How much do we really know about climate change? How does it affect people’s lives, especially those of the poorest? What effects can it have on the most vulnerable areas of the planet? Do specific behaviors and strategies exist to reduce or “mitigate” this phenomenon and its effects? How can we coexist with them? What are its impacts on agriculture and local economies?
Expo Milano 2015 will bring to Milan and the Lombardy region between 15 and 25 million visitors from all over the world. What are the sharing opportunities for the event, the city and the country? What actions can the Government and the other actors in the region take to encourage the development of collaborative services and goods? Will all this create a legacy for the citizens and the community even after the event? In order to discuss these issues and find concrete answers, Collaboriamo, FEEM, ModaCult-Università Cattolica of Milan and Secolo Urbano will organize the event “Sharexpo - Milano città condivisa per Expo 2015” on April 15, 2014. (Working language: Italian).
Following the publication of the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Summary for Policymakers of Working Groups II and III are soon going to be released. The ICCG will organize two ad hoc seminars to discuss the most relevant outcomes of the reports with renowned Italian experts. The April 14th seminar concerns the Working Group III contribution on "Mitigation of Climate Change".
After the first volume dedicated to the Physical Science basis issued in September 2013, and the second one focused on the Impacts of Climate Change released just 15 days ago, the third volume - the Summary for Policy makers of the 5th Assessment Report, released on Sunday 14th in Berlin - deals with the Mitigation of climate change and the associated costs.
Estimates of future damages from climate change in coastal areas are of growing interest for climate change research and policy-making. The new article by David C. Major, Daniel Bader, Robin Leichenko, Katie Johnson and Megan Linkin describes a newly-developed methodology applied to estimate total insured coastal damages with climate change for the period 2025-2085 in New York State, USA.
Indonesia’s desire to drive economic growth and reduce climate risk is reflected in the sweeping policy reforms it has introduced in recent years to meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Policy Initiative presents the most comprehensive study on climate finance in Indonesia, showing where public climate finance comes from, through which instruments and disbursement channels it flows to what end uses. CPI also reveals investment patterns that show where the biggest barriers and opportunities for scaling up investment are.
Giovanna D'Adda, from the University of Birmingham, shows in this week's FEEM seminar how leaders influence the unethical conduct of followers. In general, the presence of active group leaders yields significantly more misreporting. Moreover, statements from leaders have a stronger effect on follower behavior than the ability to distribute financial rewards. The researchers also identify heterogeneity between leaders in their propensity to act dishonestly, which correlates with their willingness to use statements or incentives as a means for encouraging dishonest follower conduct.
With the aid of whiteboard scribing, Italian authors of the IPCC Report - Francesco Bosello, Sergio Castellari and Riccardo Valentini – explain the main issues tackled by the second volume of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, dedicated to climate change impacts. The video is introduced by Jonathan Lynn, Head of Communications and Media Relations at IPCC.
Happiness is a fundamental societal metric. Normally it is measured through self-reported answers to questionnaires which do not necessarily reflect experienced utility of respondents. In this seminar, Luciano Canova, from Eni Corporate University, will present a study which examines instead the messages posted on Twitter as a measure for investigating idiosyncratic shocks of happiness.
On April 2, 2014 at 11.00 a.m. at FEEM headquarters in Milan, Tarek Heggy, distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute, will hold a Lecture on "Islamism and Modernity: an unconventional perspective ". The discussion will be led by Valentina Colombo, European University, Rome and Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy. If you would like to attend, please send an email confirmation to our Events Office in Milan.
The ex ante Impact Asssessment of planned policies has developed as an important part of policy making within the European institutions as well as in Member States. The analysis of expected economic, social and environmental impacts informs the decision making. Collecting relevant and trustworthy evidence is a challenge for policy decisions. At the same time, Impact Assessment is an opportunity for researchers, research organisations and funding agencies to develop knowledge relevant for societal decision making.