Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

On Friday 20 January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the United States. On this issue Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Professor at Technische Universität Berlin: „As the new president of the United States, Donald Trump could be quite successful in the short term, namely because … Read more Potsdam Institute for Climate on Trump

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 13/01/2017 66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind’s reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence … Read more How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

Giant see-saw of monsoon rains detected

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 26/09/2016 When the summer rains in China are weak, they are strong in Australia, and vice versa – scientists have discovered a previously unknown see-saw relationship between these two monsoon regions. This effect does not occur from one year to another, but on decadal and centennial time scales. To detect the pattern, the team developed a novel mathematical method … Read more Giant see-saw of monsoon rains detected

Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Joint press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 26/07/2016 (embargo expired) Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. They used a novel statistical approach to analyze data from the past three decades. While each conflict is certainly the result of a complex and specific mix of factors, it … Read more Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables development can deliver on Paris

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 23/06/2016 (embargo expired) While some criticize the Paris climate target as impracticable, a team of scholars argues that it is – on the contrary – a triumph of realism. First, and most importantly, adhering to the Paris target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius is necessary in view of the massive risks that unchecked climate change … Read more Controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables development can deliver on Paris

“Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth

Unhappily there isn’t an English edition available yet! Somebody translate it, quick! Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 03/17/2016 “Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth On a school field trip to Potsdam’s Telegraph Hill, Alice runs after a white rabbit – and falls into a hole, sliding down the ventilation shaft of a climate research institute’s supercomputer. From … Read more “Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth

Sea-level rise past and future

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 02/23/2016 (embargo expired) Sea-level rise past and future: robust estimates for coastal planners Sea-levels worldwide will likely rise by 50 to 130 centimeters by the end of this century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced rapidly. This is shown in a new study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that, for the first time, … Read more Sea-level rise past and future

Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

… on February 2nd 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland, the following announcement, written by Hugo Ball appeared in the local press: “The Cabaret Voltaire. Under this name a group of young artists and writers has formed with the object of becoming a center for artistic entertainment. In principle, the Cabaret will be run by artists, permanent guests, who, following their daily reunions, will give musical or literary performances. Young Zurich … Read more Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

Human-made climate change suppresses the next ice age

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 01/14/2016  Humanity has become a geological force that is able to suppress the beginning of the next ice age, a study now published in the renowned scientific journal Nature shows. Cracking the code of glacial inception, scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found the relation of insolation and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere to be … Read more Human-made climate change suppresses the next ice age

Cold, hot or dry: Persistent weather extremes associated with decreased storm activity

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) A decrease in storm activity over large parts of the US, Europe, Russia, and China is found to influence weather extremes – cold ones in winter, hot or dry ones in summer. This is now shown in a study by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The observed changes in storm activity are likely related … Read more Cold, hot or dry: Persistent weather extremes associated with decreased storm activity