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What comes after COVID-19? A roundup of the best ideas we could find on the Internet

Curated by Peter Hulm

AI impact is poised to enhance jobs, not erase them, according to a 21 August ILO studywww.cryptopolitan.com10 September 2023 (LINK)

— Jobs held by managers, professionals, and technicians exhibit minimal vulnerability to automation, with only a small fraction of tasks at high risk and around a quarter at medium risk.

High-income countries face the potential automation of about 5.5% of total employment, whereas low-income countries encounter automation risks affecting a mere 0.4% of employment. But, the potential for augmentation appears nearly equal across countries, implying that with the right policies, AI could offer substantial benefits to developing nations.

Rhine economy feels the pinch of melting glaciers in the Alpseuractiv10 August 2023 (LINK)

UN chief says fossil fuels are 'incompatible with human survival,' calls for credible exit strategyap / www.pbs.org15 June 2023 (LINK)

World Bank Confirms Reallocating Fossil Fuel, Factory Farm Subsidies Key to Solving Climate Crisiswww.commondreams.org15 June 2023 (LINK)

Scientists issue increasingly dire warnings as ocean surface temperatures spikepbs.org15 June 2023 (LINK)

New hyper-efficient solar panels are 1000 times more powerfulwww.thebrighterside.news15 June 2023 (LINK)

World's Largest Fusion Project Is in Big Trouble, New Documents Revealwww.scientificamerican.com15 June 2023 (LINK)

— Accumulated schedule slips and budget overruns threaten to make it the most delayed — and most cost–inflated–science project in history. As late as early July 2022, ITER's website announced that the machine was expected to turn on as scheduled in December 2025. Afterward that date bore an asterisk clarifying that it would be revised. Now the date has disappeared from the website altogether.

In January 2022 the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) put a stop to ITER assembly entirely. ASN is unconvinced that, among other issues, the planned amount of radiation shielding around the machine will be adequate, and the authority won't let the assembly go forward until ITER can prove that it can keep personnel safe.

Adjusted for inflation, its price is about the same as that of the Manhattan Project, which made the first atomic bombs — and is almost certain to get larger.

GLOBAL GENEVA INSIGHTS piece: Climate change is NOT our main problem, says TV science star (LINK)

10 new technologies coming in next five years with far-reaching impact on people's daily livesnationthailand14 October 2022 (LINK)

"Highly-intelligent" 333 Kingsland Road named UK's best affordable housingdezeen13 October 2022 (LINK)

Interview: New UN climate chief takes the fight personallyAP24 September 2022 (LINK)

Pope Francis calls for world to abandon fossil fuelsdw24 September 2022 (LINK)

These 4 countries are designing futuristic cities, from floating neighbourhoods to mega-metropolises: South Korea, Maldives, Egypt, Saudi Arabiacntraveller7 September 2022 (LINK)

New initiatives are protecting the Galápagos for future generationsnationalgeographic28 August 2022 (LINK)

How 'own nothing and be happy' sparked a misinformation campaign that targeted the World Economic Forumwef / theglobeandmail5 August 2022 (LINK)

Singapore's methodical approach to becoming a net-zero cityweforum7 March 2022 (LINK)

PCC adaptation report 'a damning indictment of failed global leadership on climate'ungeneva28 February 2022 (LINK)

EU launches summit reset with Africa after pandemic pausereuters17 February 2022 (LINK)

5 robots that could soon become part of our everyday lives: Zipline, AMP Robotics, ABB(YouTube), Diligent Robots (YouTube), AppHarvestweforum9 February 2022 (LINK)

Re-envisioning corporations: How DAOs and blockchain can improve the way we organizeweforum8 February 2022 (LINK)

How the metaverse might be monetizedweforum3 February 2022 (LINK)

Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world's fisheriessciencedaily1 February 2022 (LINK)

Number of Earth's tree species estimated to be 14% higher than currently known, with some 9,200 species yet to be discoveredsciencedaily31 January 2022 (LINK)

What Will It Take to Design (Actually) Healthy Cities?curbed23 December 2021 (LINK)

Diana Budds: "I'm struck by how much of this public-health crisis is being framed as a matter of individual responsibility — of vaccine status, of shopping for the right mask, of being able to afford the time and money to get a test. City and state officials have neglected that the circumstances in which there really isn't much individual control — where you live, your employer's policies, and how you get around — matter a whole lot as well. Health [has become]another luxury marketing tool. Thinking about healthy cities as a system looks a lot like the Green New Deal. Housing is health care. Jobs are health care. Climate justice is health care."

