What lies beneath: understanding the invisible aspects of municipal climate change governance

Research article by Hayley Leck on 27 Feb 2015

Municipal or local government climate governance has attracted much research attention with a proliferation of literature investigating institutional enablers and barriers to climate action. This paper addresses a gap in this literature through considering critically the role of informal/shadow systems and spaces; the significant inner social workings that constitute what we call the ‘invisible aspects’ of municipal institutions for learning and decision-making processes. read more »

Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

Research article by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth on 19 Feb 2015

This paper critically reviews the literature on climate opinion labels, and the efforts taken within an academic context to categorize differences, create new taxonomies of more detailed sub‐labels, or create or argue for the use of new labels such as denier or contrarian. read more »

Conservation payments under uncertainty

Research article by on 10 Feb 2015

The decision of whether to retain forest or convert to another land use is affected by uncertainty over future land use returns. This paper examines the design of conservation payments to landowners under uncertainty. Payments are either indexed to the returns from deforestation (agriculture), or to a market value associated with forest nonuse benefits. Payment size depends on the degree of correlation between payments and agricultural returns, and their relative volatility. Market-based payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) are simulated for Brazilian soybean growers. Payments indexed to carbon prices are larger than those indexed to international soybean prices. (JEL Q23, Q24) read more »

Tailoring the visual communication of climate projections for local adaptation practitioners in Germany and the UK

Working paper by Susanne Lorenz, Piers Forster, Jouni Paavola, Suraje Dessai on 6 Feb 2015

Visualisations are widely used in the communication of climate projections. However their effectiveness has rarely been assessed amongst their target audience. Given recent calls to increase the usability of climate information through the tailoring of climate projections, it is imperative to assess the effectiveness of different visualisations. This paper explores the complexities of tailoring through […]