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Today’s children to experience two to seven times more extremes than their grandparents

09/27/2021 - Today’s children will be hit much harder by climate extremes than today’s adults, researchers show in the leading journal Science. During their lifetime, a child born in 2021 will experience on average twice as many wildfires, between two and three times more droughts, almost three times more river floods and crop failures, and seven times more heatwaves compared to a person who’s for instance 60 years old today, the researchers find based on data from the Inter-sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP). This is under a scenario of current greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges by governments which will be a topic at the upcoming world climate summit COP26 in Glasgow.
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Launch of WHO Pandemic Early Warning Center with PIK Researcher Sabine Gabrysch

09/03/2021 - The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a pandemic early warning center in Berlin this week to assist in better preparing for future pandemics. The center was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - with a panel discussion in which Sabine Gabrysch from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) also participated.
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Congratulations Dr. Landholm Haight!

01/09/2021 - David Landholm successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Cross-Scale Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Local Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation" at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
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CashEval project conducts impact evaluation of early action cash transfers

18/08/2021 - With financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), People in Need (PIN) Mongolia INGO, and the National Statistics Office of Mongolia (NSO) join forces to evaluate the effectiveness of early action cash transfers distributed to Mongolian households in the midst of an extreme weather event. The CashEval research project aims at generating methodologically rigorous evidence on whether such cash transfers protect the well-being of households. This is the first randomized impact evaluation study of an early action cash transfer program worldwide.
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Christopher Reyer speaks at a German Forest Summit "Waldgipfel 2021: Waldsterben 2.0"

05/08/2021 - In a high-level panel discussion on Thursday-afternoon, Christopher, Working Group Leader of 'Forest and Ecosystem Resilience' discussed the role of timber buildings for climate mitigation and potential conflicts and synergies with biodiversity conservation. He highlighted that integrated solutions are needed to make sure that forests can both cope with climate change impacts but also contribute to mitigating further climate change.
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Less trade-offs, more synergies: New pathway to mitigate climate change and boost progress on UN Sustainable Development Goals

08/02/2021 - A world that combats climate change while simultaneously improving on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is possible, a new study finds. Scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the German Development Institute have developed a new integrated strategy that combines ambitious climate action with dedicated policies for development, food and energy access, global and national equity, and environmental sustainability. It sheds new light on bottlenecks, but also synergies for boosting progress towards climate and sustainable development targets.
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PIK expertise on extreme rainfall and flooding

07/16/2021 - The heavy rains and thunderstorms in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate during the past days have led to massive flooding of villages and entire areas. Meanwhile, towards the rivers Oder and Neiße, extreme heat prevailed at more than 30 degrees Celsius. Where these extraordinary weather conditions stem from and their connection with climate change, many national and international media wanted to know from PIK researchers. Here is a small excerpt from the coverage.
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Anne Warchold from RD2 receives 'Best Sustainable Development Article' Award

14/07/2021 - The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS), awarded Anne Warchold's paper on 'Variations in sustainable development goal interactions: Population, regional, and income disaggregation' with the title 'Best Sustainable Development Article' during their annual conference.
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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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