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A group of WTO members have reached an agreement to reduce the red tape that hinders services trade.

5 ways a new WTO agreement will remove barriers to trade in services

Services account for two-thirds of global GDP, and more than six out of 10 jobs

In a recent survey the median estimate among leading computer scientists reported a 50% chance that this technology would arrive within 45 years.

6 positive AI visions for the future of work

By: EBR | Thursday, November 25, 2021

Many AI experts predict that machines may outperform humans at every task within 45 years

Transport is one of the main contributors to carbon emissions for countries around the world.

7 reasons why global transport is so hard to decarbonize

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Transport accounts for 21% of global carbon emissions. It is now the largest emitting sector in many developed countries

Central bank digital currencies (CBDC) are increasing in uptake.

4 key cybersecurity threats to new central bank digital currencies

By: EBR | Monday, November 22, 2021

With G7 officials recently endorsing principles for central bank digital currencies (CBDC), and over 80 countries launching some form of initiative related to CBDC, it seems their widespread deployment is a matter of time

"As the use of AI increases so does the need for a global governance framework".

Can China and Europe find common ground on AI ethics?

By: EBR | Monday, November 22, 2021

As a driving force in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI systems are increasingly being deployed in many areas of our lives around the world

"In an increasingly digital world, supply chain cyberattacks are growing in number and severity due to their scalability".

3 reasons to use a zero-trust approach for supply chain cybersecurity

By: EBR | Monday, November 15, 2021

Supply chain cyberattacks are expected to quadruple in 2021 versus last year, according to the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

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If the latest air quality guidelines from the World Health Organisation were followed by EU members, the latest number of fatalities recorded in 2019 could be cut in half, according to an EEA report.

Air pollution in Europe still killing 300,000 a year: EEA

By: EBR | Monday, November 15, 2021

Premature deaths caused by fine particle air pollution have fallen 10% annually across Europe, but the invisible killer still accounts for 307,000 premature deaths a year

To accelerate the energy transition, we must optimize energy use and integrate renewables cost-effectively.

How finance, ag-tech and more can speed the energy transition

By: EBR | Monday, November 15, 2021

Moving away from coal and towards clean power is critical to mitigating the worst impacts of climate change and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement

Circularity for circularity’s sake is not the goal – sustainability is.

The Circular Economy: From Enthusiasm to Realism

By: EBR | Thursday, November 11, 2021

If you’ve been following the recent discourse about the circular economy, you may have detected a baffling contradiction

The success of any organization’s digital transformation depends not only on technology, but also on human capital.

Here’s why closing the cybersecurity skills gap is critical to digitalization

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The technologies of the fourth industrial revolution are set to become far more widespread and accessible. They will also converge in ways that create new value

Using ESG sensitivities to market financial products.

A Sign of the Times: The ESG Buyback

By: EBR | Monday, November 8, 2021

In 2020, BNP Paribas announced a financial innovation: the ESG share buyback

This battle is part of the shift in the economic and social paradigm that is throwing the pro-wealth equilibrium of the last 40 years into question

Biden Vs. Xi: The Global Battle for Restoring Domestic Economic Balance

By: EBR | Monday, November 8, 2021

How the fight against inequality at home unites — and separates — Biden and Xi Jinping. And who seems to have the upper hand

"Global government debt soared in the pandemic-induced global recession, tempting some to rely on post-pandemic growth and inflation to reduce debt burdens".

How can developing economies recover from the pandemic?

By: EBR | Monday, November 8, 2021

In last year’s COVID-19-induced global recession, global government debt surged in its largest single-year increase on record

Co-operation is essential if nations are to provide the necessary global public goods for humanity.

How we can share our divided world

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 3, 2021

is it possible for a divided humanity to provide essential global public goods?

A flexible, outcome-focused approach is the best way to achieve societal goals.

What Does the Microfinance Debate Imply for Impact Investing?

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Covid pandemic has made it clear that the world must do more to address poverty and inequality

"With COVID-19 largely under control healthcare wise, Europe now faces two policy challenges: controlling inflation and dialing back fiscal support."

IMF: These are Europe’s post-pandemic economic challenges

By: EBR | Monday, October 25, 2021

Europe has met the COVID-19 pandemic with audacity and imagination and is enjoying a strong but bumpy economic recovery

"Experts have emphasized that if we fail to meet the Paris Agreement goals, many places on Earth will change drastically and become too hot to live in by 2500".

How climate change could make some areas of Earth uninhabitable by 2500

By: EBR | Friday, October 22, 2021

Unless CO2 emissions drop significantly, global warming will make the Amazon barren, the American Midwest tropical, and India too hot to live in by 2500, according to a team of scientists

"The chemical building blocks derived from petrochemicals continue to play a crucial role in society".

How the petrochemicals industry can reduce its carbon footprint

By: EBR | Friday, October 22, 2021

Petrochemicals have played a crucial role in society for over 50 years and throughout that time the industry has constantly evolved, adopting novel technologies and processes to drive efficiency improvements and cost reductions

"Today’s democratization and affordability of cloud computing and storage are fueling the rate at which companies can start, scale, and operate effectively."

Contemplating Technological Evolution

By: EBR | Thursday, October 21, 2021

“The only thing that is constant is change” - Heraclitus

"The days of technology companies operating in the ‘wild west’ are gone. Civil society and governments are beginning to hold companies accountable for how their products are deployed by end users, as well as the impact they can have on key societal processes and communities."

3 predictions for the future of responsible technology

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

"The year 2021 will be remembered in history as a pivotal year for tech regulation globally"

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