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Excellent results for PIK in evaluation

11/23/2007 - A thorough and independently conducted evaluation of the Potsdam Institute confirmed its excellent status. Federal and state funding of the research for another seven years have been approved of.
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International top researchers address appeal to UN Climate Conference in Bali

12/06/2007 - On the fourth day of the United Nations Climate Conference in Bali more than 200 leading climate scientists have called on the more than 180 parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change to act immediately to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The “Bali Climate Declaration by Scientists” emphasizes the urgent need for a fair and effective global climate deal. PIK researchers are among the signees.
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Summer School "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"

02/08/2008 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research organises the third summer school of the Network of Excellence "ALTER-Net" (A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network) from 2-14 September in Peyresq, Southern France. Up to 32 graduate students and young scientists can participate in the summer school, the deadline for application is 15 April 2008.
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Recognizing the Elephant in the Room: Future Climate Impacts across Sectors

12/16/2013 - A pioneering collaboration within the international scientific community has provided comprehensive projections of climate change effects, ranging from water scarcity to risks to crop yields. This interdisciplinary effort, employing extensive model inter-comparisons, allows research gaps to be identified, whilst producing the most robust possible findings. The results provide crucial insights for decision-making regarding mitigation efforts in the face of potential impact cascades. The analyses are to be published in a special feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that assembles the first results of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP), which aims at bringing research on climate impacts onto a new level.
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Schellnhuber joins Santa Fe Institute

03/08/2010 - Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), has been appointed to the position of External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). The election to the external faculty recognizes Schellnhubers “many contributions to science and the SFI research effort”. At the US institution a transdisciplinary research community, working in the field of complexity science, investigates physical, computational, biological, and social systems. The term of the appointment is January 2010 through June 2013.
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"Hot" topic: What emissions reductions are necessary to respect 2°C climate target?

07/05/2010 – The article “Greenhouse-gas emission targets for limiting global warming to 2C”, lead authored by PIK-scientist Malte Meinshausen, is one of the most-cited papers in the discipline of Geosciences published during the past two years. The study appeared in the renowned journal Nature. The paper quantified for the first time the emissions reduction requirements for staying below two degrees celsius.
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Infrastructure summit: Levermann puts emphasis on climate issues

04/14/2011 - "Whoever is planning infrastructure without paying attention to climate issues could just as well skip it" - with this statement Anders Levermann of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research made a point at a high-ranking conference in Berlin this week. Amongst the participants of the so-called infrastructure summit were the German minister for transport and construction, the CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, the director of German Telekom's T-Systems, and the vice president of the Federal Network Agency. Levermann, a professor of dynamics of the climate system, gave the concluding keynote speech.
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New Head of Administration starts

01/10/2011 - At the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), funded by the german federal government, he was head of administration. At the Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze (Centre for International Peace Operations), affiliated with the german federal foreign office, he served in the same function. Now Sven Oliver Arndt brings all this excellent experience to the PIK where this month he starts as – what else – head of administration.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel: “You should get on politicians nerves"

05/11/2012 - German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned about the consequences of unabated climate change and called on scientists to keep on pushing this topic. “You should be persistent and sometimes get on politicians nerves,” Merkel said at a symposium of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WGBU) which was founded 20 years ago. Coming to a worldwide agreement on limiting global warming to two degrees would be difficult, and the energy transition would ask for the willingness for change from the German public, the chancellor said. However, not doing anything is no option, she said: “All progress is of little use if we react too slowly. That’s why we should be aware of what is going to happen if nothing happens now. And that is going to be bitter.”
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“Vulnerable regions are where the climate rubber meets the road”: 2nd report for World Bank

06/19/2013 - Crop yields put at risk in Sub-Saharan Africa, extremes of water scarcity and excess in South Asia and floodings of coastal cities in South-East Asia are but a few of the likely impacts of unabated climate change. They are investigated in the second report of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics commissioned by the World Bank: “Turn down the Heat II: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience”. The analysis scrutinizes the state of science on impacts in a 4 degree warming world up to the end of this century. It was presented in London today.
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