2011 News

20 December 2011
Brain function - a new indicator of the burden of aging

Cognitive function might be a better indicator of the impact of aging on an economy than age-distribution.  More

19 December 2011
Impacts and implications of rapid urbanization in China

Accelerating urbanization in China, spurred by rapid growth and globalization, is the focus of a Population & Environment special issue co-edited by IIASA researchers Landis MacKellar, Gui-Ying Cao, and Jose Siri.  More

02 December 2011
IIASA at COP17 Durban

IIASA and the WBGU will host a side event on December 5 at the COP17 Climate talks in Durban.  More

28 November 2011
Saving lives and protecting our climate through clean cooking options

How to respond to the serious health and environmental concerns related to dependence on dirty cooking fuels is the focus of a Special Issue of the journal Energy Policy.  More

25 November 2011
Fast action could cut near-term climate change

A new report written by an international team, including members of the IIASA GAINS project, was launched today in London ahead of next weeks COP17 climate meeting in Durban.  More

18 November 2011
IPCC report summary: Extreme events increase with climate change

A new IPCC Special Report detects growing risks from extreme climate and weather events linked to human-induced climate change.  More

13 November 2011
Climate policies can resolve energy and air pollution challenges

Policies to protect the global climate offer the most effective entry point for achieving energy sustainability, simultaneously reducing air pollution and improving energy security. By integrating climate and energy policies, major synergies and cost co-benefits can be realized.  More

09 November 2011
World Energy Outlook 2011: Air pollutants scenarios

IIASA researchers contributed to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2011 with an assessment of global emissions of major air pollutants under three different scenarios.  More

31 October 2011
Global Energy Perspectives: Decarbonization and Efficiency Revolution

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Austrian Embassy hosted a lecture by IIASA’s Nebojsa Nakicenovic on 31 Oct in Washington, DC. Nakicenovic discussed the technological, institutional, and policy initiatives required to achieve universal energy access, decarbonization, and efficiency improvements. The multiple co-benefits of such energy transformations were also outlined.  More

27 October 2011
7 billion people are not the issue: human development is what counts

Amid concerns about the capacity of the planet to support more people, a panel of population and development experts argue that it is not the number of people that is of concern, but more so their age, education, health status, and location that is most relevant to sustainability.  More

25 October 2011
Uncertainty in global land cover maps highlighted

In a paper just published in Environmental Research Letters highlighting discrepancies in cropland and forest classifications between the global land cover datasets, IIASA researchers warn that the spatial disagreements are very high and could impact the outcomes of assessment or modeling exercises.  More

23 October 2011
Feasible emission scenarios to limit temperature rise

A comprehensive re-analysis of GHG emission pathways finds that in scenarios that limit temperature change to below 2°C, emissions peak before 2020 then fall to 41-46 GtC and continue to fall. Global emissions are currently 48 GtC and rising.  More

10 October 2011
New UN Group to implement Sustainable Energy for All initiative

Nebojsa Nakicenovic has been appointed to the Technical Group of the UN Secretary-General’s (SG) High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.  More

07 October 2011
Obersteiner to lecture on environmental resource use

IIASA's Michael Obersteiner speaks on developing a roadmap for more efficient use of environmental resources at the 11 Oct “Resources Unlimited?” conference in Brussels, Belgium.  More

04 October 2011
Young Scientists Summer Program: three months of research at IIASA

IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program is accepting on-line applications for a summer of research near Vienna, Austria.  More

03 October 2011
New global science initiative on urban health

The General Assembly of the International Council for Science has endorsed plans for a new global initiative "Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: A Systems Analysis Approach."  More

27 September 2011
Details underpinning global climate scenarios published

A Special Issue of Climatic Change, co-edited by IIASA’s Keywan Riahi, outlines four new scenarios of future emissions of GHGs, air pollutants, and land-use change, which will be used by the climate modeling community to develop the next generation of climate simulations.  More

