Carlo Carraro, FEEM Scientific Director, has co-authored an article in the journal Science on the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): "The IPCC at a Crossroads: Opportunities for Reform". The article appeared online on October 2, 2015, and is based on research and analysis conducted in collaboration with Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA, USA), the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC; Germany), and the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC; USA). This is the first time that FEEM publishes in Science, a new milestone in the history of FEEM's commitment to climate change.
FEEM is pleased to announce that Prof. Carlo Carraro, ICCG Director and FEEM Scientific Director, has been re-elected Vice Chair of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III at the 42nd Session of the IPCC Assembly in Dubrovnik, Croatia (5th-8th October 2015), attended by the delegations of more than 140 countries.
We can classify future problems and their contingencies into 3 level of increasing unawareness: White Swans, Grey Swans and Black Swans (Taleb 2007). White Swans are problems with known sets of probable outcomes and contingencies (i.e. complete awareness). Grey Swans are problems that are known and we are aware that the complete set of outcomes and contingencies is unknown. Black Swan problems involve unforeseen problems (i.e. totally unaware).
Climate change is a classic Grey Swan.
The webinar aims at presenting the DYNAMIX results on policy mix assessment for resource efficiency (DYNAMIX project will end in March 2016), generating a discussion around challenges and experiences on policy implementation within the participants, and finally link the results to the current policy issues, as the upcoming Circular Economy Package.
On Friday 23rd October, 2015 at 6:30 pm, ICCG – International Center for Climate Governance will officially award the winner of the Best Climate Practices Contest 2015 at Cascina Triulza, Civil Society Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015. The event concludes the third edition of the ICCG 2015 Best Climate Practices Contest, an annual initiative aimed to build a collective knowledge platform on bottom-up solutions to climate change and sustainable development issues.
This session introduces decision making analysis for urban climate resilience and water related issues with particular focus on multi criteria analysis (MCA) approach. This approach has been widely used in environmental and climate change assessment and decision making on prioritizing different policies, actions, measures against multiple criteria.
The aim of the FEEM and CMCC 4th Convention on "Climate Change and Sustainable Development Economics" is to present the latest research carried out at FEEM and CMCC on climate change and sustainable development economics. Recent papers dealing with these topics will be presented by FEEM and CMCC’s researchers, together with key note speeches by international leading scholars in the field.
"There is a growing awareness that global warming is one of the most important and urgent economic problems on the table..." French daily "Le Monde" publishes an article by FEEM Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Carraro, "Ce n'est pas que pour le générations futures, c'est aussi pour nous" in a special section devoted to the “Journées de l’Economie”(Lyon, October 13-15, 2015).
How to close the gap between science and policy? Why does science need to communicate better? André Jol, EEA Head of the Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation group, and Connie Hedegaard, former European commissioner for climate action, share their views on these two important issues in exclusive interviews to Re3.
The term "rebound effect" indicates a reduction in the expected gains associated with increases the energy efficiency due to behavioural or other systemic responses. Specifically, increased energy efficiency can be seen as a reduction in the relative price of using energy. As a result, demand for energy would increase, partly offsetting the benefits of the energy efficiency improvement.
The event will allow Expo 2015 visitors to experience first-hand the kind of complex issues that policy makers are likely to face in the upcoming years to deal with the negative environmental impacts from food production and consumption (for example: should meat consumption be taxed? Should the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy objectives be radically changed?).
Arctic surface air temperatures have risen at approximately twice the global rate, generating a range of ecosystem responses and associated climate feedbacks. Following the 2014 Think Tank Ranking Award ceremony on October 5, 2015, Dr. Scott Goetz -Deputy Director and Senior Scientist of the award-winning US research organization Woods Hole Research Centre - will deliver a lecture on WHRC research on the changes in the Arctic and climate feedbacks.
The United Nations General Assembly discussed and approved the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in New York on September 25-27, 2015. FEEM Research Director, Prof. Carlo Carraro, briefly presents the preliminary results of FEEM’s APPS – Assessment, Projections and Policy for Sustainable Development Goals - project.