An infinite number of futures

Options Magazine, Winter 2016: What does the future hold for our planet? This issue of Options highlights a new toolbox for researchers to explore the future of the planet, humanity, and climate.


 In this issue:  

  • Our daily bread: Planning for the future to ensure no one goes hungry
  • Metropolis rising: Could cities drive a global transition towards sustainability?
  • Preventing tragedy with clumsy solutions: Reaching resolutions based on all voices of the debate
  • We want to know what you think. Please take a moment to fill our 2016 readership survey. One lucky respondent will win an iPad!




Feature articles:
06 November 2016
An infinite number of futures

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Scientists at IIASA helped create a new toolbox for researchers to explore how humanity will respond and adapt to climate change—and potentially provide insight into sustainable development.  More

05 November 2016
Preventing tragedy with clumsy solutions

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Taking all we can get, as fast as we can get it, will end in tragedy for all—building resolutions based on all voices, as clumsy as that may be, might be our best hope.  More

04 November 2016
Our daily bread

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Planning for the future to ensure no one goes hungry.  More

03 November 2016
Metropolis rising

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Could cities drive a global transition towards sustainability?  More

02 November 2016
Q&A: Peace is the prerequisite for sustainable development

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Heinz Fischer was the president of Austria from 2004 to 2016, and is a member of the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group.  More

01 November 2016
Opinion: Building bridges for sustainable development

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Pascal Lamy was European Commissioner for Trade from 1999 to 2004, and Director General of the World Trade Organization from 2005 to 2013. He currently serves as a president emeritus of the Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute. He is a member of the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group.  More

31 October 2016
Supporting national climate policy

Options Magazine Winter 2016: While policymakers around the world grapple with the complex problem of setting their countries’ climate commitments, IIASA research has been helping to provide a clear, quantitative evidence base.  More

30 October 2016
Invest in energy to cut air pollution deaths

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Just a small increase in energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040, says a new report which was underpinned by key contributions from the IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program.  More

30 October 2016
How will climate change affect water resources?

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Climate change and rising demand could contribute to significant depletion of groundwater in Africa by 2050.  More

29 October 2016
Impacts of behavioral factors on the economic feasibility of solar power projects

Options Magazine Winter 2016: Investor's views of risks influence how much they are willing to contribute to financing new renewable energy projects, according to IIASA research in North Africa.  More

28 October 2016
Freeing crude oil exports yields benefits

Options Magazine Winter 2016: IIASA researchers investigate the impacts of the US lifting its crude oil export ban .  More

27 October 2016
Beijing’s bad air boom is partly homemade

Options Magazine Winter 2016: A significant proportion of Beijing's air pollution comes from household cooking and heating, according to IIASA research.  More

26 October 2016
A tale of two cities: Beijing before and after 2000

Options Magazine Winter 2016: When it comes to carbon emissions, Beijing today is a different city than the same city before 2000.  More

25 October 2016
Parents still prefer boys, but less so

Options Magazine Winter 2016: A historical preference for sons in South Korea is weakening, according to IIASA population research.  More

22 October 2016
Root fungi affect rate of climate change

Options Magazine Winter 2016: YSSP’16 participant helps improve climate change predictions by furthering understanding of how plants use CO2.  More

21 October 2016
Science to policy in the Arctic Council

Options Magazine Winter 2016:As the first YSSP participant of the Arctic Futures Initiative, Malgorzata Smieszek worked on ways to bring science closer to decision making in the Arctic Council.  More


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