News/ Press Releases

 

Please find selected media articles and PIK-News articles featuring or written by researchers from the EPICC Team here.

EPICC

17.08.2020 - PIK News:
Climate Stabilization: Lessons from the Corona Crisis

The dynamics of the current COVID-19 pandemic could offer valuable insights for the efforts to mitigate climate change. Highlighting the parallels between the global health and the climate emergency, a team of researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has analyzed what policy makers and citizens can learn from the corona outbreak and how to apply it to the global effort of reducing CO2 emissions. Their proposal: A Climate Corona Contract that unites the younger and the older generations. [...]


29.07.2020 - UNHCR-PIK-Factsheet
Gender, Displacement and Climate Change

Which role does gender play in climate change and which gender-specific risks need to be addressed in disaster displacement contexts? Find out more about gender, migration and climate change in the second factsheet that has jointly been developed by PIK and UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency.


30.06.2020  - UNHCR-PIK-Factsheet
COVID-19, Displacement and Climate Change

Find the latest factsheet on COVID-19 and climate-induced migration that calls for solutions to avert future crises. This is a joint publication developed under the EPICC project at PIK and the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency.


01.05.2020 - Internationale Politik:
Corona und Klima: Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit (German)

To step out of the systematic crisis we need a climate-corona treaty between the generations. Read the commentary on the corona and climate crisis by the EPICC Senior Scientific Advisor, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and the EPICC project lead Dr. Kira Vinke in the Magazine Internationale Politik.


30.04.2020 - IKI News:
Understanding the monsoon, preventing major catastrophes

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) published a news article on the International Monsoon Study Group (IMSG) that was organized within the EPICC project at PIK to better understand the monsoon phenomenon in times of climate change. [...]


28.01.2020 - Süddeutsche Zeitung:
Holz statt Beton (German)

The article by the Süddeutsche Zeitung features the recent publication developed in collaboration with EPICC Project Lead Dr. Kira Vinke and EPICC Senior Scientific Advisor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
Please find the publication here: Churkina, G., Organschi, A., Reyer, C., Ruff, A., Vinke, K., Liu, Z., Reck, B., Graedel, T. and  Schellnhuber, H. (2020). Buildings as a global carbon sink. Nature Sustainability. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0462-4


20.01.2020 - PIK-News:
Climate change, food and agriculture: PIK expertise at International Green Week in Berlin

Hundreds of thousands of people are currently exploring the International Green Week in Berlin, a leading global trade fair for agriculture and food with featuring more than 1800 exhibitors from 72 countries. According to the organizers, the International Green Week 2020 is focusing on climate change like never before, with numerous exhibitions and events. This year's trend topics include sustainability, resource conservation and environmentally friendly production processes. Experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will also be present at events at the Green Week from 17-26 January. [...]


17.01.2020 - World Vision press releases:
Lungen der Erde schützen. Eine-Welt-Programm der Grünen Woche eröffnete mit Engagement prominenter World Vision-Unterstützer für Wälder (German) 
[ENG] Protect the lungs of the earth. A World Green Week program opened with the involvement of prominent World Vision supporters for forests

EPICC Advisory Board member Sven Plöger and Project Lead Kira Vinke participated in a discussion round on forest, climate and nutrition at a kick-off event of Berlin's Green Week taking place on 15-24 January 2020. [...]

 
20.01.2020 - PIK-News:

COP25: PIK experts in Madrid

"Time for Action": About 25,000 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the UN Climate Conference COP25 from December 2-13 in Madrid, Spain. "We stand at a critical juncture in our collective efforts to limit dangerous global heating", UN General Secretary António Guterres said at the Opening Ceremony of COP25 in the Spanish Capital. "Millions throughout the world – especially young people – are calling on leaders from all sectors to do more, much more, to address the climate emergency we face. They know we need to get on the right path today, not tomorrow. That means important decisions must be made now," he stressed in his remarks. [...]

 

19.11.2019 - SENAMHI News:
SENAMHI and EPICC Inaugurated a Workshop on Climate Services and Capabilities

EPICC Workshop featured in the SENAMHI News page. [...]

  
11.11.2019 - EKD-Synode:

Vortrag zum Schwerpunktthema "Auf dem Weg zu einer Kirche der Gerechtigkeit und des Friedens" (German)

EPICC Project Lead Dr. Kira Vinke talks about the path from climate justice to peace during the 6th meeting of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany that was organized from 10th to 13th of November 2019 in Dresden, Germany. [...]


