Latest Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Stories

2012-03-12 06:28:10

German and Spanish researchers have discovered that the Greenland ice sheet may be more vulnerable to the effects of global climate change than initially thought, and that temperatures may not have to rise much more before it could be lost for good. According to Bloomberg reporter Alex Morales, scientists at the Complutense University in Madrid (UCM) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are reporting that the ice sheet could lose its ability to grow if the global...

2011-09-19 20:46:52

To cost-effectively protect the climate, not only an emissions trading scheme but also financial support for new technologies is needed. Economising on targeted funding, for example for renewable energies, makes climate protection more expensive — as scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now calculated for the first time, using a complex computer simulation that spans the entire 21st century. Without funding, energy technologies with high cost reduction...

2010-04-22 09:29:12

The loose framework and "unambitious" carbon-cutting pledges of the Copenhagen accord means that the treaty will more than likely fail to reach its target of limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), claim Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) members. In an opinion piece published Wednesday in the online journal Nature, PIK researchers Joeri Rogelj, Malte Meinshausen, and their colleagues say that it is more likely that the average worldwide...

2009-12-16 00:00:00

COPENHAGEN, December 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) launch A Copenhagen Prognosis: towards a safe climate future, a synthesis of the latest science on climate change, environment and development. The Prognosis will be launched at a press conference at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15) on Wednesday 16 December at 19:30. Copies will be available...

2009-08-24 17:04:16

The article "Tipping elements in the Earth's climate system" has been named one of the most highly-cited in the field of Geosciences published during the past two years. The media corporation Thomson Reuters has identified the article that appeared in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" in February 2008 as a New Hot Paper."The article captures the Zeitgeist of a growing group of climate scientists who perceive that human activities are already pushing Earth's climate...

2009-04-30 06:35:00

According to a study released on Wednesday, humanity must burn less than a quarter of its proven fossil fuels by 2050 to be able to stop global warming. The paper, which appears in the British journal Nature, says an energy revolution must take place if the world is to meet the goal of limiting global warming to less than 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. According to the study, this means only 1,000 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) can be emitted between 2000 and...

2009-04-07 13:00:00

A poll of scientists, released on Tuesday, showed that global warming is likely to overshoot a 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit rise, seen by the European Union and many developing nations as a trigger for "dangerous" change, Reuters reported. The evidence that mankind is to blame for climate change has grown stronger in the past two years, according to 9 of the 11 experts, who were among the authors of the final summary by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 (IPCC). The...

2009-03-17 15:36:29

A poll of experts finds that a dramatic climate shift such as the death of the Amazon forest or the disappearance of Greenland's ice is more than 50 percent likely during the next 200 years under the worst case global warming scenarios. The survey of 52 scientists also revealed concerns that long-term global warming would spur drastic changes such as the disintegration of the ice sheet in West Antarctica, something that would raise world sea levels. "There's concern about the risks of massive...

2008-12-22 13:15:00

Increased levels of climate change in parts of the northern hemisphere are expected to continue to rise, effectively reducing the likelihood of a "white Christmas," meteorology experts reported on Monday. Even though heavy snow this year will guarantee a white Christmas in many parts of Asia, Europe and North America, a 1.3-degree Fahrenheit rise in world temperatures since 1900 and projected bigger rises by 2100 suggest an inexorable trend. "The probability of snow on the ground at...

2008-08-14 12:00:32

A new study suggests one in five of Germany's plant species could lose parts of its current range due to global warming. Researchers from Germany's Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, along with the French Laboratory for Alpine Ecology, said such species distribution will be the result of climate change and might have a dramatic impact, particularly on the vegetation in southwestern and eastern Germany. The researchers modeled...

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