Was the climate agreement reached in Paris at the COP21 meeting a crucial step in international climate negotiations? How does it deal with key issues such as mitigation, adaptation, loss & damage and climate finance? In this new Re3 article, FEEM researchers Elisa Calliari, Aurora D’Aprile and Marinella Davide, scrutinize the main features of this historical agreement.
In the context of climate change, drought spells in water scarce regions will become more frequent and water withdrawals for irrigation may become unsustainable, now and for future generations. What do to about it? Re3 publishes a video introducing the basic concepts of insurance as a useful instrument to preserve water bodies and our environment.
The start of this century has been characterized by the rapid rise of the middle classes in emerging countries and by their stagnation and transformation in the Western world. This issue of Equilibri focuses on this historical turn in Brazil, India and China, where the rise of the middle classes is likely to slacken as a result of the slowdown of their economies, which are essentially based on low cost labor and natural resources trading. Click here for the table of contents, editorial and abstracts.
FEEM has been an active player in the climate change debate since the very beginning. First, by participating in the most important and comprehensive scientific process centered on climate change since 1995. Second, by supporting Italian delegations during negotiations processes since 1997. On the occasion of the COP21 Conference in Paris, FEEM has released a set of infographics that illustrate the story of its role in many important national and international events and projects, and its key scientific publications.
A need for low-carbon world has added a new challenging dimension for the long-term energy scenarios development. In addition to the traditional factors like technological progress, demographic, economic, political and institutional considerations, there is another aspect of the modern energy forecasts related to the coverage, timing, and stringency of policies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
The Carmen-Pajonal-Machona lagoon system (CPM) is located along Mexico Gulf in the State of Tabasco. It is a low-depth coastal wetland which is separated from the ocean by a fragile sand bar. It communicates with the sea through two inlets and hosts important habitats (including mangroves) and medium-small human communities, strongly relying on the lagoon ecosystem services for their subsistence.
This seminar reports the results of an experiment jointly characterizing risk and model uncertainty aversion. Based on a general framework developed in Marinacci (2015), we explore subjects’ attitudes towards risk (one stage objective uncertainty about the outcome of a given model), compound risk (two-stage objective uncertainty), and model uncertainty (subjective uncertainty about potential models generating the observations).
Climate change is expected to increase risks to businesses, infrastructure, assets and economies. Understanding how to involve the private sector in responding to these risks – or encouraging them to take advantage of the new business opportunities that may arise from changing climate conditions – is crucial to catalyze greater investment in activities that increase countries, businesses, and communities’ resilience.
The Policy Seminar will focus on the recent UNFCCC Conference of Parties, COP21, concluded in Paris on December 12 with the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The new global climate deal is expected to enter into force in 2020 after the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires.