Making Climate Change win-win

Reactions on the ECF Annual Conference 2010

The Volterra Approach


Author: Bridget Rosewell

This is the theme of the conference of the European Climate Forum this year. Listening to the speeches I am struck by the parallels in analysis between thinking about the impact of climate change and that of infrastructure. Read more

Release of Lagom generiC 2.0: an agent-based model of growing economies

Lagom generic is an agent based model for representing economic systems – the economy of Germany, the Mediterranean Region, the world – over a time horizon of one to several decades. The ECF Working Paper 1/2009 is based on the model. The improved version 2.0, can be downloaded now here.

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Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2009 for Klaus Hasselmann

Klaus Hasselmann, co-founder of the European Climate Forum and Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology is awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2009 in the category of climate change. The recognition comprises 400.000 EUR and is based on his ground-breaking contributions to the scientific and public understanding of climate change by developing methods that established that recent global warming trends are primarily attributable to human activities. Read more

Joint report: From the Financial Crisis to Sustainability

Press conference
Berlin, October 26, 2009; 11 a.m.

Haus der Bundespressekonferenz
Schiffbauerdamm 40 / corner Reinhardtstraße 55
10117 Berlin

The report “From the Financial Crisis to Sustainability” documents an approach to climate policy based on macro-economic opportunities in GermanyFull employment models of the neoclassical brand suggest that climate policy is faced with a trade-off between future benefits and present costs. However, the situation of Germany after the global financial crisis cannot be grasped by such models, as its situation is characterized by both unemployment and underinvestment. More advanced models can be used to identify opportunities for win-win situations in climate policy. A new report on behalf of the German ministry of the environment spells out these opportunities and describes in detail a strategy to reallize them. Read more