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Real Progress Imminent in Creating Circular Plastics Economy

Businesses and governments are actively working towards creating a circular economy for plastics It is in developing countries that the challenge of plastic pollution is most formidable, given the paucity of waste management and advanced recycling systems To effect a behaviour change among consumers, alternatives products and actions have to be made convenient and price-competitive


Welcome to “The New Abnormal”: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Keeps Iconic Doomsday Clock As Close to Midnight As It Has Been Since 1953; Lack of Progress on Nuclear, Climate Issues Seen as Ongoing Concerns Compounded by Corrosive Impact of “Information Warfare” WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 24, 2019 – Citing lack of progress on nuclear

All that Flickers is Gold: The $62 Billion Opportunity of our Thrown-Away Electronics

The value of electronic waste produced each year is $62 billion, three times the value of all silver produced each year. There is 100 times more gold in a tonne of mobile phones than in a tonne of gold ore The amount of waste created each year is expected to rise from close to 50

Business and Government Remove Stigma by Making Mental Health a Priority

Efforts in the UK will focus on using sport to break the stigma around mental health and on preventing suicide, especially among men New Zealand is set to present its first wellness budget in 2019, in which mental health will be one of five focus areas Businesses can and should lead the way in furthering

New Report Traces Hidden Connection between Food Loss, Hunger, Consumer Demand and Climate Change

By 2030, new emerging traceability technologies like IoT sensors, blockchain and food-sensing technologies could reduce food loss by 85 million tons according to new research. The report investigates the role of disruptive technology applications that can effectively help trace inefficiencies in food value chains. The new report supports the Innovation with a Purpose Platform, which

Inclusive Globalization Must Work for All

A new architecture of globalization must address systemic inequities and put people, not production, first The young generation will be agents of this change; innovation needs to be societal, not just technological The Annual Meeting is being held under the theme, Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

In a 5G World, New Global Architecture Needed to Protect Core Values

A wide range of technologies are ready for deployment and will further accelerate the pace of economic progress and social outcomes Globalization 4.0 must be more inclusive and enable equity in economic outcomes Businesses must join governments in defining the shape of Globalization 4.0 and create an optimum governance architecture The Annual Meeting is being

Gartner Survey Shows 37 Per Cent of Organisations Have Implemented AI in Some Form

Despite Talent Shortages, the Percentage of Organisations Employing AI Grew 270 Per Cent Over the Past Four Years STAMFORD, Conn., January 21, 2019 — The number of organisations implementing artificial intelligence (AI) grew 270 per cent in the past four years and tripled in the past year, according to the Gartner, Inc. 2019 CIO Survey.

Nielsen: Chinese Tourists Use Mobile Payment Abroad More than Cash for the First Time

  Beijing—Jan 21, 2019—About 69% of Chinese tourists sampled have used mobile payment while traveling overseas, 4 percent up compared to last year, and more than 3 out of every 10 payments of Chinese tourists are made by mobile payment during outbound travel, according to the latest whitepaper jointly issued by Nielsen, a global leading

WHO: Ten threats to global health in 2019

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.    To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start