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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

02/10/2017 - 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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"Transformation now": Earth League meets in Potsdam

"Transformation now": Earth League meets in Potsdam

01/23/2017 - Some of the most distinguished international climate experts are gathering in Potsdam this week for a symposium of the Earth League, a self-organized initiative of leading researchers on global change. During two days, they will discuss how the Great Transformation towards sustainability can be brought about. The success of the Paris climate agreement aiming at completely decarbonizing our economies within a few decades is by no means ensured; fulfilling its objectives requires a ratcheting-up of ambitions through social, political and economic progress.

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Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

01/19/2017 - Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. The simulations were shown to reproduce the observed strong reduction in past crop yields induced by high temperatures, thereby confirming that they capture one main mechanism for future projections. Importantly, the scientists find that increased irrigation can help to reduce the negative effects of global warming on crops – but this is possible only in regions where sufficient water is available. Eventually limiting global warming is needed to keep crop losses in check.

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Presentation by Chantal Le Mouël (INRA)

Presentation by Chantal Le Mouël (INRA)

01/19/2017 - Our guest scientist Chantal le Mouël from INRA (SMART-LERECO, Rennes, France) presented CIRAD and INRA's new foresight exercise on 'Land use and food security in 2050'.

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Presentation by Gerard W. Wall

Presentation by Gerard W. Wall

01/05/2017 - Our guest scientist Gerard W. Wall, who is a Plant Physiologist from the US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, has held a presentation on the "Thermal Regime Agronomic Cereal Experiment" (TRACE)

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Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes guest article by Hermann Lotze-Campen

Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes guest article by Hermann Lotze-Campen

01/03/2017 - The 'Süddeutsche Zeitung' published a guest article 'Lob des Freihandels' by Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen on the benefits of free trade for climate change adaptation and world-wide food security.

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Water Future: PIK chairs new working group on groundwater management

Water Future: PIK chairs new working group on groundwater management

23/12/2016 - Groundwater has contributed greatly to increasing food security by ensuring water availability for irrigation at critical times. Today, 43 percent of global food production depends on groundwater use. However, water reserves are not endless, and climate change puts additional pressure on groundwater management. A new transdisciplinary and international research group on Water Management in the Future Earth Framework will address these challenges, co-chaired by Anne Biewald of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). As part of the Sustainable Water Future Programme, several research groups will bring together the best international expertise to drive solutions to the world’s water problems.

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How fair are the countries' climate pledges?

How fair are the countries' climate pledges?

12/19/2016 - Benchmarks to guide countries in ratcheting-up their ambition to remain well-below 2°C and pursue 1,5°C in an equitable manner are critical but not yet determined in the context of the Paris Agreement. A new study published in Nature Climate Change analyzes the national climate targets needed to meet the 1.5°C and 2°C goals according to five different equity principles, and how these compare with the current climate pledges.

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Consumption, climate change and agriculture

Consumption, climate change and agriculture

16/12/2016 - The holiday season is in full swing and many enjoy the opportunity to feast – or to make new year resolutions for a healthier diet. What we eat is more than a private decision – the agriculture and land use sector is one of the central players in ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. Yet, mitigation policies in agriculture may conflict with food security. A team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research analyzed the impacts on food prices under mitigation policies – targeting either incentives for producers or consumer preferences. They show that policy instruments to mitigate climate change with an educational approach to change food preferences can avoid unwanted impacts of climate change mitigation measures on food security.

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New EU H2020 Project - European Calculator: trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies kick-off meeting in Potsdam

New EU H2020 Project - European Calculator: trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies kick-off meeting in Potsdam

11/29/2016 - Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp, Deputy Chair of RD2, has invited all partners of the new H2020 project "EU Calculator: trade-offs and pathways towards sustainable and low-carbon European Societies" to Potsdam for a kick-off meeting from 12th to 14th December 2016.

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TESS final assembly 'Sustainability transitions towards low-carbon societies'

TESS final assembly 'Sustainability transitions towards low-carbon societies'

A final joint conference of the European funded FP7 projects TESS, PATHWAYS, ARTS and BlueCity took place between the 13 and 14 October 2016 in Rotterdam.

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COP22 Marrakech Side Event

COP22 Marrakech Side Event

11/16/2016 - COP22 Side event 'Climate risk insurance as an adaptation tool for the most vulnerable' organized by Christoph Gornott, RD2.

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FÖS-Fachkonferenz "Landwirtschaft der Zukunft"

FÖS-Fachkonferenz "Landwirtschaft der Zukunft"

10/20/2016 - Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen was invited to give a keynote at the FÖS conference "The future of Agriculture" (Landwirtschaft der Zukunft).

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RD2 editorship for EGU open access journal

RD2 editorship for EGU open access journal

We are pleased to announce that Christoph Müller is now Topical Editor for "Geoscientific Model Development", a journal of the European Geosciences Union.

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"Agrarzeitung" publishes interview with Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen

"Agrarzeitung" publishes interview with Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen

11/11/2016 - In this interview with the title: "Im Prinzip wissen wir, was zu tun ist", Hermann Lotze-Campen discusses the necessity of reducing meat-consumption to attain the targets of reducing global warming.

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German Press Agency (dpa) picks up statement about climate report

German Press Agency (dpa) picks up statement about climate report

11/04/2016 - Professor Hermann Lotze-Campen's statement on the new collaborative book on climate change in Germany "Klimawandel in Deutschland" was noticed by dpa and, as a consequence, picked up by the media

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BMBF funds HYFLY project

BMBF funds HYFLY project

The HYFLY project "Effektive Strategien zur Kontrolle von und Umgang mit Ausbreitungswegen von Erregern im Luftverkehr" has received funds from BMBF within the research framework InfectControl2020 and will run until August 2019.

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BLE funds DENDROKLIMA project

BLE funds DENDROKLIMA project

The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) will fund the DENDROKLIMA project "Jahrringanalysen auf dem Telegrafenberg (Potsdam) - Nutzung dendrochronologischer Daten Deutschlands zur modellbasierten Analyse der Wirkung von Klimaänderungen auf Waldökosysteme".

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