FEEM is proud to announce its participation at the Seventh Climate Week NYC that will convene in New York City in September 2015. Organized by The Climate Group, an international non-profit that works with corporate and government partners to promote innovation and supportive policy frameworks for a low carbon future, Climate Week NYC brings together global figures - and new voices - from the worlds of business, government and society who are leading the low carbon transition.
What are the key challenges that OECD and partner economies may face over the coming 50 years if underlying global trends relating to growth, trade, inequality and environmental pressures prevail? Giuseppe Nicoletti, Head of the Structural Policy Analysis Division at OECD, will discuss to what extent national structural policies can address these and other interlinked challenges, pointing out the growing need for international coordination and cooperation to deal with these issues.
The 17th annual BIOECON conference on "Experimental and Behavioural Economics and the Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services " will be held at Kings College, Cambridge on September 14 and 15, 2015. The conference will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues in the area of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable development, in both developed and developing countries. The conference will have sessions on economic development, growth and biodiversity conservation, as well as on institutions and institutional change pertaining to the management of living resources.
Industrial economies have undergone multiple transitions in their dominant energy input. In this week’s seminar Derek Lemoine, University of Arizona, develops a setting in which specialized machines must be used to convert different types of resources into useful energy, and shows that regular transitions between dominant resources arise endogenously when innovation and extraction are both directed to the most profitable resource. He also formalizes a novel market transformation motive for the common policies that mandate use of renewable energy.
At the global level, climate and socio-economic changes determine the patterns of allocation and trade of resources in all markets. When considering adaptation of social and ecological systems to climate change, their inherent complexity and their spatial and temporal variabilities put the usefulness of consolidated CGE approaches under question for long term projections. Carlo Giupponi – VICCS and CMCC – and Vahid Mojtahed - VICCS -, explore the potential for integration of the Top-Down and Bottom-Up approaches with CGE models providing the macro-economic trends under the effects of global change scenarios and agent-based models used to simulate grid-based land use change dynamics, with consideration of spatial and temporal variabilities.
Food and water are the themes of the international shorts selected to be shown at the short film festival on sustainability that will be held on August 27 at the Auditorium of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. The winning short will be announced during the event, which will be organized by the University of Siena as coordinator of MED Solutions - the Regional hub for the Mediterranean of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network - in collaboration with the international festival Visionaria XXII.
On the occasion of the 29th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, “Agriculture in an Interconnected World” - ICAE 2015 that will be held in Milan on August 8th-14th 2015, Prof. Carlo Carraro, Coordinator of the "Climate Change and Sustainable Development" Research Programme at FEEM, will give a keynote speech on "Climate change: scenarios, impacts, policies and business opportunities" (August 13, 2015 - Plenary Session 5).
In this new volume released by FEEM Press, Professor Jean Christophe Iseux von Pfetten offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into China in terms of its leadership structure and policies, economic and social prospects as well as its world power projection. Professor Jean Christophe Iseux von Pfetten is currently President of the Royal Institute for East-West Strategic Studies affiliated with Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and also Visiting Professor at People’s University in Beijing. The volume is available in English, Italian and Chinese.
What are the implications of achieving the EU27 Resource Efficiency target on sustainability? In this week's seminar, FEEM researcher Fabio Eboli presents an application of a model-based framework specifically conceived to assess future sustainability over time, at country and macro-regional level, across scenarios. The flexible methodology allows analyzing the effects of indicator-specific policies on the sustainability dimensions (economy, society, environment), as well as on sustainability as a whole.
The Water-Energy-Food Nexus addresses the interrelated nature of global natural resource systems. This article by FEEM researcher Isabella Alloisio aims to better understand interactions between natural environment and human activities, and to suggest a more coordinated management and use of natural resources facing climate change and population growth challenges, along with solutions and best practices.