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Potsdam Summer School (c)PIK/Christine Bounama
In recent decades, researchers have been paying more attention to people’s...
Jes Weigelt Appointed Chair of the European Soil Partnership ©FAO
Soils are the basis for our food, a habitat for countless organisms and a prerequisite...
Sea ice in the Arctic has been melting at an unprecedented rate for several years. (c) Karsten Häcker
The Arctic is particularly susceptible to radical change. This is because...
Global Soil Week 2013, (c) Piero Chiussi (Agentur StandArt)/IASS
In the United Nations International Year of Soils the IASS is hosting the third Global Soil Week from...
Brick kiln with a fixed chimney bull trench in Bhaktapur (c) Birgit Lode
For decades, the Himalaya Region has been particularly badly affected by climate...
Discussion of legal documents in Bangladesh. Illegal land titles are a common problem. © Judith Rosendahl
Natural resources are coming under increasing pressure in the face of climate change...
IASS and Partners Propose Shortlist of Global Land and Soil Indicators to Support SDGs
The protection of land and soils will contribute to the achievement of several SDGs...
The economist Philipp Lepenies, a senior fellow at the IASS, has been appointed to the...
This September the international community will meet in New York to develop...
What can we expect from the climate conference in Paris (COP 21) at the end of this year?
Since it was first coined by the atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen fifteen years ago, the term ...
We know a lot about climate change and its causes. But why has that not led to greater...

DOSSIERS - RESEARCH IN FOCUS

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

Critical Global Discussions

Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Conference Report
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The Role of Biomass in the Sustainable Development Goals

A reality check and governance implications
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Procedural Governance of Field Experiments in Solar Radiation Management

A reflection on the workshop "Understanding Process Mechanisms for the Governance of SRM Field Experiments"
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Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates

Addressing vulnerabilities in rural Bangla- desh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and India
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Regional Disparities in Solar Radiation Management Impacts

A contribution to the study of climate engineering (geo- engineering)
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Die Schöpfung im Anthropozän

Ein Thesenpaper für das Kommu-nikationsprojekt "Paradise reloaded? Die Schöpfung im Anthropozän"
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IASS BLOG

Gold at the Bottom of the Sea: Ours for the Taking?

Some researchers think that the deep sea could become a treasure chest for humanity, full of gold, silver, cobalt, and other minerals – enough to feed our consumer societies for centuries and lift

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The Solar Price Revolution

A silent revolution is under way.

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EVENTS

05.05.2015

Expert Workshop: Towards a Research Agenda for Ocean Governance

Investments from the EU and its member states into the Blue Economy continue to be on the rise.
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05.05.2015

Lunch Briefing: Governing Ocean Resources - What role for Europe?

The rush for resources from the deep sea is on: Enabled by technological advances...
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13.05.2015

Workshop: Living Labs – a Tool for Transformation in the Ground

This year sees the start of a new development and sustainability agenda. The United Nations...
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19.04.2015 to 23.04.2015

“The Substance of Transformation”: Global Soil Week 2015

Focussing on the theme of “Soil. The Substance of Transformation”, the third Global Soil Week will take place in Berlin...
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SCIENCE CINEMA

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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