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On the way to phasing out emissions: More than 50% reductions needed by 2050 to respect 2°C climate target

04/30/2009 - Less than a quarter of the proven fossil fuel reserves can be burnt and emitted between now and 2050, if global warming is to be limited to two degrees Celsius (2°C), says a new study published in the journal Nature today (1).
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Royal Visit at PIK

04/20/2009 - On Thursday, 30 April 2009, Prince Charles will visit the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The British heir apparent will visit the historical institute’s building on the Potsdam Telegraphenberg und attend a scientific workshop. Moreover, he will have preparatory discussions with Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of PIK, about the second Nobel Laureates Symposium that will take place in London in May and is under the auspices of Prince Charles.
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Study on the impacts of climate change on Berlin

04/01/2009 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has prepared a study on Climate Impacts on Berlin, commissioned by the Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin. It aims at improving the basis of decision-making for adaptation measures in order to manage and cope with unavoidable climate impacts. The study called "Climate Change and Cultivated Landscapes in Berlin" was presented in Berlin today.
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PIK presents report on Global Green Recovery to German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

03/26/2009 – Measures of G20 members for economic recovery can trigger a boost of both sustainable growth and climate protection. This is the result of a policy paper presented in Berlin today. The report was authored by a team led by Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The report was prepared on behalf of the German Foreign Office. According to the paper, a global green recovery could deliver immediate and long-term economic benefits, help to avoid dangerous climate change, and reduce sources of global instability such as energy insecurity and competition for natural resources. The report highlights key measures in seven strategic areas that G20 members can take to tackle the economic crisis and re-orient development towards sustainable, low-carbon growth.
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Public debate between Hans-Werner Sinn and Ottmar Edenhofer on "The Green Paradox" - options for a realistic climate policy

03/18/2009 - Ottmar Edenhofer, deputy director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (ifo), had a public debate about options for a realistic international climate policy. The discussion referred to Sinn's latest theses about an illusion-free climate policy, and took place in front of an audience of more than 300 people in Munich last Monday.
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The odds of tipping

03/17/2009 - According to the estimates of climate scientists in a newly published expert survey, there is more than a 50% chance of major changes in the global climate system if global warming proceeds at the current rate. Should average global temperature increase by more than 4 degrees Celsius, one or several parts of the climate system could tip to a new state. Experts’ estimates of the probability of tipping vary, and it also remains uncertain by how much global temperature will increase in the future. But – as the authors report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online early edition - these uncertainties do not imply that far-reaching events caused by global warming are unlikely.
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Schellnhuber elected as new Chair of WBGU

02/27/2009 – The members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) elected Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber as new chair und Dirk Messner as vice chair. The term of office is two years.
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Risks of global warming have been underestimated

02/23/2009 – The risks of severe climate impacts increase drastically with only small increases in global mean temperature. An international team of researchers has reinvestigated the five “reasons for concern” described first in the Third Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001, and revised a graphic depiction of their sensitivities to increases in global mean temperature. The diagram shows clearly how the borderline to dangerous climate change could be crossed much earlier than previously thought but also that ambitioned climate policy could minimize the associated risks.
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Oceans short of breath

02/09/2009 - Oceanic acidification, as induced by anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, modifies the marine carbon pump and triggers extended marine “oxygen holes” at intermediate depths. The lack of oxygen could harm marine habitats as well as their services to humans.
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IPCC-authors discuss role of renewable energies

01/30/2009 - The authors of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are currently holding their first meeting in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Special Report investigates the role of renewable energy sources in international climate policy and is to be published in the second half of 2010.
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