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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.

"Climate Change in South Asia"

KBIA (USA) - In a new Worldbank report, Southern Asia is identified as one of the world's most vulnerable regions to migration forced by climate change impacts. Along with a number of other economical and social factors, water scarcity and yield failures become more and more important drivers. PIK-scientist Jacob Schewe contributed to the report and joins the program on "Climate Change in South Asia" by Global Journalist aired by the award-winning US radio station KBIA. Source: KBIA (USA), 17.05.2018.

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"Hot Nature Weakens and Wilts"

Radio Ecoshock (Canada) - The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) was found weaker today than any time before in over 1000 years by a new study conducted by an international team of scientists around Levke Caesar from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Hundreds of millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic could be affected by the climatic consequences of an alteration of the major system of ocean circulations. Lead-author Caesar explains the study in detail in a 28 minute radio interview. Source: Radio Ecoshock (Canada), 03.05.2018.

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"What if the ocean's climate-controlling 'conveyor belt' came to a halt?"

FOX News (USA) - "The specific trend pattern we found in measurements looks exactly like what is predicted by computer simulations as a result of a slowdown in the Gulf Stream system [...] And I see no other plausible explanation for it," comments Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) on a new study that delivers stronger evidence for a weakening of the Atlantic overturning circulation (AMOC). Source: FOX News (USA), 17.04.2018.

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"The oceans' circulation hasn't been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That's bad news."

The Washington Post (USA) - Scientific analysis of sea surface temperature data provides new evidence that the major ocean circulation called Atlantic overturning has slowed down by about 15 percent in the last 70 years. Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) tells the major US newspaper The Washington Post, that this was "something that climate models have predicted for a long time, but we weren't sure it was really happening. I think it is happening, [...] And I think it's bad news." Climate change is a prime suspect for the worrying weakening. Source: The Washington Post (USA), 11.04.2018.

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"Study: Global Warming Is Weakening Key Ocean Circulation"

The New York Times (USA) - The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), of which the widely known Gulf Stream is a part, is one of our planet's most important heat transport systems. A new scientific study by a team around Levke Caesar and Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), provides stronger evidence for the weakening of the AMOC - which is weaker today than any time before in more than 1000 years. Source: The New York Times (USA), 11.04.2018.

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"Wealth inequality: Closing the gap by taxing land and bequests"

Environews (Nigeria) - "To reduce wealth inequality without diminishing the economic performance of a country, a policy package of bequest taxes and land value taxes could be the optimal solution", reports Environews Nigeria on a new study led by Max Franks from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). "The conceptual study shows how governments can help everyone to attain his or her fair share of the pie without shrinking it", he says. Source: Environews (Nigeria), 27.03.2018.

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"Rising sea levels come at steeper cost"

Physics World (UK) - Our climate action now has substantial impacts for centuries. A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and other international institutions found that "every delay in peaking emissions by five years between 2020 and 2035 could mean an additional 20 cm of sea level rise in the end", as lead author Matthias Mengel explains. "The Paris Agreement calls for emissions to peak as soon as possible. This might sound like a hollow phrase to some, but our results show that there are quantifiable consequences of delaying action" adds PIK-scientist Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, co-author of the study. Source: Physics World (UK), 16.03.2018.

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"Paris takes lead in climate change efforts, passing Berlin"

Handelsblatt (Germany) - With Johan Rockström, an earth scientist, and Ottmar Edenhofer, an economist, the new leadership of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as one of the world's leading environmental think tanks will bring together natural and social sciences. In September, they will follow founding director John Schellnhuber as head of the institute. Speaking to the leading German business newspaper Handelsblatt, they assess the state of the art in global climate policies. Source: Handelsblatt (Germany), 06.03.2018.

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"Arctic enveloped in warmth as Europe shivers"

Financial Times (UK) - "In winter, the freezing Arctic air is normally 'locked' by strong circumpolar winds several tens of kilometres high in the atmosphere, known as the stratospheric polar vortex, so that the cold air is confined near the pole," says Marlene Kretschmer from the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the major British business newspaper Financial Times. But Arctic warming has led to a weakening of the circulation over the past decades. Source: Financial Times (UK), 01.03.2018.

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"Why is Europe so cold right now?"

BBC World (UK) - In the end of February, cold air blew across the European continent. Last year, a study led by Marlene Kretschmer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) found, weak states of the so-called polar vortex allowing polar air to escape to the Northern hemisphere have become more persistent over the past decades. In an interview with BBC World, PIK-scientist Stefan Rahmstorf puts the present cold weather into the context of current scientific findings. Source: BBC World (UK), 01.03.2018.

