Yearbook Ecology on global environment policy

09/01/2015 - From planetary boundaries to the impacts of a four-degree world to COP21 in Paris: experts take stock of international environment policies in the recently published Yearbook Ecology entitled: “Wanted: a global environment policy”. Among the authors are Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and other specialists from PIK.
Yearbook Ecology on global environment policy

“The climate impacts in a 4°C warmer world could have severe consequences for societies worldwide. With increasing heat waves, rising sea level, droughts and crop failures human adaptability could face unprecedented challenges,” write Olivia Sederczny, Maria Martin and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber in their essay “Four degrees? A glimpse behind the 2°C guardrail.” Jointly with Dieter Gerten, Schellnhuber furthermore discusses areas like climate change, biodiversity or land use in their article “Planetary boundaries, global developments” – focusing on certain safety areas as a precondition for development and against poverty.

Kira Vinke in her contribution “climate change and migration” explores the term "climate refugee” in the context of environmental changes, that pose big risks for the livelihoods of people in many regions of the world – from slowly rising sea-level rise to sudden extreme weather events. Daniel Klingenfeld provides an outlook towards the “climate showdown in Paris”, looking at the background of international climate negotiations and the expectations for COP21 in December.

The Yearbook Ecology has been informing readers since 1992 about the ecological and environmental situation, analysing national and international environment policy, documenting important environment-related events and drafting visions for a sustainable world. It was published by C.H. Beck until 2008, since then by S. Hirzel.


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