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This finding backs up an earlier report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which found that CO? emissions from fossil fuel combustion – globally, the main source of greenhouse gas emissions – in the first three months of 2020 were 5% lower compared to the same period last year.

Why a 17% emissions drop does not mean we are addressing climate change

By: EBR | Thursday, May 28, 2020

The global COVID-19 quarantine has meant less air pollution in cities and clearer skies. Animals are strolling through public spaces, and sound pollution has diminished, allowing us to hear the birds sing

The tyranny of automation is less scary than the automation of tyranny.

Why the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ Looks Much Like the First

By: EBR | Thursday, May 28, 2020

Seen from one angle, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is a marvel of enlightened scientific objectivity. It promises to replace obsolete habits and mind-sets with frictionless, data-driven solutions

The pandemic presents tremendous challenges in every country, and businesses must contribute to the recovery effort. This presents an opportunity for firms to show that they are not only committed to their shareholders, but also to their employees, clients and to the broader society.

Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19 Recovery

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Which companies and industries seem to be getting it right, and which are floundering?

In terms of social costs, the education of 1.6 billion learners has been disrupted; that is 9 out of every 10 students in the world. Unsurprisingly, urban areas - which account for more than 90% of COVID-19 cases - are bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

The impacts of COVID-19 around the world, as told by statistics

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 27, 2020

We are living through unprecedented times. The impact of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has reverberated through every corner of the globe

The long-term societal impacts, such as an exacerbation of inequality and changes in consumer behaviours, the nature of work and the role of technology - both at work and at home - will change our way of life forever, for us as individuals, as a workforce, and as a society.

What risks does COVID-19 pose to society in the long-term?

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 27, 2020

We are in the midst of an historic event that will change many aspects of our world. There will be major impacts on the global economy, geopolitics and our societies

«Europe is raising its game, but its increased ambitions will be useless unless it exerts pressure elsewhere for more responsible behaviour – notably on China. Chinese companies have financed and built a growing number of coal-fired power stations in Africa and around the world, and are planning hundreds more.»

Covid-19 aside, it’s coal-fired power that threatens us most

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 26, 2020

All eyes are on the corona crisis, and whether Xi Jinping’s China and Donald Trump’s America can join forces in a multilateral strategy to find scientific solutions to it and cooperative economic policies to combat a global depression

“I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic. That it’s not the time now to completely relax.”

‘Not if but when’: European health boss warns of virus second wave

By: EBR | Friday, May 22, 2020

The head of a European health advisory body on infections on Thursday (21 May) warned of a second wave of coronavirus cases, as countries across the continent ease tough lockdown measures

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

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