The Paris Agreement under Article 14 outlines an evaluation process known as the Global Stocktake (GST). This assesses in a comprehensive and facilitative manner the collective advance, gaps and challenges in mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation and support, taking into account current science and the aspect of equity.
Read on to discover more about the MSc in Sustainability Science at Maastricht University! Modules span scientific research, sustainability and skills development, with a focus on PBL. The programme was developed by the MSI (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) which is world-leading in its sustainability research.
An interview with James Ellsmoor, an expert on sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He provides an introduction to the unique challenges that SIDS face under the climate crisis. He also discusses the important role that SIDS could play in driving climate action at COP26.
This is the second instalment of our investigation into the possibilities for a low-carbon future, where Vincent Diringer focuses on technology. The biggest fallacy is as follows: there is a need for continuous power generation, and the intermittency of renewables would make it impossible for it to be a viable option. The solution needed isn’t one-size-fits-all, and the sheer amount of projects being undertaken are certain to help find the best available option for any sector, issue, or entity.
This Peruvian Climate Project was founded by environmental engineers in 2018. CICS offers the local communities innovative solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation, while respecting traditions and the cultural heritage of the communities. They have also recently launched Habla Clima, a platform for dialogue about climate change and sustainability.
An overview of major international policies enacted to support the sustainable development of SIDS.
The third instalment in our series of LSE reviews, this one focuses on the MSE Environment and Development course. Alessandra reviews the course contents and specifics of her time at the LSE doing this masters. Key modules include: Economic Development and the Environment and Politics of Environment and Development.
The Social Discount Rate (SDR) represents the value we place on the welfare of future generations and consequently the cost that society today should bear for future generations - a low SDR places a similar value on future generations’ welfare as on current ones, a high SDR does the opposite. A high SDR used in policymaking results in much less money being spent on climate action today. An example of different discount rates being used in climate models can be seen in the Stern vs Nordhaus debate, whereas Nordhaus used a high and Stern a low discount rate.
Jevon’s paradox describes how a more efficient use of one resource can actually result in the opposite: an increase in use of that particular resource. In 1992, Harry Saunders built on Jevon’s paradox and said “energy efficiency gains will increase consumption above where it would be without these gains”. Efficiency alone is not enough to reduce the overall consumption of energy, but needs to be employed in conjunction with policies that limit the use of energy as well.