09 September 2011
Wittgenstein Centre Symposium and official opening

The official opening of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital Symposium took place on the 29 Sept.  More

01 September 2011
Energy security and energy access - interconnected global challenges

Energy access and energy security are critical issues for policymakers globally, affecting livelihoods in the developed and the developing world.  More

25 August 2011
IIASA co-organizes workshop on biodiversity theories

A workshop to integrate current theories of biodiversity and speciation was held 29–31 Aug in Keszthely, Hungary.  More

28 July 2011
Education - a key determinant of population growth and well-being

Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education.  More

15 July 2011
Forests dominate in carbon removal

Forests account for virtually all of the atmospheric carbon absorbed by terrestrial ecosystems, according to a new study in Science Express by IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management scientists and an international team of researchers.  More

13 July 2011
IIASA 2011 Post Doc Winners

After a competitive selection process, Narasimha Rao from the United States and Christina Kaiser from Austria were awarded IIASA’s 2011 Post Doc Scholarships, which will allow them to conduct research relevant to IIASA's research agenda.  More

01 July 2011
Anatolij P. Shpak 1949–2011

Academician Anatolij P. Shpak, the first Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine and the Council Member representing Ukraine on IIASA's Governing Council, has recently died at the age of 62.  More

29 June 2011
Developing a sustainable development framework for RIO+20

IIASA’s Energy program and the UN DESA hosted an Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Scenarios for the 21st Century (27–29 June), in preparation for the RIO+20 Summit.  More

28 June 2011
Fertility rates affected by global economic crisis

The global economic recession of 2008–2009 has been followed by a decline in fertility rates in Europe and the United States, bringing to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the developed world since the 1960s.  More

14 June 2011
New pollutant assessment urges fast action to limit warming

A new assessment, released today at a UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, identifies the complementary benefits to human health and the environment of reducing black carbon and ozone, pollutants that are also implicated in global temperature rise.  More

08 June 2011
New technologies needed to combat global warming

IIASA Deputy Director and energy economist Nebojsa Nakicenovic has co-edited, with Yale University’s William Nordhaus, a special issue of the journal Energy Economics that contains a collection of articles on, “The economics of technologies to combat global warming.”  More

01 June 2011
IIASA welcomes young scientists

Fifty-five young scientists from 27 countries have commenced IIASA's annual Young Scientists Summer Program in Laxenburg.  More

31 May 2011
100% renewable electricity in Europe and North Africa

IIASA’s Anthony Patt and Johan Lilliestam are co-authors of the report 'Moving towards 100% renewable electricity in Europe and North Africa'.  More

25 May 2011
IIASA GAINS model underpins new ozone simulator

Toyota, in collaboration with IIASA, Tsinghua University (China) and TERI (India), have developed a model to analyze and predict trophospheric ozone concentrations across South and East Asia.  More

24 May 2011
IIASA participates in Austrian Delegation

Nebojsa Nakicenovic joined the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research Delegation to Buenos Aires (24-26 May).  More

19 May 2011
GAINS model underpins new Arctic Council report

IIASA GAINS is one of two models underpinning a new report presented at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, 12 May.  More

11 May 2011
IIASA selects participants for Young Scientists Summer Program

Fifty-five students from 27 countries have been selected for IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program.  More

10 May 2011
IPCC Special Report on renewable energy sources

IIASA’s Volker Krey, Keywan Riahi, Yu Nagai and several GEA Lead Authors are among contributors to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy, the Summary of which was approved by governments at the 11th session of IPCC Working Group III, 5-8 May.  More

03 May 2011
New report urges immediate action to protect global forests

IIASA forestry models underpin the WWF’s Living Forests Report. The report is based on a new global analysis indicating that more than 230 million ha of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken.  More

14 April 2011
Global Energy Assessment briefing to UN Ambassadors

Nebojsa Nakicenovic presented preliminary findings of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) to UN Ambassadors from 26 countries who have formed the ‘Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy for All’.  More

