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After serving more than six years as chair of the IASS General Assembly, Professor Ernst Rietschel has handed over the reins to his successor Professor Karin Lochte,
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In mid-June UN Member States decided at their General Assembly to launch negotiations in 2016
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Municipal and regional energy providers recognise the importance of citizen...
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Positive and negative experiences of exploiting shale gas in the USA over the...
Alexander Müller and R. Andreas Kraemer at the Annual Conference of the Council for Sustainable Development. © RNE
2015 is an important year for sustainable development. In September the United Nations...
Carlo Rubbia (centre) with Executive Director Klaus Töpfer (left) and Scientific Director Mark Lawrence.
After five years as Scientific Director at the helm of the IASS, Carlo Rubbia...
R. Andreas Kraemer
There’s no shortage of seminars and manuals for would-be entrepreneurs. But...
Important progress is being made in international climate talks and at the national...
Up to 13 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world's oceans every year. © istock/MikaelEriksson
We use our oceans intensively and in many different ways: some researchers estimate...
In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 22 April International Mother Earth Day.
Klaus Töpfer (c)IASS/Piero Chiussi/Agentur StandArt
600 participants from 80 countries met this week in Berlin at the third Global Soil Week.


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


Shale Gas and Fracking in Europe

A comprehensive overview of the main concepts and issues associated with shale gas and fracking.
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The History, Impact and Limits of Economic Expertise

A close examination of the historical emergence of economic expertise
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A New Chapter for the High Seas?

Historic decision to negotiate an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity
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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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Reforming the International Monetary System to Save the Climate

What does reforming the international monetary system have to do with saving the climate?

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The 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement – UN Climate Conference in Bonn Brings Clarity for Legal Architecture

The eleven-day UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn drew to a close last Thursday and with it the deliberations among international climate law experts in which I myself participated.

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Presentation of the report on the first European Transdisciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering

Is Climate Engineering an Option in Humanity’ Struggle against Climate Change?
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07.10.2015 to 09.10.2015

Conference: Deep-Sea Mining

The world’s first deep-sea mine will open in 2018 in the waters off Papua New Guinea...
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14.09.2015 to 23.09.2015

Facing Natural Hazards: Potsdam Summer School 2015

As the recent earthquakes in Nepal have reminded us, extreme weather events

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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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