tidbits #25

In the news / New articles / Conference and seminar annoucements / Open positions

In the news:

  • What we know about climate change, conflict, and terrorism – Solomon Hsiang notes that 1) Research clearly demonstrates that hotter temperatures cause more individual level violence (e.g. homicides in the US) and more large-scale violence (e.g. civil wars in Africa), and that extreme rainfall leads to violence in agrarian contexts. 2) Climate change to date, via warmer temperatures, has likely increased the risk of conflict, although this has not yet been empirically proven. 3) Attributing the Syrian conflict to climate change is difficult.  What we can say is that drought and hot temperatures increase the likelihood of these types of conflict. 4) There is currently little evidence for or against a systematic relationship between climate and terrorism.
  • Luxembourg joins Austria in legal challenge of Hinkley Point C. Also, EDF has laid off 65 engineers working on the project in Paris, and the EU Commission has initiated proceedings against Hungary over its Paks II nuclear project with Rosatom.Attributing the Syrian conflict to climate change is difficult.  What we can say is that drought and hot temperatures increase the likelihood of these types of conflict. There is currently little evidence for or against a systematic relationship between climate and terrorism.
  • The German position on the most controversial issues at COP21  – overall, Germany’s position tends to be tougher on emission reductions, on Loss & Damage provisions, on the green fund and on a possible global carbon price. Basically, Germany is one of the leading players when it comes to efforts to curb climate change.

conferences/seminars:

  • Sustainable Economic and Financial Development seminar, École Polytechnique – Department of Economics, Library (Ground Floor),Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau, France, Tuesday, December, 8 from 3 to 4:30 pm, Speaker: Fanny Henriet (Paris School of Economics)
  • 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management, Monday and Tuesday, 11-12 July 2016, IPAG Business School, Nice Campus, 4 Boulevard Carabacel, 06000 Nice, France. Submission deadline: April 15, 2016, together with Coung Le Van I will organize a special track on Environmental Economics. Save the day and attend!
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