NEWS

While renewables have made significant advances in the power sector, options for a renewable future in the aviation sector remain significantly more uncertain. © istock/narvikk
A new report has revealed an overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate ...
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A clear majority of citizens is in favour of renewables, most agree that "climate change ...
Arctic temperatures are rising at a rate that is twice the global average. The effects of this warming can be felt around the world. © Kathrin Keil
Long treated as a remote and isolated region, climate change and new economic prospects ...
Terraces like those shown here in the Lushoto research area in Tanzania are a form of sustainable land management. © Judith Rosendahl
Tanzania and Malawi are agricultural countries: more than two thirds of the population ...
The adoption of an integrated approach to air quality and climate change could help to reduce unintended side-effects as well as delivering environmental and economic benefits.
From their emission sources to their impacts on climate, human health, and ecosystems ...
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New guidelines developed under the leadership of IASS researchers provide strategic ...
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Making societies sustainable requires that we bring together knowledge from diverse ...
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UN member States, researchers and non-governmental organisations are meeting ...
Municipal utilities have the potential to foster local energy transitions in cooperation with the public. © Timo Jaster/Stiftung Mitarbeit
Citizen participation is crucial to the success of the German energy transition as ...
Chatham House (UK) is Think Tank of the Year 2016, while Brookings Institution (US) remains ...
The IASS welcomes the Federal Cabinet’s adoption of the new National Sustainability Strategy ...
Paul Crutzen © IASS; D. Ausserhofer
The idea of intervening in the global climate to reduce the risks of climate change ...

DOSSIERS - RESEARCH IN FOCUS

The Paris Agreement and Global Climate Policy

Human activities are largely responsible for climate change, which is already having an observable effect on our planet. Particularly emissions from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and gas have led to an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Key indicators of climate change – including rising average temperatures, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels – are expected to have devastating consequences for humans and environments. Tackling the challenge posed by climate change will require a coordinated and global effort. Read More

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

An important crossroads: at the end of September the UN member states voted on a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to initiate a global transformation towards sustainability. The Sustainable Development Goals are more extensive than their precursor, the eight Millennium Development Goals, which have often been criticised for not giving enough attention to the ecological dimensions of sustainability, or for considering it only in isolation. The primary goal remains the eradication of poverty. Read More

CO₂: From Waste to Feedstock

Economic activities and consumer behaviour in developed countries are currently based mainly on the use of fossil-based raw materials, whose emissions are largely responsible for anthropogenic climate change. In efforts to reduce human effects on the climate, the avoidance of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is and remains the most important measure. But viewing the greenhouse gas CO2 as a source of carbon can also make sense. In recent years scientists have been investigating so-called Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies. The aim of these technologies is to re-cycle the CO2 contained in emissions as a feedstock for industrial processes. This captured CO2 could replace fossil-based carbon as a component of materials and energy carriers, thereby creating a carbon cycle. Read More

Sustainable Arctic Futures: A Regional and Global Challenge

Temperatures in the Arctic are currently rising twice as fast as in most other regions on the planet, a phenomenon most strikingly evidenced by the decreasing extent and volume of Arctic sea ice over the last decades. The processes currently under way in the Arctic are embedded in climate, economic, legal and social systems and processes that reach far beyond the Arctic Circle.

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Air Pollution and Climate Change

Air pollution and climate change are closely related. The main sources of CO2 emissions – the extraction and burning of fossil fuels – are not only key drivers of climate change, but also major sources of air pollutants. Furthermore, many air pollutants that are harmful to human health and ecosystems also contribute to climate change by affecting the amount of incoming sunlight that is reflected or absorbed by the atmosphere, with some pollutants warming and others cooling the Earth. These so-called short-lived climate-forcing pollutants (SLCPs) include methane, black carbon, ground-level ozone, and sulfate aerosols. They have significant impacts on the climate. Read More

Climate Engineering

While there is still hope that risks from climate change can be limited by cutting greenhouse gas emissions, there is also a perception that ‘time is running out’. This perception of a looming watershed has given rise to calls for research on intentional, large-scale interventions into the climate system, referred to as either ‘climate engineering’ or ‘geoengineering’. Both terms describe a diverse and largely hypothetical array of methods for manipulating the global climate in order to moderate or forestall some of the numerous impacts of climate change. Read More

Superconductivity

In the coming decades, the development of renewable energy sources (RES) such as wind and solar will play a major role in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and making our energy system more sustainable. But the places where RES are available or would be most efficient are often located far away from the densely populated and industrial areas where the energy is needed: on the open sea in the case of wind and in sunnier climes in the case of solar. This means that the construction of new power lines needs to go hand in hand with RES development. In Germany for instance, expanding the electrical grid has become a crucial precondition for the success of the Energiewende. Read More

PUBLICATIONS

The Uncertain Climate Cost of Natural Gas

Assessment of methane leakage discrepancies in Europe, Russia and the US, and implications for sustainability
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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for the Oceans

Three key recommen- dations for achieving oceans sustainability.
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Concentrated Solar Power

Facts about concentrated solar power technologies to produce clean energy
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Clean Air for All by 2030?

Three central policy recommen-dations
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How green is a “Green City”?

A review of existing indicators and approaches
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European Union Actorness in Arctic Governance

The role and influence of non-Arctic actors in Arctic governance
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IASS BLOG

A Marshall Plan with Africa: Placing Digitalisation in the Service of Sustainable Development

“We need a new pact on the future between Europe and Africa” – this is the central message of the Cornerstones for a Marshall Plan with Africa, a discussion paper published by the German Federal M

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Talk, Trust, and Time: Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy

Just two months ago I strolled up to the bank building of the IASS itching to start gaining practical research experience, but with no idea of what to expect.

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EVENTS

27.04.2017

Eröffnung Geokubus „Meere & Ozeane“

Wem gehört das Meer? Wer darf die Bodenschätze vom Meeresgrund heben? Antworten bietet das FORSCHUNGSFENSER ...
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04.05.2017

Expert Roundtable: China as a New Development Partner for Clean Energy in Africa?

China’s role as a global investor has grown rapidly over the past decade. It now represents the source of more than 10 per cent ...
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13.05.2017

Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften

Bereits zum fünften Mal findet am 13. Mai der Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften statt ...
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22.05.2017 to 24.05.2017

Global Soil Week 2017

The Global Soil Week 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ...
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04.09.2017 to 13.09.2017

Potsdam Summer School

Potsdam Summer School brings together talented early career researchers ...
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SCIENCE CINEMA

Better Save Soil

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Let's Talk About Soil - English

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Outlaws in Air City (Fast Forward Science 2014)

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Engineering the climate?

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