STIRPAT is an acronym that refers to a statistical model for assessing environmental impacts at virtually any scale and to a research program in structural human ecology (SHE). Any human ecosystem comprises four key, interacting components: population, environment, social organization, and technology. The STIRPAT model can be used to explore the interactions between these components, in the search for understanding about the creation of and solution to environmental problems.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Engel, Prof. Dr. Bernard Lehmann, Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz, Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
The aim of IED is to analyze individual and collective decisions in the context of natural resource utilization and environmental problems. Furthermore, IED strives to support private and political decision makers to achieve sustainability in the face of today’s risks and uncertainties. Management issues affecting climate change present a prominent example of decisions that have traditionally been made on a very weak basis of knowledge about future states of the world. IED focuses on research as well as on teaching at different levels. http://www.ied.ethz.ch/
The uncertainty in climate change and our energy future remains and is likely to remain even with more research. If policy makers are to do anything about global warming, they will have to make decisions now, in spite of the uncertainty. At the Climate Decision Making Center (CDMC), researchers are studying the limits in our understanding of climate change, its impacts, and the strategies that might be perused to mitigate and adapt to change. CDMC investigators are creating, illustrating, and evaluating decision strategies and tools for policy makers that incorporate such uncertainties. Through the spin-off CCSReg project, we also have collaboration with the Univeristy of Minnesota, the Vermont Law School and the law firm of VanNess Feldman. http://cdmc.epp.cmu.edu/ http://www.ccsreg.org/
Professor Kevin Anderson, Asher Minns, Professor Robert Watson
The Tyndall Centre brings together scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists, who together are working to develop sustainable responses to climate change through trans-disciplinary research and dialogue on both a national and international level - not just within the research community, but also with business leaders, policy advisors, the media and the public in general. This will require us to: i) engage widely with stakeholders in public and private sector organisations; ii) collaborate closely, and/or form strategic partnerships, with researchers outside the Centre in the UK, Europe and globally; and iii) listen carefully to the perceptions and aspirations of all peoples in relation to the risks created by climate change. http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/
Professor Elke U. Weber, Professor David H. Krantz
The research focus of the CRED is environmental decision making processes, especially those that arise in the course of adaptation to climate variability and mitigation of or adaptation to global climate change. CRED will use research results to design and to evaluate possible decision aids, including tools that facilitate use of scientific information about the natural and social environment and tools that may lead to better group decisions. Other project goals include educational aids to improve undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies, outreach in the form of training or information-sharing with individuals and group leaders, and synergistic, integrated research findings.
The Virgin Earth Challenge is a prize of $25m for whoever can demonstrate to the judges' satisfaction a commercially viable design which results in the removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute materially to the stability of Earth’s climate. http://www.virginearth.com/
COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government. Some areas of COWS' program focus are:
The Breakthrough Institute is a small think tank with big ideas. Breakthrough is committed to creating a new progressive politics, one that is large, aspirational, and asset-based. America needs a new social contract, one that provides greater security around issues like health care, retirement, employment and education. These social issues cannot be seen as separate from environmental issues since they, and economic prosperity generally, are the ground upon which ecological concern depends. http://www.thebreakthrough.org
Clean Water Action works to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public. http://www.cleanwateraction.org/
The Climate Project consists of 2,600 dedicated volunteers from throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, and the UK, all personally trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. TCP presenters have reached a combined 4 million people worldwide. Our hope is that by raising the awareness of our fellow citizens about this crisis and informing them about potential solutions, all of us, together, can preserve the climate balance on which humanity and our planet depend. http://www.theclimateproject.org/