To celebrate the start of the new institute for environmental decisions (IED) we invite all members and friends of IED to an apéro at November, 7, 2006 (Place: CHN-Lichthof).
The first steps in joint work can be described as successful. The different members of IED developed a lot of common Research interests and are looking forward to the joint work. Members of S-ENETH appreciate the humanities/social sciences interface function for natural scientists and engineers.
Members of IED were meeting in conclave for one and a half day at the conference centre Boldern Männedorf with the intention to develop a common research strategy. As a short-term aim we work on a pre-proposal for the next round of CCES projects.
For the future we try to identify common activities with a "real added value", which cannot be organised successfully by an isolated group member of IED.
In an interview on Radio Berlin-Brandenburg Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert comments on the main findings of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.
The Stern Review is a report on the effect of climate change and global warming on the world economy compiled by the former World Bank's chief economist Sir Nicholas Stern for the government of the United Kingdom. Released on October 30, 2006, and containing over 700 pages, the Stern Review is one of the first major government-sponsored reports on global warming conducted by an economist and not an atmospheric scientist.
Its main conclusions are that one percent of global GDP is required to be invested in order to mitigate the effects of climate change, and that failure to do so could risk a recession worth up to twenty percent of global GDP.
Stern’s report suggests that climate change threatens to be the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen, and it provides prescriptions including environmental taxes to minimize the economic and social disruptions. He stated that "our actions over the coming few decades could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity, later in this century and in the next, on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century."
To substantiate future activities within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between ETH and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) a delegation of UNEP visited ETH for two days. The Memorandum of Understanding provides the framework for the joint development of strategies in the area of scientific assessment, monitoring, early warning of environmental problems and for examining the inter-linkages between environment and social systems. T. In several work-shops members of UNEP and ETH were informing each other about their activities and were identifying the next steps for further co-operation.
As chair of the German advisory council on global change (WBGU) as well as head of IED, Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert was interviewed about the amount of possible future "climate change fugitives". Inition point for the interview was the start of Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth". More information is available on the WBGU web page.
A delegation of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) got informed about S-ENETH and IED activities. Mistra supports strategic environmental research with a long-term perspective, aiming to solve major environmental problems. The main part of Mistra's funding is focused on broad-based interdisciplinary programmes. The visit was an implication of Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz's contacts as King Carl XVI Gustav's Professor of Environmental Science, Center of Environment and Sustainability, Chalmers Technical University of Göteborg and University of Göteborg, Sweden.
This Institute is interdisciplinary and brings together economists, psychologists and political scientists. Founding members are International Relations (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer), Environmental Policy and Economics (Prof. Dr. Stefanie Engel), Agri-food and Agri-environmental Economics Group (Prof. Dr. Bernard Lehmann), Natural and Social Science Interface (Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz) and Economic research (Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert).
Scholz and Schubert are SPUDM (Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making) and EADM (European Association for Decision Making) members since many years and were the local organizers of SPUDM 19 (2003) in Zurich.
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