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Christopher Reyer 'Special Issue Editor' for 'Regional Environmental Change'

Christopher Reyer 'Special Issue Editor' for 'Regional Environmental Change'

05/27/2017 - After having served the journal as a regular handling-editor for several years, Christopher Reyer has been officially appointed Special Issue Editor and is now responsible for coordinating all special issues developed within Regional Environmental Change

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Guests from Finland discussed about cities

Guests from Finland discussed about cities

05/29/2017 - Practitioners, city planners and scientists from Finland visited Germany. On their tour, they stopped over at PIK to discuss cities, the future of cities and how to make them sustainable together with the citizens.

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Future Chinese diplomats visited PIK

Future Chinese diplomats visited PIK

04/04/2017 - A group of future Chinese diplomats visited PIK to gain more information about scientific exchange between China and Germany; especially in the field of climate research.

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"This decision marks the end of the American century" - PIK and the Trump effect

"This decision marks the end of the American century" - PIK and the Trump effect

09/06/2017 - Last week US President Donald Trump has announced that he will leave the Paris climate agreement. This step not only triggered a wave of indignation around the world, but also led to a media rush on the scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. They were able to assess the decision and the importance of the Paris agreement for climate protection.

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Fires, storms, insects: climate change increases risks for forests worldwide

Fires, storms, insects: climate change increases risks for forests worldwide

05/31/2017 - Droughts, fires and wind as well as insects and fungal attacks: all of them result in stress for the forests of the Earth – and they are all influenced by climate change. About a third of worldwide land surface is covered by forests, but knowledge about how disruptive factors that affect them interact with one another in the context of global climate change is still lacking, as these are often analyzed separately and on a local scale. Now for the first time, an international team of scientists has comprehensively examined possible climate impacts on disturbances in forests. The team did this on a basis of more than 600 research papers of the last 30 years. Published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, their results show that increasing risks for forests have to be expected in the future.

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New EU funded project: H2020_Insurance

New EU funded project: H2020_Insurance

01/05/2017 - The H2020_Insurance project "Oasis Innovation Hub for Catastrophe and Climate Extremes Risk Assessment", started on the 1st of May 2017 and will run until April 2020. The project is coordinated by PIK and is financed by the EU within the H2020 Societal Challenge 5, Topic "Exploiting the added value of climate services".

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RD2 Seminar on "Climate Services & Solutions"

RD2 Seminar on "Climate Services & Solutions"

04/30/2017 - The RD2 Seminar on Climate Services & Solutions took place on April the 24th 2017. Chris Kollas introduced the topic, followed by presentations from Jürgen Kropp, Ines Blumenthal, Frank Wechsung and Bernd Hezel.

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Vorlesungen von PIK Mitarbeitern an der Charité

Vorlesungen von PIK Mitarbeitern an der Charité

05/16/2017 - Im laufenden Sommersemester hielten Tobias Geiger, Linda Krummenauer und Peter Hoffmann an der Charité Vorlesungen über "Umwelt und Gesundheit" im Rahmen des neuen Master-Studiums "Public Health".

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Networking and training: PhD-Day at PIK

Networking and training: PhD-Day at PIK

05/10/2017 - A whole day to get together, share experiences and train in different science related fields: The doctoral candidates of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research met for a conference recently to discuss their work and compare notes with each other on their theses. Next to new PhD candidates that introduced their work to their colleagues, the day focused on several inputs on topics like communication, time management, slide writing and presentation techniques. There are currently 73 young researchers from 18 countries working on their PhDs across all four PIK research domains.

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Bright minds at PIK

Bright minds at PIK

05/05/2017 - As one of the leading institutions in the field of climate impact research, PIK seeks to employ the brightest minds in its workforce. Their efforts result not only in excellent scientific output and a continually growing number of peer-reviewed ISI publications, but also a large number of professorships in Germany and abroad.