17.09.2019 - DWIH New Delhi:
Science Circle Lecture: The Climate Emergency, The German "Energiewende" and The Great Transformation


On September 17, EPICC Senior Scientific Advisor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber gave a presentation at the German Centre for Research and Innovation in New Dehli. He spoke about the urgency of the climate crisis and gave a warning regarding the severity of the Tipping Elements. Professor Schellnhuber emphasized Germany's Energiewende, a switch to renewable energy sources, as an exemplary strategy for countries like Inidia with high solar energy potential. [...]


22.03.2019 - Entega.ag: 
Klimaforscher Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C Schellnhuber von Entega Stiftung Ausgezeichnet (German)


EPICC Senior Scientific Advisor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber was awarded with „Erasmus Kittler Preis“ from ENTEGA foundation for his unique work on the national level to strengthen the common good. [...]


Climate

06.01.2020 - PIK-News:
New approach in El Niño forecasting potentially doubles the lead-time and helps forecasting its magnitude

El Niño, probably the most far-ranging climate phenomena on Earth, is likely to hit again in 2020, as groundbreaking research by PIK and others has shown. Now, PIK researchers also found a new way to improve forecasts regarding its magnitude using data from air and sea surface temperature series.  [...]

  
04.11.2019 - PIK-News: 
Early warning: Physicists from Giessen, Potsdam and Tel Aviv forecast "El Niño" for 2020

The serious weather phenomenon "El Niño" could soon occur again in the Pacific region. Researchers at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, find that there will probably be another "El Niño" by the end of 2020. The prediction models commonly used do not yet see any signs of this. [...]


04.11.2019 - Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft:

Herbstschule „System Erde“
[ENG] Autumn School "System Earth"

The teacher training course “Autumn School System Earth” is organized on a yearly basis by German Meteorological Society in cooperation with the German GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ). It invites teachers, students and other civil society members. The 2019 autumn school took place on November 4-5 at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam and was titled as "Asia - a dynamic continent". In the view of the topic, EPICC researcher Elena Surovyatkina was invited to present the results of Monsoon research in a video-lecture titled “When does the Indian Summer Monsoon Begin?” The input was developed in cooperation with EPICC guest researcher Roman Medvedev and help of EPICC Migration Output researcher Jonas Bergmann. [...]


19.09.2019 - The Hindu Business Line:

Monsoon will withdraw in October third week, says expert from Germany

This year's monsoon season in India is expected to last much longer than normally, according to the forecast that has been released by PIK researcher Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina and her EPICC monsoon forecasting group 70 days in advance of the event. Livelihood of a billion people in India depends on monsoon variability, highlighting the the importance of long-term forecasting of the event, which is uniquely provided by Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina and her team at PIK. [...]


18.09.2019 - NRI News 24x7:

Climate Projections
of Today Becoming Reality of Tomorrow; need to be strengthened


The second EPICC stakeholder workshop took place on September 16-18 in New Delhi. The parties discussed the urgency of climate change issue and presented inputs on monsoon forecasting, hydrology, climate predictions, private sector involvement, migration. Saurabh Bhardwaj, Fellow at Centre for Climate Modelling, TERI, highlighted the importance of joint work of scientists and policy makers in improving the readiness for current and future extreme climate events. [...]


17.09.2019 - Saur Energy International:
Climate Projections of Today Becoming Reality of Tomorrow; need to be strengthened


The second EPICC stakeholder workshop took place on September 16-18 in New Delhi. The parties discussed the urgency of climate change issue and presented inputs on monsoon forecasting, hydrology, climate predictions, private sector involvement, migration. Saurabh Bhardwaj, Fellow at Centre for Climate Modelling, TERI, highlighted the importance of joint work of scientists and policy makers in improving the readiness for current and future extreme climate events. [...]


21.08.2019 - PIK-News:
Indian monsoon forecast: early warning for risk of flooding in October


The Indian Summer Monsoon is likely to withdraw from the Central part of India between 14th and 24th October 2019. The unique forecast, made for 70 days in advance, is the only available long-term forecast in India. Elena Surovyatkina, climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, leads the forecasts that showed to be successful already three years in a row. The monsoon withdrawal date is of crucial importance for billion of people in India. In a warming world, severe storms and floods during monsoon retreat are becoming more frequent. Such a long-term forecast could help Government to do strategic planning, consolidate resources, and strengthen capacity to respond effectively to disasters. [...]


17.09.2019 - Conference on Perspectives in Nonlinear Dynamics:

Forecasting Monsoon: Insight from Nonlinear Dynamics [min. 45:48 - 1:18:27]

Prof. Dr. Elena Surovyatkina presented her research on the monsoon forecast during the International Conference on Perspectives in Nonlinear Dynamics in São Paulo, Brazil. Follow the link to see her full presentation on YouTube. [...]


