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Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

May 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Climate Change

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 […]

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Gulf Stream in Trouble

March 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Man-made Disaster, Oceans, Uncategorized

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 […]

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Four of nine planetary boundaries now crossed

January 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Uncategorized

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 […]

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Global Warming Heat Records X 5

January 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Environment

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 […]

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Ice loss On Antarctica

December 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Antarctic Ice, Climate Change

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 […]

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Rio+20 Summit & Climate Protection

June 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Global Warming

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 […]

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Climate risks of bioenergy underestimated

March 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bioenergy, Climate Change

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 […]

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World Trade, Food, Environment

November 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Climate Change, Environment, Food, Global Warming

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 […]

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Latest Potsdam Institute Report

May 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Deserts, Environment, Fossil fuel, Global Warming

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 […]

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Climate Risks for African farmers

March 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Africa, Climate Change

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 03/01/2011 Large climate risks for African farmers: IPCC was on the right track Climate change poses severe risks to food production in many African countries. This statement of the last assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was attacked fiercely one […]

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