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Rio+20: Successes and Failures

“A strong contribution from all stakeholders should make the UN’s Rio+20 conference a defining moment that sparks global innovation to move us towards a sustainable future. We urge the world to grasp this moment and make history”, was the heartfeltplea of the scientific world on the eve of the meeting. The moment was obviously not…

Droughts in Northern Italy: Taken by Surprise, Again

Imagine that you live in a fertile valley encircled by high mountains, where the climate is temperate, abundant freshwater resources satisfy all humans needs, whilst leaving enough for a healthy environment. A network of medium-to-large sized cities boost economic development and agriculture counts on thousands year-long irrigation traditions. In many respects what you imagine holds…

No facts without values

Climate change is still not widely recognized as a burning issue. Despite illusions, climate skepticism is not dead yet but only evolving, shaped in different forms, each with different underlying reasons and meanings. Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of IPCC Working Group III, identifies* five types of climate skepticisms and one possible pathway to tackle them. 1)…

2015 FEEM and CMCC convention

Each year in fall, FEEM and CMCC organise their yearly convention. This is the occasion for researchers from different fields and premises to meet, compare results, discuss further refinements of their own research or plan future publications. FEEM and CMCC also grant two awards during the event: one for the best paper published in a…

Experimental games and climate coalitions

The theoretical and empirical analysis of how networks and groups form and interact is relevant to many different aspects characterizing the functioning of social and economic systems. Just to provide some examples: the management of international public goods, the governance of economic unions, the formation of industrial cartels and collaborations, the patterns of racial integration or…

Highlights from the 2013 International Energy Workshop

The annual International Energy Workshop (IEW) is a leading event for the international energy modeling community and presents an opportunity for scholars and researchers to compare quantitative energy projections, to understand the reasons for diverging views of future energy developments, and to observe new trends in global energy production and consumption. During the the 32nd…

Sustainable energy for all

Interview with Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency Energy is obviously at the heart of all sorts of concerns but “climate change is the main issue today” according to Birol, and “the world is absolutely on track to reach a 6°C increase [in global temperature], while unfortunately politicians are not taking this…