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UN Climate Conference COP20: The challenges of climate change and poverty

12/05/2014 - Delegates from more than 190 nations are gathering in Peru these days for the UN Climate Conference COP20. Among the conference participants are also scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, namely Chief-Economist Ottmar Edenhofer who is also a leading scientist in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Already in November, he spoke at the joint briefing by the Federal Foreign Office and the German Climate Consortium. Researchers of PIK, with their expertise in earth system changes and in solutions for the climate challenge, were frequently interviewed in the run-up to the summit.
UN Climate Conference COP20: The challenges of climate change and poverty

Ottmar Edenhofer presenting the 5th IPCC assessment report at COP20 in Lima. Photo: IPCC

“Two great challenges define the 21st century - the threat of catastrophic climate change and the maddening gap between the global rich and poor”, PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said. “Global warming impacts, such as increasingly disastrous weather events, regional water scarcity or local crop failure, hit those hardest who have the least means for coping”. Next to Wolfgang Lucht, chair of PIK research domain Earth System Analysis, Schellnhuber is also one of the authors of an article released before Lima by the Earth Leage – jointly with eminent researchers like Brian Hoskins of Imperial College UK or Leena Srivastava of TERI in India. Schellnhuber is also lead-author of a major PIK report on climate impacts, published by the World Bank days before the summit.

Many media quoted PIK scientists before the UN Climate Conference. Anders Levermann, co-chair of research domain Sustainable Solutions, spoke at a media workshop of the Federal Press Office - among others, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Brigitte Knopf, head of the group Energy Strategies in Europe and Germany was interviewed by the International New York Times and the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua. Thomas Nocke of the project KlimafolgenOnline talked to the probably most important regional paper in Germany, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. Also, Katja Frieler and Peter Hoffmann of research domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilites were interviewed. Reports were published in media ranging from Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten to economical daily Handelsblatt.

 

Weblink to COP20 climate summit: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/

Weblink to Earth League Statement: http://www.the-earth-league.org/press-release-28-november-2014.html

Weblink to IPCC report: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Weblink to PIK-report for the World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange/publication/turn-down-the-heat

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