Welcome to the PIK sustainability transition pagesClimate change is only one of numerous current challenges summarized under the term "global change". In order to meet and to respond to these challenges change in production and consumption patterns is required. Many of these challenges are direct consequences of current unsustainable development patterns, based on high levels of resource consumption. This often leads to pollution of air, water and soils as well as to environmental degradation. This indicates that business as usual is not an option. Less environmentally harmful input in energy and a more sustainable use of raw materials, we can and have to achieve improved livelihoods for the people. In other words, we have to enable a life within the critical planetary boundaries (Rockström et al., 2012) of safe operating space while guaranteeing increased well-being. In many regions of the world, poverty prevails and these regions are also amongst the most heavily affected by climate change impacts. Thus, resources should be distributed more fairly and ways should be found to reduce increasing inequalities in wealth and incomes.
Our researchResearch on sustainability transitions aims at advancing the understanding of the dynamics of human-environment systems. We want to improve the evaluation of potential trade-offs and synergies between mitigation, adaptation and development. Accordingly, the objectives of the sustainable transitions group are:
- To derive the first principles of the interplay between development stages, economic dynamics and climate protection.
- To design sustainable development pathways at the country level that make explicit account of trade-offs.
- To understand drivers and barriers and the role of civil society for the sustainable development pathways
- To evaluate incremental and transformational adaptation option for regions with the highest environmental risks.
Central research areas of the sustainable transitions group are:
- Agricultural food production and supply
- Greenhouse gas emissions and human development
- Adequate availability of water and its dependence on global change
The purpose of this web-site is to share the research insights on sustainability transitions in view of climate change (impacts, adaptation, and mitigation) publicly. Therefore, we make scientific literature, complementary information and data as well as our programming code publicly available. The provided material is intended to foster new research on sustainability transition in regard of climate change.
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