The Great Reset Debate: "Fact Checking Media Tries to Debunk Great Reset Theories, Articles Ignite Heated Discussions Over Reboot Agenda"bitcoin22 December 2021 (LINK)

Coinbase Lists Mco2, The World's First Green Digital Assetdailycoin22 December 2021 (LINK)

"We believe this to be a landmark in the global voluntary carbon credit market. MCO2 has already been used by more than 300 companies around the globe." Moss's innovation consists in backing in blockchain a real green asset generated by environmental projects in the Amazon Rainforest and which can be traded on exchanges or used to neutralize gases in the atmosphere.

Human Protocol: Creates New Ways For People to Connect With Workblockonomi18 December 2021 (LINK)

Students in Netherlands design a house that revolutionizes urban designinhabitat16 December 2021 (LINK)

Over 100 world leaders commit to reversing deforestation by 2030axios2 November 2021 (LINK)

The world's smartest and sustainable citiesdomusweb13 October 2021 (LINK)

A new AI for Road Safety initiative: Halving annual road deaths by 2030 requires faster digital innovation, UN partners affirmitu7 October 2021 (LINK)

Better than recycling? These manufacturers are taking part in a 'circular economy'marketwatch7 October 2021 (LINK)

How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goalseurasiareview2 October 2021 (LINK)

How to develop a data literacy program in your organizationtechtarget27 August 2021 (LINK)

Changes To the Post-Pandemic Workplace: a reviewmorningbrew10 August 2021 (LINK)

"The most obvious changes to the workplace will also likely be the shortest lasting. Think: UV lights, Covid-19 test vending machines, and constant deep cleanings."

Big win for U.S. $1T infrastructure bill: Dems, GOP come togetherAP10 August 2021 (LINK)

The latest U.S. jobs report: "stronger than economists had predicted, and even stronger than the administration had hoped"heathercoxrichardson10 August 2021 (LINK)

UN report says Mediterranean 'climate change hotspot' will see temps 20% higher than global averagenewswires / france246 August 2021 (LINK)

New Pathway To Mitigate Climate Change And Boost Progress On UN Sustainable Development Goalseurasiareview3 August 2021 (LINK)

"Scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the German Development Institute have developed a new integrated strategy that combines ambitious climate action with dedicated policies for development, food and energy access, global and national equity, and environmental sustainability. It sheds new light on bottlenecks, but also synergies for boosting progress towards climate and sustainable development targets."

Future global urban water scarcity and potential solutionsnature3 August 2021 (LINK)

"The global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to increase from 933 million (one third of global urban population) in 2016 to 1.693–2.373 billion people (one third to nearly half of global urban population) in 2050, with India projected to be most severely affected. [But] More than two thirds of water-scarce cities can relieve water scarcity by infrastructure investment."

IMF: Fault Lines Widen in the Global Recoveryimf27 July 2021 (LINK)

Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate changeAP16 July 2021 (LINK)

MIT Predicted in 1972 That Society Will Collapse This Century. New Research Shows We're on Schedulevice14 July 2021 (LINK)

"It's [...] unclear whether a future decline can be expected to be moderate or sharp, but both scenarios indicate society will run into limits in the medium term. [...] It is not too late to change course. [...] A deliberate trajectory change is still possible." (PDF)

Almost a quarter of global banking assets now in the Net-Zero Banking Allianceunepfi11 July 2021 (LINK)

Ageing in the Digital Eraunece7 July 2021 (LINK)

Many older persons struggle to access essential goods and services — from online vaccination appointment registrations, to pensions, food and medication during lockdowns — if they cannot access them online.

How can the world address inequality? 7 experts explainweforum5 July 2021 (LINK)

"Support our people outside of the "nine to five" "Increase the minimum wage." "Well-funded and quality universal healthcare." "Support our people outside of 'nine to five'." "Promote more transparent and accountable systems." "Address the basic fundamentals of knowledge creation and collaboration." "Increase public investments in the formal and informal care economies." "Don't use the pandemic as a justification to discriminate and exclude."

