The progressive transformations related to global warming in the Arctic are posing new challenges which require appropriate reflection as well as innovative and efficient solutions. Presenting the results of over 40 years of research, Professor Peter Wadhams, Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group and one of the most renowned international experts in the field, will provide a unique perspective on the relationship between global warming in the Arctic and geopolitical dynamics, along with new solutions to address the issues at stake.
Climate change impacts agricultural production. While crops in some parts of the world benefit from the changing climate, anthropogenic climate change is posing an overall negative impact on agriculture and the food security that is dependent on it. With global food production expected to increase by 70 percent within 2050, the agro-food sector is facing unprecedented resource pressures, with more on the horizon. On May 11, 2015 FEEM, ICCG and CMCC, together with the French Embassy in Italy, will host the international conference "Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security" under the patronage of Commissariat Général de la France at Expo 2015 to address the role of agriculture and food in the post-2015 development agenda and to develop strategies for a sustainable development path for future food systems.
The rise of the sharing economy phenomenon is reshaping the role of business in society. Italian newspapers announce that the sharing economy, in terms of bike and car sharing, has found its way into the ISTAT basket that represents the goods and services purchased by Italian families. The first 2015 issue of «Equilibri» collects the contributions of Italian operators and experts on this topic.
During this seminar, Jacopo Bonan (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Lab Expo, Fondazione Feltrinelli), will present the issue of energy poverty and access to more efficient cookstoves in Mali, where 95% of urban population uses solid fuels for cooking through traditional inefficient technologies with likely adverse consequences on health and fuel expenditure. Upon completion, the research project will allow to evaluate the long-term effects of purchase and usage of improved cookstoves on women’s time allocation and health conditions, household fuel expenditure and saving.
FEEM, in collaboration with Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Associazione Alumni Accenture and b-Venture, launches "Share in Action”, a contest aimed at promoting, developing and implementing the most innovative collaborative projects - submitted by profit and non-profit entities and teams of individuals – able to combine digital technologies and enhancement of services in the fields of hospitality, culture and welfare.
In this article FEEM Senior Researcher Simone Tagliapietra presents the key results of a new study, just published in the FEEM "Note di Lavoro/Working Paper" series, aimed at exploring the future prospects of renewable energy in the Mediterranean region.
In a background of a financial crisis along with high levels of indebtedness and aging population, high unemployment levels and the need for fiscal outlays for unemployment compensation or welfare benefits, climate change policies seem to appear as something which would not be regarded as an urgent policy also in many European countries. In fact, in a situation where public budgets are overstretched due to economic crisis, there is an increasing need to understand the implications of climate change impacts, climate change mitigation and adaptation policies on the fiscal side.
Given that climate change is and will continue to impact regions in different ways, migration from the areas most exposed to climate change needs to be considered. Fostering a better understanding of climate-related migration will also be a fundamental step in securing the future stability of our planet and action on poverty reduction.
Stabilization of atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to safe levels will require, at least in the longer run, some kind of technological revolution. This, in turn, can only be achieved through investments in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of carbon-free energy technologies. This new volume of the Edward Elgar Publishing - FEEM series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development, “Innovation under Uncertainty”, edited by FEEM researchers Valentina Bosetti and Michela Catenacci, presents original research and insights on the uncertain future of carbon-free energy technologies.