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World Bank Report III published

World Bank Report III published

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23/11/2014 - The latest World Bank Report Turn Down the Heat II – Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience, is again based on scientific analysis by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.

PIK Director and Lead Author Hans Joachim Schellnhuber states, "Vulnerable regions are the places where the climate rubber meets the road. We developed narratives of severe risks for Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia which will have to be taken into account for further planning in these regions. It becomes ever more evident that climate policy and development policy are no contradiction but go hand in hand."

The report uses advanced computer simulations to paint the clearest picture of each region’s vulnerabilities. It describes the risks to agriculture and livelihood security in Sub-Saharan Africa; the rise in sea-level, loss of coral reefs and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East Asia; and the fluctuating water resources in South Asia that can lead to flooding in some areas and water scarcity in others, as well as affecting power supply.

“The second phase of this report truly reiterates our need to bring global attention to the tasks necessary to hold warming to 2ºC,” said Rachel Kyte, the Bank’s vice president for sustainable development. “Our ideas at the World Bank have already been put into practice as we move forward to assist those whose lives are particularly affected by extreme weather events

The full report can be downloaded here.

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Übergabe des neuen WBGU Sondergutachten „Klimaschutz als Weltbürgerbewegung“

Übergabe des neuen WBGU Sondergutachten „Klimaschutz als Weltbürgerbewegung“

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17/09/2014 - Klimaschutz als Weltbürgerbewegung – darauf setzt der Wissenschaftliche Beirat Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU). Es müsse eine Partnerschaft zwischen den Verhandlungsprozessen der Staaten und den Aktionen der Bürger, Unternehmen und Kommunen entstehen, sagte WBGU-Vorsitzender Hans Joachim Schellnhuber im Deutschlandfunk.

Interview im Deutschlandfunk

Hier geht’s zur Pressemitteilung des WBGU zu „Klimaschutz als Weltbürgerbewegung“.

Der Bericht selbst kann hier abgerufen werden.

 

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Staatskapelle trifft Klimaforschung

Staatskapelle trifft Klimaforschung

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Benefizkonzert im Großen Refraktor: Der Klang des Waldes

30/08/2014 - Bereits zum zweiten Mal sind Musiker der traditionsreichen und renommierten Berliner Staatskapelle und Sänger der Staatsoper am vergangenen Samstag zu einem außergewöhnlichen Benefizkonzert an einem besonderen Ort, dem Großen Refraktor, auf den Potsdamer Telegraphenberg gekommen. Im stimmungsvollen Dunkel des Großen Refraktors erklärte Hans Joachim Schellnhuber - Direktor des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) - den Grund dieser einzigartigen Verschmelzung von Musik und Wissenschaft: „Die Wissenschaft kann den Verstand des Menschen erreichen, aber die Musik das Herz." Umrahmt von wissenschaftlichen Kurzvorträgen der PIK-Wissenschaftler Hermann Lotze-Campen, Susanne Rolinski und Christopher Reyer stand in diesem Jahr das Thema „Der Klang des Waldes“ mit klassischen und modernen Kompositionen im Mittelpunkt.

Die Bilder des Abends können hier eingesehen werden.

Mehr Informationen über die Stiftung NaturTon.

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Interview mit Pierre Baigorry (Peter Fox)

Interview mit Pierre Baigorry (Peter Fox)

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28/06/2014 - Pierre Baigorry (Peter Fox, SEEED) sprach am 28. Juni 2014 für das Internetprotal #GehtAuchAndersmit Hans Joachim Schellnhuber über die Verantwortung der Politik und jedes Einzelnen, wenn es um das Thema Klimawandel geht

Das Interview kann hier online angesehen werden.

