Press Releases

March 8, 2017

Broad Public Support for Climate Protection and Renewables in the UK, Germany, France and Norway

Four-country comparative study on climate and energy policy in Europe in the run-up to important elections

A clear majority of citizens is in favour of renewables, most agree that “climate change is already with us”, and public confidence in political actors is highest in Germany – these are the main findings of a survey of citizens on energy and climate policy in Germany, France, the UK and Norway.

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February 22, 2017

Press Invitation - How do citizens in Europe view climate change? What energy policies do they want?
Presentation in Berlin of key results of a survey carried out in Germany and three other countries

How worried are people in Germany, the UK, France and Norway about climate change? What level of trust do the architects of the energy transition such as the federal government, the EU Commission and energy concerns enjoy? To what extent is the climate research consensus on anthropogenic climate change being called into question? What energy sources do Europeans prefer: coal, nuclear or renewables? Do they support the energy transition?

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December 1, 2016

Scientists take ‘blue-action’ to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impacts of this changing climate and to construct better long-term forecast systems for the increasingly extreme weather of the Arctic and the wider northern hemisphere.

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November 11, 2016

IASS Sees Climate and Sustainability Goals at Risk

In a joint statement, the Scientific Directors of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Mark Lawrence, Patrizia Nanz and Ortwin Renn expressed their concern that the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States will seriously endanger both international efforts to protect the climate and the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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October 25, 2016

IASS Presents Research Programme for 2017–2021
The energy transition, climate policy, and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals form the focus of future research

Scientific directors Mark Lawrence, Patrizia Nanz, and Ortwin Renn presented the research programme covering the funding period from 1.1.2017 through to 30.6.2021 at the General Assembly of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) held yesterday in Potsdam.

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August 29,2016

Dealing with Climate Change Impacts – the Potsdam Summer School starts with young talents from all over the world

From global sea level rise to extreme events like floods or droughts – even with ambitious climate mitigation, some impacts of climate change will be felt within this century. How to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable will be the focus of the Potsdam Summer School from September 5-14, bringing together more than 40 early-career scientists and young professionals from all around the globe.

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April 14, 2016

Media invitation to the conference: Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany

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March 31, 2016

Patrizia Nanz Joins IASS as Scientific Director – New Leadership Team Takes the Helm

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November 16, 2015

"Crack it! Energy from a Fossil Fuel without carbon dioxide" - IASS and KIT develop a technology to produce hydrogen from methane without carbon dioxide emissions

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September 14, 2015

"Facing Natural Hazards" - the Second International Potsdam Summer School Will Start on 14 September 2015

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July 15, 2015

Climate Engineering not an Option for Near-term Climate Policy

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April 23, 2015

We Need Fertile Soils for Sustainable Development and the Mitigation of Climate Change

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April 20, 2015

How Can We Avoid the Risk of Unsustainable Sustainable Development Goals?

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April 15, 2015

Are the Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable?

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March 12, 2015

Third Global Soil Week 2015: Soil. The Substance of Transformation

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January 8, 2015

The Soil Atlas 2015, with facts and figures on agriculture, land and soils has been published

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March 11, 2014

Long-distance transport of green power: First successful testing of a 20 kA superconducting cable

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March 22, 2013

Towards better protection of the High Seas

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