IIASA researchers have been spearheading efforts to embed climate change mitigation in the broader context of environmental challenges and sustainable development over the course of the last decade. The IACC Group aims to push the research frontier further in a way that allows for the development of true sustainable development pathways. In this regard, a key research focus is to quantify the benefits of mitigation beyond simple economic considerations to enable a better understanding of how climate impacts will affect different parts of the population and to which degree these are able to adapt. The group also explores the integration of energy and materials to broaden the strategy space beyond classic energy- and land-based mitigation strategies by including important elements of a circular economy approach.
The Earth Commission laid out its approach to defining a “safe and just corridor for people and planet” in a paper published today in Earth’s Future. More
IIASA researchers have used Sentinel 1 satellite imagery from the European Space Agency to produce a map of the extent and year of detection of oil palm plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand that will help policymakers and other stakeholders understand trends in oil palm expansion while also providing an accurate map for landscape-level planning. More
Can cooperation across sectors and countries help to achieve sustainable development? How do stakeholders in the Indus and Zambezi basins envision the future and how can they make that future a reality? IIASA researchers looked into these questions as part of a large-scale initiative with international partners. More
Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of electricity that could potentially play a significant part in fulfilling the world’s energy requirements, but there are still some challenges to fully capitalizing on this potential. Researchers looked into some of the issues that hamper the uptake of solar energy and proposed different policies to encourage the use of this technology. More
IIASA researchers worked with local stakeholders from the East African Community to explore and co-develop regional water scenarios that can enhance understanding of the up- and downstream water sector interactions in the extended Lake Victoria Basin to facilitate rational water resource planning. More
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