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John Schellnhuber participates as key presenter in the World Bank’s first MOOC based on the TDTH report

27/01/2014 - The World Bank's first Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) based on the Turn Down the Heat (TDTH): Why a 4°C World Must Be Avoided report will be launched on January 27. This MOOC aims to communicate the key messages of the TDTH report through interactive learning materials. It presents an analysis of likely impacts and risks of a 4°C warming trajectory and thereby emphasizes the need for mitigation, with a focus on developing countries. The course consists of four different modules in which leading scientists and practitioners will deliver these key messages through a series of video presentations.

Being a lead author of the TDTH report, John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), participates in this MOOC as an opening speaker in two of the four modules on the following topics:

Module 1: Observed Climate changes and Impacts: 650,000 years to now

Topic: Setting the context and Understanding CO2 Emissions rise and Temperature rise

Module 3: Life in a 4°C warmer world

Topic: Nonlinear and cascading impacts: Risks of Large-Scale and Disruptive Changes in the Climate System

For more information about the course, follow this link.

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Schellnhuber hält Hauptvortrag auf der 5. Hamburger Energie-und Umwelttagung

Schellnhuber hält Hauptvortrag auf der 5. Hamburger Energie-und Umwelttagung

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22/10/2013 - Am 22. Oktober 2013 nahm Herr Professor Schellnhuber als Keynote-Speaker an der 5. Hamburger Energie- und Umwelttagung teil. Die Veranstaltung fand unter dem Thema „Energiewende im Mittelstand“ statt und verfolgte das Ziel, gemeinsam über Innovationen und neue Lösungsansätze mittlerer Unternehmen für eine Energiewende zu diskutieren und somit das Vertrauen in alternative Wege zu generieren. Der inhaltliche Schwerpunkt lag dabei auf dem Thema Klimawandel, zu dem Herr Professor Schellnhuber mit seinem Hauptvortrag „Klima, Energie, Transformation“ einen wichtigen wissenschaftlichen Beitrag leistete. Insgesamt nahmen 220 geladene Gästen an der Tagung teil, die 2009 von der Sager & Deus Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH initiert wurde und seit 2011 in Kooperation mit der B.A.U.M. Consult AG durchgeführt wird.

Prof. Schellnhuber über die 5. Hamburger Energie- und Umwelttagung: "Die Tagung hat gezeigt, mit welchem Engagement die mittelständische Wirtschaft die Energiewende vorantreibt. Überzeugend waren vor allem die konkreten Beispiele, mit denen die CO²-Reduzierung zeitnah sowohl ökonomisch machbar als auch ökologisch notwendig erreicht werden kann. Damit ist der Mittelstand wesentlich weiter als die Politik, die kaum mehr mit den Entwicklungen Schritt halten kann. Dieser „Wake Up Call zur Energiewende JETZT“ für eine konsequente Energiewende hat bei dieser Tagung viele Entscheidungsträger überzeugt noch mehr zu tun und auch mir eine gute Portion positive Energie mit auf den Weg nach Berlin gegeben“.

Der Vortrag von Herrn Professor Schellnhuber kann hier online angesehen werden.

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World Bank Report II Published

World Bank Report II Published

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19/06/2013 - The latest World Bank Report Turn Down the Heat II – Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience, is again based on scientific analysis by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.

PIK Director and Lead Author Hans Joachim Schellnhuber states, "Vulnerable regions are the places where the climate rubber meets the road. We developed narratives of severe risks for Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia which will have to be taken into account for further planning in these regions. It becomes ever more evident that climate policy and development policy are no contradiction but go hand in hand."

The report uses advanced computer simulations to paint the clearest picture of each region’s vulnerabilities. It describes the risks to agriculture and livelihood security in Sub-Saharan Africa; the rise in sea-level, loss of coral reefs and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East Asia; and the fluctuating water resources in South Asia that can lead to flooding in some areas and water scarcity in others, as well as affecting power supply.

“The second phase of this report truly reiterates our need to bring global attention to the tasks necessary to hold warming to 2ºC,” said Rachel Kyte, the Bank’s vice president for sustainable development. “Our ideas at the World Bank have already been put into practice as we move forward to assist those whose lives are particularly affected by extreme weather events.”

