Erich Striessnig

About Erich Striessnig

Erich Striessnig joined IIASA's World Population (POP) Program in 2007. Since then he has been working on questions concerning the demographics of economic growth, as well as the topic of optimal fertility. From 2008 to 2010 he was also affiliated with IIASA's Air Pollution and Economic Development (APD) Program, where he worked on the macroeconomic effects of air pollution mitigation in South Asia. Mr. Striessnig is currently enrolled as a PhD student in economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

A Demographic Perspective on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

When assessing the potential impact of population growth on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), for a long time only the absolute size of the population was assumed to matter. But while population growth is undoubtedly one of the main drivers of GHG emissions at the global level and thus climate change, the importance of differential climate impact depending on demographic characteristics has been acknowledged to a far lesser extent. A growing body of research, summarized in a recent article in Population Studies (Lutz and Striessnig 2015) shows that sociodemographic factors, like people’s age, education, place of residence, and other important sources of population heterogeneity, play a large role in shaping lifestyles and thus influence – not only emissions – but also people’s ability to adapt to climate change.

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