NEWS

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Secure land rights for all are a critical component of a transformational agenda.
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Greenhouse gas removal and albedo modification techniques cannot be counted on to...
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Across Europe, the modernisation and expansion of the electric grid has become...
How are the SDGs to be effectively implemented in Europe? This question was discussed by participants of a workshop in Brussels. © European Commission
In September of this year, UN Member States will agree on a set of sustainable development goals.
IASS Scientific Director Mark Lawrence and colleagues set up scientific instruments to monitor atmospheric parameters in Lumbini in southern Nepal. © Birgit Lode
South Asia stands out globally as a region that not only suffers from high exposure to air pollution...
Wind turbines in Morocco. There is strong political support for an energy transition in the North African country. © istock/VerdeeProduction
Germany has pioneered the use of renewable energy sources in the last 20 years. Its ambitious...
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After serving more than six years as chair of the IASS General Assembly, Professor Ernst Rietschel has handed over the reins to his successor Professor Karin Lochte,
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In mid-June UN Member States decided at their General Assembly to launch negotiations in 2016
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Municipal and regional energy providers recognise the importance of citizen...
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Positive and negative experiences of exploiting shale gas in the USA over the...
Alexander Müller and R. Andreas Kraemer at the Annual Conference of the Council for Sustainable Development. © RNE
2015 is an important year for sustainable development. In September the United Nations...
Carlo Rubbia (centre) with Executive Director Klaus Töpfer (left) and Scientific Director Mark Lawrence.
After five years as Scientific Director at the helm of the IASS, Carlo Rubbia...

DOSSIERS - RESEARCH IN FOCUS

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 Innovation Fund as a Complementary Financing Model for Renewables

A proposal for a more broad-based financing of the Energiewende
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Shale Gas and Fracking in Europe

A comprehensive overview of the main concepts and issues associated with shale gas and fracking.
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The History, Impact and Limits of Economic Expertise

A close examination of the historical emergence of economic expertise
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A New Chapter for the High Seas?

Historic decision to negotiate an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity
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Critical Global Discussions

Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Conference Report
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IASS BLOG

German Involvement in the Arctic: Policy Issues and Scientific Research

When the German Foreign Office asked me in March whether I would like to become a member of the Working Group on Sustainable Arctic Development in the German Observer Delegation of the Arctic Coun

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The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris: Q&A with Rómulo Acurio Traverso

Rómulo Fernando Acurio Traverso is the Deputy Representative of Peru for Climate Change.

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EVENTS

29.09.2015

Expert Panel Discussion: The German Energiewende as a Development Prospect in the 21st Century

2015 is considered to be a ground-breaking “year of summits”
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18.09.2015

Critical Dialogues and Curated Labs Series: The New Urban Agenda 'on the ground'

The IASS is initiating and facilitating a Series of Critical Dialogues on the practicalities...
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07.10.2015 to 09.10.2015

Conference: Deep-Sea Mining

The world’s first deep-sea mine will open in 2018 in the waters off Papua New Guinea
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14.09.2015 to 23.09.2015

Facing Natural Hazards: Potsdam Summer School 2015

As the recent earthquakes in Nepal have reminded us, extreme weather events

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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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