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News archive: 2013

19 December 2013
Investing in cleaner air in India increases people’s wellbeing

While the costs of protecting the environment are often seen as impediments to economic development, a new analysis of different measures to control air pollution in India reveals that the costs of even stringent controls are outweighed by their economic and social benefits.  More

16 December 2013
EU Climate and Energy Strategy

As an input to the European Commission's work on a Climate and Energy Strategy for 2030, expected to be made public on 22 January 2014, IIASA has produced a new set of projections for the emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases in the 28 member states. Future mitigation potentials to reduce non-CO2 greenhouse gases in a cost-effective manner are assessed for each member state.  More

04 December 2013
Drawing Down N2O To Protect Climate and the Ozone Layer

A new UNEP Synthesis Report highlights the role of N2O, laughing gas, as a greenhouse gas and destroyer of the ozone layer, and discusses options for tackling its sources. IIASA's Wilfried Winiwarter, a lead-author of the chapter on emissions from industry and fossil fuel combustion, says: "Technical means to mitigate N2O emissions exist".  More

04 November 2013
World Bank Report: Cutting pollution could slow Arctic warming

IIASA researchers contributed to a new joint report from the World Bank and the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, which lays out measures for reducing pollution that could help slow warming in the Arctic, while also improving health worldwide.  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

24 September 2013
Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities

Recent interdisciplinary research from IIASA was presented at a Lithuanian EU Presidency’s Conference. The event, Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities, concluded with a call for better integration and implementation of social sciences and humanities into science and research policies.  More

16 September 2013
Climate policies would help cut mercury pollution

Policies aimed at mitigating climate change would also make a substantial dent in mercury pollution by the year 2050, shows a new study from IIASA’s Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program.  More

10 September 2013
Gas flaring and household stoves speed Arctic thaw

Gas flaring by the oil industry and smoke from residential burning contributes more black carbon pollution to Arctic than previously thought—potentially speeding the melting of Arctic sea ice and contributing to the fast rate of warming in the region.  More

30 August 2013
Young scientists complete summer program

IIASA bids farewell to 2013 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants, who completed their three-month research program yesterday.  More

05 August 2013
Cars and planes dominate the climate impact from travel

The wealthiest top 10% of the German population is responsible for almost 20% of the total climate impact of travel, finds a new study by researchers from CICERO and IIASA . Yet two-thirds of climate impact comes from the broad middle classes.  More

08 July 2013
EC4MACS: Reducing air pollution, minimizing climate change

July 2013: Options Magazine, Summer 2013.While connections between air pollution, climate change, and human and environmental health are intuitive, what has been missing is a systematic way of linking together all aspects of the environment and society to anticipate the impact that policies in one area may have on another region or sector.  More

17 June 2013
The nitrogen quandary

June, 2013: Nitrogen is essential for life on our planet. But using too much of this element leads to air pollution, contaminates drinking water, damages ecosystems, and contributes to global warming—and the problem is getting worse.  More

17 June 2013
Study identifies travel choices for a smaller carbon footprint

Planes, trains, or automobiles: what’s the most climate-friendly way to travel? A new study by researchers from IIASA and CICERO brings better estimates of how much personal travel impacts the climate.  More

20 May 2013
The future of the Arctic

IIASA researchers and Finnish policymakers and scientists met on 16 and 17 May, 2013 to outline a new research agenda addressing the challenges facing the Arctic region.  More

29 April 2013
Plants moderate climate warming

As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki.  More

12 April 2013
EU Air Policy Review

As an input for the negotiations on the revision of the EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution, IIASA has again prepared a further set of reports that analyze the cost-effective scope for further air quality improvements in Europe.  More

15 March 2013
Environmental Science & Technology best science paper of 2012

The journal Environmental Science & Technology has selected a paper co-authored by MAG program leader Markus Amann as its best science paper of 2012.  More

18 February 2013
Smarter use of nutrients will help clean up the planet, say scientists

IIASA researchers contributed to a new report that highlights the problems of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, and proposes global solutions to help balance food production with pollution from fertilizers.  More

29 January 2013
Nature Geoscience favourite

As part of the fifth anniversary celebrations of the journal Nature Geoscience, its editors have selected their ten favourite articles, including the paper on 100 years of ammonia synthesis co-authored by MAG scientists Zbigniew Klimont and Wilfried Winiwarter.  More

15 January 2013
Black carbon larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this issue.  More

14 January 2013
Major air pollutant on the decline

Human emissions of sulfur dioxide have declined globally since 2006, according to new IIASA research evaluating developments in the last decade.  More

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