Australia, being the world’s 13 largest economy is a rather trade-exposed economy. While the country highly benefits from trade, it is rather susceptible to supply chain shocks.
B2B marketplaces are making it easier for buyers to find the best products and services. Buyer expectations are changing, and procurement is changing with them.
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Freelancing is hardly the glamorous, coffee-fueled industry shown on TV. In OECD countries, most gig workers are in the service sector
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China, the US and Germany are leading the race to expand their wind power farm capacity, as the world focuses on renewables and moves away from fossil fuels.
New research suggests swapping coal for renewable energy would bring serious economic as well as ecological advantages. Here's how the world might benefit.
Steel and cement production need to tackle technical limitations to hit net zero. Government commitments to buy low-emission steel and concrete are needed to help turn climate change on its head.
Scope 3+ is a collaborative effort with partner brands and customers to cut 1.5 gigatons of carbon emissions by 2035 and for tackling the climate challenge. This has widely been acknowledged as a bold move.
Record increases in atmospheric methane have been observed for the second year in a row. Plugging oil and gas leaks is one solution to reduce emissions. By Deborah M. Gordon Professor of Biology, Stanford University Scientists have observed record annual increases in atmospheric methane for the second year in a row. Methane has […]
Climate warnings, COVID-19, geopolitical tensions, and an energy crisis – navigating the energy transition through these turbulent times requires a change in strategy.
Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and quantum computing are the technological innovation can all help in meeting climate goals, but business and government must also play a role.
The reusable packaging market could be worth $10 billion. Next-generation reward schemes using digital currencies could help eliminate single-use plastic.
The World Economic Forum is taking steps to improve food security and build inclusive, healthy, efficient and sustainable food systems.
Short-term plans to strengthen Europe's food systems in the light of the Ukraine war must not come at the expense of green ambitions for its agriculture.
The US plant-based grocery market reached a record-high $7.4 billion last year, with sales driven by consumer concerns about the planet and personal health.
The metaverse is technology's next big thing, but platforms need to reduce entry costs and improve user experience in the metaverse to boost uptake among mainstream users.
The world generated a record 53.6 metric tonnes of electronic waste or 'e-waste' in 2019, and the figure is rising. We should look to Africa for solutions.
The world faces unprecedented challenges caused by our current approach to production and consumption. These innovators have the solutions to change that to a global circular economy.
An estimated 600 million tons of construction and demolition waste is generated each year in the US, with circular building design expected to double by 2060.
Water sector must transition from an extractive to a renewable, circular sector to help tackle climate change. Which technologies and industry strategies can help?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already part of public life, but its increasing use carries an environmental cost and could widen the global digital divide.
A pop-up airport for electric drones and flying taxis has just opened in the UK. If it’s successful, it could pave the way for many more around the world.
The UN and partners have unveiled the world’s first floating city in South Korea that adapts to sea level rise. Here’s what you need to know about OCEANIX Busan.
Inflation continues to impact the US. The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates in the hope of avoiding a recession - but experts question if it can be achieved.
Circular economy principles must be applied to the US' wastewater consumption — such an approach could have widespread benefits for nature and communities.
US public opinion has shifted over time on whether to prioritize the environment or economy. This chart shows how it's changed since the 1980s.
Top economic stories: IMF cuts global growth forecast; Record-breaking funding year for African start-ups; IMF and World Bank warn of record debt levels.
Governments have used fiscal and monetary policies to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic, but this has increased private debt. What can they do next?
US inflation hit a 40-year high of 8.5% in March, but food bills have have risen at a lower rate for people who keep animal products out of their diets.
About 4% of global annual economic output could be lost by 2050 because of climate change. South Asia is the region most at risk, facing GDP hits of 10-18%.
Top economics stories: Brexit drives rise in UK food prices, new report says; US consumer confidence falls; Concerns about global economic growth continue. By Joe Myers Writer, Formative Content This weekly wrapper brings you the latest economics stories from the world of economics and finance. Top economics stories: Brexit drives increase in UK […]
Does automation constitute an opportunity or a threat for developing countries? Data from Indonesia indicates a positive impact from workplace robots.
An access-based business model encourages responsible consumption through sharing and hiring. But could this be applied to manufacturing? By Marco Aurisicchio (PhD) Associate Professor, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London An “access-based” business model entails selling the function or performance of products to consumers through sharing, leasing and hiring schemes. This […]
There is a history of distrust between communities of colour and emerging technologies such as AI. How can we rebuild trust and ensure AI is used ethically?
The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened economic inequality across the globe. Urgent action is needed to support people in poverty and narrow the wealth gap.
