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Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Evaluating the effectiveness of travel bans
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to date.

17-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Making Comprehensive Water Resources Modeling More Accessible
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new large-scale, open source hydrological and water resources model will enable different stakeholder groups and scientific communities to engage with a hydrological model and support their investigations.

17-Jul-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Free Trade Can Prevent Hunger Caused by Future Shifts in Climate Patterns
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

International trade can compensate for regional reductions in agricultural production and reduce hunger when protectionist measures and other barriers to trade are eliminated.

7-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
When is someone old?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, understanding how to assess who is elderly is a crucial first step for our understanding of population aging.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Innovations for sustainability in a post-pandemic future
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

According to the latest report released by The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative, the COVID-19 crisis can provide an opportunity to create sustainable societies with higher levels of wellbeing for all.

Released: 3-Jul-2020 7:50 AM EDT
Closing the gap: Citizen science for monitoring sustainable development
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Citizen science could help track progress towards all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An IIASA-led study, for the first time, comprehensively analyzed the current and potential contribution of citizen science data to monitor the SDGs at the indicator level.

25-Jun-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Planning for a growing elderly population
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study investigated the prevalence of activity limitations among older adults in 23 low- and middle-income countries, to help policymakers prepare for the challenges associated with the world’s aging population.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
New scenarios to help global finance go green
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

To assess climate destabilization risks, major central banks and supervisors plan to utilize a new set of climate scenarios developed by an international team of researchers.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Earth Challenge 2020: Calling on citizens to help support global food supply
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new app widget provides citizens with an opportunity to get involved in one of the world’s most challenging problems: how to provide enough, high quality, nutritious food to the ever expanding global population.

Released: 19-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Coronavirus: a wake-up call to strengthen the global food system
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new commentary in the journal One Earth highlights not only climate-related risks to the global food system, such as drought and floods, but also exposes the coronavirus pandemic as a shock to the system that has led to food crises in many parts of the world. To address the challenges of a globally interconnected food system, a systems approach is required.

18-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Matching-commitment agreements to incentivize climate action
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study highlights a different approach to designing an international climate agreement that would incentivize countries to cooperate.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 6:40 AM EDT
Making sense of climate scenarios: New toolkit available for decision makers
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

To make climate scenarios work for decision makers, an international team of researchers have developed a comprehensive interactive online platform.

Released: 25-May-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Why are we still failing to stop deforestation?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study calls for a radically different approach to managing deforestation that focuses on our understanding of how individuals make choices.

11-May-2020 7:25 AM EDT
Towards a new generation of vegetation models
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study explored the most important organizing principles that control vegetation behavior and how they can be used to improve vegetation models.

Released: 11-May-2020 7:20 AM EDT
Exploring the impacts of climate change on hydropower production
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study investigated the impacts of different levels of global warming on hydropower potential and found that this type of electricity generation benefits more from a 1.5°C than a 2°C climate scenario.

7-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Can we estimate the time until the next recession?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study of economic recession patterns finds that the likelihood of a downturn was high even before the onset of the Coronavirus crisis.

29-Apr-2020 1:40 PM EDT
A New Approach to Measuring Inequalities in Development
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study for the first time systematically explored and compared the use of the Human Life Indicator as a viable alternative to the conventional Human Development Index.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Five years after the Paris Agreement: The gap between promises and implementation
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement will require a deep reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, ideally by around 40% to 50% by 2030.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 8:40 AM EDT
SAS and IIASA call for crowd-driven artificial intelligence to help track deforestation
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, SAS and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis join forces to transform crowdsourced knowledge into actionable intelligence to help protect the planet.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Economic recovery after shutdown could take up to three years
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Despite measures taken by the Austrian government, the consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown and partial suspension of global trade flows will be felt for a long time.

17-Apr-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Can sub-Saharan Africa achieve sustainable access to energy for all by 2030?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern electricity services by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa, the pace of electrification must more than triple.

14-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Returning land to nature with high-yield farming
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows that about half the land currently needed to grow food crops could be spared if attainable crop yields were achieved globally and crops were grown where they are most productive.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 1:05 AM EDT
Reducing the risk to children’s health in flood-prone areas of India
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Monsoon rainfall has become more unpredictable in India. Floods and droughts have become more common and pose multiple risks to human health and wellbeing, with children under five being particularly vulnerable. New research finds that more assistance needs to be provided to communities in flood-prone areas to protect children under five from undernutrition.

10-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Exploring the link between education and climate change
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

What are the most effective ways to achieve desired sustainable development outcomes? A new study brings together several different connections between education and climate change and evaluates them together.

31-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Smaller scale solutions needed for rapid progress towards emissions targets
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Low-carbon technologies that are smaller scale, more affordable, and can be mass deployed are more likely to enable a faster transition to net-zero emissions, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
COVID-19: Visualizing regional indicators for better decision making
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA researchers are working to visualize key demographic and socioeconomic information to help inform decisions by health professionals, governments, and policymakers to address the crisis.

