Medical data has a silo problem. These models could help fix it (WEF)

  • Much health data is out of reach to researchers in specific countries, halting discovery and innovation.
  • Government policies must consider technological capabilities to ensure data’s true potential can be unlocked.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/medical-data-has-a-silo-problem-these-models-could-help-fix-it/

Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline (WEF)

  • Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital society long before the COVID-19 pandemic, providing services such as electronic voting, online learning in schools, digital bureaucracy and healthcare.
  • When the coronavirus crisis struck, this investment paid off as Estonia’s digital public services continued mostly uninterrupted.
  • Public-private partnership and trust in public institutions are the secret of Estonia’s success. Citizens embraced the digital revolution because it was transparent, fair and to the benefit of all.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/estonia-advanced-digital-society-here-s-how-that-helped-it-during-covid-19/

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Why support for Latin America’s early tech hubs is vital for the region (WEF)

  • Many venture capitalists in Latin America are supporting existing companies on their portfolio but shying away from new deals.
  • The current slowdown could prove particularly damaging to smaller start-up ecosystems, such as those emerging in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
  • Maintaining support of start-ups in these ecosystems is vital to the entire region’s future.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/maintaining-support-for-latin-america-s-early-tech-hubs-is-vital-to-maintain-the-region-s-momentum/

Tackling the harder-to-abate sectors: join the conversation on 7 July (WEF)

  • The harder-to-abate sectors have a vital role to play in meeting the Paris Agreement targets.
  • We can achieve zero-emissions in these industries – but has COVID-19 thrown a spanner in the works, or opened up opportunities for a Great Reset?
  • Join the conversation with civic, business and political leaders at the Virtual Industry Transition Day on 7 July to be part of these industries’ race to zero.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/tackling-the-hard-to-abate-sectors-join-the-conversation/

South pole warmed ‘three times faster’ than global average over past 30 years (WEF)

  • The world’s southernmost weather station has seen record-high temperatures over the past three decades.
  • The record heat was driven largely by natural swings in Antarctica’s climate, but appears very likely that it worked in tandem with human-caused warming.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/south-pole-warmed-three-times-faster-than-global-average-over-past-30-years/

COVID-19 is the biggest setback to gender equality in a decade (WEF)

• Women around the world are losing paid work and doing more unpaid work as a result of the pandemic.

• Female entrepreneurs now need support, because much rebuilding will fall on them.

• Full economy parity was 257 years away, even before the crisis.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/gender-equality-women-employment-covid19/

 

Chart of the day: Renewables are increasingly cheaper than coal (WEF)

  • The International Renewable Energy Agency says half of new solar and wind installations undercut fossil fuels in 2019.
  • Since 2010, the cost of new solar photovoltaic projects has fallen by 82%.
  • Governments are debating whether to stimulate economic recoveries with “green growth” policies, including investment in renewables

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/renewable-energy-cheaper-coal/

The Arctic just recorded its hottest day ever. Here’s what that means (WEF)

  • The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, following months of record-breaking heat in the Arctic Circle.
  • Last winter was the hottest in Siberia since temperatures were first recorded 130 years ago.
  • The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there’s a 75% chance that 2020 could be the hottest year on record.
  • If not for climate change, Siberia’s record-breaking temperatures would be “a one in 100,000 year event,” one scientist said.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/arctic-hottest-temperature-100-degrees-fahrenheit-siberia-climate-change/

Why we need to solve our quantum security challenges (WEF)

  • The quantum computing age is growing ever closer – and it could render current encryption systems obsolete.
  • These risks could also prevent this technology’s true value from being realised.
  • Addressing this issue requires action at the national and global levels – now

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/quantum-computers-security-challenges/

4 fixes for equipment supply chains before the next COVID-19 waves hit (WEF)

  • The COVID-19 crises forced governments to build new international supply chains nearly overnight.
  • New innovations, such as blockchain, can make the supply chain more efficient, less risky and increase the velocity of goods running through the system.
  • Supply chain solutions must be put in place now to help manage demand from second and third waves of infection

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/4-fixes-for-covid-19-equipment-supply-chains-before-the-next-waves-hit/