Crisis Talk & Water Concert at the Long Night of Sciences

After a two-year break, the Long Night of Sciences celebrates its comeback on 2 July 2022 and will once again take place in presence – with a special focus on current crises. IRI THESys participates with a crisis talk and a water concert. CRISIS TALKS – Nature’s crises on the couch   July 2nd, 20:35-22:00…

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Interview with groundwater expert Theresa Frommen

THESys postdoc Dr. Theresa Frommen makes the invisible groundwater visible. And she is doing so both in Berlin and in Jaipur, India, as she reports in an interview on the HU news portal. “Many people mistakenly perceive groundwater as an infinite resource” What the hydrogeologist has found is that many people mistakenly perceive groundwater as…

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CliWaC: Making Berlin-Brandenburg more crisis-proof

Heavy rainfall in Berlin, falling water levels in the lakes of Brandenburg and changes in ecosystem services. These are the central topics of the Einstein Research Unit Climate and Water under Change (CliWaC), which focuses on Berlin-Brandenburg as a model region for research on the risks and solutions of altered water resources under climate change.…

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HU Interview: Climate change and water wastage increasingly lead to conflicts

THESys Member Dieter Gerten was recently interviewed by Artur Krutsch for the HU news portal. In this interview, he describes the biggest water wasters and explains what influence our consumption has on local and global water crises. He looks both at the Brandenburg region, which is increasingly affected by droughts, and at California in the…

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New paper on the impact of the pandemic on urban life

A new paper by THESys member Ina Säumel and her colleague Simone Sanft (FU Berlin) shows how the pandemic exacerbates existing inequities and negative impacts in urban neighborhoods. Changing use and perception of residential greenery in multistory housing in Berlin The pandemic exacerbates existing inequities and negative impacts in urban neighborhoods. Environmentally and socioeconomically disadvantaged…

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Science magazine NANO: Jörg Niewöhner about the climate crises

In the 3sat science magazine NANO, THESys Director Jörg Niewöhner explains what the climate crisis teaches us: As democratic societies, we have to decide how we want to live in the future. The social anthropologist argues that the climate crisis should not be limited to reducing CO2 emissions, but should also take social aspects into…

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KOSMOS lectures: All about water

The two KOSMOS-Lesungen taking place this summer semester are all about water. In their lectures, Naho Mirumachi (King’s College London) and Dieter Gerten (PIK, HU Berlin) emphasise that we urgently need a new way of dealing with water. Naho Mirumachi focuses on the relationship between water and society and calls for a new water agenda…

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New paper: Environmental benefits of replacing beef with microbial protein

Together with colleagues from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), THESys Member Hermann Lotze-Campen co-authored a paper that was recently published in Nature finds. The authors analyse the environmental benefits of microbial protein, a market-ready meat alternative produced in fermentation tanks, and show that substituting just a fifth of meat from cattle with…

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Policy brief out: Rethinking academic travel at HU Berlin

Students of the Humboldt-Themenklasse “Sustainability & Global Justice” have published a policy brief on how to reduce CO2 emissions produced by business travel at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The policy brief can now be accessed as a THESys Discussion Paper on the university’s edoc server. Prevention is better than compensation! Through business travel, science and research…

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