Released: 24-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Planning for future water security in China
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The findings of a new study underscore the value and potential of technological adoptions to help design targets and incentives for water scarcity mitigation measures.

Released: 24-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EDT
How can migration, workforce participation, and education balance the cost of aging in Europe?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

New IIASA research shows that higher levels of education and increasing workforce participation in both migrant and local populations are needed to compensate for the negative economic impacts of aging populations in EU countries.

17-Mar-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

New research sheds light on how much tropical forests’ ability to take up and store carbon differ between forests with high versus low species richness, aiming to enhance our ability to predict tropical ecosystems’ strength as global carbon sinks.

12-Mar-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Rethinking mortality and how we plan for old age
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Many people dream of comfortably living out their golden years. A new IIASA study however shows that older Europeans, and especially women, frequently underestimate how many years they have left, which could lead to costly decisions related to planning for their remaining life course.

Released: 9-Mar-2020 11:50 AM EDT
From climate change awareness to action
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

New research on how people’s worldviews affect their perceptions and actions could help policymakers and activists reframe the discussion around climate change mitigation.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EST
Study identifies regional malnutrition clusters across India
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Childhood malnutrition in India remains a major problem. A new study shows that the problem is concentrated in specific geographic areas, which could help policymakers working to address the issue.

Released: 28-Feb-2020 9:05 AM EST
Containing methane and its contribution to global warming
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Methane is a gas that deserves more attention in the climate debate as it contributes to almost half of human-made global warming in the short-term.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:40 AM EST
New systemic approach needed to tackle global challenges
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Putting systemic thinking at the centre of policymaking will be essential to address global issues in an era of rapid and disruptive change, according to a new joint report by IIASA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Released: 19-Feb-2020 8:40 AM EST
Could water solve the renewable energy storage challenge?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Seasonally pumped hydropower storage could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much needed gap to support the transition to renewable energy, according to a new study from IIASA scientists.

Released: 17-Feb-2020 4:00 AM EST
Systems analysis for a new Arctic
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A major new IIASA report highlights new and emerging policy trends in the Arctic, a region on the front lines of climate change, geopolitics, and global governance.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 4:05 AM EST
Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth’s warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of a new study show that the projected negative economy-wide effects of coastal flooding are already significant until 2050, but are then predicted to increase substantially towards the end of the century if no further climate action on mitigation and adaptation is taken.

23-Jan-2020 10:00 AM EST
Increasing opportunities for sustainable behavior
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective adoption of sustainable behaviors.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 5:05 AM EST
Could we cool the Earth with an ice-free Arctic?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The Arctic region is heating up faster than any other place on Earth, and as more and more sea ice is lost every year, we are already feeling the impacts. IIASA researchers explored strategies for cooling down the oceans in a world without this important cooling mechanism.

Released: 9-Dec-2019 11:00 AM EST
Climate change and the threat to global breadbaskets
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Extreme climatic conditions could lead to an increased risk of unusually low agricultural harvests if more than one global breadbasket is affected by adverse climate conditions at the same time.

6-Dec-2019 6:05 AM EST
Highlighting the importance and vulnerability of the world’s water towers
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new Nature study provides insight into the world's natural water towers, which are crucial to the welfare of 1.9 billion people.

Released: 4-Dec-2019 6:05 AM EST
Differences in replacement level fertility point to inequalities
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The percentage of the world’s population that is above or below the ‘replacement level of fertility’ has long been used as a measure of demographic development. A new study revisited how this metric is calculated and how useful it really is in terms of informing policy decisions.

Released: 19-Nov-2019 8:30 AM EST
Beyond the green revolution
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Diversifying crop production can make food supply more nutritious, reduce resource demand and greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance climate resilience without reducing calorie production or requiring more land.

18-Nov-2019 8:55 AM EST
Nitrous Oxide Levels Are on the Rise
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. According to new research, we are releasing more of it into the atmosphere than previously thought.

14-Nov-2019 4:05 AM EST
How much energy do we really need?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 9:05 AM EST
Using mountains for long-term energy storage
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The storage of energy for long periods of time is subject to special challenges. An IIASA researcher proposes using a combination of Mountain Gravity Energy Storage (MGES) and hydropower as a solution for this issue.

5-Nov-2019 6:05 AM EST
Plants and fungi together could slow climate change
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change.

4-Nov-2019 8:05 AM EST
Switching to solar and wind will reduce groundwater use
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Researchers explored optimal pathways for managing groundwater and hydropower trade-offs for different water availability conditions as solar and wind energy start to play a more prominent role in California.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Improving governance is key for adaptive capacity
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Governance in climate vulnerable countries will take decades to improve, substantially impeding the ability of nations to adapt to climate change and affecting billions of people globally, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 4:05 AM EDT
Exposing blind spots in the carbon budget space
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

An international research group that included researchers from IIASA and Japan, identified biases towards some selected carbon budgets in the current scenario literature.


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