26.06.2019 - PIK-News:
Breaking the rules: Monsoon and climate change

With global warming the Monsoon is changing, breaking well-established “rules” of the phenomenon, becoming more and more erratic and unpredictable. Close to half of the global population depends on monsoon rainfall. For the fourth year in a row, Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) successfully predicted the onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon in the central part of India more than a month in advance with a new forecast method. This method accounts for climate change effects and hence makes forecasting possible. [...]


07.05.2019 - PIK-News:
PIK researchers issue new early forecast of Indian Summer Monsoon

The Indian Summer Monsoon will likely reach Central India between 10th and 18th of June 2019, according to the new forecast method developed at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). This forecast of the monsoon onset date issued more than one month in advance is the earliest and only one available in India to date. PIK scientist Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina leads the Monsoon forecasts that showed to be successful already three years in a row. The monsoon onset date is of crucial importance for the 1.35 billion people in India – the livelihoods of about 70 percent of its population are directly related to farming and agriculture. Climate change affects monsoon variability and hence makes accurate forecasting even more important. [...]


19.02.2019 - PIK-News:

Monsoon forecasting for improved climate resilience in Sri Lanka

Monsoon prediction specialist Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) recently visited Sri Lanka on Government invitation for talks with representatives of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, the Ministry of Disaster Management, the Meteorological Department and the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Sri Lanka is a tropical insular state east of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. In a warming world, floods or droughts during monsoon period could become more frequent, potentially affecting millions of people. Long-term monsoon forecasts could help make Sri Lanka more climate resilient. [...]


04.02.2019 - PNAS Science Sessions Podcast:
Network theory and climate change

Dr. Jingfang Fan speaks about the network approach, which he together his colleagues use to develop the model of global climate system. The goal is to study how climate changed in the past decades and how it might change in the future under different climate scenarios. [...]


24.10.2018 - PIK-News:

Forecast of withdrawal of Indian Summer Monsoon proves once more successful

The Indian Summer Monsoon has withdrawn from the Central part of India last week as predicted by PIK scientist Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina and her team 80 days in advance. It is the earliest forecast of the withdrawal date ever made and currently the only one available in India. Since 2016, all PIK predictions of the monsoon onset and withdrawal have been successful, that´s six correct forecasts in three years in a row. [...]

   

25.08.2018 - Times Now:
Kerala floods: Damaging rains match climate change forecasts


The article features the once-a-century weather event that happened in August in the Indian state of Kerala. The Monsson rains displaced 1.3 million people and had been predicted by the scientists prior to the catastrophe. Dr. Kira Vinke, scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and EPICC project lead, warns about the future risks in a scenario, where current level of emissions release remains. Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina, member of Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC, attributes the intensification of monsoon rains to climate change and consequent overheating of landmass. [...]


05.07.2018 - PIK-News:

Early Summer Monsoon forecast for India

The Indian Summer Monsoon will likely reach Central India between 11 and 19 June, according to the new forecast method developed at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The unique forecast had been developed specially for the central part of India where, before, early forecasting has never been made. The novel approach based on an analysis of observational data allows predicting the monsoon onset date 40 days in advance. Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina leads the forecasts that showed to be successful already two years in a row. The monsoon onset date is of crucial importance for hundreds of millions of people in India. Climate change affects monsoon variability and hence makes accurate forecasting even more important. [...]


20.06.2018 - The Hindu:
‘Climate change increased rains’ - Monsoon Prediction on Central India under Climate Change


Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina, scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and member of Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC, gave a presentation at ‘Monsoon Prediction on Central India under Climate Change’ workshop. She spoke about the effects of the climate change on the monsoon rains and the impact of industrialization and urbanization on the phenomenon. [...]

 

19.06.2018 - Telangana Today:
Joint research will improve monsoon prediction: MLA Ramesh

The workshop on 'Monsoon Prediction in Central India under Climate Change' organised at Water Technology Centre of Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) in Rajendranagar took place on the 19th of June. Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina, scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and member of Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC, delivered keynote address at the event and presented findings of the Monsoon research using new method called "tipping elements approach". [...]

 
15.05.2018 - Hindustantimes:
Monsoon in Pune from June 11, but heat to continue


Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina, scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and member of Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC, presents the forecast of the Indian summer monsoon (the Southwest monsoon) for central part of India and the Eastern Ghats region. [...]


15.05.2018 - Sakal Times:
Monsoon may hit Central lndia between 11 & 19 June, says PIK


Lives of hundreds of millions of people in India are influenced by the Southwest Monsoon. Its variability is largely affected by climate change, which makes monsoon forecasting ever more crucial. Researchers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) announced the prediction of the monsoon onset date according to the new method developed at the institute. They estimate that this year the Southwest Monsoon will reach Central India between 11th and 19th of June. [...]


