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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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BMUB funds IKI-IMPACT project

The IKI-IMPACT project "Unterstützung von SIDS und LDC zur wissenschaftsbasierten Anpassungs- und Minderungsplanung, Zugang zu internationaler Klimafinanzierung und zur Umsetzung und weiteren Ausgestaltung des Paris-Abkommens" will be funded by BMUB within the International Climate Initiative.

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The Potsdam Institute at COP22 in Marrakech

The Potsdam Institute at COP22 in Marrakech

11/09/2016 - Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are attending the current UN climate summit COP22 in Marrakesch from November 7 to 18. Amongst other events, PIK Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will speak at a side-event of the German Advisory Council on Global Change on the science-policy dialogue to reach Paris targets. PIK chief economist Ottmar Edenhofer will discuss the potential of the Paris Agreement in a side event with colleagues from Arizona State University, Harvard Kennedy School and others.

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Congratulations Dr. Michael Roers!

Congratulations Dr. Michael Roers!

On October 14th 2016, RD2 PhD student Michael Roers successfully defended his PhD thesis "Methoden zur Dynamisierung von Klimafolgenanalysen im Elbegebiet - Aktualisierung von Szenarienstudien zu den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels und fortlaufende Überprüfung ökohydrologischer Modellergebnisse" at Potsdam University.

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Congratulations Dr. Mady Olonscheck!

Congratulations Dr. Mady Olonscheck!

On September the 30th 2016, RD2 PhD student Mady Olonscheck has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Climate change impacts on electricity and residential energy demand" at Potsdam University.

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Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture

Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture

08/25/2016 - Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) finds. Around the globe, climate change threatens agricultural productivity, forcing up food prices. While financial gains and losses differ between consumers and producers across the regions, bottom line is that consumers in general will likely have to pay more for the same basket of food. As the additional expenditure for consumers outweighs producers’ gains, increasing net economic losses will occur in the agriculture and food sector towards the end of the century. However, economic losses could be limited to 0.3 percent of global GDP – depending on agricultural trade policies.

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Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't

Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't

08/16/2016 - When hurricanes like Katrina in 2005 or Sandy in 2012 impact on highly populated regions they bring about tremendous damages. More than 50 percent of all weather-related economic losses on the globe are caused by damages due to tropical cyclones. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now analyzed the magnitude of future hurricane losses in relation to economic growth. Showcasing the United States they found that financial losses per hurricane could triple by the end of the century in unmitigated climate change, while annual losses could on average rise by a factor of eight. Most importantly and contrary to prevalent opinion, they conclude that economic growth will not be able to counterbalance the increase in damage.

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Flood damages in Germany could multiply under climate change

Flood damages in Germany could multiply under climate change

07/19/2016 - Flood-related losses can be expected to increase considerably in Germany as a result of climate change, a new study shows. Extreme events like the severe floods along the river Elbe have already illustrated the potentially devastating consequences of certain weather conditions such as severe rainfall events, when continuing intense rain can no longer be absorbed by the soil and water levels in the rivers rise. Without appropriate adaptation, flood-related damage of currently about 500 million euros a year could multiply in the future, the comprehensive expert analysis published in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences highlights.

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