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New PIK Podcast: The bitter taste of loss & damage

12/16/2022 - What does coffee have to do with climate change & loss and damage? Koko Warner from the UNFCCC Secretariat and Christoph Gornott from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK dive into the loss & damage debate.
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Europe's forests increasingly under pressure

12/12/2022 - European forests are increasingly affected by natural disturbances, a new monitoring study shows - and climate change is likely exacerbating this, according to the results of an international team of scientists.
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FutureLab side event during 10th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

08/12/2022 - Svenja Fluhrer, Julian Röckert, Kati Krähnert, and Lukas Mogge from the FutureLab on "Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development" organized a side event entitled "Anticipatory Action Meets Evidence: Generating Scientific Evidence on the Effectiveness of a Forecast-Based Cash Transfer Program".
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RD2 @ COP27

01/12/2022 - Several RD2 scientists were active at and around the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Sharm el-Sheikh either by attending the conference, hosting a side event or informing attendees and the world at large of the importance of climate action through other media channels.
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Potsdam researchers amongst top 1% most cited worldwide

11/14/2022 - For the fifth year in a row, researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are among the top 1 percent of the globally most scientifically influential authors. The renowned "Highly Cited" ranking is published once a year by Clarivate Analytics' science platform Web of Science. The ranking is based on the number of times researchers are cited in other academics' works - one of the most important indicators of scientific relevance. Twelve PIK researchers are listed, just like last year, including the institute's directors, and from all research departments.
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Hermann Lotze-Campen appointed in two scientific committees

11/11/2022 - Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen was appointed to the SASSCAL (Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Managment) Scientific Advisory Council and re-appointed to the steering council of the German SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network).
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Green Central Asia workshops co-organised by RD2 scientists

24/10/2022 - 11/11/2022 - In a series of workshops and trainings, scientists from the Green Vision Central Asian project at PIK invite journalists, civil servants and other key stakeholders to discuss the information and data-flow on climate impacts in the region.
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Dr. Amanda Wendt at GLOHRA Day 2022

15/10/2022 – Dr. Amanda Wendt, working group leader of the Climate Change and Health group at PIK, participated in a panel discussion during the annual symposium of the German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA). Together with other representatives of GLOHRA research projects, she discussed ‘Community partnerships in global health research’.
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Dynamic Forest Modeling research visit in Grenoble

19/10/2022 - Doctoral researcher Mats Mahnken, from the research group "Forest and Ecosystem Resilience" spent four weeks at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAe) with a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Grant from the Cost Action Project 'PROCLIAS'.
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Handelsblatt Dialogue on World Food Day with impulse speech by Hermann Lotze-Campen

12/10/2022 - Current events impact the global food security in many places and puts more pressure on our food system, which is already threatened by climate change and other factors. The "Handelsblatt Dialogue on the World Food Day" therefore invited experts from NGO's, science, politics and business to analyse and discuss how global nutrition can be ensured in the long run and what role technologies could play in building a resilient food system.
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Berlin to receive three 'ClimateTrams'

17/10/2022 - An important step towards better and broader climate communication: The first of three 'ClimateTrams' has been inaugurated officially on the 17th of October at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark by Berlin Climate Senator Betting Jarasch and others. RD2-scientist Julia Epp has given a statement at the event about Berlin's pathway to climate neutrality.
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Key-note speech Prof. Lotze-Campen at European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar

06/10/2022 - The 181st European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE's) Seminar on "Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU agriculture and food sector - potential and limits of climate mitigation policies and pricing instruments" in Berlin, Germany featured a key-note speech from RD2 Department Head Hermann Lotze-Campen.
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Hermann Lotze-Campen at TOP-Agrar meeting

30/09/2022 - short ; meeting or article?
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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture exchange with scientists from Climate Resilience Department

22/09/2022 - On 22 September 2022, representatives of Department 521 "Climate Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water" from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) met with scientists from Department 2 "Climate Resilience". The aim was a first exchange on the topics "Transformation of livestock farming - contribution to climate protection" and "Water solutions for conflicting goals in water use in the course of climate change".
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Congratulations Dr. Laudien!

