Headline: News for 2012

Towards a sustainable global financial system – first workshop held at the IASS

<p>What transformations of the global financial system are required to ensure a sustainable development of humankind within planetary boundaries? The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam has started an investigation of this question. To support this inquiry, it teams up with the European research network <a>Global Systems Dynamics and Policy</a>, coordinated by the <a>Global Climate Forum</a>.</p>

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New publication about perspectives of sustainable development

<p>A new book of the IASS sheds light on the perspectives of sustainable development. The book, published by the German publishing house Metropolis Verlag, originates from a workshop at the IASS and is edited by <a href="/node/556">Judith Enders </a>and <a href="/node/71">Moritz Remig</a>.  An English translation of the book is in preparation and will appear in 2013.</p>

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IASS joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition

<p>The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has become an official non-state partner of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The CCAC was launched in February 2012 in order to draw attention to “short-lived climate forcing pollutants” (SLCPs), including gases like ozone and methane and particles like soot, and to help curb their emissions. Not only are these pollutants harmful to human health, agriculture and ecosystems, but they also play a large role in climate change - at present, their combined role is nearly as large as carbon dioxide.</p>

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Looming Environmental Crisis – What can We Do?

<p>On December 17, 2012, Mark Lawrence participated in the panel “A Looming Environmental Crisis – What can We Do?”, organized by the Federation of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO). The panel debated on what could be a response from a Muslim perspective to the environmental challenges of our time. As external expert, Mark Lawrence provided input on the emerging topic of climate engineering and its risks and uncertainties. He stressed thereby that any environmental crisis is also a social crisis.</p>

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Global Soil Week features prominently in the Celebration of World Soil Day at FAO

<p>On December 5<sup>th </sup>2012, <a href="/node/66">Ivonne Lobos Alva</a>, IASS-Global Soil Forum Research Fellow, took part in an event at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO’s Headquarters in Rome. The event took place in commemoration of FAO joining the International Union of Soil Sciences in the Celebration of the World Soil Day by organizing, as part of the 145 session of the FAO Council, a side event entitled “Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: a day dedicated to soils”.</p>

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New book on Sustainable Urban Development, edited by Klaus Töpfer

The new book "Institutional and Social Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development" (Routledge), edited by IASS Executive Director Klaus Töpfer and by Harald Mieg (Georg-Simmel Center of Metropolitan Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), reflects the situation of cities in the context of global change and increasing demands for sustainable development.

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Handling the Risks of Climate Engineering – Perspectives from Europe

<p>Despite variances, a common approach to handling the risks of climate engineering is slowly emerging in Europe. This conclusion was presented by Achim Maas at the conference “Transatlantic Risk Governance: New Security Risks” on December 6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The conference was organized by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).</p>

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