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Top rank amongst European climate think tanks

06/19/2013 - Of all European think tanks focusing on climate change issues, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) holds the first place, according to a new analysis. The ranking is based on the record of publications and events. It builds on actual data, not just a survey, the authors from the International Center for Climate Governance, Italy, point out.
Top rank amongst European climate think tanks

Depending on the methodology, PIK ranked number one or five respectively. Photo: Thinkstock

If the productivity in terms of policy advice and exchange with the public and stakeholders is not counted in absolute numbers, but on a per capita basis, standardized by the number of collaborators, the Basque Center for Climate Change is on top of the European Think Tanks. PIK is number five, as its more than 300 employees focus on science – often fundamental research – rather than on policy advice.

On the global scale, India's The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is number one in the absolute ranking. If one looks into the output per capita, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard University, US, is leading.



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