How can games be used to solve the climate stalemate? In this short interview Alessandro Tavoni, research fellow at the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics and associate researcher at FEEM, gives practical examples on how experimental games can be integrated into more traditional lines of research on coalition formation and stability.
In this article FEEM researcher Simone Tagliapietra summarizes the key results of a new study aimed at exploring the potential future prospects of a new "EU Energy Union". After the 2014 Ukraine crisis, new momentum has emerged in the EU around the need of creating a truly European energy policy. The article argues that the EU should seize this historical opportunity to substantially advance its energy policy, particularly focusing on security of energy supply.
In this column Franklin Allen, Professor of Finance and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, comments the paper "Illiquidity and all its Friends" by Nobel laureate Jean Tirole, providing a parallel analysis of the crisis and of the role of liquidity and other related phenomena.
The IPCC just released in Copenhagen the 4th and final volume of its 6-year effort. More than 800 authors - four of whom from FEEM - have analysed thousands of papers to deliver selected and firm key messages to the world leaders.
Jacopo Bonan, Catholic University of Milan and LabExpo, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, comments a selection of interviews to leading experts Ujjayant Chakravorty, Shonali Pachauri, Carlo Carraro, Stefano Bologna and Lucius Mayer-Tasch, collected during the International Workshop “Energy Poverty and Energy Access: Global Challenges and Goals" held in Milan on July 10, 2014.
This paper studies strategic decentralization in the provision of global public goods, such as climate. The authors show that a coalition, with the aim of maximizing the aggregate payoff of its members, may find it strategically advantageous to decentralize its provision, so that members act autonomously to maximize their own payoff. This may be particularly relevant for climate negotiations, because two active coalitions may provide less public goods than a world with only the largest coalition and a group of free-riding countries.
In this short interview to Re3, Swiss climate scientist Thomas Stocker, University of Berne and Co-chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), discusses basic but important aspects of the physics of climate, focusing in particular on the 2°C target for global temperature rise.
Although City research has a long tradition, progress is still needed to identify gross effects of agglomerations and particularly environmental effects, like urban heat islands. As discussed in this ICCG-FEEM seminar by Juergen Kropp, professor for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Potsdam University, a remote sensing approach can be particularly useful, allowing to identify easily urban heat islands and their typical annual behaviour.
Concentrated solar power generation in Africa and the Middle East could potentially supply up to 20% of European power demand. However, it is currently much more expensive than fossil fuels, and geo-political challenges need to be overcome. This article by Emanuele Massetti and Elena Claire Ricci evaluates the technological, economic, and political feasibility of this idea.
Ethnic heterogeneity can potentially be related to the occurrence of conflicts with long-lasting economic effects but still no broad consensus is reached on which distributional aspect of ethnic diversity is playing a crucial role. On Oct. 16, 2014, Matija Kovacic, from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, is presenting a work on “Ethnic Distribution, Effective Power and Conflict” co-authored by Matija Kovacic (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) and Claudio Zoli (University of Verona). The seminar is jointly organized by FEEM and IEFE, Bocconi University.
This week FEEM seminar will focus on the current state of research in the field of disaster impact modelling. On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, Elco Koks, from the Institute for Environmental Studies, is presenting at FEEM in Venice the results of an extensive sensitivity analysis of a disaster impact model to describe a newly developed high-detail interregional impact assessment model, showing how the European economy can be affected due to a natural disaster.
A man-induced unbalance in nature could trigger an unbalance in human society that will re-impact nature and paralyze human response, initiating a potentially global, catastrophic cycle. What risks might we have to face? This article by Grammenos Mastrojeni, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy, discusses the conception of a standard analysis approach to harness the complexity of global warming.
Six months after the launch of Sharexpo (www.sharexpo.it), FEEM – in collaboration with Collaboriamo, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Modacult-Catholic University of Milan and Secolo Urbano – has organized the event “Sharexpo: Milano città condivisa per Expo 2015”, which will be hosted on 7 October 2014 by the “Salone della CSR e dell’Innovazione Sociale” at Bocconi University in Milan. The meeting aims at presenting the main initiatives and activities undertaken to achieve greater dissemination of collaborative services in the city of Milan during Expo 2015.
FEEM is pleased to announce and host the 10th Annual Forum on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Economy: “Back to basics: What is the Purpose of the Corporation?". The Forum is organized by the Research Centre Politeia in partnership with the University of Milano, the IESEG School of Management - Lille-Paris, and the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, and is supported by a Promoting Committee of several well-known Italian companies and organizations.
Interviewed by Re3, Francisco H. G. Ferreira - World Bank Chief Economist Africa Region and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn) - discusses development policies in Africa, human capital empowerment and how to deal with religious and cultural conflicts and promote nation-building processes.
REDD+ is a good start for reducing the emissions of carbon from land, but more ambitious management practices might be needed to stabilize the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere almost immediately. On October 2, 2014 Richard A. Houghton, acting president of the Woods Hole Research Center, will deliver at ICCG in Venice an international lecture entitled “Beyond REDD+: What management of land can and cannot do to help control atmospheric CO2”. During the event, the ICCG will also announce the winner of the "2013 ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking Award".