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HIGHLIGHTS
Oct. 23, 2014 - FEEM Re3: "Is it Too Late for 2°C?"

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.

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Oct. 23, 2014 - Venice, Italy: ICCG-FEEM seminar: Advanced Assessment of Urban Heat Island Effects in European Cities

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.

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Oct. 16, 2014 - FEEM Re3: "Rethinking African Solar Power for Europe"

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.

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Oct. 16, 2014 - Venice, Italy: FEEM-IEFE Seminar on "Ethnic Distribution, Effective Power and Conflict"

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.

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Oct.13, 2014: Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Jean Tirole

FEEM is very honored of its collaboration with professor Jean Tirole, who has been awarded today the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for his analysis of market power and regulation". The French professor received the award for his contributions on the regulation of large companies and in recent years has been Lecturer at FEEM (May 12, 2009: “New Finance, New Rules”) and has published several works in FEEM’s working papers series “Note di Lavoro”, including an interview in Italian, Nuove regole, nuova finanza, in FEEM's journal "Equilibri".

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Oct. 10, 2014 - Venice, Italy: FEEM Seminar on "Comparison of macroeconomic models for disaster impact analysis"

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.

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Oct. 9, 2014 - FEEM Re3: "Climate Change Calls for Global, Comprehensive and Integrative Risk Management"

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.

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Oct. 7, 2014 - Milan, Italy: FEEM at the Bocconi University Forum on CSR and Social Innovation within the Sharexpo Project

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.

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Oct. 3, 2014 - FEEM Milan, Italy: 10th Annual Forum on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Economy

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.

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Oct. 2, 2014 - FEEM Re3: "Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa"

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.

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Oct. 2, 2014 - FEEM Venice, Italy: International Lecture by R.A. Houghton and 2013 ICCG Climate Thinktank Ranking Award Ceremony

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".

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Sept. 29-30, 2014 - Venice, Italy: 2nd Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences

The Second Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC) will take place on September 29-30, 2014 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The conference, entitled “Climate Change: Scenarios, Impacts and Policy” aims to involve scientists, researchers and policy makers, whose activities are focused on different aspects of climate change, its impacts and related policies.

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Sept. 26, 2014 - Venice, Italy: Venetonight 2014 - EU Researchers' Night - The city of Venice and the challenge of climate change

FEEM is taking part to the 2014 European Researchers' Night through the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), as part of Venetonight 2014 and is organizing an exciting treasure hunt with researchers in Venice. By interacting with researchers from the ICCG and FEEM, the participants will discover how climate change is affecting the cultural heritage of the most beautiful city in the world.

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Sept. 25, 2014 - FEEM Re3: "Climate Change Impacts and Limited Market-driven Adaptation"

This article by FEEM researchers Francesco Bosello and Ramiro Parrado addresses one specific criticism that can be raised against economic climate change impact assessments conducted with Computable General Equilibrium models: that of overly optimistic assumptions about markets’ ability to react to climate change induced shocks, i.e. market-driven adaptation.

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Sept. 24, 2014 - Milan, Italy: FEEM Lecture on "Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa", by Francisco H. G. Ferreira (World Bank)

After two ‘lost decades’ from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Africa’s economic growth has resumed in the last twenty years. In the last decade in particular, GDP growth in the region has averaged 5.1%, making it the second fastest-growing region in the world, after East Asia. Yet, with approximately 49% of Africans still living below $1.25 per person per day, this growth is not translating into poverty reduction as effectively as anyone would like. This FEEM lecture will investigate possible reasons for the ‘broken link’ between Africa’s growth and poverty reduction, exploring demographic factors, the sector composition of the growth process, the role of natural resources and conflict, and the importance of inequality. Possible policy directions to harness the power of growth for faster poverty reduction will also be discussed.

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Sept. 18, 2014 - FEEM Milan, Italy: Energy Poverty in Italy

Over the last 15 years, Italian households have experienced a remarkable increase in gas and electricity prices (+80% and + 60% respectively). As a consequence, the share of heating and electricity costs on total expenditure has reached its historical height of almost 6%. On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Ivan Faiella, Bank of Italy, will present a study that  investigates whether these dynamics are leading to a problem of energy poverty (EP). Indeed, despite the existence of two targeted national programs (“Bonus gas” and “Bonus energia”) in Italy there is no official definition of EP and the purpose of this study is to provide the reader with a set of indicators to fill this gap.

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30 Oct 2014
United we stand, divided we win. Strategic decentralization and the provision of global public goods
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20 Nov 2014 - 21 Nov 2014
FEEM Gas Talks 2014 "New Challenges and Opportunities for European Gas Markets"
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24 Nov 2014 - 26 Nov 2014
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Economics - Third Convention of FEEM and CMCC fellows working on climate change and sustainable development economics
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04 Dec 2014
What Is Climate Finance? Definitions to Improve Tracking and Scale Up
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