2013 Energy News and Events

21 December 2013
The transitions of energy research

December 2013. Options Magazine, Winter 2013/2014In this opinion piece, IIASA Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Nebojsa Nakicenovic describes how energy research at IIASA evolved from groundbreaking studies in the 1970s to form the foundations of the international energy and decarbonization policy efforts today.  More

11 December 2013
Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets

The future availability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be pivotal in reaching ambitious climate targets, according to a new comprehensive study of future energy technologies from IIASA, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, and researchers worldwide.  More

03 December 2013
Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach

Current pledges for greenhouse gas emission reductions are inadequate and will further increase the challenge to reach internationally agreed climate targets, according to new research from a global consortium of 13 international research teams coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK).  More

26 November 2013
Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program opens in Bloemfontein

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), co-organized by IIASA, opened yesterday at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  More

05 November 2013
UNEP report emphasizes action on climate

Immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is key to limit the risk that global temperature rise will exceed 2° C, according to the 2013 Emissions Gap report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), to which IIASA researchers contributed data and research.  More

28 October 2013
Building a framework for sustainability science

A meeting last week in Santa Fe brought together a diverse group of scientists and modelers to discuss both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability research, and how to move between the two.  More

27 September 2013
IIASA research provides answers on climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released the first portion of its 5th Assessment Report. IIASA research focuses on what to do about this major global problem.  More

16 September 2013
Earth League scientists issue stark statement on climate

Researchers say that we are on track to see climate warming of 4 degrees over pre-industrial times, if action is not taken soon.  More

02 September 2013
IIASA updates comprehensive energy and emission database

IIASA’s newly updated Energy and Carbon Emissions Inventory Database (ECDB) brings a comprehensive view of the world’s carbon emissions and energy use.  More

26 August 2013
Alpbach session addresses stagnation of green growth

IIASA experts participated in panels at the European Forum Alpbach today focusing on the complex issues around green growth and global development.  More

01 July 2013
Two degrees of freedom

July 2013: Options Magazine, Summer 2013.IIASA research examines what needs to be done to limit climate change.  More

17 June 2013
Wolf Häfele

Many IIASA colleagues will be saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Dr. Wolf Häfele on 5 June 2013, aged 86 years, in Essen, Germany.  More

05 June 2013
Energy policies to tackle poverty

A new guide released this week provides specific policy suggestions to improve energy access to chronically poor people—people who live in poverty over many years, often their entire lives.  More

28 May 2013
Energy must be fully integrated into the post-2015 development agenda, say Vienna Energy Forum participants

A global transition towards sustainable energy systems is imperative, and the window of opportunity is now, said participants at the Vienna Energy Forum that opened in the Austrian capital today.  More

03 May 2013
Researchers estimate a cost for universal access to energy

Universal access to modern energy could be achieved with an investment of between 65 and 86 billion dollars a year up until 2030, according to new IIASA research.  More

17 April 2013
Negative emissions and the carbon cycle

Can humanity switch from emitting massive amounts of climate-warming gases, to instead removing them from the atmosphere? International researchers discussed the potentials and challenges for negative emissions this week at a meeting co-organized by IIASA and the Global Carbon Project.  More

08 April 2013
IIASA research at the European Geophysical Union

From 7 to 12 April, IIASA researchers will present new findings at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly meeting.  More

14 March 2013
IIASA and CSIRO formalize cooperation

IIASA and the Australian national science organization, CSIRO, have established new areas for research collaboration in the fields of energy, water, and biodiversity and environmental research.  More

25 February 2013
UN sustainable energy initiative could help limit climate change

The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, if successful, could make a significant contribution to the efforts to limit climate change to target levels, according to a new analysis from IIASA and ETH Zurich.  More

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