We outline 21 ways to change how we consume, keep and discard things to help build a circular economy. Across all aspects of life from food to travel.
China, the US and Germany are leading the race to expand their wind power farm capacity, as the world focuses on renewables and moves away from fossil fuels.
Support for ditching fossil fuels remains strong, even as consumers expect rising energy prices to make them poorer, a new global survey by Ipsos shows.
Fifty countries have now crossed the 10% wind and solar landmark, according to a new report. Here’s what this milestone means for the renewables transition.
What affects oil prices and how do fluctuations impact the wider economy? We discuss rising inflation, post-pandemic recovery and the energy transition.
Sustainable finance has come of age, outperforming conventional investments and helping to address climate change. Here’s what you need to know.
The WHO suggests governments implement stricter vehicle emissions standards, improve air quality, public transport and cut down on agricultural waste incineration.
Despite policy-makers' efforts, several issues still hamper the widespread adoption of EVs. Here's a guide to those challenges – and how we can solve them
Cities account for 50% of global emissions and transport emissions are rising. New mobility integrations need real-world data to help slash emissions.
Companies will need to institutionalize data at a human level, meet the rise new challenges and promote a data-driven economy to deliver change for good.
Open global trade does create more jobs, but these jobs do not always benefit the poorest in society as most workers on low wages lack the skills to secure such work
Developing economies have been hard hit by pandemic-related supply chain disruption. Trade facilitation reforms can help remove red-tape and aid recovery.
The transition of the Western rental car industry to electric vehicles could see car fleets increasingly switch from European and American to Asian automakers.
The political goal of the Photovoltaic Power in European Union is to transform into a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050
Ahead of the Davos Agenda 2022, we asked leaders at the forefront of the digital transformation of business and society how they’re managing the change.
Swedish energy chief Anna Borg talked to Meet The Leader about how the company is transforming for clean energy and what factors leaders must consider as they navigate change.
Predictions the pandemic would spell the end of globalization have proved wide of the mark. In fact, it appears world trade of goods has recovered.
Eight advanced manufacturing leaders share their insights on technological innovations in advanced manufacturing that can help other industries measure and report ESG metrics.
Higher food inflation has a disproportionate impact on poor families. It's estimated that there were 264 million malnourished people in the region in 2020.
Waste-derived recycled materials are a key option for recovering value throughout the supply chain as we continue along the path to a circular economy.
Agriculture is undergoing a digital transformation, with autonomous farming increasing productivity and sustainability and responding to labor shortages.
Many leaders assume that reducing emissions and growing their countries’ economies aren’t compatible goals. The clean energy transition won't be easy.
This study aims to review the current potential renewable energy for the achievement of sustainable development in Tanzania. Moreover, challenges of renewable energy development are examined.
New diagnostic capabilities promise to make healthcare more personalized and pre-emptive – if the right technology and incentives are put into place.
Climate anxiety or eco-anxiety can be described as a 'chronic fear of environmental doom' and fears are being felt by children, teenagers and adults alike.
Global shipping pressures are easing after many pandemic-related factors caused global shipping costs to increase significantly over the past year.
Researchers have looked into the extent to which electric car owners are able to charge their vehicles with power from their own photovoltaics system.
Can debris from Mount Etna pave the way for a new source of renewable, eco-friendly sustainable building material? Researchers and scientists in Sicily think so.
A bad debt situation or economic collapse for many of low-income countries has gotten worse during the pandemic, and an initiative designed to ease their burden will expire soon.
Bangladesh's emissions are minimal compared to developed nations, but plans to build new coal plants will likely cause the country to miss current climate goals and transit it to clean energy.
The goal of the study presented in this article is to provide a general overview of the various aspects related to electric vehicles (EVs), along with all associated emerging challenges and perspectives.
Inflation has risen in many emerging and developed economies. Levels remain lower in Asia than in many regions, but high shipping costs could change that.
Health systems worldwide have been hit hard by COVID-19. As we get back on track, new possibilities are emerging to strengthen health systems for the future.
Green corridors offer a way to scale zero-emission shipping industry solutions to meet climate targets by 2050. We examine how two trade routes could work.
Lockdowns, labor shortages and disruptions to logistics networks have all led to a significant disruption to global supply chains, causing all-time high delivery times.
Parcel delivery saw a huge increase during the pandemic. Could autonomous vehicles help the sector become more efficient and reduce its ecological footprint?
Responsible and social sourcing can help ensure that value chains are more inclusive, diversified and resilient.