Follow this link for a brief video about the report.

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YOUTHinkgreen: John Schellnhuber gives keynote at the 1st World Youth Sustainability Summit 2013

YOUTHinkgreen: John Schellnhuber gives keynote at the 1st World Youth Sustainability Summit 2013

John Schellnhuber with YOUTHinkgreen participants

17/05/2013 - YOUTHinkGreen is an international educational youth initiative based in Germany with the aim of bringing together young people from all over the world to talk and think about sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Between the 10th and 20th May 2013 the 1st World Youth Sustainability Summit took place in Berlin where over 150 young people from industrialised, emerging and developing countries along with top-class speakers from the scientific, economic, cultural, media, and political sector came together, addressing the topic “Youth and Sustainability in Everyday Life - Challenge, Reflect on and Develop New Global Ways of Living”. Within this event, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) introduced its scientific work on climate change and referred on the intergenerational dimension of this topic. Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber welcomed the young participants on "telegraph hill" and talked with them about important issues of climate change and possible future scenarios.

A summary of the talk can be seen in this video.

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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber wird mit dem Wilhelm-Foerster-Preis 2013 geehrt

27/03/2013 - Für seinen „wichtigen Beitrag, die globale Wirkung der Zivilisation auf das Klima zu erforschen und die Ergebnisse in das Bewusstsein der Menschen, in die Gesellschaft und Politik zu tragen“ wurde Hans Joachim Schellnhuber am 27. März 2013 mit dem Wilhelm-Foerster-Preis 2013 ausgezeichnet. Der von der URANIA Potsdam gestiftete Preis ehrt jedes Jahr einen im Land Brandenburg tätigen Wissenschaftler für außerordentliche Verdienste in der Vermittlung wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse an ein breites Publikum. Die feierliche Preisverleihung fand im Nikolaisaal Potsdam statt.  Zu den Gratulanten gehörten unter anderem Brandenburgs Ministerin für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Sabine Kunst, und der Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam, Jann Jakobs. Auch Stephan Ramstorf, Forschungsbereichsleiter am PIK, hielt eine Laudatio, in der er als langjähriger Weggefährte seine höchste Bewunderung für die von Herr Schellnhuber geschaffene „einzigartige kreative Institutskultur“ aussprach. Herr Schellnhuber selbst hielt einen Festvortrag mit dem Titel "Von der Neugierde übers Wissen zur Verantwortung".


Der Vortrag von Herrn Schellnhuber sowie Ausschnitte der Laudatio von Herrn Rahmstorf können in diesem Video angesehen werden.

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José Manuel Barroso Creates New Science and Technology Advisory Council (PSTAC) and Appoints Hans Joachim Schellnhuber as Member

José Manuel Barroso Creates New Science and Technology Advisory Council (PSTAC) and Appoints Hans Joachim Schellnhuber as Member

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27/02/2013 - The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, yesterday in Brussels met the newly appointed members of his Science and Technology Advisory Council (PSTAC). Physicist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will be part of this independent group of eminent experts. The Council is charged to provide foresight and recommendations that could be used to explore opportunities and make informed judgements based on the evidence and advice provided.

See here for more information

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Earth League: International Network Established by Leading Research Institutes

Earth League: International Network Established by Leading Research Institutes

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07/02/2013 - Leading research institutes from more than 10 nations joined forces last week in London and launched the “Earth League”. As a global alliance of eminent scientific representatives from climate research, environmental sciences and economics, this distinguished network focuses on planetary processes and sustainability issues. The Earth League will meet once a year to provide robust background information for decision makers on the most urging challenges for the future.

