Jes Weigelt Appointed Chair of the European Soil Partnership ©FAO
Soils are the basis for our food, a habitat for countless organisms and a prerequisite...
Sea ice in the Arctic has been melting at an unprecedented rate for several years. (c) Karsten Häcker
The Arctic is particularly susceptible to radical change. This is because...
Global Soil Week 2013, (c) Piero Chiussi (Agentur StandArt)/IASS
In the United Nations International Year of Soils the IASS is hosting the third Global Soil Week from...
Brick kiln with a fixed chimney bull trench in Bhaktapur (c) Birgit Lode
For decades, the Himalaya Region has been particularly badly affected by climate...
Discussion of legal documents in Bangladesh. Illegal land titles are a common problem. © Judith Rosendahl
Natural resources are coming under increasing pressure in the face of climate change...
IASS and Partners Propose Shortlist of Global Land and Soil Indicators to Support SDGs
The protection of land and soils will contribute to the achievement of several SDGs...
The economist Philipp Lepenies, a senior fellow at the IASS, has been appointed to the...
This September the international community will meet in New York to develop...
What can we expect from the climate conference in Paris (COP 21) at the end of this year?
Since it was first coined by the atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen fifteen years ago, the term ...
We know a lot about climate change and its causes. But why has that not led to greater...
At the beginning of the International Year of Soils, the IASS´s AGORA project conducted...


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


Procedural Governance of Field Experiments in Solar Radiation Management

A reflection on the workshop "Understanding Process Mechanisms for the Governance of SRM Field Experiments"
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Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates

Addressing vulnerabilities in rural Bangla- desh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and India
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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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Q&A with Norbert Kopytziok about the Way to a ‘Climate-neutral’ University

Germany aims to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels by the year 2020 and achieve an emissions reduction of 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.

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The Water-Energy Nexus: Seeking Integrated Solutions

Today is World Water Day. This year’s motto, ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, is in keeping with the prominent role sustainable development is expected to play in 2015.

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IASS Initiates Critical Dialogues Series on Sustainable Urbanisation

The IASS is initiating and facilitating a Series of Critical Dialogues on the practicalities of implementing the new urban...
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Workshop: Living Labs – a Tool for Transformation in the Ground

This year sees the start of a new development and sustainability agenda. The United Nations...
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15.04.2015 to 16.04.2015

Expert Workshop: Deep-Sea Mining: an uncertain future?

This collaborative invitation-only expert meeting is part of the IASS deep-sea mining (DSM) project, which was launched at the 2014 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop.
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Arctic Discussion Series Event on “Advancing Arctic Sustainability”

The IASS in cooperation with its partners will hold the second event in the Arctic Discussion Series on "Achievements...
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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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