02/09/2022 - Rahel Laudien successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Supporting climate risk management in tropical agriculture with statistical crop modelling" at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
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Towards food security despite climate crisis and war

09/01/2022 - To secure the world's food supply, a shift toward more plant-based and less animal-based foods is needed, researchers explain in a 'Policy Brief' published today. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has triggered a shortage of some agricultural products as well as gas-produced mineral fertilizers. As a result, food prices are rising. At the same time, droughts and flash floods threaten crops worldwide as the climate crisis intensifies. The researchers show the connections - and make concrete recommendations on how a food turnaround could be initiated.
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Hydrologists from RD2 featured in media coverage on drought

18/08/2022 - Heatwaves and extended periods of drought over the course of the year have had serious impacts on soil, groundwater levels and rivers in Germany and abroad. Many media outlets have reached out to hydrology experts from RD2 to get a scientific explanation and glimpse into the (potential) future of our rivers.
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Urban Transformation-team organises workshop on teaching and research related to sustainability held in Nepal

26-28/07/2022 - Members of the 'Urban Transformations' Working Group of RD2 organized a three-day workshop on 'Strengthening Teaching and Research on Sustainable Development Goals Curriculum Co-development' in Banepa, Nepal. The workshop was organized within the framework of the "ForHimSDG" project (Förderung der Entwicklung des Himalayas durch Stärkung von Lehre und Forschung im Bereich der Sustainable Development Goals) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and aiming to strengthen teaching and research on sustainability issues in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya region by fostering North-South and South-South cooperation.
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Christopher Reyer at high-level UK conference on cascading climate risks

03/08/2022 - The Chatham House invited key UK government officials to discuss their work on climate impact analysis, risk planning and policy coherence with regard to international cascading climate risks with national and international scientists and experts working in this field.
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Congratulations Dr. Porwollik!

06/07/2022 - Vera Porwollik successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Patterns of Cropland Management Systems for Assessment of Global Change" at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
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"For a secure climate future": High-ranking guests at 30 years celebration of Potsdam Institute

06/30/2022 - High-ranking guests attended the 30th anniversary celebration of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) - from federal and Brandenburg politicians to a Nobel laureate. The institute, founded in 1992 and now employing a good 400 people, is needed more today than ever before in the worsening climate crisis, speeches said. The PIK Board of Directors thanked politicians as well as the scientists and all employees of PIK for their part in the success story.
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How taxing the rich can help everyone

06/23/22 - Taxing rich peoples’ gains from capital can help reduce inequality while keeping up overall prosperity – yet only on two conditions. First, the revenues from taxation must be invested into public infrastructure such as schools, public transport, or sustainable energy grids. Second, it must be fairly possible to replace machines by labour. This is the outcome of a mathematical modelling study by a team of economists including US Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
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SDGs failing to have meaningful impact, research warns

06/20/2022 - Sustainability has never been higher on the international agenda. But an international assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the 17 global goals used by governments, companies, and NGOs worldwide to guide action towards a prosperous and just future—shows they are having limited impact, and may instead be contributing to greenwashing. Two years into the decisive decade for humanity's future on Earth, fundamental changes are needed if we are to shift onto a sustainable and resilient path, argue the authors of the study in Nature Sustainability.
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Congratulations Dr. Krummenauer!

16/06/2022 - Linda Krummenauer successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Global heat adaptation among urban populations and its evolution under different climate futures" at the University of Potsdam.
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PIK welcomes Prof Thomas Hertel visiting on Humboldt Research Award

06/13/2022 - Thomas Hertel, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, will be visiting PIK on a Humboldt Research Award for the second half of 2022. An expert in international trade, food and environmental security, he will add to PIK's expertise in Research Department 2 on Climate Resilience and integrated modelling.
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Healthy soil, healthy planet: Soil quality key for improved crop production and resilient climate

06/09/2022 - Healthy, high-quality soils lead to more robust and stable crop yields and are key for adapting to a changing climate, a new study finds. In China, appropriate efforts to improve soil quality may reduce the decline in crop production induced by climate change by 20%.
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Food sector emissions accounting: Sharing responsibility across the value chain

06/09/2022 - A new approach to account for emissions caused in the food sector that considers trade, as technical as it sounds, could help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. Spreading the responsibility to reduce onto all countries along a product’s value chain could yield substantial effects, according to a study now published in Nature Communications.
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Climate Economics: Policies change People

06/09/22 - The makers of climate policy should rethink about how people think: A team of researchers led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) shows that abiding by climate-friendly policies actually changes the way people think about what they do. People’s preferences are more malleable than textbook economics often assumes. The researchers’ advice to policy makers is to take changing preferences into account when tailoring policies like carbon taxes or building low-carbon infrastructure.
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PIK-Scientist Svenja Fluhrer awarded with Early Career Best Paper Award

06/03/2022 - Development economist Svenja Fluhrer was awarded with the prize "Ökonomie des Klimawandels - Early Career Best Paper Award" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She received the award for her paper "Sitting in the same boat: Subjective well-being and social comparison after an extreme weather event", published in Ecological Economics.
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Projecting climate change impacts: Cross-sectoral ISIMIP-PROCLIAS workshop full success

05/27/2022 - From risks in the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report to the future of climate modelling and progress in compound event research: The ISIMIP-PROCLIAS workshop 2022 featured a number of diverse topics around climate impact modelling.
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