Proposal Title

A World Climate Change Convention: Exploring the Science and Economics of Climate Change

Presenter Information

Peter Tsigaris

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3741

Start Date

19-2-2019 11:20 AM

End Date

19-2-2019 12:00 PM

Proposal Abstract

On October 16th 2018, a fictitious Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in my Masters of Environmental Economics and Management graduate course. Dr. Lauchlan Fraser’s graduate class from the Masters of Science in Environmental Science program joined to simulate the mock- UN climate negotiation role –playing simulation developed by professors from MIT’s Management Sloan School and played all over the world. Results from the simulation illustrates the difficulty associate with keeping temperature anomaly below 2 °C increase relative to pre-industrial levels as most representatives selected a climate-ramp up policy instead of aggressive cuts with no delay. Given the pledges, temperature anomaly increased to 2.5 °C by 2100. This is significantly below the business as usual predicted warming of 4.2 °C and lower than the level predicted by the promises made from the Paris Agreement. Damages are lower relative to business as usual but not eliminated. Developing regions suffer the most from the warming of the planet. As a result converge of standard of living across regions did not materialize by 2100. Students’ feedback showed strong engagement and active learning taking place. In this session, I will present the game and some of results from the trial.

Statement

Results from the simulation illustrates the difficulty associate with keeping temperature anomaly below 2 °C increase relative to pre-industrial levels as most representatives selected a climate-ramp up policy instead of aggressive cuts with no delay. Given the pledges, temperature anomaly increased to 2.5 °C by 2100. This is significantly below the business as usual predicted warming of 4.2 °C and lower than the level predicted by the promises made from the Paris Agreement. Damages are lower relative to business as usual but not eliminated. Developing regions suffer the most from the warming of the planet. As a result converge of standard of living across regions did not materialize by 2100. Students’ feedback showed strong engagement and active learning taking place. In this session, I will present the game and some of results from the trial.

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Feb 19th, 11:20 AM Feb 19th, 12:00 PM

A World Climate Change Convention: Exploring the Science and Economics of Climate Change

OM 3741

On October 16th 2018, a fictitious Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in my Masters of Environmental Economics and Management graduate course. Dr. Lauchlan Fraser’s graduate class from the Masters of Science in Environmental Science program joined to simulate the mock- UN climate negotiation role –playing simulation developed by professors from MIT’s Management Sloan School and played all over the world. Results from the simulation illustrates the difficulty associate with keeping temperature anomaly below 2 °C increase relative to pre-industrial levels as most representatives selected a climate-ramp up policy instead of aggressive cuts with no delay. Given the pledges, temperature anomaly increased to 2.5 °C by 2100. This is significantly below the business as usual predicted warming of 4.2 °C and lower than the level predicted by the promises made from the Paris Agreement. Damages are lower relative to business as usual but not eliminated. Developing regions suffer the most from the warming of the planet. As a result converge of standard of living across regions did not materialize by 2100. Students’ feedback showed strong engagement and active learning taking place. In this session, I will present the game and some of results from the trial.