Climat : papiers de recherche moissonnés (5/02/2016)
Phoenix from the Ashes — An Analysis of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change / Wolfgang Obergassel (né Sterk), Christof Arens, Lukas Hermwille, Nico Kreibich, Florian Mersmann, Hermann E. Ott, and Hanna Wang-Helmreich. Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, 26 Jan. 2016, 54 p. http://wupperinst.org/en/info/details/wi/a/s/ad/3362/
On 12 December 2015, the Parties to the UNFCCC adopted the “Paris Agreement”. With this step, the world community has agreed on a collective and cooperative path to fight human-induced climate change: After 25 years of UN climate diplomacy, the world’s governments have for the first time in history negotiated a treaty which envisages climate action by all nations. The Agreement sets the world on a path that might lead to a decarbonised economy in the second half of the century. Researchers from the Wuppertal Institute have observed COP 21 (as well as all other conferences) and elaborated a detailed analysis of the results.
Uncertainty in Greenhouse-gas Emission Scenario Projections : Experiences from Mexico and South Africa / Daniel Puig. Copenhagen : UNEP DTU, Nov. 2015, 32 p. http://www.unepdtu.org/Newsbase/Nyhed?id=E5DA0C29-38E2-4C0C-8B19-FAF3A77ACDDE
The report outlines approaches to quantify the uncertainty associated with national-level projections of greenhouse-gas emissions, by describing practical applications of those approaches in Mexico and South Africa. It aims to promote uncertainty quantification, because quantifying uncertainty has the potential to foster more robust climate-change mitigation plans. To this end the report also summarises the rationale for quantifying uncertainty in greenhouse-gas emission scenario projections.
Non-economic loss and damage: addressing the forgotten side of climate change impacts / Olivia Serdeczny, Eleanor Waters & Sander Chan. Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 2016, 4 p. (Briefing Paper 3/2016) http://www.die-gdi.de/briefing-paper/article/non-economic-loss-and-damage-addressing-the-forgotten-side-of-climate-change-impacts/
Non-economic loss and damage (NELD) has emerged as a new concept in the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It refers to the negative impacts of climate change that are difficult to measure or quantify. The value of NELD cannot easily be expressed in monetary terms, which has left them mostly neglected in climate-risk and cost estimates. As a result, although NELD are vital to those affected, they often go unnoticed by the outside world. This paper brings conceptual clarity to the new notion of NELD, identifying 10 meta-categories: Human Life, Meaningful Places, Cultural Artefacts, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Communal Sites, Production Sites, Intrinsic Values, Identity and Agency.