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PIK is the world's most influential climate think tank - Edenhofer, Schellnhuber, Rahmstorf are among most important German-speaking intellectuals

PIK is the world's most influential climate think tank - Edenhofer, Schellnhuber, Rahmstorf are among most important German-speaking intellectuals

01/02/2019 - The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is the world's most influential environmental policy think tank, as the "Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2018" just published by the University of Pennsylvania shows. On top of this, three PIK scientists are among the "most important German-speaking intellectuals" according to the new Cicero ranking: Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of PIK, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus, and Stefan Rahmstorf, Chair of PIK's research department "Earth System Analysis".

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International Green Week: Agriculture expert Lotze-Campen speaks at several events

International Green Week: Agriculture expert Lotze-Campen speaks at several events

22/01/2019 - From agriculture and biodiversity to digital technologies in the agricultural sector to climate change and food: During and before the International Green Week (18-21 Jan), agricultural economist Hermann Lotze-Campen, head of research department "Climate Resilience - Climate Impacts and Adaptation" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, was invited as speaker at several events of various federal ministries in Berlin.

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Honorary degree for Professor Zbigniew Kundzewicz

Honorary degree for Professor Zbigniew Kundzewicz

30/11/2018 - Professor Zbigniew Kundzewicz was distinguished with the honorary degree of 'doctor honoris causa' by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)

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Ten PIK researchers among the most influential scientists in the world

Ten PIK researchers among the most influential scientists in the world

29/11/2018 - Ten scientists, coming from different research domains from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are among the most highly cited researchers worldwide, according to a new ranking just published. Therewith, they are among the most influential scientifists in the world, their studies among the top 1% of scientific literature. Whether natural sciences or social sciences, PIK is one of the most renowned research institutions in Germany and worldwide, as the now published ranking once again shows.

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New York Times interviews Hagen Koch and other experts on Rhine level

New York Times interviews Hagen Koch and other experts on Rhine level

04/11/2018 - The prominent American newspaper New York Times features an article on the low level of the Rhine and the problematic consequences for the German economy

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp on the Board of Directors of ICIMOD

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp on the Board of Directors of ICIMOD

18/11/2018 - The BMU/BMZ (Federal Ministries for the Environment/Economic Cooperation) nominated Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kropp as independent member on the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD). In November, the program committee, a subdivison of the Board met in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss the programs and future outline of this transnational research body.

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Congratulations Dr. Hesse!

Congratulations Dr. Hesse!

08/11/2018 - Cornelia Hesse successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Integrated water quality modelling in meso- to large-scale catchments of the Elbe river basin under climate and land use change" at the University of Potsdam.

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 Keynote speech by Dr. Reyer on climate change impacts and resilience thinking in forest management

Keynote speech by Dr. Reyer on climate change impacts and resilience thinking in forest management

23/10/2018 - Dr. Christopher Reyer of RD2 gave a keynote speech at the conference "Addressing Ecological and Social Challenges for Forests and Forest Management" in Kiew on the 23rd of October 2018

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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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Delegation der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) am PIK

Delegation der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) am PIK

20/09/2018 - Im Rahmen einer internen Fortbildung über Klimagerechtigkeit und Politikberatung diskutierten ca. 30 Personen der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stifung mit Jürgen Kropp und weiteren PIK Wissenschaftlern.

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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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