Risk of passing multiple climate tipping points escalates above 1.5°C global warming

Joint press release by the University of Exeter, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Future Earth and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/09/2022 Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis published in the journal Science. Even at current levels of global heating the world is already at risk of passing five dangerous climate tipping points, … Read more Risk of passing multiple climate tipping points escalates above 1.5°C global warming

Extreme temperatures fuel online hate speech

Relationship between temperature and hate tweets across five climatic zones in the USA Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/08/2022  Online Hate speech increases when daily maximum temperatures are above or below a “feel-good window” of 12°C-21°C (54-70°F) – this is shown by the analysis of more than four billion tweets using statistics and AI methods  Temperatures above 30°C (86° F) spur online hate … Read more Extreme temperatures fuel online hate speech

Timber! or: Living in timber cities could avoid emissions…

(Photo by Sarah Worth ) Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 08/30/2022 Living in timber cities could avoid emissions  – without using farmland for wood production Transition to timber cities could avoid more than 100 billion tons of CO2 emissions by 2100– about 10% of the remaining CO2 budget for the 2°C climate target.  Wood needed is sourced from natural forests and timber plantations … Read more Timber! or: Living in timber cities could avoid emissions…

Considering catastrophe: high-impact, low-probability climate scenarios “dangerously underexplored”

08/02/2022 Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Researchers call for a new “Climate Endgame” agenda and say far too little work has gone into understanding the mechanisms by which rising temperatures might pose a “catastrophic” risk to society and humanity: For instance, if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The … Read more Considering catastrophe: high-impact, low-probability climate scenarios “dangerously underexplored”

How to avoid eating the world:

From degrowth to a sustainable food system transformation Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 05/16/2022 •    To make our food system more sustainable, curbing growth or shifting incomes alone won’t do it •    People’s eating habits change towards more climate-harming choices already at small income increases •    What’s needed is changing what we eat, changing what and how we grow, and a price on … Read more How to avoid eating the world:

Forests, Food, Pandemics and the Extinction of Species:

Biodiversity Hotspots Research network publishes “10 Must Knows” on biodiversity Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/25/2022 “10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science”, ranging from climate stress for forests to the corona virus that has jumped from animals to humans, are now published for the first time. More than 45 experts from the German Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity and colleagues have compiled this inventory on … Read more Forests, Food, Pandemics and the Extinction of Species:

Food crisis due to Ukraine war calls for demand-side action:

less animal products, less waste, and greening EU agricultural policy Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) The global food system is impacted by the war in Ukraine, adding to the direct humanitarian and security crisis caused by the Russian aggression. Ukraine and Russia are major producers of grains and fertilizers, yet their exports are at risk of getting disrupted. However, agricultural policy-makers – like … Read more Food crisis due to Ukraine war calls for demand-side action:

“Black Flakes / Schwarze Flocken:” Celan & Ukraine

This poem, probably written in or after July 1944, most likely in Czernowitz, today Chernivtsi, after returning from the forced labor-camp he had been interned in. The ms. has his note: “In memory of the snow at railway station Pascani, workcamp Radazani,” referring to the village of Pascani in Moldavia. It was probably then that he learned of the death of his parents, Leo & Fritzi Antschel who had … Read more “Black Flakes / Schwarze Flocken:” Celan & Ukraine

Assessment Report highlighting Climate Change Impacts

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 published its 6th Assessment Report highlighting climate change impacts. On this issue, Katja Frieler, a lead author of the IPCC report’s chapter on observed cross-sectoral impacts as well as contributing author of the report’s summary for policy makers, co-chair of the Transformation Pathways Research Department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: “We are already now leaving … Read more Assessment Report highlighting Climate Change Impacts

Today’s children to experience two to seven times more extremes than their grandparents

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/27/2021 Today’s children will be hit much harder by climate extremes than today’s adults, researchers show in the leading journal Science. During their lifetime, a child born in 2021 will experience on average twice as many wildfires, between two and three times more droughts, almost three times more river floods and crop failures, and seven times more heatwaves … Read more Today’s children to experience two to seven times more extremes than their grandparents