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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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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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