Antarctica Just Recorded Its Highest Temperature Everhypebeast4 July 2021 (LINK)

Bee-friendly living roofs on the Leicester city bus stops are part of goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030!yankodesign2 July 2021 (LINK)

World must strike right balance between ocean protection and production: UNCTAD Special Adviser for the Blue Economy Dona Bertarelliunctad30 June 2021 (LINK)

Nature Within Cities and Cities Within Naturegenevaenvironmentnetwork30 June 2021 (LINK)

McKinsey: These are the skills you will need for the future of workweforum28 June 2021 (LINK)

Antitrust and data privacy regulations are insufficient to manage BigFintechs' economic, social and environmental impacts, says a new UNDP/UNCDF studyforbes22 June 2021 (LINK)

"A new generation of regulatory policies, based on five proposed principles, is needed to create a foundation that will balance BigFintechs' commercial interests with sustainable development and public interests, particularly in developing countries, as well as the rest of the world."

'Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years': scientists on the scorching US heatwaveThe Guardian18 June 2021 (LINK)

Duflo offers pathways to a better future, lessons from COVID-19 crisisunctad16 June 2021 (LINK)

Coronavirus pandemic recovery efforts should provide comprehensive social protection, fight climate change and ensure vaccines reach the poorest people quickly.

UNECE Task Force will advance internationally comparable measurement of the circular economyunece16 June 2021 (LINK)

International Geneva, a hub for environmental governance?genevasolutions15 June 2021 (LINK)

New ways of working call for new ways to measure work: UNECE-led statisticians investigateunece9 June 2021 (LINK)

How to reimagine our cities as hubs for biodiversity, conservation and climate resilienceweforum5 June 2021 (LINK)

"Singapore has applied nature-based solutions to achieve climate, ecological and social resilience with innovative modern technology."

What will a post-pandemic economy look like? Here's what chief economists expectweforum1 June 2021 (LINK)

"Respondents to the World Economic Forum's most-recent Chief Economists Survey see the growth rate for 2021 about 6%, and most expect a recovery of global GDP to its pre-COVID-19 level by the first half of 2022. And yet, behind these numbers, some countries are experiencing dramatic new waves of the virus; people are still processing 18 months of ill health, grief and stress; millions of workers have dropped out of the global labor force; job openings are going unfilled across high-income economies; and a number of risk factors could yet delay or derail even the aggregate rebound."

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WEF: 10 top jobs of the future weforum18 May 2021 (LINK)

Is the entry-level job going extinct?weforum17 May 2021 (LINK)

The number of entry-level jobs posted in the US decreased by 68% in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, this was a continuation of a trend that began following the last recession. Graduates often don't have all the skills required to jump straight into a tech-driven knowledge economy. Higher education and employers need to provide the di literacy training needed so that more young people can find jobs.

These countries are leading the way on a post-pandemic green recoveryweforum29 April 2021 (LINK)

Several northern European economies are cited as doing well – Denmark, Finland, Germany and Norway. The report's authors describe Turkey's recovery spending as a "commendable outlier" which is "not accurately represented" on their graph due to visual limitations.

The report suggests that in Europe, recovery spending has missed a number of potential green investment opportunities and that more could certainly be done. "Only 2.5% of all spending and 18% of recovery spending is likely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," it states.

Shipping during COVID-19: container freight rates have surged — unctad — 23 April 2021

"About 80% of the goods we consume are carried by ships, but we easily forget this." By early 2021, freight rates from China to South America had jumped 443% compared with 63% on the route between Asia and North America's eastern coast. UNCTAD has provided A 10-point action plan to keep ships moving, ports open and trade flowing during the pandemic.

