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Linus Mattauch new member of 'die Junge Akademie'

05/06/2021 - Together with 9 other young scientists, Prof. Linus Mattauch, co-leader of the FutureLab on Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development, was admitted to the prestigious 'Young Academy' of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences.
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ECCA21 Session on climate impact and adaptation co-organised by Christopher Reyer

31/05/2021 - Christopher Reyer (RD2), together with colleagues from ECDPM, IIASA and CRS organised a Webinar on '360° view of climate impacts: experiencing the future to plan adaptation', within the framework of the European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference 2021. ECCA is co-organised by the three H2020 projects CASCADES, RECEIPT and SINCERE as well as JPI Climate and the EU Commission. The session presented an integrated view of climate impacts which allowed participants to experience the complexity of cross-border and cross-sectoral climate impacts in an innovative 'policy simulation exercise'.
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Online Webinar Emotional Resilience for climate scientists

21/05/2021 - RD2 and Psychologists for Future organised a webinar 'Emotional Resilience for climate scientists' to help climate scientists handle their own emotions as well as understand why others react in certain ways.
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Stefanie Wesch from the Green Vision Central Asia project interviewed by Azerbaijan Television

08/05/2021 - AzTV Global Program interviewed doctoral researcher Stefanie Wesch on the recent outbreak of violence over water resources along the Tajik-Kyrgyz border and the need for cooperation.
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RD2 Beitrag über die rolle einer demokratischen Konfliktkultur auf Berliner Energietage

06/04/2021 - Populistische Parteien und Akteure haben den Kampf gegen die Energiewende als ein Thema für sich entdeckt und versuchen diese als "Elitenprojekt" zu diffamieren. In diesem Session, moderiert durch RD2 Wissenschaftler Seraja Bock, sprechen Expert*innen über diese populistischen Akteuren, wie sie auf das Prozess Einfluss nehmen und was eine demokratische Konfliktkultur dem entgegen setzen könnte.
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Statement to Environmental Committee of the Berlin House of Representatives by Fritz Reusswig

29/04/2021 - Fritz Reusswig was invited to the Berlin House of Representatives as an expert to comment the amendment to the Berlin Energy Law (EWG Bln), issued by the red-green-red Berlin government. With this law, the Berlin Senate wants to align its climate politics to the Paris Agreement goals.
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Girls' Day gives schoolgirls from all over Germany an insight into climate impact research

04/22/2021 – On Girls' Day - 'Future Prospects for Girls' this year, schoolgirls were once again given an insight into the work at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) to discover career prospects in science. Due to the pandemic, this year's Girls' Day took place digitally, allowing for the first time girls from all over Germany to get to know PIK instead of usually just girls from Potsdam and Berlin. Climate researchers Ronja Reese and Constanze Werner talked about their work and answered everything the girls wanted to know in an open question session.
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Online European Geosciences Union 2021 with strong PIK participation

04/21/2021 - One of the largest scientific meetings worldwide, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, virtually brings together geoscientists from all over the planet – amongst them many scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). From 19 to 30 April 2021, the EGU covers all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences and provides a forum where scientists, especially early-career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.
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AGRICA project and methods presented at PEGNet conference on climate risks and policies

23/03/2021 - Sophie von Loeben of the Working Group 'Adaptation in agricultural systems' presented the AGRICA project and its integrated approach during an expert panel session on 'Policies for strengthening resilience and managing risks' at the virtual PEGNet Conference 'Towards resilient low-carbon economies: climate risks and policies'.
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The future of Lower Saxony: Expert report with PIK participation published

03/25/2021 - Climate change, advancing digitalization and demographic changes: These are just three examples of current social challenges for the future of Lower Saxony. On the initiative of the state government, an independent scientific commission with various researchers - including PIK researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen - has developed recommendations for the state. Today, the Commission Niedersachsen 2030 handed over its prepared report to the state government.
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UN water prize for PIK researcher Zbigniew Kundzewicz

