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Sophie Rottmann on popular African TV-show "Shamba Shape Up"

Sophie Rottmann on popular African TV-show "Shamba Shape Up"

12/09/2018 - Sophie Rottmann (PIK RD2) was interviewed by a popular Kenyan TV Show on climate change impacts and the use of insurances to manage risk of crop loss caused by climate change

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"Which Future?!" and "Schimmelreiter": Climate research on stage

"Which Future?!" and "Schimmelreiter": Climate research on stage

02/10/2018 - What if Italy would exit the Euro and the currency would collapse? What if there were no money at the ATMs, due to a new banking crisis? What if there were a migration crisis? What if there were sudden and extreme climate changes? Questions like theses are discussed in the new play "Let Them Eat Money. Welche Zukunft?!" (Which Future?!) that just premiered at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin.

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"Warning Signal: Extreme Events"

"Warning Signal: Extreme Events"

11/09/2018 - The book "Warning signal: extreme events" with contributions from more than a hundred researchers will be presented this week at a major symposium at the University of Hamburg, Germany. From heat waves and droughts but also heavy rain and floods to tropical cyclones: the risks are increasing globally. The new publication as well as the event are intended to present the topic to a broader public.

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BMU-Besuchergruppe der Nationalen Klimaschutzinitiative

BMU-Besuchergruppe der Nationalen Klimaschutzinitiative

16/08/2018 - Last week, a group of employees from the national climate protection initiative of the National Ministry of Environment (BMU) came to visit PIK.

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Ackern in heißen Zeiten - Bringt der Klimawechsel die Agrarwende?

Ackern in heißen Zeiten - Bringt der Klimawechsel die Agrarwende?

10/08/2018 - Im Programm "Wortwechsel" des Senders Deutschlandfunk Kultur diskutiert RD2-Wissenschaftler Dr. Benjamin Bodirsky unter anderem mit Bernhard Krüsken, Generalsekretär des Deutschen Bauernverbandes, über Klimapolitik und Landwirtschaft.

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Interview Potsdam TV

Interview Potsdam TV

27/06/2018 - In einem Interview mit Potsdam TV erklärt RD2-Wissenschaftler Benjamin Leon Bodirsky, dass man Nutztiere statt mit Sojabohnen auch mit Bakterien füttern könnte.

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Summer of extremes - PIK experts in the media

Summer of extremes - PIK experts in the media

07/26/2018 - Everybody seems to be talking about the weather these days, with extreme heat in Germany and Europe, forest fires in Sweden, Greece and California. From Japan to the Arctic - the Northern hemisphere is currently experiencing a heat wave and experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK) were interviewed by numerous media outlets for an assessment of the current situation in the light of climate change.

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"Grenzstandorte als erste gefordert"

"Grenzstandorte als erste gefordert"

12/07/2018 - Im DLG-Newsletter spricht Dr. Frank Wechsung über die praktischen Folgen des Klimawandels und plädiert für den "vielseitigen Landwirt".

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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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