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Schellnhuber hält Ringvorlesung an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Schellnhuber hält Ringvorlesung an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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15/01/2013 - Mit einem aktuellen Thema und international renommierten Referentinnen und Referenten aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Kultur ist die LMURingvorlesung nicht nur für die Studierenden und Lehrenden der Münchner Universitäten, sondern auch für eine breite Öffentlichkeit attraktiv. Im Wintersemester 2012/13 greift die Ringvorlesung die Frage auf "Ist der Klimawandel schon vorbei?" und lädt dazu am 15. Januar 2013 PIK-Direktor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber ein, vor einem voll besetzten Hörsaal vorzutragen. Unter dem Titel "Ist Zukunftsvorsorge schon Geschichte?" spricht Schellnhuber über den scheinbaren Widerspruch zwischen den wissenschaftlichen Fortschritten im Verständnis des Klimawandels und dem gleichzeitigen Stagnieren der internationalen Klimaverhandlungen.

Die Ringvorlesung kann hier online angesehen werden.

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PIK and Qatar Confront Climate Change

PIK and Qatar Confront Climate Change

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Qatar and PIK announce creation of climate change research institute

05/12/2012 - Qatar Foundation in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) announced the creation of a pioneering climate change research institute. It will be the first of its kind “in a country whose wealth is founded on fossil fuels,” PIK’s director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said. “Qatar declares to confront the climate challenge, and to do so by promoting research and evidence-based decision-making. This might be a turning point for a transition towards sustainability.”

Follow this link to get to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber's Dinner Speech on 6 December 2012 in Qatar.

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World Bank Report Published

World Bank Report Published

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18/11/2012 - Turn Down the Heat – Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, a snapshot of the latest climate science prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, says that the world is on a path to a 4°C warmer world by end of this century and current greenhouse gas emissions pledges will not reduce this by much.

“A 4 degree warmer world can, and must be, avoided – we need to hold warming below 2 degrees,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.”

The report says that the 4°C scenarios are potentially devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher under and malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased intensity of tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.

"The Earth system's responses to climate change appear to be non-linear," points out PIK Director, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. "If we venture far beyond the 2 degrees guardrail, towards the 4 degrees line, the risk of crossing tipping points rises sharply. The only way to avoid this is to break the business-as-usual pattern of production and consumption."

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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Chairs Session at IIASA's 40th Anniversary Conference

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Chairs Session at IIASA's 40th Anniversary Conference

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24/10/2012 - Hans Joachim Schellnhuber chairs session 4 “The Multiple Co-benefits of a Cleaner, More Equitable World – Energy and Climate Change” at IIASA's 40th Anniversary Conference in Vienna. "My advice is to invest everything we have into a smart and sustainable energy system, despite the financial crisis. And almost as a side effect we will solve the climate crisis."

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RIO+20 High-Level Dialogue on Global Sustainability

RIO+20 High-Level Dialogue on Global Sustainability

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17/06/2012 - The Rio+20 summit could help pave the way towards a new global accord that links the crucial issues of climate protection and prosperity. “If the world wants to mitigate dangerous climate change, the discussions in Rio have to go beyond the very broad sustainability issue and the very narrow green growth notion,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), who attends the summit. “As climate policy currently seems stuck in paralysis, science might bring the impulse to recreate momentum,” Schellnhuber says. “Raising awareness about the planetary boundaries and providing options to tackle global warming are key to finding sustainable development pathways, and greening the millennium goals.” Schellnhuber co-chairs an interdisciplinary Nobel Laureates Panel in Rio.

Tipping the Scales Towards Sustainability – The Future We Choose

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WBGU International Symposium: Taking Responsibility

WBGU International Symposium: Taking Responsibility

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09/05/2012 –The transformation to a low-carbon society has become the prerequisite for the future of modern industrial society. The governments of many countries have already started with the decarbonisation of their economies. Differences in their economic, technical and policy approaches facilitate mutual learning. The WBGU symposium “Towards Low Carbon Prosperity: National Strategies and International Partnerships” presented a variety of important international approaches to decarbonization at the highest level of expertise and worked out respective advantages and disadvantages. Options for sustainable energy systems and related infrastructure were a core issue of the symposium. In addition, opportunities for innovative partnerships in the transition to low-carbon development were illuminated. The event aimed to draw conclusions that could both serve the improvement of the various national and regional strategies as well as the intensification of international innovation partnerships. Besides Chancellor Angela Merkel and WGBU Chairman Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, high-ranking scientists like Nicholas Stern from the London School of Economics and Leena Srivastava from the Indian TERI Energy and Resources Institute talked at the symposium in Berlin as well as representatives from the business sector.

