Licensing and certification to increase skills provision and utilization amongst low carbon SMEs

Research article by Nick Jagger, Tim Foxon, Andy Gouldson on 13 Feb 2014

Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations. Structural changes will realign sectors that are likely to decline as a result of the greening of the economy and workers will need […]

Assessing pricing assumptions for weather index insurance in a changing climate

Research article by David Stainforth on 11 Feb 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 »