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:

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

The Gulf Stream May Be Dying

via The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) : Major Atlantic ocean current system might be approaching critical threshold The major Atlantic ocean current, to which also the Gulf stream belongs, may have been losing stability in the course of the last century. This is shown in a new study published in Nature Climate Change. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC, transports warm water masses from the … Read more The Gulf Stream May Be Dying

Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

  Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C in line with the Paris Agreement. All levers must be pulled, some to a challenging level, to achieve this ambitious climate target. These levers include the energy system but also for instance land-use. Unrealistically optimistic scenarios tend to over-estimate e.g. carbon capture and storage potentials. 05/14/2021  Of … Read more Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 02/25/2021 Never before in over 1000 years the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has been as weak as in the last decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany. The researchers compiled so-called proxy data – taken mainly from natural archives like ocean sediments … Read more Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium

Coal and COVID-19

Light at the end of the tunnel? Time to maybe turn from the temporary distractions of the 4-year T-virus (but never forget how insecure this democratic essay is) to the way more massively lethal potential (a potential recognized and endorsed with sadistic jouissance by the T-virus) of what homo stupidus stupidus has done to the planet. Interestingly enough that other, biological, virus we are dealing with right now, may … Read more Coal and COVID-19

CO2 & Covid-19

Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 10/14/2020 Biggest CO2 drop: Real-time data show Covid-19’s massive impact on global emissions While the ongoing Corona pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw an unprecedented decline in CO2 emissions – larger than during the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of the 1979, or even World War … Read more CO2 & Covid-19

Climate Change triggers Migration

Climate Change triggers migration – particularly in middle-income and agricultural countries   Weather-related displacements from 2008 to 2015 totaled 172.3 million people. More than 14 million people were displaced by weather in 2015, with a record of 38.3 million set in 2010, an El Nino year. The annual average was 21.5 million people displaced by weather-related events. Chart courtesy of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (iDMC) and the Norwegian … Read more Climate Change triggers Migration