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German National Academy Leopoldina debates Global Change

09/24/2012 - The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina focuses on the challenges of Global Change at their annual meeting this weekend. Three scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have been invited to give their presentations: director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber talked about global boundaries, chief-economist Ottmar Edenhofer about global climate policy and energy policy, and Stefan Rahmstorf – co-chair of the research domain Earth System Analysis – elaborated on sea-level rise and weather extremes.
German National Academy Leopoldina debates Global Change

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“The Leopoldina, being the National Academy of Sciences, contributes actively to creating a basis of reliable scientific insights and clearly represented alternatives for taking action, so as to enable responsible political decision-making,” sayd Jörg Hacker, president of the Leopoldina, at the opening ceremony of three days of intense debate. 300 scientists from around the world were expected to attend. “The notion of Global Change bundles the most pressing problems of humanity,” says Schellnhuber. “The German National Academy of Sciences now tackles this issue in a more comprehensive way than hardly any other scientific organization worldwide.”

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