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Weather extremes and trade policies were main drivers of wheat price peaks

Weather extremes and trade policies were main drivers of wheat price peaks

04/28/2017 - Price peaks of wheat on the world market are mainly caused by production shocks such as induced for example by droughts, researchers found. These shocks get exacerbated by low storage levels as well as protective trade policies, the analysis of global data deriving from the US Department of Agriculture shows. In contrast to widespread assumptions, neither speculation across stock or commodity markets nor land-use for biofuel production were decisive for annual wheat price changes in the past four decades. This finding allows for better risk assessment. Soaring global crop prices in some years can contribute to local food crises, and climate change from burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases is increasing weather variability.

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Congratulations Dr. Julia Lutz!

Congratulations Dr. Julia Lutz!

04/06/2017 On the 6th of April 2017, RD2 student Julia Lutz successfully defended her PhD thesis 'Application and improvement of the Statistical Analogue Resampling Scheme STARS' at the University of Bonn.

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G20 policy brief on sustainable agriculture and ending hunger

G20 policy brief on sustainable agriculture and ending hunger

31/03/2017 - In a policy brief for the G20, an expert group urges the governments of the world's leading economies to track progress on the state of food security and, based on this, to scale investment opportunities and target their interventions. Hermann Lotze-Campen, head of the research domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, contributed to this report which is part of the Think Tank 20 (T20) process under Germany’s G20 presidency.

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"We should eat more vegetables": Podcast with Benjamin Bodirsky on animal-climate-action.org

"We should eat more vegetables": Podcast with Benjamin Bodirsky on animal-climate-action.org

03/26/2017 "We should eat more vegetables": In a conversation with Friederike Schmitz, the agricultural economist Benjamin Bodirsky from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research talks about the environmental and climatic consequences of agricultural production, about nitrogen and methane, food waste, meat consumption and good nutrition.

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T20 blog post by Hermann Lotze-Campen: "In praise of free trade"

T20 blog post by Hermann Lotze-Campen: "In praise of free trade"

03/10/2017 - As a part of the T20 process - a collaboration of global think tanks and high-level experts to provide analytical depth to G20 discussions - Hermann Lotze-Campen wrote a blog entry: "In praise of free trade".

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Dr. Hagen Koch visiting professor in Recife/Brazil

Dr. Hagen Koch visiting professor in Recife/Brazil

02/28/2017 - RD2 Senior Scientist Dr. Hagen Koch received a visiting professorship at the UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO (UFPE) in Recife/Brazil. The visiting professorship is financed by the Pró-Reitoria para Assuntos de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação (Propesq) of the UFPE.

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Bildungsportal KlimafolgenOnline-Bildung.de sehr positiv von Lehrkräften aufgenommen

Bildungsportal KlimafolgenOnline-Bildung.de sehr positiv von Lehrkräften aufgenommen

03/03/2017 - Die Zugriffszahlen der ersten beiden Monaten dieses Jahres auf das Bildungsportal 'KlimafolgenOnline-Bildung.de' zeigen, dass das Portal bei den Lehrkräften gut ankommt! So gab es im Januar mehr als 1200 und im Februar über 2250 interessierte Besucher.

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Congratulations Dr. Boris Prahl!

Congratulations Dr. Boris Prahl!

On the 20th of January 2017, RD2 PhD student Boris Prahl successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Damage Functions for the Estimation of Storm Loss and their Generalization for Climate-Related Hazards" at Freie Universität Berlin.

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Congratulations Dr. Judith Stagl!

Congratulations Dr. Judith Stagl!

Our RD2 PhD student Judith Stagl successfully defended her PhD thesis "'Ecosystems' exposure to climate change – Modeling as support for nature conservation management" on 12th January 2017 at Potsdam University.

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Sharing insights, shaping the future: PIK Research Days

Sharing insights, shaping the future: PIK Research Days

2017/02/10 - This week, all scientists and staff of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gathered for their annual roadshow of scientific achievements and discussions of future projects. Packed with presentations and debates, PIK´s Research Days are an unequalled opportunity to share insights and shape the future course of the institute.

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