Biden's Climate Summit: leaders and journalists seek out PIK's expertise

04/24/2021 - In the past week, at the invitation of US-President Joe Biden, heads of states from 40 countries as well as scientists and civil society actors came together at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. In the run-up and the aftermath of the historic event, in which many states, including the US, announced new ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, countless media outlets sought out PIK's scientific expertise. In various interviews with German newspapers and TV stations, PIK director Ottmar Edenhofer put the intended goal as well as the results of the event into perspective, while PIK director Johan Rockström made an appearance at the Leaders Summit, when a new Netflix documentary detailing his scientific journey was previewed.
Biden's Climate Summit: leaders and journalists seek out PIK's expertise
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In an interview with the German business daily “Handelsblatt”, Ottmar Edenhofer talked about the prospect of a new “climate G3”, consisting of the European Union, China and the US, which pledged to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030. He echoed his optimism towards a new era of international climate diplomacy in interviews with German newspapers Die ZEIT, the news agency dpa as well as on a morning TV show and a nationally syndicated radio program. In addition, PIK researcher Christoph Bertram shared his insights during appearances on the late night TV news show “heute up:date” as well as on the radio station hr info.

Meanwhile a preview of the feature documentary “Breaking boundaries: The science of our planet” that follows the scientific journey of PIK Director Johan Rockström was presented exclusively to World Leaders on the second day of Leaders Summit on Climate. It will be officially launching this summer.

The documentary portrays the work of Johan Rockström and other scientists from PIK including Ricarda Winkelmann. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough it tells the story of the most important scientific discovery of our time - that humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept Earth stable for 10,000 years, since the dawn of civilization.


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