Science communiation to go on Youtube

Produced in home offices during the time of corona: short lectures, between 10 and 15 minutes long and in English, on aspects of "Climate & The Economy".

#1: Sabine Fuss on carbon removal

It must not be an excuse to be less ambitious about emissions abatement, but the 1.5 degree target requires atmospheric carbon removal. A range of technologies are conceivable, enhanced carbon pricing would help to roll them out.

#2: Jan Steckel on coal

Ongoing global investments in coal-fired power plants eat up remaining carbon budget. China plays a major role in developing and financing coal usage in many emerging countries. Carbon pricing and international climate finance may help to make renewables a viable alternative.

#3: Ulrike Kornek on international cooperation

Cooperation is essential for protecting nature and humans from various climate change impacts. The 2015 Paris Agreement was a partial success, but relies on voluntary agreements. National targets should be harmonised by carbon prices and incentivised by international climate finance.

#4: Michael Jakob on international trade

Some kind of trade restrictions are desirable to safeguard the ambitious EU climate policy. Textbook border carbon adjustment is inefficient due to substitution effects outside the EU. Pragmatic approach should consider strategic and legal aspects and avoid adverse impacts on poor countries.

#5: Matthias Kalkuhl on social balance

Carbon pricing reduces emission and mitigates climate change at lowest overall cost. The poor are more affected than the rich, because a larger proportion of their expenditure is on energy. Giving the revenues back to consumers ensures a fair distribution of costs.