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Climate stories: why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

Climate stories: why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

a working paper by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth  21 April, 2015

Public perceptions of a polarised climate debate predominantly frame the key actors as climate scientists (CSs) versus sceptical voices (SVs); however it is unclear why CSs and SVs choose to … read more »


The climate beta

The climate beta

a working paper by Simon Dietz, Louise Kessler, Christian Gollier  15 April, 2015

Reducing emissions of CO2 today is expected to reduce climate damages in the future. In this paper, we examine the question of whether fighting climate change has the additional advantage … read more »


Crop productivity and adaptation to climate change in Pakistan

Crop productivity and adaptation to climate change in Pakistan

a working paper by Ashley Gorst, Ben Groom, Ali Dehlavi  10 April, 2015

How effective adaptation practices in response to climate change are is a crucial question confronting farmers across the world. Using detailed plot-level data from a specifically designed survey conducted in … read more »


Novel and improved insurance instruments for risk reduction

Novel and improved insurance instruments for risk reduction

a working paper by Swenja Surminski, Florence Crick, Jillian Eldridge, Paul Hudson, Jeroen Aerts, Wouter Botzen, Jaroslav Mysiak, Carlos Dionisio Pérez-Blanco, Francisco Rego, Robin Nicolai, Carlos Neto, Reinhard Mechler, António Macedo, Anna Lorant, Conceição Colaço  30 March, 2015

Managing risk and adapting to climate change is essential to minimise the losses and damages during and after disasters and extreme weather events. Several risk management approaches exist, … read more »


International and sectoral variation in energy prices 1995-2011: how does it relate to emissions policy stringency?

International and sectoral variation in energy prices 1995-2011: how does it relate to emissions policy stringency?

a working paper by Misato Sato, Stefania Lovo, Gregor Singer, Damien Dussaux  25 March, 2015

New research analsying major trends in global energy prices and the extent to which energy prices are a good proxy for emissions policy stringency. New dataset available. read more »


Endogenous growth, convexity of damages and climate risk: how Nordhaus’ framework supports deep cuts in carbon emissions

Endogenous growth, convexity of damages and climate risk: how Nordhaus’ framework supports deep cuts in carbon emissions

a research article by Simon Dietz, Nicholas Stern  23 March, 2015

‘To slow or not to slow’ (Nordhaus, 1991) was the first economic appraisal of greenhouse gas emissions abatement and founded a large literature on a topic of worldwide importance. We offer our assessment of the original article and trace its legacy, in particular Nordhaus’s later series of ‘DICE’ models. From this work, many have drawn the conclusion that an efficient global emissions abatement policy comprises modest and modestly increasing controls. We use DICE itself to provide an initial illustration that, if the analysis is extended to take more strongly into account three essential elements of the climate problem – the endogeneity of growth, the convexity of damage and climate risk – optimal policy comprises strong controls. read more »


Delegation and public pressure in a threshold public goods game: theory and experimental evidence

Delegation and public pressure in a threshold public goods game: theory and experimental evidence

a working paper by Alessandro Tavoni, Jungmin Lee, Doruk İriş  20 March, 2015

The provision of global public goods, such as climate change mitigation and managing fisheries to avoid overharvesting, requires the coordination of national contributions. read more »


The human capital transition and the role of policy

The human capital transition and the role of policy

a working paper by Ralph Hippe, Roger Fouquet  17 March, 2015

Paper seeks to investigate how industrialised economies managed to achieve the transition from low to high levels of human capital, and goes on to identify lessons for green growth. read more »


The ‘optimal and equitable’ climate finance gap

The ‘optimal and equitable’ climate finance gap

a working paper by Alex Bowen, Emanuele Campiglio, Sara Herreras Martinez  16 March, 2015

This study uses a number of Integrated Assessment Models to determine what the optimal financial transfers between high-income and developing economies would be if climate mitigation costs were to be divided equally across regions. read more »


Multinational corporations and climate adaptation – Are we asking the right questions? A review of current knowledge and a new research perspective

Multinational corporations and climate adaptation – Are we asking the right questions? A review of current knowledge and a new research perspective

Adapting to climate change requires the engagement of all actors in society. Until recently, predominant research focus has been on governments, communities and the third sector as key actors in … read more »


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