03/23/2021 - In a ceremony attended by UN Secetary General António Gutteres, a prestigious prize has been awarded to PIK researcher Zbigniew Kundzewicz from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and the Polish Academy of Sciences. It is one of this year's Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prizes for Water, sponsored by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN. Kundzewicz received the prize in the category “Surface Water”.
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Sabine Gabrysch über Planetary Health in Vortragsreihe "Bald schon fünf nach zwölf"

24/02/2021 - In der Vortragsreihe "Bald schon Fünf nach Zwölf", veranstaltet von BUND, Greenpeace, der KlimaWerkStadt, denkhausbremen und dem AStA der Universität Bremen, sprach Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch in ihrem Vortrag "Planetary Health - Ein Gesundheitskonzept für Erde und Menschen" über den Zusammenhang zwischen menschlicher Gesundheit und gesunder Umwelt.
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RD2 Session on energy transition and populism during Leibniz Conference on Energy Futures

23/02/2021 - Within the context of the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Energy Transition's International Conference on "Energy Futures - Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World?", Dr. Fritz Reusswig and Wiebke Lass from the Working Group 'Urban Transformations' chaired a session 'The European Energy transition between local protests and populist discourses'. The conference had two main focal points: Where are clean energy transitions heading? And how can we grasp energy futures as researchers? Researchers from many disciplines and many countries discussed energy futures as material, political, social and fantastic constructs, including theoretical conceptualizations of the future and ways to implement new technologies or new low-carbon lifestyles.
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A constructive approach to climate protection: Potsdam Climate Council with PIK participation

02 / 22 / 2021 - Sociologist Fritz Reusswig of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has been appointed to the new Climate Council of the state capital Potsdam. Hosted by Bernd Rubelt, Councillor for Urban Development, Construction, Economy and Environment, the members introduced themselves to the public today . The Climate Council acts as a mediator, expert and facilitator for successful climate protection and aims to create a broad debate and visibility in the state capital Potsdam.
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Winter weather, a polar front – and areas of drought: PIK's assessment of the current weather situation.

02/12/2021 - In January and February of 2021, parts of Europe, America and also Germany have experienced partly extreme winter weather. Nevertheless, there are widespread large areas of drought especially in Germany - PIK researchers Stephan Rahmstorf and Fred Hattermann on current climate-related weather changes.
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Übung mit Studierenden der TU Dresden: das Modell 4C

04/02/2021 - RD2 Wissenschaftler der Arbeitsgruppe 'Forest and Ecosystem Resilience', Dr. Martin Gutsch und Mats Mahnken, haben zusammen mit Prof. Dr. Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen der TU Dresden im Rahmen der Veranstaltung 'Waldwachstum und Umwelt' das Modell 4C präsentiert und gemeinsam mit Studierenden angewendet.
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From droughts to floods: climate change and migration in Peru

02/10/2021 - Too much, too little water: People in Peru are increasingly experiencing climate extremes. If climate impacts like water-related hazards continue to accelerate, more climate-induced migration and severe pressure on people’s well-being could be the consequence. These are the key results of a comprehensive report by a team of natural and social scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that was presented today during a joint event.
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Climate change may have played an important role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2

02/05/2021 - Global greenhouse gas emissions have made the likely site of origin of SARS-CoV-2 in southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses over the past century, by driving growth of forest habitat favoured by bats. This is the key finding of a new study by scientists from the University of Cambridge, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK, and the University of Hawaii. Published today in the journal Science of the Total Environment, the researchers provide the first evidence of a mechanism by which climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Climate change and conflict: PIK researchers give policy advice to the German government

02/03/2021 - Training programs on environmental peacebuilding, pooling international expertise to deal with acute risks of violence, and an even stronger focus on gender roles in crisis regions - these are some of the concrete recommendations for action made by the German government's advisory council for civilian crisis prevention and peacebuilding in its latest study on the interactions between climate impacts and security.
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Deeper cooperation between PIK and BMZ

01/20/2021 - During today's kick-off event of the "Berlin Insights Series on Climate Change and Development", Johan Rockström from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and State Secretary Martin Jäger from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which marks the beginning of a deeper cooperation between PIK and BMZ.
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ISIMIP and PROCLIAS online Workshop 2021 very successful

