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Climate and public health: Leopoldina Dialogue in Potsdam

Climate and public health: Leopoldina Dialogue in Potsdam

12/05/2017 - Climate change related risks for public health are one of the most important challenges of today. However, the science communities on both sides of the fence have so far not sufficiently interacted to reflect the critical nexus of climate change and health. Taking the first mover advantage, a workshop of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now brought together renowned scientists from climate sciences, health and medicine, psychology, environmental sciences, social sciences and economics. They will develop a publication offering stakeholder and decision-makers orientation on public health and climate policy.

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Consumption is the bottleneck for sustainable development

Consumption is the bottleneck for sustainable development

12/01/2017 - From ending poverty to improving wellbeing, gender equality, cities' resilience or climate action - while synergies among most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) foster progress in sustainable development, there are some key conflicts or bottlenecks that could hamper achieving the SDG objectives for 2030. This is the result of a new comprehensive analysis by a team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). According to the study, responsible consumption and production seems to be such a bottleneck, as data from the past shows.

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Many PIK scientists at COP23 in Bonn

Many PIK scientists at COP23 in Bonn

03/11/2017 - A number of experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will take part in the climate summit COP23, taking place from November 6-17 in Bonn and presided by Fiji. PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will present the ten things you need to know about climate change, together with UNFCCC´s Patricia Espinosa, for example. At a side event with experts from the ETH Zürich, the ACT Alliance and Bread for the World, PIK´s chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will discuss how to implement equity in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

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Hermann Lotze-Campen appointed to AgMIP’s new Executive Committee

Hermann Lotze-Campen appointed to AgMIP’s new Executive Committee

10/23/2017 - The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP) has just established an Executive Committee, reflecting the growing impact of scientific contributions of AgMIP. The new members are internationally recognized leaders for their sustained scientific and technical contributions to agricultural sciences. From the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK), Hermann Lotze-Campen, Chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities and Professor of Sustainable Land Use and Climate Change at Humboldt University Berlin, was appointed as a new member to the Executive Committee.

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PROFOUND Final Event

PROFOUND Final Event

10/09/2017 - The Final Conference of PROFOUND on "Robust projections of forests under climate change - data, methods and models" took place at PIK on the 9th and 10th of October 2017

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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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“We need you”: UN climate chief to Potsdam climate scientists

“We need you”: UN climate chief to Potsdam climate scientists

10/13/2017 - Hundreds of millions of people will be affected by climate change impacts and their implications for health or migration already within the next few decades, sectors that so far often get overlooked in this context. This is one of the insights of the Impacts World Conference organised by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany this week. About 500 scientists from 67 countries were gathering at the conference with the title “Counting the true costs of climate change” to push climate impact research to the next level by better integrating socio-economic factors. At the same time, the institute celebrated its 25th anniversary hosting this meeting of the global impacts research community, in the spirit of its mission followed for a quarter century: further advancing scientific progress and communicating insights to stakeholders.

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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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Joint RD2/RD3 Seminar 'What you always wanted to know about 1.5C global warming'

Joint RD2/RD3 Seminar 'What you always wanted to know about 1.5C global warming'

09/14/2017 - Scientists from Research Areas 1, 2 and 3 discussed their ongoing work on the objective of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

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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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Verhagelt: Christoph Gornott in süddeutschen Zeitung

Verhagelt: Christoph Gornott in süddeutschen Zeitung

23/08/2017 - Der Artikel: 'Bauern klagen über schlechteste Apfelernte seit 1991' wird die schlechte Ernte und die Verluste der Bauern diskutiert.

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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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