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Interview with Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Interview with Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

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“Air & Climate: Conversations about Molecules and Planets, with Humans Inbetween”
European Union (Ed.) (2012)

This book is a collection of conversations that Frank Raes, scientist at the Joint Research Centre and Head of the Climate Risk Management Unit of the EIS held over the last years. It includes an interview with John Schellnhuber about climate change adaption and mitigation among other things.

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WBGU Flagship Report 2011

Schellnhuber, H. J. et al. (2011). Welt im Wandel: Gesellschaftsvertrag für eine Große Transformation. WBGU-Hauptgutachten, WBGU, Berlin

In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the desperate need for a post-fossil economic strategy, yet it also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the imperative restructuring. If the transformation really is to succeed, we have to enter into a social contract for innovation, in the form of a new kind of discourse between governments and citizens, both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state.

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Contributing Author to Book on Climate Change

Richardson, K., Steffen, W., Liverman, D., et al. (including Schellnhuber, H. J.) (2011). Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

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Book Publication: In Extremis: Disruptive Events and Correlations in Hydrology and Climate.

Kropp, J. P. and Schellnhuber, H. J. (Eds.) (2011). In Extremis: Disruptive Events and Trends in Climate and Hydrology. Springer Verlag, Berlin

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Schellnhuber and Other Climate Scientists Want to Better Understand Societal Processes

Reid, W. V., Chen, D., Goldfarb, L., Hackmann, H., Lee, Y. T., Mokhele, K., Ostrom, E., Raivio, K., Rockström, J., Schellnhuber, H. J. and Whyte, A. (2010). Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: Grand Challenges. Science 330, 916

Climate research needs a reorientation towards giving greater weight to the human factor, some leading figures of the international scientific community wrote in an appeal published in "Science" this Thursday. Economic, social and cultural processes have to be better integrated in models of earth system analysis that are typically geophysical. The usefulness of sustainability research is the main focus. "Research has to better understand how people respond to environmental change", Hans Joachim Schellnhuber says, director of the interdisciplinary Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. "To achieve progress, we need a new balance of natural and social sciences."

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Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Awarded the Volvo Environment Prize 2011

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Awarded the Volvo Environment Prize 2011

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04/11/2011 - The renowned Volvo Environment Prize was awarded to John Schellnhuber in Stockholm. The internationally recognized prize for “outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries” is in its 20th year and is endowed with 160.000€. Schellnhuber is the first German to receive the prize.

See here for a video of The Volvo Environment Prize 2011

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The Road from Copenhagen: The Experts’ Views

Nature Reports Climate Change 15-17 (28 January 2010)

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The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report Published

The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report Published

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25/11/2009 - Authors of the landmark climate report "The Copenhagen Diagnosis" estimate that by 2020 industrial nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by  around 40% below 1990 levels to secure a decent chance of avoiding dangerous human interference with the climate system.

The Copenhagen Diagnosis authors used IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) projections as well as post-AR4 analysis to estimate that emissions reductions of around 40% from industrial nations are needed to make it likely to keep global warming below 2°C.

In their report, the authors noted that many nations had publically recognized the importance of this 2°C limit. Yet the authors said today that this 2°C warming threshold could be crossed as early as 2040 unless significant mitigation measures were taken urgently.

Allison, I. et al. (including Schellnhuber, H. J.) (2011). The Copenhagen Diagnosis. Updating the world on the latest climate science. Elsevier, Oxford, UK

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PNAS Special Feature: Tipping Elements in the Earth System

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