Developing an Input–Output based method to estimate a national-level EROI

Working paper by Lina Brand Correa, Paul E. Brockway, Claire Carter, Tim Foxon, Peter Taylor on 27 Jan 2017

Concerns have been raised that declining energy return on investment (EROI) from fossil fuels and low levels of EROI for alternative energy sources could constrain the ability of national economies to continue to deliver economic growth and improvements in social wellbeing. However, in order to test these concerns on a national scale, there is a […]

Was von Thünen right? Cattle intensification and deforestation in Brazil

Working paper by Francisco Pereira Fontes, Charles Palmer on 27 Jan 2017

This paper examines whether patterns of cattle intensification, deforestation, and pasture expansion in the Brazilian state of Rondonia are consistent with the land rent framework, in which location and distance to markets are key determinants of rents. A panel dataset of household lots, collected between 1996 and 2009, is used to test the hypothesis that […]

Valuing predictability

Working paper by Antony Millner, Daniel Heyen on 24 Jan 2017

How important is it to be able to predict the distant future? The authors of this paper study this question in a model of an agent who operates in a … read more »

The European Union in International Climate Change Negotiations

Book by Stavros Afionis on 23 Jan 2017

The EU has been portrayed as a leader in international climate change negotiations. Its role in the development of the climate change regime, as well as the adoption of novel policy instruments such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2005, are frequently put forward as indicative of a determination to push the international climate […]

Climate policy integration in the land use sector: Mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development linkages

Research article by Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, Monica Di Gregorio, Jouni Paavola, Intan Maya Sari, Leandra Fatorelli, Emilia Pramova, Bruno Locatelli, Maria Brockhaus, Sonya Dyah Kusumadewi on 23 Jan 2017

This article re-conceptualizes Climate Policy Integration (CPI) in the land use sector to highlight the need to assess the level of integration of mitigation and adaptation objectives and policies to minimize trade-offs and to exploit synergies. It suggests that effective CPI in the land use sector requires i) internal climate policy coherence between mitigation and […]

Flood risk perceptions and the UK media: Moving beyond “once in a lifetime” to “Be Prepared” reporting

Research article by Rosalind Bark, Jouni Paavola, Viktoria Cologna on 23 Jan 2017

In the winter 2015/2016 a series of storms resulted in widespread flooding in northern England, damaging hundreds of properties, disrupting transport and causing public disdain. The flooding was widely covered in the media. This article develops a methodological framework to conceptualise factors influencing risk perception related to flood events, discusses the media’s role as amplifier […]