Countries across the globe have been struggling to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and the accompanying economic slowdown. As economies “build back better”, it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change while generating socioeconomic benefits, according to new interdisciplinary policy research by philosophers and economists. More
Risk and Resilience researcher John Handmer participated in the UN General Assembly Side Meeting on Disaster risk informed and resilient covid-19 recovery and took part in discussions on Understanding systematic risk for transformational social and economic policy. More
Risk and Resilience Senior Scientific Adviser John Handmer was part of a working group on the redefinition of hazards in line with the Sendai global disaster risk reduction agreement for the International Science Council (ISC) and UNDRR. More
A new book edited by IIASA guest researcher Muneta Yokomatsu and senior research scholar Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler from the Risk and Resilience Program looks at the many ways how the concept of resilience can be used for disaster risk management with a special emphasis on the four priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. More
The abstract submission deadline for the IDRiM Virtual Workshop has been extended to Wednesday, 15th July 2020. The workshop presents an opportunity for discussion and engagement for experienced scientists, experts and early-career researchers on Integrated Disaster Risk Management. More
A new commentary in the journal One Earth highlights not only climate-related risks to the global food system, such as drought and floods, but also exposes the coronavirus pandemic as a shock to the system that has led to food crises in many parts of the world. To address the challenges of a globally interconnected food system, a systems approach is required. More
A new paper led byRisk &Resilience Program staff synthesizes recent scientific evidence on adaptation limits and points out ways forward for the climate policy debate on Loss and Damage. More
Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth’s warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of a new study show that the projected negative economy-wide effects of coastal flooding are already significant until 2050, but are then predicted to increase substantially towards the end of the century if no further climate action on mitigation and adaptation is taken. More
Extreme climatic conditions could lead to an increased risk of unusually low agricultural harvests if more than one global breadbasket is affected by adverse climate conditions at the same time. The findings of a new IIASA study show that these breadbaskets, the geographical areas responsible for growing much of the world’s food, are at risk to produce enough wheat, maize, and soybean, due to extreme temperatures. More
The greater frequency of droughts, combined with underlying economic, social, and environmental risks means that dry spells have an increasingly destructive impact on vulnerable populations, and particularly on children in the developing world. In a new study by researchers from IIASA and the University of Maryland in the US, the team set out to map at-risk populations at the global scale. More
On May 30, 2019 RISK researcher Thomas Schinko was an invited speaker at the #speakout festival in MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. The event provided a forum where not over, but with young people was spoken and where the young participants could talk about pressing issues, such as climate change. He also invited ORF reporters to observe a role-play simulation in Upper Austria. More
A study in China’s Zheijiang Province shows that people in China’s rural communities are more vulnerable to both hot and cold temperature extremes than people living in urban areas. More
Mia Landauer (RISK and AFI) participated the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 in October 12 in Rovaniemi, Finland. More
1st Design Thinking Process in Baden: How does the systematic phase-out of fossil fuel based heating in public buildings, single-family homes, rental apartments and companies succeed? On 18 and 19 October, 24 selected participants dealt with this question during a DesignThinking Workshop in Baden. More
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, a new assessment on minimizing global warming, and multiple IIASA researchers were involved in its production. More
A new book edited by researchers at IIASA, the London School of Economics (LSE) and Deltares looks at the research, political debate and policy options surrounding the impacts of climate change which may be irreversible and beyond physical and social adaptation limits, known as Loss and Damage. More
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) announced today that after five successful years its Flood Resilience Alliance (the Alliance) will be extended until 2023. More
IIASA researcher Dr. Nadejda Komendantova provided a talk on “Energy as an opportunity for economic connectivity” at the Economic Diplomacy and Connectivity workshop, which was jointly organized by the Energy Community Secretariat and OSCE on 25 June, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The talk discussed the importance of de-risking approach in ensuring foreign direct investment, one of the major drivers of connectivity, into energy generation and transmission projects within the Eurasian Economic Union. More
A magazine published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences has brought out a new issue entitled “Ecologies of Innovation”–an interdisciplinary work inspired by discussions at the European Forum Alpbach 2016: New Enlightenment. More
MCII has received the prestigious 2017 Momentum for Charge Award for its work on climate risk insurance in the Caribbean. More
The Basel III regulatory framework, as planned, will not reduce systemic risk in the financial sector, according to new research. Instead, regulations should aim to increase the resilience of financial networks. More
The Risk and Resilience Program is to receive an international award for its long-standing collaborations with the Disaster Prevention Research Institute in organizing annual conferences on integrated disaster risk management. More
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