The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on October 28th, 2016. Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Participants gather for 24 hours to engage in a climate-related problem solving workshop. Venezia, Bologna, Latina and Torino are the Italian cities joining Climathon this year. The challenge of Venice Climathon 2016: “Cultural heritage in a changing climate: exploring innovative and nature-based solution to cope with heatwaves”.
Gas represents a pivotal element of the European energy architecture. The ultimate aim of this new volume by FEEM researchers Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra is to contribute to the current European gas debate by providing a balancing act between two issues, decarbonisation of the European energy system and security of gas supply.
"The Truth About Climate Change" report on climate change and the Paris agreement becomes the gold standard after reaching 600 million via radio, TV, print, Internet and the social media. The report is authored by top climate scientists including FEEM Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Carraro.
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The current energy situation in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries is characterised by a rapid increase of energy demand, low energy efficiency and low domestic energy prices. This volume by D. Favoino (Bruegel) and S. Tagliapietra (FEEM) summarizes the key results of a brainstorming workshop recently organized by FEEM and Bruegel to look at the current situation and to investigate how to formulate a new Euro-Mediterranean energy cooperation.
The SDSNedu initiative has become the SDG Academy to help young generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Academy is an on-line platform that provides high-quality educational resources on sustainable development. The initiative brings together leading experts on sustainable development to train future generations on sustainable development practices and to cope with the complex challenges facing our planet. All course materials are freely available.
Expert elicitations are frequently used to characterize future technology outcomes. However, many argue that the usefulness of this methodology is limited, because estimates across studies are not easily comparable; choices in survey design and expert selection may bias results; and over-confidence is a persistent problem. The article by G.F. Nemet, L. Diaz Anadon and E. Verdolini compares data from 16 elicitations, involving 169 experts, on the 2030 costs of 5 energy technologies to provide quantitative evidence of how survey and expert characteristics affect experts’ estimates.
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How has North Africa changed over the last five years? Will these changes generate a new relationship between geopolitics and energy? In this new FEEM Press volume FEEM researcher Sara Brzuszkiewicz investigates the current geopolitical scenario and the potential consequences of the Arab Springs and jihadism on the energy sector.
This FEEM Working Paper by A. Markandya, E. De Cian, L. Drouet, J. M. Polanco-Martìnez and F. Bosello proposes a methodology to calculate risk premium in case of climate change damage.
“In the presence of uncertainty about climate change damages, are people satisfied to be protected against the "average" outcomes? We show that in fact this is not the case. The presence of risk aversion increases the perceived damage above the average one. We quantify accordingly this "addition" and we re-analyse the decision to mitigate and to adapt in the light of this correction".
Washington Post and Houston Chronicle articles cite the NBER and FEEM working paper “Bridging the Gap: Do Fast Reacting Fossil Technologies Facilitate Renewable Energy Diffusion?”. The paper, co-authored by FEEM researcher Elena Verdolini with Francesco Vona (OFCE Sciences-Po and SKEMA Business School) and David Popp (Syracuse University and NBER), discusses the role of fossil-based power generation technologies in supporting renewable energy investments.
This FEEM Working Paper by A. D'Aprile explores the main progress and deadlocks of Carbon Capture and Storage technology development in recent years, including economic constraints, regulation complexity, political and environmental factors.
“CCS technology still struggles to emerge as a sound low-carbon choice for governments and investors. Post-COP21 national and international efforts, as well as local policies and context, will play an increasingly critical role in the next phase of CCS deployment”