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CMF 2016: Potsdam Newspaper reports about Climate Media Factory as as a successful spin-off of PIK and Film University Potsdam (in german)
Global Calculator 2015: An international team led by the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and co-funded by the European Union’s Climate-KIC launched the Global Calculator. The tool enable lay people an politicians to examine trade-off and synergies between different climate related action. Several scientists contributed to the tool, e.g. from London School of Economics, International Energy Agency, the Chinese Energy Research Institute, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and its spinoff Climate Media Factory (CMF) [press release] [Global Calculator Website]
Lanzhou 2015: Key note at Lanzhou University/Dunhang Forum ``Revitalizing the Silk Road: how climate change affects modern cultures´´
Mexico 2015: Key note on German-Mexican Climate Change Dialogue (on behalf of German Foreign Office and German Technical Cooperation) in Mexico City [Report by German Embassy]
Colombia 2014: Minister of the Environment Luz Helena Sarmiento Villamiza and Colombian Ambassador to Germany meets PIK and discussed planned projects between Germany and Colombia [press release].
Astana 2014: Invited expert to a Kazahk cabinet meeting and key note speaker at the Gov't of Kazahkstan on the occasion of the launching of Kazahkstan's green economy strategy.
PUPC 2013: Key note and panel discussion at Aula Magna June at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima on Climate Change and Disaster Prevention. The Aula Magna aimed to be a preparatory meeting for the upcoming UNFCCC COP conference in Lima 2014.
consats 2013: Signing of cooperation agreement between PIK and COMSATS University, Islamabad/Pakistan to support the new Centre for Climate Change & Development Research at COMSATS (back f.l.t.r.: 2. Rector of COMSATS University Dr. Zaidi; 3. Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, founder of the Global Change Impact Studies Centre, Pakistan; 4. former Pakistani Ambassador to Germany Mr. S. Kamal [press release].
CleanTech 2012: Climate Media Factory (CMF), Potsdam an innovative media lab founded by K.D. Müller, Potsdam Film University and J. Kropp, PIK was awarded by the renown Clean Tec Media Award for its innovative ideas for communicating climate change. The Laudatio was given by the actress Christiane Paul [press release].
AVH" 2011: Key note address at Inaugural Session and Key note lecture on Alexander von Humboldt Conference on Adaptation & Mitigation of Climate Change (on occasion of 60th anniversary of Indian/German diplomatic relationships), Bangalore/India, opening panel with Chief Minister Gowda and Governor Dr. Hans Raj Bhardwaj (Karnataka State) [press release]
Aiwan-e-Sadr 2010: Honorable Member of the concluding Panel of Int. Conf. on Climate Change & Development at President's Residency Islamabad/Pakistan Aiwan-e-Sadr. Panel: President Asif Ali Zardari, J. Kropp PIK, Environmental Minister Afridi, President Zardari, State Secretary Environment Malik, United Nations Country Director Tanaka [press relase] [The Guardian]
Delhi 2010: Key note on ``Climate Change Challenges for India'' followed by a critical intervention by Nitin Desai (former Undersecretary-General of United Nations) on a High Tea Event of the Indian Forum of the Parliamentarians in New Delhi
COP15 CPH 2009: PIK and German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) presented a climate service “ci:grasp” (Climate Impacts: Global and Regional Adaptation Support Platform) on the Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15) on an official side event [press release].

Food Waste 2016: In a recently published article we estimated the effect of food surplus and waste on climate change. 10% of all emissions from agriculture are related to food waste. Besides these results a previously published article showed the increasing relevance of agriculture for future greenhouse gas emissions in particular if lifestyle and demographic change is considered [link to article] [article] [press release].
Damage Assessment 2016: A new study provides a method to quantify monetary losses from coastal floods and on city level under sea-level rise. For the first time, the scientists show that the damage costs consistently increase at a higher rate than the sea-level rise itself [link to article] [press release].
Urstein
                                          University 2015: A new foundation university (Salzburg Urstein University) is under formation in Berlin/Salzburg bringing together cultural and sustainability related views with a clear application oriented focus. Man-made climate change is one of the most critical challenges we face today and the way companies deals with this issue constitutes a strong selling point for the public. J Kropp was appointed as director of studies for the sustainability department [Salzburg Urstein Institute].
Crop
                                          Calories in Meat 2013: On a global scale, about 40% of the global crop calories currently are used as livestock feed and about 4 kcal of crop products are used to generate 1 kcal of animal products. Concering future demographic growth and dietary changes will almost double global fed demand by 2050. Securing food availability could be therefore threatened by an overproportional meat consumption  [link to article].
Heat
                                          Island Effect 2013: Cities heat up stronger than the rural regions surrounding them – and if climate change continues, this will become a risk for the inhabitants. On the basis of satellite data, researchers have now more comprehensively than ever before investigated this so-called heat island effect for thousands of cities in Europe [link to article] [press release]
Emissions from
                                          agriculture 2013: Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture may triple by 2050 in comparison to 2005, if dietary changes and demographic growth is considered. A systematic identification of global nourishment styles and its relation to the human development level indicates that agriculture may become a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions [link to article]
Challenges
                                          in Sustainability 2012-2014: JP Kropp Appointed Founding and Editor-in-Chief of the New Journal: Challenges in Sustainability.
RAMSES 2012: Five year Project on Cities (RAMSES) received funding of about 5.2 mln Euros from the European Union. The project will be coordinated by PIK and runs under the rooftop of the Climate Change and Development Group/Sustainable Cities Flagship [link to website] [CCD Group].
Emission Burden Sharing 2011: The integration of developing countries into global CO2 reduction schemes needs a fair burden
sharing. In our approach for balancing climate change mitigation it is shown that human development might be a measure to come to an more objective burden sharing amongst countries, but it also shows that contributions from industrialised countries must be even much larger [link to article] [press release].
In
                                          Extremis 2011: New Book by Kropp JP & Schellnhuber HJ (eds): In Extremis: Disruptive Events and Correlations in Hydrology and Climate, Springer, Berlin, 400p.

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