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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.

"Welcome to the Anthropocene - Era of human driven climate"

A new PIK-study cracked the code of glacial inception and showed that humanity as a geological force is able to suppress the beginning of the next ice age. PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber explains the current results and the term of 'Anthropocene'. Source: Envisionation (UK), 16.01.2016.

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"We will affect climate for at least 100,000 years"

"Today it is humankind with its emissions from burning fossil fuels that determines the future development of the planet", PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber resumes in concern of a new PIK-study's results. PIK-scientist Andrej Ganopolski explains how CO2 could delay the next ice age. Source: CNN (USA), 14.01.2016

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"Earth's deep-freeze tipping point"

Ice ages had shaped the global environment like no other force on the planet, as PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber says. "Now human interference is acting as a huge geological force", he comments on a new PIK-study that shows that human-driven emissions could postpone the next ice age. Source: The Guardian (UK), 13.01.2016.

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"Greenhouse gas emissions have canceled the next ice age"

"The next two glacial inceptions will be suppressed by the current cumulative emissions", comments PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber on the results of a new PIK study. "The ice ages are called off, if you like, by human interference." Source: The Washington Post (USA), 13.01.2016.

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"Carbon emissions 'postpone ice age"

A new PIK study found the relation of insolation and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere to be the key criterion to explain the last eight glacial cycles in Earth history. PIK-scientist Andrej Ganopolski explains the influence of human-made carbon emissions on coming ice age periods. Source. BBC (UK), 13.01.2016.

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"Climate expert calls for decarbonisation"

To meet the aims negotiated at the UN Climate Conference, far-reaching measures soon have to be implemented. PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber suggests afforestation to extract carbon from the atmosphere, but emphasizes decarbonisation as the "main route" to reach the targets. Source: The Guardian (UK), 14.12.2015.

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"Climate Accord Is a Healing Step, if Not a Cure"

After the successful negotiations at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, the question emerges: What does the new deal really mean for the future of the Earth? PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber refers to the accord as "a turning point in the human enterprise". Source: The New York Times (USA), 12.12.2015.

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"Cutting CO2 is the key"

After the UN Climate Summit in Paris, PIK-director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber mentions the measures, that are necessary to meet the new targets. Of emission peaks, carbon capture technologies and afforestation. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 12.12.2015.

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"Experts want less than 2 degrees Celsius change"

"It's very important to build an international assessment mechanism in Paris fairly and transparently", concludes PIK-director John Schellnhuber. In view of the UN Climate Conference, he speaks about the necessary measures to be negotiated. Source: China Central Television, 29.11.2015.

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"By themselves, these pledges will not be enough"

One week prior to the 21st UN Climate Conference, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf explains the current state of global warming, and why the several countries' climate pledges alone will not be enough to stop climate change. Source: SBS Radio (Australia), 24.11.2015.

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"Understanding the Climate Threat to Future Generations"

A new PIK-study dealt with the projected future sea level rise resulting from ongoing global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions. PIK-scientist Anders Leverman explains the possible consequences for the world's coastal cities and how to change the course of the future. Source: The Weather Network (USA), 14.11.2015.

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"Humans will be able to turn around Global Warming"

Given the scale of the contemporary environmental problems, one would easily be overwhelmed by the complexity and severity of the situation. PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf explains, why he is optimistic, that humans will be able to turn around global warming. Source: ABC (Australia), 10.11.2015.

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"Nothing can compete with renewable energy"

"If you invest at scale, inevitably we will end up with much cheaper, much more reliable, much safer technologies in the energy system", concludes PIK-director John Schellnhuber in view of the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Paris. What would change through the implementation of the national climate pledges that were made in advance? Source: The Guardian (UK), 09.11.2015.

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"Australia must step up on emission cuts"

In view of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf writes about the insufficient Australian climate pledges, the true cost of fossil fuels and Australia's "fantastic renewable energy resources that make every German envious." Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 03.11.2015.

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"West Antarctic ice melt could raise seas by three metres"

A new PIK-study shows: local destabilization can cause complete loss of West Antarctica's ice masses. PIK-scientist Anders Levermann explains the current results and the connection to rising sea levels in the future - the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Shield may begin in the next 60 years. Source: ABC (Australia), 03.11.2015.

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"Fears about West Antarctica"

"If the Amundsen Sea Sector is destabilized, then the entire marine part of West Antarctica will be discharged into the ocean”, concludes a new PIK-study about the stability of the Antarctic ice masses. PIK-scientists Anders Levermann and Johannes Feldmann explain the current results. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 02.11.2015.

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"Climate pledges leave room for improvement"

"I think that for the risks to the climate system, things are looking more optimistic than they did a few years ago. The development of renewable energies – wind, solar and others – has really surpassed the most optimistic expectations", comments PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf on the current developments. Source: Deutsche Welle, 30.10.2015.

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"Is it time for reform at the IPCC?"

The Korean Hoesung Lee shortly became the new chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In respect of the upcoming negotiations at the UN Climate Summit in Paris, PIK's chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer comments in an interview on the current developments and claims reforms for the future. Source: The Guardian (UK), 26.10.2015.

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"Meet The Climate Scientist Behind The Pope"

John Schellnhuber is one of the world's most influential climate scientists. He is scientific advisor of the German Government and presented the Pope's environment encyclical in the Vatican. The PIK-director speaks in an interview about the future of our planet and society. Source: The Elephant Podcast, 26.10.2015.

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"Why 400 U.S. cities will one day be under water"

A recently published PIK study dealt with the connections between ongoing carbon emissions and long-term sea level rise. PIK-scientist Anders Levermann was one of the authors of the paper. In an interview, he explains the consequences for coastal cities and talks about his worries concerning the upcoming Paris Climate Summit. Source: The Star (Canada), 25.10.2015.

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