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Assessing pricing assumptions for weather index insurance in a changing climate

Assessing pricing assumptions for weather index insurance in a changing climate

a research article by David Stainforth  11 February, 2014

We expose the benefits and limitations of the Bayesian Network approach, weather index insurance as an adaptation measure and climate simulations as a source of quantitative predictive information. Current climate model output is shown to be of limited value and difficult to use by index insurance practitioners. The method presented, however, is shown to be an effective tool for testing pricing assumptions and could feasibly be employed in the future to incorporate multiple sources of climate data. read more »


Staying with the leaders: Europe’s path to a successful low-carbon economy

Staying with the leaders: Europe’s path to a successful low-carbon economy

a policy paper by Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Misato Sato  6 February, 2014

Neuhoff, K., Acworth, W., Dechezleprêtre, A., Dröge, S., Sartor, O., Sato, M., Schleicher, S., and Schopp, A. 2014. Climate Strategies. Berlin, Germany and London, UK.


The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition available The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global … read more »


Probabilistic skill in ensemble seasonal forecasts

a working paper by Lenny Smith, , Emma Suckling, Falk Niehörster  1 February, 2014

Operational seasonal forecasting centres employ simulation models to make probability forecasts of future conditions on seasonal to annual lead times. Skill in such forecasts is reflected … read more »


An evaluation of decadal probability forecasts from state-of-the-art climate models

An evaluation of decadal probability forecasts from state-of-the-art climate models

a working paper by Lenny Smith, Emma Suckling  1 February, 2014

While state-of-the-art models of the Earth’s climate system have improved tremendously over the last twenty years, nontrivial structural flaws still hinder their ability to forecast the … read more »


Ex-post evaluation of the additionality of Clean Development Mechanism afforestation projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Moldova

a working paper by Razack Lokina  1 February, 2014

This study presents findings from a systematic comparative research effort to investigation the additionality claims of CDM afforestation projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Moldova. Using what … read more »


Is it the climate or the weather? Differential economic impacts of climatic factors in Ethiopia

a working paper by Mintewab Bezabih, Salvatore di Falco, Alemu Mekonnen  1 February, 2014

This paper assesses the distinct impacts of weather and climate change measures on agricultural revenue of farm households in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. This distinction … read more »


Non-economic losses in the context of the UNFCCC work programme on loss and damage

Non-economic losses in the context of the UNFCCC work programme on loss and damage

a policy paper by Sam Fankhauser, Simon Dietz  1 February, 2014

Sam Fankhauser, Simon Dietz and Phillip Gradwell


Policy indexes as tools for decision makers – the case of climate policy

Policy indexes as tools for decision makers – the case of climate policy

a research article by Swenja Surminski  23 January, 2014

The last two decades have witnessed an explosion in the publication of country indexes that measure and rank the relative national policy performances of governments. To illustrate the challenges … read more »


What’s sustainable supposed to mean? Financialisation as discursive construction, based on the example of banks’ sustainability reporting

What’s sustainable supposed to mean? Financialisation as discursive construction, based on the example of banks’ sustainability reporting

a research article by Marian Feist  20 January, 2014

Feist, M. and Fuchs, D. 2013. In: M. Heires and A. Nölke (eds.): Politische Ökonomie der Finanzialisierung [The political economy of financialisation]. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 225–240. (peer-reviewed)


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