immune to the virus, which may take between 18 and 24 months.

The COVID-19 pandemic could last for 2 years, according to US experts

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may last until 2022, according to a report

Almost everyone now shops online, banks by using banking apps and pays bills electronically. Even those of us who resisted the Internet before have succumbed to it during the pandemic.

Next After COVID: A Computer Pandemic?

By: EBR | Monday, May 4, 2020

The coronavirus-induced shift to more digital life highlights a new source of significant worry: Computers are also very susceptible to infections by viruses

When SARS struck China and 25 other countries in 2003, smartphones didn’t exist, 3G was the wireless communications standard, and home broadband was the exception rather than the rule.

Digital technology, better equipped to fight a global pandemic

By: EBR | Thursday, April 30, 2020

The pandemic has turned the world upside-down, almost overnight. But technologically, we’re better equipped to address this global threat than we were just 15 years ago

This infrastructure revolution will not happen on its own. Though innovation has flourished, the sector lags behind others in technological sophistication. Existing innovations need to be more widely embraced, and new innovations need more nurturing - both areas where better cooperation with governments could yield positive results.

How sustainable infrastructure can aid the post-COVID recovery

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing governments around the world to come up with policies for stimulating the global economy

Speeding up the adoption of blockchain and other digitised ledger technologies (DLT) can help society reconcile security and privacy.

Safeguarding Privacy in a Pandemic

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In many countries, privacy is in danger of becoming a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, GPS-enabled smartphone apps with liberal data-gathering permissions are now mandatory in Hong Kong, China and South Korea

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