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

Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 05/19/2015 To achieve a lasting transition towards sustainability, large-scale conversion of our built environment – cities, transport systems, power generation – is key. This is an outcome of a special feature investigating advances in the research on industrial ecology, to be published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and coordinated by the Potsdam Institute … Read more Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

Gulf Stream in Trouble

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/24/2015  Atlantic Ocean overturning found to slow down already today The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards.  Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe. Scientists now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning – multiple … Read more Gulf Stream in Trouble

Four of nine planetary boundaries now crossed

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  01/16/2015 Four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity, says an international team of 18 researchers in the journal Science. The four are: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles. The scientists say that two of these, climate change and biosphere integrity, are “core boundaries” – significantly altering … Read more Four of nine planetary boundaries now crossed

Global Warming Heat Records X 5

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 01/14/2013 Global warming has increased monthly heat records by a factor of five Monthly temperature extremes have become much more frequent, as measurements from around the world indicate. On average, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global warming, shows a study now published in Climatic Change. In parts … Read more Global Warming Heat Records X 5

Ice loss On Antarctica

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:  12/13/2012 More ice loss through snowfall on Antarctica Stronger snowfall increases future ice discharge from Antarctica. Global warming leads to more precipitation as warmer air holds more moisture – hence earlier research suggested the Antarctic ice sheet might grow under climate change. Now a study published in Nature shows that a lot of the ice gain due to increased … Read more Ice loss On Antarctica

Rio+20 Summit & Climate Protection

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 06/05/2012 Rio+20: Climate protection and poverty reduction both depend on a new global treaty The Rio+20 summit could help pave the way towards a new global accord that links the crucial issues of climate protection and prosperity. “If the world wants to mitigate dangerous climate change, the discussions in Rio have to go beyond the very broad sustainability issue … Read more Rio+20 Summit & Climate Protection

Climate risks of bioenergy underestimated

Joint press release by Technische Universität Berlin and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/08/2012  Climate risks of bioenergy underestimated Energy from biomass presents underappreciated risks, new research published in Nature Climate Change shows. “A precautionary approach is needed,” says Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and professor at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). “Before further expanding bioenergy, science has to … Read more Climate risks of bioenergy underestimated

World Trade, Food, Environment

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 11/22/2011 Growing world trade makes food production cheaper – at the expense of the environment Further opening of the markets for agricultural products leads to lower production costs for food. This will happen at the expense of the environment though, if for example forests are turned into cropland. The conflict of interests between food production and climate protection … Read more World Trade, Food, Environment

Latest Potsdam Institute Report

I enjoy the Potsdam Institute’s reports, though at times, like today, they seem too much in bed, or at least embedded in industry — but then of course energy is the biggest industry around & there is no model for a non-business (i.e. non-capitalist) alternative energy grid. Interesting though that in the report below the association Europe-North Africa is taken for granted, even if any definitions of such intercourse remain unspoken. … Read more Latest Potsdam Institute Report