Workshop on Coping with Climate Change
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), in collaboration with OCP Policy Center, IMF and other organizations will hold a workshop on October 1, 2018 at the OCP offices in Paris. Staff from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—which has scaled up its research and policy advice on climate change issues—and the World Bank will participate, along with experts from the climate change community, academics and think tanks.
Over the past four decades, the global average surface temperature has increased at a pace unprecedented in the past 20,000 years, affecting the future of countries and communities across the globe. Extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, and floods, are likely to become more frequent. A lot depends on restraining greenhouse gas emissions, the key human driver of global warming.
This inaugural workshop aims to forge links among economists in different fields who share an interest in enhancing their understanding climate change issues. With that overall aim in mind, the workshop will bring together climate change experts and established scholars from other fields of economics who have done some work on climate change issues but are not experts.
Specifically, the workshop will:
• solicit expert feedback on recent work on (i) econometric evidence on decoupling of emissions and growth; (ii) general equilibrium modeling of policy choices for countries, particularly low-income countries, to cope with effects of climate change;
• showcase recent efforts by central banks and the financial sector to assist the global effort to combat climate change (experts from the Banque de France at the forefront of this effort will be invited);
• feature presentations by well-known climate change and energy experts, notably a keynote address by Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the world's leading experts on climate change policy, and a summing-up by Rabah Arezki, the World Bank’s chief economist for the MENA region.