Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate despite reduction efforts

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that many pathways to substantial emissions reductions are available.  more info

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From Rent Freeze to Rental Brake

German Institute for Economic Research

Housing rents in Germany have been rising for several years. The German government would like to respond to this development by introducing caps on rents for new rentals. more info

Owl Monkeys Don’t Cheat

German Primate Center

True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom, yet a new study shows that Azara’s owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) are unusually faithful. more info

© C. Valeggia/ Owl Monkey Project

Global food trade can alleviate water scarcity

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

International trade of food crops led to freshwater savings worth 2.4 billion US-Dollars in 2005 and had a major impact on local water stress.  more info

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Cultural world heritage threatened by climate change

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Sea-level rise not only affects settlement areas for large parts of the world population but also numerous sites of the UNESCO World Heritage.  more info

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AC/DC for terahertz waves

15/04/2014 | Max-Born-Institute

A new method allows rectification with picosecond clock rates. Researchers at the Max-Born-Institute in Berlin, Germany discover an ultrafast rectifier for terahertz radiation. more info

A Turtle Goes Astray

10/04/2014 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Scientists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden, together with an international team of researchers, have studied the widely distributed freshwater turtle, Mauremys rivulata. more info

Nuclear Power: Towards Phase-Out

03/04/2014 | German Institute for Economic Research

Phasing out nuclear power is the safest and cost efficient strategy. The question where to store the highly radioactive waste is of yet unresolved. more info

German Nationwide Minimum Wage of 8.50 Euros Endangers up to 900,000 Jobs

27/03/2014 | ifo Institute - Center for Economic Studies

The introduction of a minimum wage of 8.50 euros will hardly increase the income of Germany’s poorest workers at all, but will endanger up to 900,000 jobs.  more info

When parents need care

19/03/2014 | Berlin Social Science Center

Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care, a new study shows.  more info

New ancient rhinoceros species discovered in Vietnam

13/03/2014 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Scientists in Germany, Austria, France, and Vietnam reported the discovery of the first Eocene rhinoceros fossils ever found in Asia. more info

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