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SPECIAL: Climate plan for Germany and Europe: Economists propose CO2 price reform

Arctic Sea IceA few days ago the UN Environment Agency advocated an international green tax reform - now economists have presented a new concept for a CO2 price reform in Germany and Europe right before the start of the climate summit in Katowice, Poland. SPIEGEL magazine was reporting on this issue in advance this weekend. Christoph Schmidt, Chair of the German Council of Economic Experts from RWI Essen, Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, and Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), have jointly drafted the cornerstones for a market-based way out of coal. Climate-damaging CO2-emissions would need to become more expensive, while at the same time the electricity tax could be lowered. A socially just and efficient transition to a sustainable economy is possible, according to the professors, who both belong to the Leibniz Association. If, on the other hand, greenhouse gas emissions were not reduced, there would be the risk of economic climate damage of unprecedented proportions. Read more...

Making climate change scenarios more comprehensible: New interactive online toolkit

Making climate change scenarios more comprehensible: New interactive online toolkit

01/10/2018 – Climate change is happening in an interdependent concert with other processes of environmental, social, technical, economic, and cultural change. Within this context, global warming is projected in scenarios of what could happen, describing possible climate change futures. But what are climate change scenarios and how are they connected to socioeconomics, energy, land use, emissions, or climate impacts? The new interactive primer to climate change scenarios developed by the SENSES project at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) aims at explaining and visualizing these crucial basics.

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Albatross: Film event with PIK’s new Artist in Residence Chris Jordan

Albatross: Film event with PIK’s new Artist in Residence Chris Jordan

25/09/2018 - From September to November Chris Jordan is visiting the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as Artist in Residence. The programme is a cooperation between PIK, the state capital Potsdam and the Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD, aiming at the exchange of science and art in the context of climate research. Jordan, US based artist and filmmaker, will present his film “Albatross” about ocean plastic pollution in Thalia Cinema in Potsdam this week in a public film event.

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Speaking up for climate action: Rockström at Climate Summits in New York and California

Speaking up for climate action: Rockström at Climate Summits in New York and California

25/09/2018 - Alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and other distinguished guests, PIK Co-Director Designate Johan Rockström will speak at the One Planet Summit this week in New York. Co-hosted by President Macron, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action, the One Planet Summit is a forum for mobilization and actions. With the aim to speed up the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the meeting is part of a series of high level events in the run up to the UN Climate Conference in Polish Catowice - from the Global Climate Action Summit in September in San Francisco to the Paris Peace Forum in November.

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Hurricane Florence threatening the US coast

Hurricane Florence threatening the US coast

13/09/2018 - Hurricane Florence is threatening the US coast as it will likely hit North or South Carolina. Last year already brought unusually devastating tropical cyclones.

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Europe’s renewable energy regulation could harm global forests

Europe’s renewable energy regulation could harm global forests

12/09/2018 - To fulfill the Paris Climate Agreement, which is backed by science, the European Union laudably plans to strongly enhance its renewable energy ambition – but a provision regulating the use of biomass for energy raises great concern among scientists. The new regulation would allow countries, power plants and factories to cut down trees and burn them for power or heat generation and to claim that this fully qualifies as low-carbon renewable energy. Currently Europe has mainly made use of biomass from wood waste and residues for bioenergy generation. But use could now ramp up to levels requiring massive input of stem wood as well, and this would be allowed under the new regulation. In stark contrast to the intentions of the EU, this would in fact also increase European greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate climate change, a team of scientists now argues in a comment published in Nature Communications.

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Potsdam Summer School 2018: The skin of our planet

Potsdam Summer School 2018: The skin of our planet

12/09/2018 - 42 outstanding young talents from 36 countries around the world will come together in Potsdam to discuss the interplay of dynamic processes on the Earth's surface. This year’s Potsdam Summer School, from the 10 to 19 September, is dealing with the skin of our planet, also featuring experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In lectures, discussions and workshops with scientists from leading research institutes in Potsdam, but also on an excursion to the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, international young talents from science, industry and the public sector will discuss highly topical research issues and strengthen international cooperation.

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"Warning Signal: Extreme Events"

"Warning Signal: Extreme Events"

11/09/2018 - The book "Warning signal: extreme events" with contributions from more than a hundred researchers will be presented this week at a major symposium at the University of Hamburg, Germany. From heat waves and droughts but also heavy rain and floods to tropical cyclones: the risks are increasing globally. The new publication as well as the event are intended to present the topic to a broader public.

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