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Journal ArticleForeign Aid and Climate Change Policy: What Can(’t) the Data Tell Us?
Part of Journal Special Issue Aid Impact and EffectivenessAdaptation Climate change Climate change mitigation
Working PaperForeign aid and climate change policy: What can(’t) the data tell us?
Climate-related foreign aid is on the rise, with signatories to the Paris Climate agreement pledging US$100 billion annually to promote mitigation and adaptation in recipient countries...Adaptation Climate change Climate change mitigation
Working PaperThe history and politics of energy transitions: Comparing contested views and finding common ground
According to some definitions, an energy transition refers to the time that elapses between the introduction of a new primary energy source, or prime mover, and its rise to claiming a substantial share of the overall market...Environmental policy Natural resources Power resources
Working PaperGoverning clean energy transitions in China and India: A comparative political economy analysis
China and India will have to radically transform their electric power systems in order to decouple economic growth from unsustainable resource consumption...Economic growth Environmental policy Political science
Working PaperThe social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa
This paper analyses the question why the South African government intends to procure nuclear energy technology, despite affordable and accessible fossil and renewable energy alternatives...Environmental policy Renewable energy sources Technology
Working PaperThe political economy of energy innovation
This paper empirically investigates the effects of environmental policy, institutions, political orientation, and lobbying on energy innovation and finds that they significantly affect the incentives to innovate and create cleaner energy efficient te...Environmental policy Political science Renewable energy sources
Working PaperSupport policies for renewables: Instrument choice and instrument change from a Public Choice perspective
This paper frames the transition towards clean energies as a sequential process of instrument choice and instrument change. First, regulators decide how to initiate the transition away from fossil energies...Environmental policy Management Renewable energy sources
Journal ArticleClimate Change Impacts and Adaptations: Lessons Learned from the Greater Zambeze River Valley and Beyond
Part of Journal Special Issue Climate Change and the Zambezi River ValleyClimatic changes Environmental policy Globalization
BlogIllegal Fishing by Small-Scale Fishers in Ghana: Findings and Policy Suggestions
27 May 2014 Wisdom Akpalu The number of fishers and fishing vessels in the capture fishery sector, especially the artisanal marine fishery sub-sector, in Ghana has grown significantly over the past two decades leading to declining catches per trip...Agriculture Ecology Environmental law
Working PaperAid and Environment in Africa: The Case of Tanzania
This paper provides an assessment of what aid has actually been doing in the area of environment in Tanzania through a critical review of the flows, modalities and management of aid...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Environmental policy
Journal ArticleEconomy-Wide Implications of Energy Build Plans: A linked modeling approach
We introduce a linked modeling framework based on existing computable general equilibrium and energy planning models for South Africa...Climatic changes Economic development Environmental policy
BlogAid and our Changing Environment: What did we Learn?
24 June 2013 Tony Addison The Stockholm ReCom results meeting at Sida on 4 June was a lively exchange on all aspects of foreign aid and climate change finance (including the role of private finance)...Climatic changes Economic assistance and foreign aid Environmental policy
Book ChapterGlobal Asymmetries and their Implications for Climate and Industrial Policies
From the book: Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First CenturyEnvironmental economics Environmental policy Economic aspects (Environmental policy)
BlogResearch Communication: Why Doesn’t Research Turn Into Policy?
30 October 2012 At the recent UNU-WIDER research conference on development and climate change, the communications team took the opportunity to ask participants visiting us here in Helsinki for their views on how research turns into policy...Climatic changes Economic policy Economics
Working PaperClimate and Industrial Policy in an Asymmetric World
Climate change is a phenomenon leading to randomly distributed disasters around the globe...Environmental economics Environmental policy Economic aspects (Environmental policy)
BlogIntroducing Carbon Taxes in South Africa
James Thurlow South Africa is one of the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters. In 2007 it ranked 13th amongst all countries in terms of its overall emissions from burning fossil fuels, and its per capita emissions were twice the global average...Environmental aspects (Commercial policy) Economic aspects (Natural resources) Environmental aspects (Taxation)