Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 10/10/2017 While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. For the first time, scientists show the massive effect in a study published in the renowned Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences. When trees in vast forests died during a time … Read more Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

PIK on Colder Winters & a Warmer Arctic

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and can be linked to cold winters in … Read more PIK on Colder Winters & a Warmer Arctic

Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 28/06/2017 The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in the renowned scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 … Read more Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Press release by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science (24 March) for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or “carbon law” of … Read more A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade