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Renewable Energies in West Africa: CIREG Project Realises Power Supply in Rural Regions

14/04/2022 - The CIREG project - led by RD2 scientists Stefan Liersch and Hagen Koch - investigated the potential for renewable energies and their spatio-temporal synergies in West Africa. Together with local partners, the project implemented two off-grid demonstrator projects for renewable electricity supply in rural regions in Niger and Togo, enhancing the quality of life in remote villages in a sustainable way.
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Knowledge exchange on current research topics in meteorology

23/03/2022 - RD2 Scientists from the Working Group 'Hydrological Risks' participated in the DACH Conference for Meteorology. The largest session of the conference on climate change dealt with the rapidly progressing of global warming and the already measurable consequences on extreme weather conditions.
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Connect-Empower-Change: Women in Green Hydrogen promote diversity in the hydrogen sector

24/03/2022 - On Monday the 28th, Women in Green Hydrogen - a network co-founded by RD2 scientist Julia Epp connecting female experts in the field of hydrogen - organized a breakfast get-together in Berlin as part of the Berlin Energy Transition Days.
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RD2 Scientist Dr. Diego Rybski appointed 'Section Editor' for PLoS

22/03/2022 - Diego Rybski, Deputy Head of Research Group 'Urban Transformations' at PIK, has been appointed 'Section Editor' at PLOS One. In this position, he will lead the section 'Urban Studies' and advise a group of academic editors in this research field.
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Food crisis due to Ukraine war calls for demand-side action: less animal products, less waste, and greening EU agricultural policy

03/18/2022 - The global food system is impacted by the war in Ukraine, adding to the direct humanitarian and security crisis caused by the Russian aggression. Ukraine and Russia are major producers of grains and fertilizers, yet their exports are at risk of getting disrupted. However, agricultural policy-makers – like the EU ministers meeting on Monday – should not abandon sustainable farming practices just to increase grain production, a team of scientists argues. They propose three key measures to cope with the shocks. In a statement published today they highlight that, instead of focusing only on the supply side for e.g. animal feed, it is changing the demand side which can lead to both a more resilient and more sustainable global food system.
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Key-note speech by Hermann Lotze-Campen at online workshop on agricultural research on climate change

02/03/2022 - The workshop series 'Agricultural Research on Climate Change' by the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA) offers a platform for interdisciplinary exchanges and discussions on a broad range of topics. The workshop dedicated to 'Climate-friendly cattle farming - measuring, assessing and reducing methane emissions' featured a key-note speech from RD2 Department Head Hermann Lotze-Campen.
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Extremely dry and extremely wet: (lack of) rainfall in Germany in the focus of the media

04/04/2022 - For a few years the precipitation balance is off. Local weather patterns more often show long periods of drought, but also occasional extremely heavy rainfalls. After a very dry winter, the low groundwater-levels in the region of Berlin/Brandenburg cause concerns. Regional and national media-outlets seek advice from Working Group-leader and expert in 'Hydroclimatic risks' Fred Hattermann on the (long-term) effects of the lack of precipitation, but also on the increasing risk of local flooding due to intense local rainfall.
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New IPCC report on climate impacts

02/28/2022 - Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 published its 6th Assessment Report highlighting climate change impacts. The working group consisted of 270 scientists from across the globe who scanned more than 34,000 pages of scientific literature on the current state of science on what the warming climate means for our life on Earth. They’ve agreed on a more than 3,000 pages report synthesising those insights, and on a 36 pages Summary for Policy Makers (SPM). Several PIK scientists were involved, such as Katja Frieler, co-chair of Tranformation Pathways research at the Potsdam Institute. She was a lead author of the report's chapter on observed cross-sectoral impacts and also contributed to the Summary for Policy Makers.
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Potsdam Summer School 2022: Towards a Sustainable Transformation

22/02/2022 - Climate, Energy and Nature in a Changing World – with this overarching theme the Potsdam Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive series of events that has been held annually in Potsdam, Germany since 2014. It brings together talented early-career scientists and young professionals operating in the private sector, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organisations from many different parts of the world to discuss frontier research questions on future sustainable development and contribute their insights at this exceptional opportunity to foster cooperation and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. The call for applications is now open!
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German launch of WBGU discussion paper on Planetary Health

02/02/2022 – The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) launched its discussion paper on planetary health in an online event with national and international key stakeholders. Prof. Sabine Gabrysch, head of PIK’s RD2, opened the session with a short presentation underlining the importance of planetary health in the socio-ecological transformation.
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Sara Minoli receives 'best dissertation' award from PIK Friends and Promoters Society

16/02/2022 - Sara Minoli from Working Group 'Land use and Resilience' of PIK received the 'Best Dissertation Award' for her outstanding dissertation during the PIK Research Days 2022. The prize is awarded bi-annually by the Society of Friends and Promoters of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research'.
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India’s rice at risk: Brown planthopper a growing threat as global warming increases

01/28/2022 - Climate change increases the risk of brown planthopper rice pest in India, one of the most alarming pests of this important agricultural staple. This is the result of a new study. Particularly increasing temperatures play a crucial role in the spreading, potentially doubling the total area under high pest risk from seven to more than 15 percent – even if global temperature rise can be kept below 2 °C. If unabated, climate change could further contribute to the spreading of the pest in the future, possibly leading to more than 50 percent of Indian rice production areas under severe threat by the brown planthopper.
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Christopher Reyer at IGES Conference on cascading disaster risks

21/01/2022 - The Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies organised as a conference on 'Building resilience to compound and cascading disasters in the context of climate change'. Christopher Reyer of RD2 gave a presentation on "Transboundary climate impacts on Europe. Early insights from CASCADES"
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Taxing Meat can Protect the Environment: New Study by Oxford, PIK, and TU Berlin

17/01/2022 - A 20-60 % increase in prices for meat through a tax could be an important lever for aligning Western diets with environmental goals and can be designed such that low-income households and farmers are compensated.
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PIK Podcast: A plate full of sustainability - Chef Megha Kohli and scientist Hermann Lotze-Campen take a mouthful

12/20/2021 - A new episode of the podcast "Sustain Ability. The Potsdam Dialogues" is out. From cauliflower to climate change: Chef Megha Kohli from New Delhi, India, and agricultural economist Hermann Lotze-Campen from the Potsdam Institute talk about what’s cooking in our current food system.
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WBGU invites discussion on Planetary Health

12/14/2021 - Online discussion by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) on planetary health kicked off with an impulse statement by Sabine Gabrysch on health and global sustainability.
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ClimSec Sahel Final Workshop in Ouagadougou

09-10/12/2021 - PIK researchers from the working group Adaptation in Agricultural Systems and other experts presented findings from the ClimSec Sahel project at a hybrid workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The ClimSec project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, which was represented at the workshop by Ms Regina Kolb from the German Embassy in Ouagadougou.
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China’s crops at risk: Climate change boosts spread of crop pests and diseases

12/09/2021 - Crop pests and diseases in China have significantly increased, with climate change being one of the relevant drivers, new research in Nature Food finds.
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Too dry, too hot, or too wet: Increasing Weather Persistence in European Summer

12/06/2021 - Global warming makes long lasting weather situations in the Northern hemisphere‘s summer months more likely – which in turn leads to more extreme weather events, a novel analysis of atmospheric images and data finds. These events include heatwaves, droughts, intense rainy periods. Especially in Europe, but also in Russia, persistent weather patterns have increased in number and intensity over the last decades with weather extremes occurring simultaneously at different locations.
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"Climate Justice and Health Equity" conference with Sabine Gabrysch

