IMPACTS, ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Academic year 2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title IMPATTI, ADATTAMENTO E MITIGAZIONE DEI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Course code CM0487 (AF:230371 AR:111631)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6 out of 12 of ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code M-GGR/02
Period 1st Semester
Course year 1
Where VENEZIA
Course objectives
This course focuses on impacts of climate change on environmental systems and on the policies to tackle them. Impacts on agriculture and biodiversity, sea level rise and coastal zones, precipitations and extreme events will be presented and discussed. The course will then examine adaptation and mitigation policies, the required investments, the economic costs of these policies, their impact on economic growth and the optimal balance between mitigation and adaptation. Finally, the course will analyse international negotiations on climate change control and will present some proposals, both at the micro and macro level, to deal with one of the most important threats to the future development of our socio-economic systems.
Pre-requirements
Basic elements of economics, mathematics and statistics
Contents
1. Causes of climate change. Recent developments and future scenarios
2. The main impacts of climate change
3. Adaptation to climate change
4. Mitigation policies
5. Domestic and International instruments to deal with climate change
6. Focus on the EU ETS
7. Mitigation costs
8. The optimal balance between mitigation and adaptation
9. International negotiations on climate change (IPCC, COPs…)
10. Focus on Paris COP 21
11. Climate finance
12. Best practices to deal with climate change mitigation and adaptation
Referral texts
Blogs
- http://climateobserver.org/
- http://www.carlocarraro.org/

Books:
- Carlo Carraro and Alessandra Mazzai, Il clima che cambia , Il Mulino, 2015
- Anthony Giddens, La politica del cambiamento climatico, Il Saggiatore, 2015
- Scott Barrett, Carlo Carraro, Jim De Melo, Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regine, CEPR Press 2015, free downloadable at www.cepr.org (anche in francese per la casa editrice Economica).
- Nicholas Stern, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change, MIT Press, 2014
- Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman, Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet , Princeton University Press, 2014
- IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, free downloadable at www.ipcc.ch
Type of exam
written
Teaching methods
Classroom lectures and group work
Teaching language
Italian
Sustainability
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 06
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki