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

Working paper by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth on 21 Apr 2015

This paper explores the polarised debate between climate scientists and sceptical voices. It concludes that focusing on overlapping rationales, such as a sense of duty to publicly engage and recognition that political factors are a key topic of disagreement, as well as encouraging individuals to think critically about their own beliefs, may help to encourage constructive discussion and reduce polarisation. read more »

Can CDM finance energy access in Least Developed Countries? Evidence from Tanzania

Research article by Benjamin T. Wood, Susannah Mary Sallu, Jouni Paavola on 16 Apr 2015

Policy documents and academic literature suggest that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) finance could complement traditional ‘energy access’ (EA) funding in developing countries, including the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Yet these propositions have not been empirically tested. This study helps fill this gap by examining constraints to CDM project passage through five stages of an idealized […]

The climate beta

Working paper by Simon Dietz, Louise Kessler, Christian Gollier on 15 Apr 2015

This paper examines the question of whether fighting climate change has the additional advantage of reducing the aggregate risk borne by future generations. This raises the question of the ‘climate beta’, i.e. the elasticity of climate damages with respect to a change in aggregate consumption. read more »