Headline: News 2012

Reducing Ozone – More Work to be Done

<p>Dr. Erika von Schneidemesser, Research Scientist in the SIWA Cluster, gave a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco that was picked up by the BBC. The work focused on the air pollutant, ozone. Despite successful reductions to the primary pollutants that lead to ozone formation across Europe, ozone itself has not shown the same decreasing trends. &nbsp;Read the full BBC article &lsquo;London&rsquo;s clue to stubborn ozone levels&rsquo; <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20563591" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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New Colleagues Have Joined SIWA, Working on Urban Greening and Aerosol Modeling

<p>In December, two new colleagues joined the SIWA cluster, Dr. Galina Churkina and Dr. Axel Lauer. Dr. Churkina, formerly at the Humboldt University, Berlin, joined the group of Dr. Tim Butler to work on urban greening and, particularly, the advantages and disadvantages of reforestation in urban areas. Dr. Lauer will build up a new research group at SIWA focusing on black carbon in the Arctic and the Himalayan Region. More information will be soon available on SIWAs website.</p>

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The Science and Policy of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

<p><strong>Click </strong><a href="http://climpol.iass-potsdam.de/about/working-group/webinars/science-and-policy-slcps" target="_blank"><strong>here </strong></a><strong>for the recording.</strong></p><p>In Doha on November 30th, Drew Shindell (NASA GISS), Myles Allen (Oxford University), Eduardo Calvo (National University of San Marco) and Adrian Macey (University of Victoria, Wellington) gave an up-to-date synopsis of the science and policy issues surrounding Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) mitigation.</p>

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First meeting of the Advisory Committee on Superconductivity

On November 29, the Advisory Committee on Superconductivity held its kick-off meeting at the IASS, under the chairmanship of IASS Scientific Director Prof. Carlo Rubbia. Experts from research institutions and academia, as well as representatives from public utilities and industry from all over the world met to discuss

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TU Berlin Hosted the "Hochschultage Ökosoziale Marktwirtschaft & Nachhaltigkeit" on November 20th and 21st, 2012

<p>On November 20th and 21st, the TU Berlin hosted the &ldquo;Hochschultage Ökosoziale Marktwirtschaft &amp; Nachhaltigkeit&ldquo;. Peter Irvine and Thilo Wiertz from the IASS conducted a workshop on Climate Engineering. An introduction to the science of climate engineering was followed by a joint debate on the social and political concerns linked to large scale manipulations of the environment. In a role play exercise, participants discussed the potential positions and conflicts that could emerge in the future around Climate Engineering field experiments.</p>

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Achim Maas presents at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

<p><span lang="EN-US" style="color: rgb(31, 73, 125); font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;" xml:lang="EN-US">Achim Maas, Cluster Coordinator of SIWA, gave a presentation at the 58<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup> Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague on 11 November 2012.</span></p>

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer received Wilhelmine von Bayreuth Prize

<p>Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer received the “Wilhelmine von Bayreuth Prize for Tolerance and Humanity in Cultural Diversity” from the city of Bayreuth for  “His lasting impact and his great commitment as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme as well as Founding Director for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies” (IASS). </p>

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IASS Holds Science-Policy Seminar in Kathmandu, Nepal

<p>The IASS, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) – Nepal, the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), will hold a science-policy seminar titled ‘Opportunity to Integrate Atmospheric Pollution Control and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Nepal’. The seminar will be held on November 22<sup>nd</sup>, 2012 at the Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu, Nepal.</p>

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IASS invites to discussions about Sustainable Development Goals

Wie können Industrie- und Entwicklungsländern gemeinsam die globalen Probleme lösen? „What do we need Sustainable Development Goals for? Latin American Perspectives“ am 15. November 2012 im IASS mit Dr. Isabel Cavelier (Kolumbien), Luis Ríos (Guatemala), Dr. Ana Bozena Sabogal (Peru) und Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer (IASS)

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