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New Report “The World in 2050”: Sustainable development experts meet in New York

New Report “The World in 2050”: Sustainable development experts meet in New York

07/10/2018 - From education and health to responsible consumption, a decarbonized energy-system, agriculture, sustainable cities and digitalization - six transformations are necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, a new report by leading experts in the field finds. Published at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York this week, the new report prepared by The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative outlines the key points that are necessary to bring the world on target to a sustainable future. More than 60 authors and 20 organizations were involved in the report, among them Johan Rockström, current Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and designated Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), as well as PIK researchers Elmar Kriegler, Hermann Lotze-Campen and Alexander Popp.

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Media interest in extreme weather in Germany

Media interest in extreme weather in Germany

03/07/2018 - Heatwaves and heavy rain in Mai and June recently raised questions about weather extremes and climate change within German society and a strong media interest in climate impacts. Several RD2 colleagues have been interviewed by local and national media to explain how climate change is already impacting our weather right now.

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Spacefood for cows: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs and chicken with less damage to the environment

Spacefood for cows: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs and chicken with less damage to the environment

06/20/2018 - Deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, nitrogen pollution – today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment and climate. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical implications in the agricultural food supply chain. Protein-rich microbes, produced in large-scale industrial facilities, are likely to increasingly replace traditional crop-based feed. A new study now published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology for the first time estimates the economic and environmental potential of feeding microbial protein to pigs, cattle and chicken on a global scale. The researchers find that by replacing only 2 percent of livestock feed by protein-rich microbes, more than 5 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, global cropland area and global nitrogen losses could each be decreased.

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Happy anniversary MAgPIE!

Happy anniversary MAgPIE!

14/06/2018 - Exactly 10 year ago today, "Agricultural Economics" accepted the first MAgPIE paper. Since then, at least 50 papers with MAgPIE involvement were published in different scientific journals. Something to be proud of!

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Experts meet at Global Solutions Summit in Berlin

Experts meet at Global Solutions Summit in Berlin

06/05/2018 - More than 1100 policy thinkers and policy leaders from all around the world came together recently at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin to discuss crucial topics for global governance in the context of the next G20 summits in Argentina and Japan. Official delegates from the T20 Argentina and the T20 Japan, Nobel Laureates and high level speakers like German Chancellor Angela Merkel participated in the Berlin Summit of think tanks, policy makers, business leaders and NGOs.

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PIKturing our future: The young scientists’ visions for the institute

PIKturing our future: The young scientists’ visions for the institute

06/05/2018 - Once a year, the doctoral candidates of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gather to discuss their research and exchange ideas. This year’s "PhD day" aimed at giving young scientists the possibility to think about and discuss their visions, wishes and ideas for the future of the institute. What do young scientists need to be able to perform excellent science? In what areas do they need more support and in what way? How can they interact with society during their work?

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Best paper in Ecohydrology journal in 2017 co-written by RD-colleagues

Best paper in Ecohydrology journal in 2017 co-written by RD-colleagues

14/05/2018 - The paper "Responses of fish and invertebrates to floods and droughts in Europe" by Dr. Mikolaj Piniewski et al. received the Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe Publication Award for the best paper published in the Ecohydrology journal in 2017.

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Congratulations, Dr. Lobanova!

Congratulations, Dr. Lobanova!

17/05/2018 - Anastasia Lobanova successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "The assessment of hydrological impacts of climate change and their impolications for water management across scales: from the local to European scale" at the Technical University of Berlin.

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PIK experts at the intersessional climate conference in Bonn

PIK experts at the intersessional climate conference in Bonn

11/05/2018 - In the run-up to this year´s UN climate conference in Katowice in Poland, about 3000 experts and observers met in Bonn to discuss how to implement the Paris Agreement which is to enter into force in 2020. Two key elements of these “intersessionals” were the progress in advancing the Paris Agreement “rulebook”, and the initial in-person phase of the Talanoa dialogue that was introduced at COP23 last year. Several scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) took part in various meetings and presentations in Bonn.

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Early Summer Monsoon forecast for India

Early Summer Monsoon forecast for India

05/07/2018 - the Indian Summer Monsoon will likely reach Central India between 11 and 19 June, according to the new forecast method developed at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The unique forecast had been developed specially for the central part of India where, before, early forecasting has never been made. The novel approach based on an analysis of observational data allows predicting the monsoon onset date 40 days in advance. Elena Surovyatkina leads the forecasts that showed to be successful already two years in a row. The monsoon onset date is of crucial importance for hundreds of millions of people in India. Climate change affects monsoon variability and hence makes accurate forecasting even more important.