23-24/11/2021 - Prof. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch, head of PIK's Research Department 2, was invited to 'set the scene' with a keynote speech on Planetary Health at the opening session of the International Conference on Climate Emergency and Health organised by the Belgian Platform for International Health (Be-cause health).
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CapTain Rain Project: German-Jordanian cooperation towards a better water supply in Jordan

01/11/2021 - The 'Capture and retain heavy rainfalls in Jordan' (short: CapTain Rain) project, funded by the German Federal ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) pursues to identify measures for reducing damage following heavy rainfall and flash floods in Jordan and maximising the benefits from heavy rainfall in an otherwise dry region through improved water retention.
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Expert statement by Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen on Food and Bioeconomy

15/11/2021 - The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has invited Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen to write an expert statement on SDG 2, 'Zero Hunger', and the bioeconomy within the "BMBF Science Year on Bioeconomy" in 2020-2021.
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Sabine Gabrysch and Hermann Lotze-Campen at "AckerKonferenz"

03-04/11/2021 - Both heads of the RD2 Climate Resilience Department - Prof. Sabine Gabrysch and Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen - were invited to share their vision at the recent hybrid event 'AckerKonferenz' which evolved around the key questions 'how do we want to live in 2030?' and 'how can we make this happen?'.
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Fritz Reusswig in interview on COP26 "Coalition of the motivated should press forward"

07/11/2021 - In an interview with Marietta Schwarz from 'Deutschlandfunkkultur' on the Glasgow climate conference, RD2 senior scientist Fritz Reusswig reasons that pressure not only from civil society organisations such as Fridays for Future, but also from the private sector will encourage governments to take action, but it is unwise to wait for the lowest common denominator. Instead, the countries and institutions that are willing to press forward should do so without waiting to convince the last reluctant ones.
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Climate change to stir up global agriculture within next decade, NASA/PIK study finds

11/02/2021 - New computer simulations predict deep changes in growing conditions affecting the productivity of major crops already within the next 10 years if current global warming trends continue. Maize crop yields are projected to decline by almost a quarter by the end the century, while wheat could potentially see global yield increases of about 17%. Current key breadbasket regions will see severe changes much quicker than previously expected, requiring farmers around the world to adapt to new climate realities now.
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Annual German Medical Assembly focusses on climate change and health

01-02/11/2021 - For the first time in its history, the German Medical Assembly (Deutscher Ärztetag) made climate change a top priority on its agenda. Prof. Sabine Gabrysch of Charité and PIK gave a keynote speech covering the concept of planetary health, climate change impacts on health, root causes of the problems and the role of the health sector.
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Heat adaptation and exposure in urban areas: prosperity alone won't save us

12/10/2021 - In their Nature Scientific Reports paper 'Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won't save us', ' Linda Krummenauer and colleagues from the Working Group Urban Transformations have analysed the potential heat-related impacts of a 'business as usual' climate scenario (RCP8.5) on the health of urban populations.
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Drought, heavy rain and heat waves will affect tourism business

10/28/2021 - A new study for the Federal German Environment Agency with PIK participation shows how travel regions can adapt to climate change. Climate change in Germany will lead to more heat, increased drought with water scarcity and forest fires, less snow reliability, and increased heavy rain and flooding. Tourism will have to adapt.
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New Lancet Countdown Policy Brief for Germany confirms considerable need for action

10/21/2021 - Despite a growing awareness of the situation's seriousness among those with political responsibility, Germany is only inadequately equipped for the health challenges of climate change. This is the conclusion of this year's report on climate and health, which is published annually by experts from the German Medical Association, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Helmholtz Zentrum München.
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Inaugural lecture of Linus Mattauch during Symposium 'Environment and Sustainability' at TU Berlin

29/10/2021 - The faculty of economics and management of the TU Berlin hosted a Symposium 'Environment and Sustainability' in German (Symposium "Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit"). Within the framework of this event, Prof. Dr. Linus Mattauch has given his inaugural lecture 'Three stories on the market economy and their relevance to the climate crisis'.
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