13 April 2011
Socio-economic co-evolution of Russia and Ukraine

A workshop, organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, used systems analysis to explore the future co-development of the Russian and Ukrainian socio-economic systems.  More

12 April 2011
Wolfgang Lutz presents to Austrian Parliament

Wolfgang Lutz spoke at a public session of the Austrian Parliament on the multiple benefits to health, economic prosperity, and democracy of investing in education.  More

11 April 2011
European Nitrogen Assessment released

Nitrogen pollution costs the EU between €70-€320 billion annually. This is a key finding of a new study on the impacts of N, which is essential for food production, but is contributing to climate change and biodiversity loss.  More

07 April 2011
New options for achieving a climate-compatible society

The German Advisory Council on Climate Change presented its new report, "World in Transition - A Social Contract for Sustainability," to the German Federal Government. The writing team, including IIASA’s Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Niels Schulz, outline recommendations on how to achieve a climate-compatible society.  More

01 April 2011
2011 IIASA Alumni Day

All former colleagues are invited to the 2011 Alumni Day, 19 May.  More

17 March 2011
IIASA expresses sympathy to Japan

The devastating earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing problems with the nuclear reactors in Japan are of deep concern to all of us at IIASA.  More

07 March 2011
Improved cropland map for sub-Saharan Africa

By combining five existing cropland data sets from sub-Saharan Africa, IIASA researchers have created a new map which has higher accuracy than existing maps and should reduce uncertainty and improve predictions in land use, vegetation, climate change, and earth systems modeling.  More

04 March 2011
Hedging against disaster: pooled risk management for megacities

By 2030 some 500 million Asians are expected to live in megacities - urban areas with populations exceeding 10 million - that are at risk from earthquakes, cyclones, and flooding.  More

24 February 2011
New study outlines options for reducing black carbon and ozone

The IIASA GAINS model underpins a major assessment of options to reduce black carbon and ozone, pollutants that impact human health and climate.  More

23 February 2011
Wolfgang Lutz lectured on education and sustainable development

IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz highlighted the importance of female education in lowering fertility rates and child mortality in developing countries in a lecture 2 March at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC.  More

18 February 2011
Peter E. de Janosi 1928 - 2011

IIASA's sixth Director, Dr. Peter E. de Janosi, recently died at the age of 82.  More

18 February 2011
Brazil joins IIASA

The Center for Strategic Studies and Management Science, Technology and Innovation (CGEE) in Brazil has joined IIASA to become the Institute’s nineteenth National Member Organization and its first from South America.  More

09 February 2011
Malaysia joins IIASA

Malaysia has joined IIASA with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia becoming the Institute’s newest National Member Organization.  More

07 February 2011
Finland studies climate change effects on natural resources

A IIASA analysis of the effects of climate change and abatement policies on the value of natural resources in Northern Europe and the Arctic Sea area was presented to the Finnish Prime Minister’s Economic Council during recent considerations of Finland’s Arctic Strategy.  More

02 February 2011
New model shows how microbes influence nutrient cycling

A new model developed by IIASA’s Oskar Franklin and partners in MICDIF demonstrates how microbes, such as bacteria, adjust their composition to maximize their growth, which may influence large scale nutrient cycling in ecosystems.  More

31 January 2011
New Centre on population and education research opens in Vienna

IIASA, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business have established the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.  More

20 January 2011
IIASA awards Mikhalevich and Peccei scholarships

Elisabeth Wetterlund, of Sweden’s Linköping University, and Carl Salk, of Duke University in the USA, won IIASA’s scholarship awards for their 2010 Young Scientists Summer Program research.  More

19 January 2011
Postdoctoral Program offering scholarships

IIASA is accepting on-line applications for the 2011 Postdoctoral Program, which provides young scholars with up to two years of hands-on professional experience in an international scientific environment near Vienna, Austria.  More

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