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

Climate change mitigation doesn’t cost the earth

Joint press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) 11/02/2014 “Climate change mitigation doesn’t cost the earth”: IPCC author Edenhofer The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its Fifth Assessment Report on Sunday in Copenhagen. Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’, and one of the authors … Read more Climate change mitigation doesn’t cost the earth

Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 10/14/2014 New forecasting method: Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains Predicting floods following extreme rainfall in the central Andes is enabled by a new method. Climate change has made these events more frequent and more severe in recent decades. Now complex networks analysis of satellite weather data makes it possible to produce a robust warning system for the … Read more Predicting extreme floods in the Andes mountains

Weather extremes & Giant Atmospheric Waves

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  02/26/2013 Weather extremes provoked by trapping of giant waves in the atmosphere The world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes in recent years, such as the heat wave in the United States in 2011 or the one in Russia 2010 coinciding with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. Behind these devastating individual events there is a common physical cause, propose … Read more Weather extremes & Giant Atmospheric Waves