The XXI Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Aim of the conference is to deliver a new universal climate change agreement that keeps a global temperature rise under 2 degrees C. Within this framework, FEEM will co-organize a number of side events and will participate in parallel events organized by other institutions at the COP Venue.
In advance of the COP21 Conference, FEEM is pleased to provide a list of titles of its latest publications and suggested readings to guide both experts and non experts to understanding the issues that will be discussed at the upcoming Paris Climate Conference.
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.
The ROME2015 - SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE produced a Scientific Statement on Climate Change that calls policy-makers, entrepreneurs, institutions and the public at large to take action on climate change. The Statement is authored by the representatives of the several Italian scientific firms and associations that co-organized the event, and it is available in English and Italian. All the Scientific Societies and Associations that undersigned the Scientific Statement also contributed short statements on their specific perspective on the climate sciences in view of COP21 in Paris. Any Scientific Society or Association that agrees with the Statement and would like to undersign, share and provide its specific statement, is welcome to do so.
FEEM is pleased to announce that Prof. Carlo Carraro has been elected President of EAERE at the latest EAERE Elections 2015. His two-year presidential term will begin in January 2018. He will serve as President-Elect in 2016 and 2017 and for other two years as Past-President, at the end of the presidential term.
The global average temperature has been constantly rising over the last 100 years. More and more frequently environmental disasters have hit various regions around the globe, drastically affecting the lives of millions of people. Climate change is probably one of the most pressing and imminent economic problems the world is facing right now, more urgent even than international financial crises or mass unemployment. Will we be able to stop this trend? And how?
FEEM is pleased to announce the release of the latest FEEM Press titles “Water and Development” by Michel Camdessus and Giulio Sapelli, “Arctic Amplification, Climate Change, Global Warming. New Challenges from the Top of the World” by Peter Wadhams, and the updated version of “Un patto globale per lo sviluppo sostenibile. Processi e attori nell’Agenda 2030” by Ilaria Lenzi, Ilaria Pais and Andrea Zucca. All FEEM Press titles are freely downloadable from our web site.
The average planet temperatures have been rising for over one hundred years. This is the reason why we are increasingly facing the disastrous effects caused by extreme meteorological and climatic events, such as heat waves, torrential rains, hurricanes or unusually severe or prolonged droughts. Climate change control is therefore one of the most urgent economic (and ethical) issues that our society has to deal with.
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) that will be held in December represents a key step in the transition toward a low carbon world economy. The Conference is attracting much attention and the expectations are very high. Many countries, both developed and developing, are already moving toward a more sustainable growth through the adoption of “intended nationally determined contributions” to the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions, the so-called INDCs.
Voluntary CO2 emission cuts announced so far by States are not enough to stay on target and avoid trespassing the 2° threshold: 13 gigatons carbon dioxide equivalent are missing to bridge the distance. In this article, Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses how better land management and degraded lands recovery could contribute to bridging the emissions gap.
Time is running short for the health of our Planet. Will Paris succeed in providing at least a foundation upon which the world can build effective collective action? We have learned from the Kyoto Protocol that three elements are crucial. First, the treaty must encourage and promote full participation by countries. Second, the treaty must demand that parties change their behaviour substantially. Third, the treaty must provide parties with an incentive to comply with the obligations they have pledged to fulfil. A few days before the launch of the COP21 climate conference in Paris, the eBook “Towards a workable and effective climate regime” edited by Scott Barrett (Columbia University), Carlo Carraro (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei) and Jaime De Melo (University of Geneva), collects the personal views of key contributors on what can/should be done to lay the ground for a workable and effective climate agreement.
The photographic exhibition ”FRANCO FONTANA ARCHITECTURAL ABSTRACTIONS. Photographs of Expo Milano 2015" will be inaugurated with a press conference at FEEM’s headquarters in Milan on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12.00 noon (opening hour for press accreditation). The exhibition will be open to the public from November 10 until December 5, 2015 (Monday to Saturday, 8.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.) at FEEM’s headquarters in Milan.