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Please find selected media articles featuring or written by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) here. For articles published only in German, please see the German version of our website.

"We have to take the Right Decisions"

In advance of the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015, PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer speaks about the state of affairs in Climate Protection, about scenarios, opportunities and perspectives for the future. Which tools does mankind have available, what are the current issues of Climate Policy? Source: The Carbon Brief (UK), 17.07.2015.

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"We could avoid the Greenland tipping point"

"Climate tipping points are points of no return, where you cannot stop a process that has been set in motion", explains PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf. How a strong agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Paris end of the year could help avoid passing one more of these points. Source: Deutsche Welle, 17.07.2015.

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"There will be no Mini Ice Age"

In the last weeks, there have been rumours about a supposed 'mini Ice Age' the earth was heading to, due to solar variations in the next decades. But already in 2011, a PIK study showed: compared to the expected global warming through greenhouse gas emissions, this effect will be marginal. PIK-scientist Georg Feulner argues against the 'mini Ice Age' rumours. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 14.07.2015.

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"We need to have something really disruptive"

In advance of December's UN Climate Conference, more than 2000 scientists met in Paris to discuss 'our common future under Climate Change'. As one of the world's most influential Climate Scientists, PIK-director John Schellnhuber advertised the divestment campaign and emphasized the necessity of a global social movement to avoid dangerous global warming. Source: The Guardian (UK), 13.07.2015.

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"Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss"

In a new study, a large research team compared the sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf was part of the team and concludes, that the mid-Pliocene is a matching analogy for where we could be headed: even with a 1-2°C higher temperature than today, a 6 meter sea level rise could be the result. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 09.07.2015.

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"Record-breaking Rainfalls and Global Warming"

The number of record-breaking rainfalls increases worldwide - related to global warming. A team of PIK-scientists around Jascha Lehmann figured out an innovative method and found out, that at least every tenth rainfall record of the last thirty years stands in direct correlation with climate change. Source: The International Business Times (USA), 09.07.2015.

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"More Torrential Rains worldwide"

A new PIK study proves the global increase of extreme rainfalls over the last decades. PIK-scientists Jascha Lehmann and Dim Coumou about the clear uptrend, the correlations with global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and about expectations for the future. Source: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 09.07.2015.

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"Gulf Stream slow-down: further evidence"

in Spring 2015, a PIK-study proved: the Gulf Stream is slowing down - in correlation to Climate Change. Capturing these results, scientists from the University of Toronto now revealed additional influencing factors. PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf explains the mechanisms behind this trend, and stresses the necessity to severely cut greenhouse gas emissions. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 29.06.2015.

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"The Issues have become so Serious"

"that only a broad moral awakening can offer hope of solving them", states PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who shortly presented the new papal encyclical on the environment in Rome. As one of few leading experts, he was consulted by the Vatican in advance of the release. Source: The New York Times (USA), 18.06.2015.

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"It's not Poverty that is destroying the Planet, it's Wealth"

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber recently presented Pope Francis' Environment Encyclical in Rome. Also, he has shortly been appointed to become a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The PIK-director about his research issues and his role in the Encyclical. A portrait. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 18.06.2015.

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"Reason and Faith come together on Climate"

On June 18th, Pope Francis' Environment Encyclical has been released in Rome. What does it mean for the scientific pleading for climate protection? The Vatican's key advisers on the topic, Cardinal Peter Turkson and PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, on the consequences and perspectives resulting from the Encyclica. Source: CNN (USA), 18.06.2015.

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"Everything in the Encyclical is in Line with Science"

PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber was a main adviser to the Vatican concerning Pope Francis' recently published Environment Encyclical. About the scientific background of the release and the ties of faith and moral with reason and ingenuity. Source. Nature Journal (UK), 18.06.2015.

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"Climate is a Common Good"

Climate change and consumption binge are main topics of Pope Francis' Environment Encyclical. In the context of the stated ecological debt between the global north and south, PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer points out the soft power of moral arguments. Source: The Guardian (UK), 18.06.2015.

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"To keep the World super safe from Global Warming"

The world is busy trying to achieve a goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. But there's another view, embraced by many countries, suggesting that a safer target involves limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees. A new PIK study analyzes possibilities and perspectives. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 21.05.2015.

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"Climate Change slows Gulf Stream down"

A new PIK-study states: the Gulf Stream is slowing down. This enormous oceanic circulation system usually carries huge warm water masses to the North Atlantic and hereby determines the mild climate in Western Europe. PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf about Climate Change as a suspect and possible consequences for our weather. Source: The Independent (UK), 23.03.2015.

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"Double Paradox in Antarctica"

A new PIK-study shows: the Climate Change leads to more snowfall in Antarctica. Although this doesn't seem to be a dramatic trend, the heavier snow masses increase the melting of Antarctica's ice. PIK-scientist Ricarda Winkelmann explains this double paradox. Source: Frontline (India), 18.03.2015.

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"Paris 2015: Is it time for a global climate deal?"

2015 UN Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris in the upcoming December. Since there is lot of controversy about the success of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, hope is building that Paris will see an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, and ultimately keep global warming to below 2C. PIK-affiliated scientist Malte Meinshausen together with Anita Talberg about the negotiation process in the Summit Year 2015. Source: New Zealand Herald, 17.03.2015.

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"Global warming and your weather"

A recent PIK-study points out: as the Arctic warms faster then the mid-latitudes, global warming leads to a reduced temperature difference between these regions. This results in a weaker jet stream, making the weather more persistent and promoting prolonged heat extremes. PIK-scientists Dim Coumou and Stefan Rahmstorf explain the study results and the consequences of global warming for the weather. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 12.03.2015.

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"Of 'Switch-and-Choke-' or 'Tipping Points"

PIK-director Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber once pointed out the 'tipping points' as 'the Achilles heels of the Earth System', strongly impacted by climate change. About the development of this concept, the challenges of predictive science and the calculation of the safe space for humankind. Source: World Policy Journal (USA), March 2015.

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"Ready for Urgent Action on Climate Change"

On world's first Divestment Day on February 13th, hundreds of events around the world called on institutions to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. PIK-director Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber: "Retracting money from the fossil fuel industry could indeed become something like a world citizen movement." About the Divestment campaign and it's consequences for the economy. Source: The Guardian (UK), 13.02.2015.

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