The economist Philipp Lepenies, a senior fellow at the IASS, has been appointed to the...
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Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, humanity has been influencing the planet...
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The first edition of our Soil Atlas 2015 with facts and figures on the significance...


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


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


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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Activity Report

Activity Report for the years 2012 and 2013 of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
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Unconventional Natural Gas (3/2014)

An overview of the main unconventional natural gas reserves: geology, technologies and environmental risks.
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The Scores at Half Time

An update on the international discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
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The End of Poverty

Ending world poverty is the major goal of the international community. Various declarations of the United Nations have called for an end to poverty...
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Choosing the Right Trees for Urban Greening

Many cities are currently creating more green spaces and planting trees.

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Solar Energy in Germany and China: Dynamics of a Policy-Driven Market

In its most recent report, the German government’s Expert Commission on Research and Innovation criticised Germany’s feed-in tariff for renewable energy and the associated costs for electricity co

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09.03.2015 to 10.03.2015

Workshop: Solar Radiation Management Impacts

Solar Radiation Management (SRM) has been proposed as a potential way to reduce the risks of climate change.
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Public Event: Natural Hazards, Georisks and Globalisation

As part of the Geo.X conference 2015, experts from the geosciences and risk research...
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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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Outlaws in Air City (Fast Forward Science 2014)

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Engineering the climate?

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