ScanVan builds 3D models to explore the future of urban digitization in Switzerland — epfl — 23 April 2021

UN Global Compact launches Climate Ambition Accelerator to help more companies set science-based emissions reduction targets — yahoo — 22 April 2021

Apple launches $200 million forestry fund for climate change — theverge — 15 April 2021

Infosys Co-Founder Suggests Crypto Capital Inflow Can Solve India's SME Financial Gap — source — 11 April 2021

Ocean protection needs a spirit of compromise — nature — 17 March 2021

How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially? — ourworldindata — 15 March 2021

A giant leap towards measuring nature's contributions to the economy — worldbank — 12 March 2021

Biodiversity: ground-breaking change to economic reporting accounting for nature's contribution to economy — europa — 11 March 2021

Bill Gates Proposes To Technofix Climate Change but Underplays the Role of Nature — thewire — 11 March 2021

Growing support for valuing ecosystems will help conserve the planet — nature — 10 March 2021

The economic consequences of conserving or restoring sites for nature — nature — 8 March 2021

"In 24 cases with economic estimates of services, conservation or restoration benefits (for example, greenhouse gas regulation, flood protection) tend to outweigh those private benefits (for example, profits from agriculture or logging)."

Robots in schools: new teaching methods on the horizon? — swissinfo — 2 March 2021

'Too late': David Attenborough warns at UN: Earth faces 'total collapse' — yahoo — 24 February 2021

Biden's Climate Envoy, at U.N., Likens Global Inaction to a 'Suicide Pact' — nytimes — 23 February 2021

Major North Atlantic Current May Be Hurtling Towards Collapse — gizmodo — 23 February 2021

A new UN report urges a radical shift in the way we think about nature — cnn — 19 February 2021

Is India's glacier disaster a stark warning of more climate risks to come? — genevasolutions — 11 February 2021

Climate Change Priorities on Health, Human Rights and Labor — thecvf — 11 February 2021

IKEA will help turn a Swedish city into a sustainable community — engadget — 11 February 2021

The future of "smart" cities is in street lights — axios — 11 February 2021

How Sweden is taking back parking spaces to improve urban living — theguardian — 8 February 2021

Economists call for green approach to valuing wealth — reuters news trust — 2 February 2021

20 jobs that will start to disappear in the next 5 years — yahoo — 27 January 2021

61 Global Business Leaders Support ESG Convergence by Committing to Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics — weforum — 26 January 2021

A Hint From Davos: Regulating Crypto Is 'in the Public Interest' — cryptonews — 25 January 2021

Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Also Replace Capitalism? — time — 22 January 2021

Countries Must Adapt to Climate Change Now, UN Warns — dw/ecowatch — 15 January 2021

Though not all SIDS are heavily indebted, 17 are considered by the IMF as being at 'high risk' of debt distress, unable to meet their loan payments — unctad —7 January 2021

Catchup: WEF: the world's greatest threats in 2021 — weforum — 19 January 2021

The world's largest free trade area starts up on Jan. 1, 2021: in Africa — qz — 31 December 2020

Millennials are ready to run things — niemanlab — 23 December 2020

World could lose coral reefs within this century, UN environment report warns — devdiscourse — 22 December 2020

WEF World Competitiveness Report:Few Economies Are Ready for Long-term Prosperity through Improved Public Services, Green Investments and Digitization — wef — 16 December 2020

Countries with advanced digital economies and digital skills have been more successful at keeping their economies running while their citizens worked from home. The Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Estonia, and the United States have performed well on this measure.

Countries with robust economic safety nets, such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland, were well placed to support those who could not work. Similarly, countries with strong financial systems such as Finland, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, could more easily provide credit to SMEs to prevent insolvency.

Countries that could successfully plan and integrate health, fiscal and social policies have been relatively more successful in mitigating the effects of the crisis, including Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria and the United Arab Emirates.

Aid crisis: one might have thought that a global pandemic would have led to multilateral cooperation, the exact opposite has taken place — swissinfo — 15 December 2020

This was easily the warmest November on record, as three times earlier this year — mashable — 7 December 2020

The Great Barrier Reef Is Now Officially in 'Critical' Condition — vice — 4 December 2020

UN chief slams 'suicidal war on nature' as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record — france24 — 2 December 2020

Climate change is already a disaster to health, doctors say — theverge — 2 December 2020

UNDP's Rising up for SIDS project: Small island developing states do not have the luxury of time — undp — 2 December 2020

New Zealand declares a climate change emergency — upi — 2 December 2020

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has calculated that global warming by 2100 could be as low as 2.1°C as a result of all the net zero pledges announced as of November 2020. — climateactiontracker — 1 December 2020

Remote working is here to stay. But who will be doing it? — weforum — 1 December 2020