Past events in 2013



Seminar: Learning from Disasters: The effect of past experience on losses from natural disasters

Grantham Workshop|

Speaker: Tom Mcdermott

Date: Wednesday 11 December 2013

Location: EAS.E168, LS

Seminar: Breaking Up May Not Be Hard to Do: terminating links between emission trading programs

Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series|

Speaker: Billy Pizer|, Duke University

Date and location: 4 December, LSE

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Public lecture: A Fractured Future: climate change in an age of fossil fuel abundance

In 1997, Lord Browne broke ranks with the rest of the oil industry and acknowledged the risk posed by climate change. In this lecture, he will reflect on the progress made since that speech, and the prospects for the future.

Speaker: Lord John Browne of Madingley, former chief executive of BP

Chair: Lord Turner

Date and location: 27 November 2013, LSE

Seminar: Gone with the Wind: valuing the local impacts of wind turbines through house prices

Seminar in our Grantham Workshop series|

Speaker: Steve Gibbons

Date and location: 27 November 2013, LSE

Seminar: Discounting, Risk and Inequality: a general approach

More on the Research Seminar Series|

Speaker: Stephane Zuber|, Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, Paris

Date and location: Wednesday 20 November, LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 402KB)

Seminar: Learning-By-Doing in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry

This seminar is part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Kenneth Gillingham|, Yale University

Date and location: 6 November, LSE  

Seminar: Wasteland energy-scapes: A comparative energy flow analysis of India’s biofuel and biomass economies

This seminar is part of the Grantham Workshop| series

Speaker: Jennifer Baka

Date and location: 13 November 2013, LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF)  


Seminar: The Grey Paradox: how owners of carbon-emitting resources can benefit from carbon regulation

Part of the Grantham Workshop| seminar series

Speaker: Renaud Coulomb|

Date and location: 30 October 2013, LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 1.69MB) 

Talk: How to Get Published at Nature Climate Change

Speaker: Monica Contestabile, Nature Climate Change|’s Senior Editor

Monica is a quantitative economist by training, with a PhD in environmental economics from the University of Naples Federico II and a Master's degree in economics from Coripe Piemonte.

Prior to joining Nature Climate Change, Monica worked with WWF-UK developing research on sustainable consumption. Before that, she was a senior lecturer at the Crichton Carbon Centre in Scotland and a visiting professor at University Institute Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

Monica's research interests cover economic valuation of environmental impacts, market based instruments in climate change policy and carbon accounting.

Date and location: Friday 25 October, LSE

Seminar: A Stylized Applied Energy-Economy Model for France 

This seminar is part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Fanny Henriet|, Paris School of Economics

Date and location: Wednesday 23 October, LSE

Public lecture: Enough is enough

LSE Students Union public lecture: Dan O’Neill spoke about the ideas in his new book, 'Enough Is Enough: building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources'. He explained why current economic policies are failing, and how we can make the transition to an economy that works for people and the planet.

Speaker: Dan O’Neill is a lecturer in ecological economics at the University of Leeds, and the chief economist at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. He holds a doctorate in ecological economics from the University of Leeds and a master of environmental studies degree from Dalhousie University.

Chair: Simon Dietz|, Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute

Date and location: Monday 21 October, LSE  

Public lecture: From Eco-Catastrophe to Zero Clearing: why is deforestation in the Neotropics declining?

Department of Geography & Environment and Grantham Research Institute public lecture: Professor Susanna Hecht addressed the recent dramatic decline in deforestation in Amazonia, why it occurred, and how likely it is to endure.

Speaker: Professor Susanna Hecht; Susanna is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Institute of the Environment at UCLA

Date and location: 17 October 2013, LSE

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Seminar: Spaces for Agreement: a theory of time-stochastic dominance and an application to climate change

Part of the Grantham Workshop|: a public forum for researchers at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and associates, to exchange ideas and get feedback on ongoing research projects.

Speaker: Simon Dietz|

Date and location: 16 October, LSE

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Seminar: Natural Disasters and Plant Survival: the impact of the Kobe earthquake  

This seminar is part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Eric Strobl|, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

Date and location: 9 October, 12.30 to 2pm; LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 9.54MB) 


Conference: Green Growth

Supported by the Global Green Growth Institute|

This event included workshops on macroeconomics and empirical policy evaluation. Numerous papers were presented on green growth, carbon markets and policy.

