The 2020 coronavirus outbreak, by the nature of a much-changed Earth in the past 102 years, could propel even faster embraces of robotic operations on manufacturing plant floors, hotel check-in desks and dairy farms while pressuring new ways for medicine to better plan for pandemics of the future.
To mitigate the threat of climate change, the majority of climate models agree that the world will need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on the scale of approximately 6 gigatons of CO 2 per year by 2050.
This year, the World Economic Forum's annual Global Risks Report was dominated by the environment for the first time, following a year of floods and droughts that hammered home the business risks presented by climate change.
With the world facing disruptive social measures until at least the end of the year, it's unlikely to be business as usual for hospitality companies, including pubs, restaurants and fast food outlets, for some time unless they adapt to the new Covid-19 world.
EU-funded researchers have mapped out possible pathways to achieve the drastic technological, economic and societal transformations needed for the EU to become carbon neutral by 2050, meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement and lead global efforts to tackle climate change.
Stock markets in particular seem to be anticipating a relatively smooth end to the coronavirus pandemic that allows a strong rebound to take hold in the global economy during the second half of this year.
The global economy is likely to shrink by almost one percent this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and world output could contract further if imposed restrictions on economic activities extend to the third quarter of the year.