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

Climate Risks for African farmers

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 year ago. Critics suggested this assessment lacked scientific foundation, trying to challenge the credibility … Read more Climate Risks for African farmers

Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 21/02/2011 EU climate target: Less CO2-emissions could trigger more economic growth. Increasing the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target from 20% to 30% could help boosting European investments from 18% to up to 22% of GDP, leading to a GDP increase of up to €620bn ($840bn) and the creation of up to 6 millions additional jobs. These are … Read more Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Press release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 12/09/2010 Talk at Cancun is of 2 degrees Celsius – even 1.5 degrees would have effects lasting centuries Even global warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius would have consequences for centuries. The oceans store elevated temperatures for a longer time than was previously thought.  This is due to a change in ocean-atmosphere heat exchange, scientists of the Potsdam … Read more What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Global Warming, Cooler Winters

Here, the latest Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). 11/16/2010 Global Warming could cool down temperatures in winter The overall warming of the earth’s northern half could result in cold winters. The shrinking of sea-ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional heating of the lower levels of air – which  may lead to strong anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of … Read more Global Warming, Cooler Winters

Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

Here the latest Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). I would add a sixth challenge without which the other five will remain beholden to the old and persistent ways of doing things that got us into this situation in the first place, namely an epistemological change in our way of thinking about homo (not so) sapiens as player in the world. A change that … Read more Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?

Via the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Tipping Elements in the Earth System: How Stable is the Contemporary Environment? 12/08/2009 – A Special Feature of the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” presents the latest scientific insights on so-called tipping elements in the planetary environment. These elements have been identified as the most vulnerable large-scale components of the Earth System that may be profoundly altered by human … Read more How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?

Antarctic Temperature & Carbon Dioxide

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 11/11/2009 The nature of past Antarctic temperature lead over carbon dioxide is clarified The analysis of past changes of Antarctic temperature and the concentration of greenhouse gases alone cannot reveal causal relationships in the climate system. A recent modeling study shows that several climate processes need to be taken into account to discern causes and consequences. In the … Read more Antarctic Temperature & Carbon Dioxide