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Using ecosystems to reach higher: An interview with the co-CEO of Ping An

McKinsey Quarterly interview with the co-CEO of Ping An, Jessica Tan Expect digital to further blur industry lines, supercharge scalability, and loosen geographical restraints for professional services, says Jessica Tan. Ping An is the archetypal example of how today’s Asian powerhouses succeed by creating, participating in, and exploiting digital ecosystems. Founded in 1988 as an…

Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future

Natasha Barbolini, Stockholm University – The Conversation Around 34 million years ago, sudden climate change caused ecological breakdown in Central Asia. This ancient event, triggered by rapid drops in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide, permanently affected biological diversity in the region. Large areas of Mongolia, (geographic) Tibet and north-western China suddenly became hyperarid deserts with…

Education’s role in building back better for the planet

Christina Kwauk – Brookings The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we live in a socio-ecological system in which our human systems are deeply interconnected with our natural systems. Yet our education systems do not educate us to recognize, respect, or nurture this interdependency. The zoonotic nature of the coronavirus has exposed how human-caused environmental degradation…

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Michael Obersteiner, University of Oxford; David Leclère, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.…