What role can science and scientific organisations play in bringing people and cultures...
The transition to an age of renewable energy presents science with particular challenges. The re-design of our energy system...
IASS researcher Dr Birgit Lode, an expert in international law, has been elected for a two-year...
If you walk through the streets of Kathmandu, you can often smell, see and sometimes even taste...
Researchers at the IASS have recently been investigating air quality in Berlin from a new...
Long-term scenarios are an important part of the debate around the energy transition...
The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro raised many hopes. With Agenda 21, governments...
Most electricity generation technologies use a lot of water at every stage of the process...
The global ocean is at the front line of climate change. The ocean – by virtue of its absorptive...
The IASS’s status in the initiative “Mitigating Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and Other...
Climate Engineering – the attempt to ward off human-induced global warming with technical...
Our current use of soil and land threatens the viability of ecosystems and livelihoods.


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


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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29.10.2014 to 30.10.2014

Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop

Whilst there is global consensus that the sustainable use of resources in the ocean and coasts is essential for achieving global sustainability...
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16.10.2014 to 08.12.2014

A REPORT – The Concluding Programme of the HKW’s Anthropocene Project

Since the beginning of 2013, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) has been under the sign of the Anthropocene...
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