Drought risks becoming the next pandemic
At least 1.5 billion people have been directly affected by drought this century. Climate change is causing this to happen more frequently, severely and for longer. Drought is an emerging pandemic for which there will be no vaccine. Countries have to act urgently on water and land management.
Discover the 100 new Technology Pioneers of 2021
The World Economic Forum has named 100 up-and-coming tech companies as its 2021 Technology Pioneers. Selected for being cutting-edge players with great potential to shake up their industries, each successfully blends entrepreneurial spirit with science to tackle global problems head-on.
Redefining farm skills for the technological age
Agricultural productivity and performance need to be improved to feed a growing population. Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics will play a key role. Every job in farming will therefore require some reskilling within 10 years, with data analysis skills particularly important.
Four ways to turn waste into treasure
Waste is a global challenge. Successfully decreasing it, while enabling circularity, calls for innovative solutions. Thanks to numerous burgeoning technologies, the ability to eliminate waste is accelerating. Turning waste into high-quality products once seemed unattainable. But now it is reality.
Oman will build world’s largest green hydrogen plant
Oman currently relies heavily on fossil fuels. But construction of the world’s largest green hydrogen plant, which will use renewable energy to split water in an electrolyser, will turn this around. The plant should be at full capacity by 2038, offering a carbon emission-free replacement for fossil fuels.
Monitoring the world’s water, through technological innovation
Water quality in rivers, lakes and oceans is suffering the effects of pollution, droughts, flooding, water extraction and more. Responding to this starts with knowing the details. Remote sensing, coupled with use of big data, Artificial Intelligence and other technological innovations can provide them.