NEWS

Many countries regard bioenergy as an important part of their strategies for a more...
Industrial nations are the principal agents of climate change, but India and China...
Air pollution is a serious problem across the globe. It is responsible for the premature deaths...
“Resources must be considered and treated as an integrated system, as it were, in the nexus...
Air pollution and climate change are often perceived as separate issues with different...
“Germany’s land use: global perspectives, global responsibilities” is the theme of...
Tenure rights to ‘commons’ — communally shared lands, forests and water — are increasingly...
We’ve known for a long time that our CO2 emissions are too high, that we’re overusing...
If land and soil degradation continue at the current rate, it will be hard for future generations...
The development of high-capacity transmission networks that can efficiently integrate rising shares...
The oceans are a mainstay of the Earth’s ecological equilibrium. They are, however, threatened...
In recent decades, Brazil has made great strides in the fight against poverty and it is now...

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

Activity Report

Activity Report for the years 2012 and 2013 of the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies
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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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CO₂ as an Asset? (2/2014)

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is typically perceived as a harmful greenhouse gas. Yet CO₂ contains carbon (C), the substance from which all organic life derives.
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Increasing Integration in Global Climate Governance - The Climate and Clean Air Coalition

An international effort to maximise the benefits of swift action on SLCPs
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IASS BLOG

Climate Action Programme – On the Need for ‘Structural’ Change

Part 1 of a blog series on climate protection and structural change through participation by Katleen de Flander and Ina Richter In recent weeks, the issue of climate protection has been high on th

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Q&A: Kandeh Yumkella on Sustainable Energy and Societal Prosperity

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy für Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Kandeh Yumkella has taken on the mammoth task of providing everybody on the planet with access to an en

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EVENTS

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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