Rather than bending nature to produce food, our food needs to be designed for nature to thrive, presenting a business opportunity in the circular economy.
Better data sharing can boost economic growth and better protect the ocean industry. Here's how more transparency across ocean industries can build trust and a sustainable blue economy.
There are over 180 cognitive biases which affect how we process information, 24 of which are explored in this infographic.
This article introduces the overall implementation plan, which can serve as a model for the hybrid energy communities to be established in the future.
The biomanufacturing revolution is one of the most promising solutions to our biggest global problems, from plastic pollution to preventing pandemics.
We must not let the Global risks of a disorderly net-zero transition become an excuse for slowing the journey to net-zero. Instead, we should grasp the opportunities that this change will create.
With Inflation is well above target, the pressures intensifying and Omicron generating new uncertainties, monetary policymakers are facing new and challenging tradeoffs globally.
What will be the biggest healthcare shifts in 2022? Experts discuss the likely future impact of tech, investment, and digitalization on patients around the world.
The role of net-zero transition in transport in the carbon emissions conversation emerged front and center at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Stakeholders collectively pledged to reach the net-zero transition in transport by 2040. By Mary Loane Lead, Global New Mobility Coalition, World Economic Forum And Maya Ben Dror Industry Manager, Automotive and New Mobility, […]
With a lack of drivers globally, autonomous trucks may be key to the global supply chain crisis. But will automation cause even more drivers to avoid the industry?
These are changes that appear unlikely to recede in the wake of the pandemic; rather, companies will continue to move forward with digitalization at an accelerated pace.
Revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing industry could be key to fighting geographic inequality across the country while driving sustainable inclusive economic growth.
The LDCs' reliance on commodities export is holding them back. But there are ways for transforming least developed countries to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The pandemic has greatly increased demand for global digital financial services – but making sure they are inclusive is just one of the challenges the sector faces.
A labour economist argues that remote work will further transform economies and looks at what companies must do to accommodate more employees working from home.
The Conversation asked experts from around the world for their reaction to the outcomes of the 2021 UN climate summit, COP26, and the glasgow climate pact.
A blossoming marine ecosystem has been discovered in and around the largest offshore wind farms in the US. But wildlife is also at risk from these farms - so, what can be done?
The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted millions of people to ‘rethink everything’ about where and how they work or we can say what people are looking from their next career move, according to a LinkedIn report.
Recent research shows that private investors are increasingly focused on ESG issues – but how do they exert influence on financial companies' sustainability decisions?
Businesses need to invest in partnerships, inspire consumers to be part of the solution to climate change, and embed sustainability into the fabric of their business.
A conceptual framework is proposed through a qualitative analysis of existing academic literature concerning strategic resilience for small businesses facing environmental jolts such as COVID-19. By developing the proposed strategic resilience framework, other methods and theories, including the adaptability of small- and medium-sized organizations, will be addressed.
The proposed method, which is a CNN model combined with homography, can estimate the size and count the number of steel rebars in an image quickly and accurately, and the developed method can be applied to real construction sites to efficiently manage the stock of steel rebars
ASEAN is on track to become the world’s fourth-largest economy – but public-private cooperation is essential to realize a sustainable and resilient future.
Executives need to consider what strategic options artificial intelligence can create and also what types of risks they need to consider when deploying AI.
Indonesian capital has just been relocated from Jakarta to a site within the jungle of Kalimantan on Borneo island after parliament approved the bill.
A team of researchers found 35,000 pairs of existing reservoirs, lakes, and old mines in the US that could be turned into long-term energy storage – and they don’t need dams on rivers.
Steel is the foundation of our buildings, vehicles, and industries, with 1,864 million metric tons of crude steel produced in 2020, according to the World Steel Association.
Investigation of Smart Grid Optimised Buildings (SGOBs) which can respond to real-time electricity prices by utilizing battery storage systems (BSS).
A new report predicts an incredibly rapid closure of coal-fired power stations. Continuing to deny this is simply not in the interest of coal workers and their communities
Australia, being the world’s 13 largest economy is a rather trade exposed economy. While the country highly benefits from trade, it is rather susceptible to supply chain shocks. With that presents the opportunity for Australia to widen its horizon in trade and benefit from its free trade agreements.
The increased production of renewable energy, combined with the idea of waste as a potential source of useful byproducts, can lead to more sustainable and environmentally friendly management of municipal solid waste (MSW).
The CEBR predicted that global growth would reach 4% this year, and that the total world economy in 2022 would hit a new all-time high of $100 trillion (£74 trillion).