15/01/2021 - The online Cross-Sectoral ISIMIP and PROCLIAS Workshop took place last week. The workshop attracted more than 400 participants from all over the world and from a large variety of scientific backgrounds. The workshop featured a large variety of thematic sessions as well as the kick-off of the new COST Action PROCLIAS, which is linked to ISIMIP.
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Congratulation Dr. Habil. Hagen Koch

08/07/2020 - Dr. Hagen Koch completed his habilitation at TU Berlin (Faculty VI Planning Building Environment) by successfully giving his lecture titled 'Reconciling reservoir operation and environmental water demand'. We sincerely congratulate him with this big step in his academic career.
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Final report RUFROCLIM-project published

01/12/2020 - The final report of the project "RUFORCLIM - Impacts, challenges and opportunities for Russian forests, forestry and forest bioeconomy to respond to climate change" has been published.
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Special Issue in Climatic Change: PIK Scientists Refine Hydrological Model Evaluation Methods

01/05/2021 - Tools to project the availability of freshwater are becoming ever more important under climate change and growing population. Yet mathematical hydrological models, while being valuable instruments for impact assessment, may contribute to uncertainties, especially if not properly evaluated.
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Farmers in focus: Effects of elevated CO2 concentration on crops

12/11/2020 - Agriculture is a key socio-economic sector that both influences the climate and is exposed to climate impacts. To reach targets on food security, protection of biodiversity and the natural environment as well as on climate mitigation for the global common land, it is crucial to know how and where climate change and increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 affect crops. Decision makers and farmers need to quantify the risks to their sector and evaluate sustainable adaptation and mitigation strategies. An international team of agro-climatic experts, including PIK researcher Christoph Müller, has reviewed existing crop models that are used for these climate change risk assessments: While the size of CO2 fertilization effects is still uncertain to some extent, their results, published in Nature Food today, suggest that presenting crop modelling results without accounting elevated CO2 simulations are obsolete and don't offer added value to decision makers.
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Low food prices, high energy use: The pros and cons of emerging technology in our food system

12/08/2020 - An international team of scientists, including PIK researchers, has identified the potential impacts emerging from food system technologies in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. In a new study, that has been published in Lancet Planetary Health, they find that while new technologies and innovation can help fix some issues with the food system, they also have far-reaching impacts. These can cause disruption and unintended consequences, some beneficial and some not, for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Food system innovation will be key to succeed, but new technologies need to be guided by science-based targets to avoid trade-offs and rebound effects.
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PIK/RD2-presence in Green Central Asia Project online events

07/12/2020 - In the last week of November, the Green Central Asia Project Team at RD2 participated in two online events. Dr. Anastasia Lobanova and Dr. Iulii Didovets chaired a session on Climate Impact Assessments in the Central Asian Region at the Online Conference 'The Silk Road of Knowledge' and Dr. Bijan Fallah held a lecture on Climate Data Modelling and Analysis at the Central Asian Climate Journalism Forum.
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FABLE Report 2020: Pathways to sustainable land-use and food systems

The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium has presented an updated plan on how countries can meet mid-century objectives on food security, healthy diets, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, forest conservation, and freshwater use. In part coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), FABLE's mission is to mobilize top knowledge institutions from 20 countries to support the development of decision-support tools and long-term pathways towards sustainable food and land-use systems.
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The climate crisis makes people ill - four proposals towards a healthy future

12/03/2020 - Today the 2020 Lancet Countdown, the new report on the relationship between health and climate change, has been released. It shows that the health risks posed by a changing climate are increasing worldwide, including Germany - and that countermeasures are possible.
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”Highly Cited Scientists 2020” ranking: success for PIK researchers

11/18/2020 – The “Highly Cited Scientists” list once again features a number of PIK researchers. Twelve of them rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the 2020 Web of Science citation index, which is an indicator of scientific relevance. It is a remarkable success that the listed researchers are almost equally distributed across PIK departments and natural and social sciences. Many of them scored well in the “cross field” category of the ranking. The two Directors on the list, representing two important fields – Johan Rockström with Earth System Science and Ottmar Edenhofer with Economy –, are confirming the overarching result: high level transdisciplinary research earns international recognition.
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