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Sustainability Network SDSN discusses global responsibility and the upcoming legislative term

Sustainability Network SDSN discusses global responsibility and the upcoming legislative term

10/16/2017 - Leading experts for sustainable development from Germany will gather at the meeting of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany in Berlin to discuss the implementation of sustainable development targets (SDGs) with participants from industry, politics, and civil society. The meeting on October 26th focuses on the international responsibility of Germany, particularly in regard to the newly elected Bundestag.

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Impacts World 2017 Conference

Impacts World 2017 Conference

11.-13. October 2017, Potsdam. Impacts World is the leading international conference covering the diversity and depth of climate-impacts research today. IW2017 follows on from the inaugural Impacts World 2013, held in Potsdam, Germany, which brought together impacts researchers and stakeholders from across the spectrum of impacted sectors, initiating an era of truly integrated cross-sectoral climate-impacts research.

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Online Course on Climate Change, Risks and Challenges now in English

Online Course on Climate Change, Risks and Challenges now in English

10/01/2017 - How will climate change affect our lifes? What are the consequences? How can we mitigate climate change? These questions will be explored by scientists from leading German institutes during the interdisciplinary online course ClimateMOOC. The “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)” is addressed to everybody interested and aims to impart a profound understanding of the climate system and climate change.

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Cities and Climate Conference: International experts discuss a sustainable future for cities

Cities and Climate Conference: International experts discuss a sustainable future for cities

09/14/2017 - More than 150 city experts from all over the world will come together next week in Potsdam to discuss the future of our cities under climate change. Cities are at the center of the global climate change problem. Not only are they the origin of large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, they are also vastly affected by the impacts of climate change – like extreme weather events that generate high socioeconomic costs. The ‘Cities and Climate Conference 2017’, which is taking place from the 19th-21st of September 2017 in Potsdam, will therefore discuss how cities of the future can become more sustainable and resilient.

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Potsdam Summer School explores the future of cities

Potsdam Summer School explores the future of cities

09/04/2017 - The rapid pace of change around the world is presenting humankind and human environments with tremendous challenges. What solutions and strategies can we employ to future-proof our cities in the age of climate change? Experts from 30 countries will meet to discuss these issues with leading sustainability researchers at the 2017 Potsdam Summer School on 4 – 13 September. Their findings will be presented to the public in a memorandum on 13 September.

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Zukunftsmodelle für Europas Landwirtschaft

Zukunftsmodelle für Europas Landwirtschaft

22/08/2017 - Die vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung initiierte Website http://biooekonomie.de/ widmet sich im Artikel "Zukunftsmodelle für Europas Landwirtschaft" dem MACSUR-Projekt und geht dabei auf die darin verwendeten Methoden sowie mögliche Schlussfolgerungen aus dem Projekt ein.

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Kid's version of a scientific article on CO2 and crop water productivity published in "Science Journal for Kids"

Kid's version of a scientific article on CO2 and crop water productivity published in "Science Journal for Kids"

08/21/2017 - Science Journal for Kids, a nonprofit organisation aimed at making environmental science accessible to kids, has adapted a paper on CO2 and crop water productivity, which is co-authored by Christoph Müller.

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Prajal Pradhan Lead Author for IPCC Special Report

Prajal Pradhan Lead Author for IPCC Special Report

07/20/2017 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has selected RD2 member Prajal Pradhan as a Lead Author for their special issue: "Climate Change and Land: an IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems".

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SWAT Conference Awards for Mikolaj Piniewski and Valentina Krysanova

SWAT Conference Awards for Mikolaj Piniewski and Valentina Krysanova

06/28/2017 - Two RD2 scientists were recognised for their scientific achievements at the "2017 International SWAT Conference", organised by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, which took place from the 26th to 30th June 2017.

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Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: report

Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: report

14/07/2017 - Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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Green talents at PIK

Green talents at PIK

07/11/2017 - We are very pleased to welcome our Green Talents M.Sc. Wondowossen Anteneh Tegegne from Ethiopia and Dr. Hèou Maléki Badjana from Togo at RD2!

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From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa’s Sahel

06/07/2017 - Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyond 1.5-2 degrees Celsius of global warming – which happens to be the limit for global temperature rise set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Although crossing this new tipping point is potentially beneficial, the change could be so big, it would be a major adaptation challenge for an already troubled region.

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PIK ranked among top five climate think tanks worldwide

PIK ranked among top five climate think tanks worldwide

07/05/2017 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) was again ranked among the best climate think tanks worldwide. The new Climate Think Tank Ranking by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) places PIK among the top five climate think tanks globally and among the top three of climate thinks tanks in Europe. Altogether the ranking considers 240 cutting-edge institutions working in the field of climate change economics and policy. Based on a solid quantitative methodology and analytical data, the ICCG lists non-university affiliated think tanks in an absolute and a standardized ranking – the first measures the think tank’s efficiency in per capita/researcher terms, whilst the latter measures performance regardless of their efficiency and hence size.

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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

06/09/2017 - 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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