A rescue plan for the high seas is now within reach: after four days of intensive discussions in New...
Governments are meeting in New York this week to decide whether the UN General Assembly should...
The UN negotiations on new global Sustainable Development Goals got under way on Monday...
With the development of extraction technologies such as hydraulic fracturing...
The first edition of our Soil Atlas 2015 with facts and figures on the significance...
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...


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


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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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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Who’s Afraid of Open Debate?

Political decisions on controversial research subjects such as plant genetics and fracking are highly relevant for society at large.

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The Protection of the Oceans is a Central Task for the G7

The German presidency of the G7 began in early 2015 and the international protection of the sea is high on the alliance’s agenda.

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06.02.2015 to 08.02.2015

Concerts and a Symposium on ‘Creation in the Anthropocene’

Haydn’s “The Creation” was first performed in 1798. As a representation and celebration of nature, it was met ...
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11.02.2015 to 13.02.2015

Conference on Soils, Food Security and Land Management

What role should soil and land resources play in the Sustainable Development Goals? A conference in Tutzing organised by the IASS and partners seeks answers.
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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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