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“This time is different”: The prospects for an effective climate agreement in Paris 2015

a policy paper by Fergus Green  30 October, 2014

The international climate change conference in Paris at the end of 2015 presents an important opportunity for governments to negotiate a new international climate agreement. A question of central importance to negotiators and observers is: what kind of policy architecture — what policy, legal and institutional structure — is likely to be most effective in generating sufficient emissions reductions read more »


How effective negotiation management promotes multilateral cooperation

How effective negotiation management promotes multilateral cooperation

Kai Monheim  28 October, 2014

The power of process in climate, trade, and biosafety negotiations read more »


Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change on ‘Linking Emissions Trading Systems’

Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change on ‘Linking Emissions Trading Systems’

a policy paper by Luca Taschini  16 October, 2014

Paper looks at what are the main challenges to linking emissions trading systems and what are the consequences of failing to address them adequately. read more »


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Steel Report: Carbon Control Post 2020 in Energy Intensive Industries

a policy paper by Misato Sato  15 October, 2014

Study demonstrates how a portfolio of low-carbon opportunities exists which can modernize the steel industry and achieve climate benefits at the same time. The study concludes that the European steel industry has to be highly energy-efficient and innovative to secure its future and that low-carbon transformation offers such a perspective. read more »


Why is geoengineering so tempting?

Why is geoengineering so tempting?

a working paper by Baran Doda  15 October, 2014

Geoengineering can be defined as the technologies that aim to deliberately alter geophysical mechanisms in order to alleviate the impacts of climate change. It has received increasing attention by economists … read more »


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Handbook of Sustainable Development

This Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved. read more »


EU ETS, free allocations and activity level thresholds, the devil lies in the details

EU ETS, free allocations and activity level thresholds, the devil lies in the details

a working paper by Misato Sato  3 October, 2014

This paper investigates incentives for firms to increase output above the activity level thresholds (ALTs) in order to obtain more free allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. While ALTs … read more »


Climate change and International River Boundaries: fixed points in shifting sands

Climate change and International River Boundaries: fixed points in shifting sands

a research article by Declan Conway  17 September, 2014

We review the historical and legal role of International River Boundaries highlighting the paradox that exists between the stability needed for a boundary and the dynamism of fluvial landscapes in a changing climate. read more »


The land certification program and off-farm employment in Ethiopia

The land certification program and off-farm employment in Ethiopia

a working paper by Mintewab Bezabih  16 September, 2014

Land tenure security has long been touted as key to increased performance of the agricultural sector in developing countries. This paper utilizes household level panel data to analyse the impact … read more »


Running with the red queen: an integrated assessment of agricultural land expansion and global biodiversity decline

Running with the red queen: an integrated assessment of agricultural land expansion and global biodiversity decline

a working paper by Simon Dietz  15 September, 2014

Modern agriculture relies on a small number of highly productive crops and the continued expansion of agricultural land area has led to a significant loss of biodiversity. In this paper … read more »


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