13.01.2018 - Hindustantimes:

Tele-connecting geographical areas can help predict monsoon dates, says expert

Last week Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina from Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC presented an approach to estimating the time of onset and withdrawal of the Indian Summer Monsoon at a workshop organized by Indian Meteorological Society, (IMD), Pune Chapter and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. [...]


13.01.2018 -
Sakal Times:

Prediction of Monsoon possible with data of India, Pak: Expert


Last week Prof. Dr. Surovyatkina from Monsoon forecasting working group at EPICC presented an approach to estimating the time of onset and withdrawal of the Indian Summer Monsoon at a workshop organized by Indian Meteorological Society, (IMD), Pune Chapter and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. [...]

 

 

Migration

29.11.2019 - PIK-News:
Potsdam: Kira Vinke is awarded best PhD Thesis Prize for Work on Climate Migration

Kira Vinke from PIK is the first political scientist to receive the Potsdam Young Scientist Award. The prize was awarded to her for her dissertation on "Unsettling Settlements: Cities, Migrants, Climate Change. Rural-Urban Climate Migration as Effective Adaption?" The honor was awarded to her by Lord Mayor Mike Schubert at a ceremony at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. [...]


11.11.2019 - EKD Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland:
Vortrag zum Schwerpunktthema „Auf dem Weg zu einer Kirche der Gerechtigkeit und des Friedens“
(German)


EPICC Project Lead, Dr. Kira Vinke, delivered a presentation on climate change and its link to migration. She states that if the current level of emissions remains, the internal migration in such regions as Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America South Asia will reach 140 million people. Such migration patterns are attributed to the increasing temperatures and factors other than changing climatic conditions, which push the limits of habitability in threatened regions. Further, Dr. Vinke brings into discussion the issues of climate justice, global emissions reductions and natural climate solutions. [...]


29.09.2019 - Arizona State University, Sustainability News:
ASU, CI and Potsdam researchers explore the future of Alto Mayo, Peru


Alto Mayo is one of the areas of Peru with highest biodiversity affected by deforestation due to extensive agriculture in the area. EPICC PhD student Jonas Bergmann participated in the workshop on behalf of PIK dedicated to developing multi-stakeholder approaches to conservation practices in Alto Mayo. [...]

 

07.2019 - Cambridge Global Conversations
CGC Videos on Climate - from the July 2019 CGC Climate Ethics event.

Dr. Kira Vinke, EPICC Project Lead and Climate Migration researcher participated in 2019 CGC Climate Ethics event. You can find her talk on Climate Migration, Climate Justice, Political Will and more in the video below shared in CGC video series and recorded on the sidelines of the event. [...]

Find more videos from the Climate Ethics event by following this link.

 

15.07.2019 - IOM Environmental Migration Newsletter:
Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Updates of May/ June


The last workshop organized in Tanzania by the East Africa, Peru, India Climate Capacities’ (EPICC) project headed by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), gathered various experts and representatives of government, private sector and civil society. They discussed the impacts of climate change on internal migration in the country. [...]


30.06.2019 - Corresponsales en Línea:
Interview on Climate Migration and Human Rights in Peru (Spanish)


Climate change affects everyone no matter the wealth and status. In his interview with Corresponsales en Línea, Jonas Bergmann spoke about climate migration and the challenges climate refugees face in relocating from the high risk areas.


21.05.2019 - TEDx Talks:
For Climate Change and Migration, Youth Have the Answers!


EPICC climate migration researcher, Julia Blocher, delivered a talk on the nexus of climate change and migration as well as the role of youth in the process of transformation in Luiss University of Rome for TEDx LUISS. [...]

 

30.04.2019 - Corriere.it:
Noi, nativi della sostenibilità in lotta per la Terra di domani
(Italian)


Interview with EPICC climate migration researcher, Julia Blocher, where she talks about the role of new generations "to building peaceful, inclusive and just societies". [...]


07.03.2019 - IYFweb.org:
Calling for inclusive spaces for young migrants: IYF President attends International Dialogue on Migration


On 28 February the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) took place in in New York at International Organization for Migration (IOM) premises. The president of the International Youth federation and EPICC PhD student Julia Blocher moderated a session dedicated to youth migration and engagement of youth in policy development. [...]


04.03.2019 - IOM Office UN (NY):
Youth Leadership in 21st Century Governance


On 28 February the I
nternational Dialogue on Migration (IDM) took place in in New York at International Organization for Migration (IOM) premises. The president of the International Youth federation and EPICC PhD student Julia Blocher moderated a session dedicated to youth migration and engagement of youth in policy development. [...]