STSM at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr. Shouro Dasgupta from the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) spent two weeks working with Professor Elizabeth Robinson at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE, on the impacts of climate change on the labour force, food security, and preparing for COP27.

by Shouro Dasgupta

During his STSM, Shouro and Professor Robinson worked on empirically analysing the impacts of heat stress on sectoral labour supply, with a focus on disentangling the effects of anthropogenic climate change on labour in the historic period. In  a second-step, these empirical response-functions were combined with ISIMIP3a data to compute the extent to which changes in labour can be attributed to climate change at the global and regional level. Attributing climate impacts on the labour force has important implications for policymakers and employers in the context of labour protection regulations and worker health and safety, especially for those working in high-exposure sectors.

The STSM also examined the effects of climate and weather shocks on child health and nutrition, and food security in Egypt. These empirical findings suggest that both climatic and weather shocks result in worsening health and increasing food insecurity outcomes in the country. The researchers also compute projections under future climate change scenarios using CMIP6 data. These results show the health benefits of mitigation and achieving low emission scenarios, with child health and food security situations in Egypt being significantly worse under the higher warming scenarios.

The findings from the STSM outputs have been summarised in a data-driven policy brief for the Government of Egypt and will be presented at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Shouro would like to thank Professor Elizabeth Robinson and the Grantham Research Institute, and the PROCLIAS Cost Action for this opportunity.

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