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Young diplomats from small island developing states visit PIK

Young diplomats from small island developing states visit PIK

04/05/2018 - Climate change is climbing up the foreign policy and international security agendas, as stakeholders realize the risks it may pose to peace and stability. In Germany, both the ministry of defence and the foreign ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) have recently sought the advice of PIK scientists as they develop crisis prevention policies and tools. Now, a group of young diplomats from small island developing states (SIDS) is visiting PIK as part of a month-long stay in Germany organized by the foreign ministry. As these countries are among the most exposed and vulnerable to climate change impacts, their future international representatives seek training on the latest climate change knowledge, and at the same time wish to spread awareness of the social and political problems their countries face in a warming world.

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PIK Article in Top 100 Scientific Reports from Earth Science papers in 2017

PIK Article in Top 100 Scientific Reports from Earth Science papers in 2017

27/04/2018 - The article ‘The role of city size and urban form in the surface urban heat island’ by Bin Zhou, Diego Rybski and Jürgen Kropp, ranks one of the top 100 read Earth sciences papers for 'Scientific Reports' in 2017.

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Girls'Day: PIK opens up doors and new perspectives to young and female future scientists

Girls'Day: PIK opens up doors and new perspectives to young and female future scientists

26/04/2018 - At this year's Girls'Day, schoolgirls from Berlin and Brandenburg had once again the opportunity to get to know the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and career perspectives in science. About their research on climate change and their work as a researcher at PIK, Levke Caesar and Christina Roolfs reported to the 19 pupils participating. The action day was initiated to open up new career perspectives in mathematical and the natural sciences for girls and young women.

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More than 14.000 Earth scientists meet in Vienna

More than 14.000 Earth scientists meet in Vienna

06/04/2018 - The European Geophysical Union’s (EGU) general assembly in Vienna is one of the world's greatest scientific events – from 8 to 13 April, it attracts more than 14.000 scientists. Numerous experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) give talks and participate in debates. A distinguished role is attributed to Stefan Rahmstorf, co-chair of PIK’s Earth System Analysis department, research domain 1. He has been asked to hold the first-ever EGU public lecture at the Vienna Museum for Natural History: “After Paris: Can we still control the climate crisis?”

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CIREG Project Kick-Off

CIREG Project Kick-Off

02/03/2018 - The CIREG kick-off meeting was hosted at PIK end of February 2018. CIREG is a JPI Climate ERA4CS project on 'Climate Information to support Renewable Electricity Generation in West Africa' and is coordinated by RD2 colleagues Stefan Liersch, Hagen Koch and Fred Hattermann.

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Worldbank report with PIK: climate change can trigger migration of millions

Worldbank report with PIK: climate change can trigger migration of millions

19/03/2018 - Climate change is a driver of future migration – in a worst-case scenario, it could force more than 100 million people out of their homes by 2050. This is shown by a groundbreaking Worldbank report, co-authored by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Subsaharan Africa and Southern Asia are among the most affected regions, to a lesser extent also Latin America. Water scarcity and yield failures are, along with a number of other economical and social factors, becoming more and more relevant for migration within countries. This so-called internal migration is the subject of the report. However, rapid reductions of greenhouse-gas emissions can reduce this future migration by up to 80 percent, according to the report.

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Congratulations Dr. Michel Wortmann

Congratulations Dr. Michel Wortmann

26/01/2018 - Michel Wortmann successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled 'Integrating glacier dynamics into hydrological modelling: A climate change impact assessment of the data-scarce headwaters of the Tarim River, Central Asia" at the University College London.

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Congratulations Dr. Christoph Gornott!

Congratulations Dr. Christoph Gornott!

16/02/2018 - Christoph Gornott successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title: 'Improving crop modeling approaches for supporting farmers to cope with weather risks" at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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PIK Research Days: “Keep digging in your pockets”

PIK Research Days: “Keep digging in your pockets”

02/23/2018 - Scientists and staff of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) gathered this week for their annual roadshow of scientific achievements and discussions of future projects. Climate negotiations, climate migration, public health, sea-level legacy, jet streams, ice losses at Antarctica, carbon pricing – these were just some of the topics presented by PIK’s four research domains. This year’s research days focused in particular on the upcoming 1.5°C IPCC special report as well as on global change, big data and digitalization.

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Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Social and Natural science together: New Co-Directors to lead the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

23/02/2018 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is reinventing itself – appointing a twin leadership bringing together natural sciences and social sciences stronger than ever. In late September, the German climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer and the Swedish Earth system scientist Johan Rockström will become directors of the internationally renowned institute which is a member of the Leibniz Association. This was decided on Friday by the institute's Board of Trustees, headed by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The retirement of the founding director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber this autumn after a quarter of a century as the head of the institute marks the beginning of a new era in Potsdam.

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