Experts from MIT and Harvard have developed a new toolkit to promote employee well-being, it considers poor wellbeing as a symptom of an unhealthy work environment.
Future of Work: Research has shown that while the need for manual skills will decline, the demand for technological, social and higher cognitive skills will increase.
Expert Dorothy Neufeld has analyzed the 6 different waves of innovation, from water power in 1775 to robots and drones in 2020.
Trade statistics may be accurate. But if you don't know which trade statistics are the most accurate, then this article is for you. We will discuss the reasons why there is so much discrepancy between different sources and what you can do about it.
Procurement has been largely unchanged for years, but that's changing. B2B marketplaces are making it easier for buyers to find the best products and services. Buyer expectations are changing, and procurement is changing with them.
As the world is ramping up Its solar power plant installation base, air pollution is often overlooked during the design phase. Ms. Noor writes about how air pollution affects solar power plants’ efficiency and ways to tackle this issue
The Indonesian government would like to set up a carbon tax and encourage companies to invest in technologies that reduce carbon emissions to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
China’s “sponge cities initiative” aims to arrest rainwater through the use of permeable surfaces and green infrastructures and reuse around 70% of the water
In this article we will see how biofuel helps reduce greenhouse gases, what are negative emissions and how can we achieve them.
All you need to know about Indonesia's Solar Energy plan to provide electricity for remote areas, What are the challenges and the solutions to take advantage of opportunities from Abundant sunlight.
In 1983, Morris Chang, a 52-year-old senior executive at Texas Instruments was snubbed for the company's top job. He resigned and went on to build the strategically most important company in the world, TSMC. This is his story-
The World Bank discontinued its Doing Business Report after data irregularities were reported in an ethics review of Doing Business 2018 and 2020. Find out how what the Doing Business Project was, how it worked, and what went wrong!
A US laboratory has announced an exciting new leap forward in nuclear fusion, but it may be several decades before we see this form of energy come to fruition
At the bottom of our carbon fears is a big black problem as the coal price has skyrocketed past (170 US$/Metric tonne) in 2021.
Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 impacted B2B markets, how global sales leaders responding to it, and how B2B sales model and B2B sales operations will look significantly different in the future than they were before the pandemic.
What is Economic Growth? What is Development? How do they differ and what are the parameters to measure them?
Amid the days of pandemic induced global economic suffering, Bangladesh economic emergence has now increased from $2,064 to $2,227
All you need to know about the international trade profile of Indonesia, Top trading partners, Top commodities of Indonesian import and export, Indonesia's trade surplus and the trade deficit with other countries, and more.
Over the last 100 years there has been vital reformation in global income distribution which shows that we are heading towards ending global income inequality in the near future.
Human beings can survive three weeks without food, but they cannot survive for even 3 to 4 days without water. Clean water is a necessity of life, but the percentage of clean water available to us is drastically dropping day by day due to its contamination.
China today is the largest trading partner for over 100 countries. And, it’s not a mere coincidence. Their policies have helped them to overtake and lords over global trade as an undisputed king.
A look at the Coal Industry, its financiers, and how even after the Paris agreement investments in Coal Industry investments have not slowed.
Jakarta, a megacity of 30 million people, is the fastest sinking city in the world. At this rate (25cm/year), major parts of the megacity could be completely underwater by 2050.
This study explains the role of green hydrogen and blue hydrogen in the energy transition as the future of fuel, a technological and geop0litical perspective.
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” Franz Kafka, writer Productivity is one of the most essential determinants of economic growth. The Former President of America, Obama stated, “Without a faster-growing economy, we will not be able to generate the wage gains people want, regardless of […]
Common assumptions about the green energy transition are fast becoming outdated. This new energy system, which is already being built, will benefit the planet and future generations – and the sooner we lay the myths to rest, the better.
Even if we declare a truce today and start to live more sustainably, it will take decades, if not centuries, for Earth to recover.
If, by end 2021, wealthier nations are fully vaccinated & developing countries manage to vaccinate only half of their populations, the global economic loss would amount to US$4 trillion.
The allure of novel goods led to 1,000 years of trade and interactions among people from different places, in what is now known as globalization
Potential of e-waste recycling in Indonesia, the fourth-most-populous country and one of the largest electronics consumers in the world.
A look at changes in Global Value Chains in post Covid-19 economic landscape and birth of Globalisation 4.0. Which countries could be potential winners, and what could prevent them in doing so.
Global supply chain interruptions, closed borders, and trade conflicts raise the specter of nations turning inward and disconnecting from one another. But Princeton’s Harold James thinks Covid-19 may well push us all closer.