NEWS

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 ...
The flags of the G20 countries. (c) istock/idealistock
The group of twenty leading industrialised and emerging economies (G20) is responsible ...
In November, Canada announced its intention to phase out coal-fired electricity ...
The innogy Foundation, the 100 prozent erneuerbar Foundation and the IASS ...
(c) istock/Bill Oxford
Biodegradable plastic bags have long been available, as have cleaning agents ...
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On 1 December 2016, Germany will assume the presidency of the G20.
German parliamentarians and their staff may well have their own opinions on the subject of growth, but this diversity of opinions is not reflected in official documents. © istock/Mlenny/Peshkov/monsitj (montage)
The question of whether economic growth hinders or promotes sustainable ...
Donald Trump (c) istock/mfhiatt
Scientific directors express their concern in a joint statement
Researchers from the IASS will participate in a number of events at the UN Climate Conference ...
North Africa holds immense potential for renewable energy generation. (c) istock/Ugurhan Betin; Pixelio/Rainer Sturm
Germany’s goals for the expansion of renewable energies and the improvement of ...
China held the G20 Presidency in 2016. At the G20 meeting in September in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China, the heads of state and government of the nineteen leading industrial nations and the EU resolved to step up their efforts for climate protection. © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Together, the G20 states are responsible for over 70 per cent of energy ...

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

Clean Air for All by 2030?

Three central policy recommen-dations
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Konzentrierte Solarenergie

Fakten über konzentrierte Solarenergie um saubere Energie zu erzeugen
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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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Sustainable Energy in the G20

Prospects for a Global Energy Transition
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An Ambitious Energy Agenda for the G20

Recommen-dations for the support of the energy transition of the G20
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IASS BLOG

Strengthening the G20 sustainable energy agenda – the way forward

The 2017 G20 summit takes place in the country that has won international recognition for its “Energiewende” – a fundamental transformation of its energy system.

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Donald Trump and the Future of Climate Protection

On 20 January 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the forty-fifth president of the United States.

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EVENTS

30.01.2017

Webinar: Change – Some Basic Preconditions

The KLASICA Alliance announces its first webinar in 2017, which will start ...
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06.03.2017 to 08.03.2017

Conference: Ocean Governance for Sustainability

The subject of governing oceanic systems and coastlines is moving into the center of European strategic and sustainability interests.
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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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