Speaker(s): Included Lord Nicholas Stern, Howard Bamsey, Paul Collier, Pierre Mohnen and Ralf Martin

Date and location: 30 September to 2 October, RSA House, London

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Seminar: How Much Carbon to Lock up and the Green Paradox 

Part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Rick van der Ploeg|, University of Oxford

Date and location: 19 June 2013, 12.30; LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 709KB)

Seminar: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: World Energy Outlook Special Report

Speaker(s): Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency, and Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change

Date and location: 12 June, LSE

In this seminar, chaired by Lord Stern of Brentford, Fatih Birol presented the key findings of the report, 'Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: World Energy Outlook Special Report', by the International Energy Agency. The Rt Hon Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, responded with a keynote address on UK action on climate change and joined Fatih Birol for a panel discussion.  

Seminar: The Incentive Structure of Impure Public Good Provision: the case of international fisheries

Part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series|

Speaker: Michael Finus, University of Bath

Date and location: 12 June 2013, 12.30; NAB.LG.03

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 335KB) 


Seminar: Information transmission in irrigation technology adoption and diffusion: social learning, extension services and spatial effects

Part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series|

Speaker: Phoebe Koundouri|, Athens University of Economics and Business

Date and location: 22 May, LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF)

Lecture: Multilateralism in Crisis: environmental conflict and stalemate in the trade and climate regimes

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the International Relations department at LSE

Those who argue that multilateralism is in crisis typically point to the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations under the WTO, and the post-Kyoto negotiations under the UNFCCC, as Exhibits A and B.

Both sets of negotiations have moved at a glacial pace over the past decade, are plagued by mistrust and major divisions among hardened negotiating blocs, and have so far failed to fulfil their basic purposes.

This presentation highlighted the commonalities and connections between the stalemates in the Doha trade round and the post-Kyoto climate negotiations from the standpoint of environmental multilateralism.

The presentation also critically assessed the most commonly discussed explanation to account for the stalemate - namely, the shift towards a more multipolar world (the ‘power shift’ argument) - and explored the consequences of failure for each set of negotiations.

Date and location: 20 May, LSE

Speaker: Robyn Eckersley|, Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Chair: Dr Robert Falkner|

Public lecture: Itinerant Farming to White House Arrests: a scientist’s view of the climate crisis

The unfolding human-made climate crisis seems almost surrealistic from a scientific perspective. As knowledge of a climate emergency improves, policies change in ways that exacerbate rather than mitigate the situation. The tragedy is that actions needed to stabilise climate, rather than being painful to society, would have multiple benefits, including stronger economies, more good jobs, and more equitable opportunities for individuals.

If our governments continue to fail to advance effective policy, thus causing continued extraction of every fossil fuel that can be found, today's children, future generations, and nature will bear the consequences through no fault of their own.

A variety of options for making governments do their job were discussed.

Date and location: 16 May, LSE

Speaker: Dr James Hansen|, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and designated by Time Magazine, in 2006, as one of the world’s 100 most influential people

Chair: Professor Sam Fankhauser |

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Seminar: Making policy decisions when you know you are unaware

Part of the Climate Change and Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Oliver Walker|, University of Cambridge

Date and location:  15 May 2013, 12.30; NAB.LG.03

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 383KB)  

Seminar: Adaptation to X: mapping decision spaces between climate and development 

Part of the Climate Change and Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Tom Downing|, GCAP/Oxford

Date and location: 1 May, LSE

More information: Seminar paper| (PDF, 398KB) 


Seminar: Carbon prices over long time horizons

Part of the Climate Change and Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Reyer Gerlagh|, Tilburg University

Date and location: 13 March 2013; LSE

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Seminar: Incentives and Stability of International Climate Coalitions: an integrated assessment

Part of the Climate Change and Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Valentina Bosetti|, Bocconi University and FEEM

Date and location: 27 February 2013, 12.30; LSE

More information: Seminar paper|

Seminar: Who Will Win the Green Race?

Part of the Climate Change and Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Speaker: Sam Fankhauser|, Grantham Research Institute / LSE

Date and location:  13 February 2013, 12.30; STC.S221, maps and directions|

More information: Working paper 94|


Seminar: Behaviour in Networks: altruism, externalities and peer effects

Speaker: Sergio Currarini|, University of Venice 

Part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series|

Date and location: 30 January, LSE

More information: 'Games on networks: direct complements and indirect substitutes|' (PDF)

Seminar: Environmental and Technology Policy Options in the Electricity Sector: interactions and outcomes

Part of the Climate Change and Environment Research Seminar Series (RSS)|

Myriad policy measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector, promote generation from renewable sources, and encourage energy conservation. Do these measures work together or at cross purposes?

Speaker: Carolyn Fischer|, Resources for the Future

Date and location: 16 January 2013, LSE

More information: Accompanying paper| (PDF)

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