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The longer we wait to tackle carbon emissions the more costly it will be

September 12th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The short-term costs of climate change mitigation could substantially increase if there is a further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies. Global economic growth would be cut back by up to 7% within the first decade after climate policy implementation if the current international stalemate is continued until 2030 – compared to […]

Atmospheric waves amplified and stuck in their tracks during recent extreme weather events

April 4th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes in recent years, such as the heat wave in the United States in 2011 or the one in Russia 2010 coinciding with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. Behind these devastating individual events there is a common physical cause according to scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate […]

Human influence on climate tied to increase in monthly heat records

January 14th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Temperature measurements from around the world indicate that monthly temperature extremes have become much more frequent. A study published in the paper ‘Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures‘ in the journal Climatic Change shows that, on average, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global […]

Satellite telemetry shows average global sea level rising 60% faster than IPCC projections

November 30th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) while global temperature increases are in agreement with its best estimates. This is shown in the paper “Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011” published in the journal Environmental […]

World Bank President says a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

November 20th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Humans’ emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. These emissions are setting the atmosphere on a path towards an average 4°Celsius increase probably by 2100. This would cause risks beyond the experience of our civilization – including heat waves, especially in the tropics, a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, […]

Long-term benefit to incentivising clean energy investments

September 27th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Industrialized countries can profit from taking early action for climate change mitigation even if the rest of the world delays greenhouse gas emission cuts. With the 2°Celsius target of limiting global warming, it pays in the long term to incentivise investments into clean energy instead of fossil fuels by adopting ambitious emission reductions. This is […]

The Durban Vision Statement – unprecedented transformation required for global sustainability

December 15th, 2011 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Looking ahead to Rio+20 and future climate negotiations, four of the world’s leading research institutes on global sustainability have released a statement calling on world leaders to “adopt a new mindset to listen to the voice of science and knowledge and address the unavoidable interconnections between global sustainability, poverty eradication, social justice and economic development […]