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"Radical change urged over 20 years to attain climate goals"

Reuters (UK) - In September, the German climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer and the Swedish Earth system scientist Johan Rockström will follow the footsteps of PIK's founding director John Schellnhuber and take the lead of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In an interview with the international news agency Reuters, they said radical change is urged over 20 years to attain the climate goals of Paris. Source: Reuters (UK), 23.02.2018.

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"OUR BLUE PLANET: Saving the Earth for the Future"

JIB (Japan) - The Blue Planet Prize honors outstanding thinkers who help to meet challenges of planetary dimensions. The world’s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science was given to the internationally renowned climate scientist John Schellnhuber last year in Tokyo. The Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) received the prize for establishing a new field of science, Earth System Analysis, and introducing most influential concepts including the notion of tipping elements in the climate system. On this occasion, the major Japanese television broadcaster JIB has now presented a portrait of John Schellnhuber and his work. Source: Japan International Broadcasting, 16.02.2018.

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"Anders Levermann: The Great River Floods"

Radio Ecoshock (Canada) - Already today, fluvial floods are among the most devastating natural disasters. Rainfall changes caused by global warming will further increase river flood risks across the globe. Scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have now calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide. PIK-scientist Anders Levermann contributed to the new study and speaks in an interview with Radio Ecoshock about the estimated future flood risks. Source: Radio Ecoshock (Canada), 01.02.2018.

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"It’s the big new idea for stopping climate change — but it has huge environmental problems of its own"

The Washington Post (USA) - Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere becomes particularly important if the world misses its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But deploying BECCS technology on a scale needed to effect a significant dent in global emissions would use up massive amounts of water, fertilizer and land, a new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) claims. Lead author Vera Heck explains: “We could achieve substantial amounts of bioenergy potentials, but this would really come at the cost of extensive environmental damage in many other dimensions.” Source: The Washington Post (USA), 22.01.2018.

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"Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer"

The New York Times (USA) - When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. Already last year, a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research showed, that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades. “We’re trying to understand these dynamic processes that lead to cold winters", comments PIK-scientist Marlene Kretschmer in The New York Times. Source: The New York Times (USA), 03.01.2018.

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"Why There's a Big Chill in a Warmer World"

Associated Press (USA) - "Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. The weather in the U.S. is that upside down", starts the article by the major US news agency AP on the extreme winter chill in North America. A recent study by Marlene Kretschmer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) on "winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening" is quoted for explanation. Source: Voice of America (USA), 02.01.2018.

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"EU must not burn the world's forests for 'renewable' energy"

The Guardian (UK) - "The European Union is moving to enact a directive to double Europe's current renewable energy by 2030. This is admirable, but a critical flaw in the present version would accelerate climate change, allowing countries, power plants and factories to claim that cutting down trees and burning them for energy fully qualifies as renewable energy", writes a group of internationally renowned scientists in the major British newspaper The Guardian. Among them is Wolfgang Lucht from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is co-chair of the research domain Earth System Analysis and member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment. The scientists conclude: "We encourage European legislators and other policymakers to amend the present directive because the fate of much of the world's forests is literally at stake." Source: The Guardian (UK), 14.12.2017.

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"UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution"

AFP (France) - Environment ministers from about 100 countries gathered in Nairobi to issue a clarion call against air, land and water pollution. "Nine million people die prematurely every year because of environmental intoxication - this is clearly a moral scandal," said PIK-director John Schellnhuber on the rampant pollution to the major French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP). Source: France 24 (France), 01.12.2017.

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"Clima: a Berlino esperimento su 100 famiglie per ridurre CO2"

ANSA (Italy) - From this December, 100 private households in Berlin will be testing what climate action means in everyday life in the project "Climate-Neutral Living in Berlin". They will be supported by experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The major Italian news agency ANSA reports on the kick-off of the living lab and cites PIK-scientist Fritz Reusswig, who is managing the project. Text in Italian. Source: ANSA (Italy), 30.11.2017.

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"Climat: le père du 2°C place son espoir dans la jeunesse"

AFP (France) - "We have chosen the wrong model for a happy life: comfort, consume... but this way of life doesn't make us happier", said the internationally renowned climate scientist and PIK-Director John Schellnhuber to the major French news agency Agence France Presse, with a view to the ongoing climate change. Text in French. Source: Magazine Goodplanet (France), 16.11.2017.

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