Climate Initiative

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Climate Initiative

Since the beginning of industrialization, the global average temperature has increased by more than one degree. What does that mean for the climate? And for us? Can we succeed in reducing greenhouse gases significantly and thus stop global warming? Science is concerned with these and many other questions. As part of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative, scientists will advance their climate research in new research projects and network in order to research climate change systematically. We have put together information and answers on our topic page.


Mankind today faces an enormous challenge - it must restrict the causes of self-induced climate change as soon as possible and at the same time find ways to adapt to a massively changing world. Helmholtz will make new contributions to these tasks: With the Helmholtz Climate Initiative, Germany's largest research organization is conducting even more intensive research in the areas of “avoiding emissions” and “adapting to climate change impacts”.


Climate change concerns science, politics and many other areas of society. Read here which developments and topics are currently being discussed and which new findings science offers.

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Climate Research

At numerous Helmholtz Centers, researchers are working to better understand climate change in more detail. From this, they derive recommendations on how to slow climate change down in future or how to counteract it’s consequences.

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Climate Conference

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the states agreed on a new climate agreement. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to such an extent that global warming is limited to less than 2 degrees, if possible even to 1.5 degrees. At the World Climate Conference in Paris, the request was also made to the IPCC to prepare a special scientific report.

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Press Portal

Contact persons of the press and communication departments of the Helmholtz centers can be found here. In the list below you will find contacts for the cross-center initiatives.


Header: Qingbao Meng. Unsplash

Teaser "The Initiative": Mark Koch. Unsplash

Teaser "Projects": Karsten Wurth. Unsplash

Teaser "News": Li An Lim. Unsplash

Teaser "Climate Research": William Bossen. Unsplash

Teaser "Climate Conference":  picture-alliance/dpa/T. Brégardis

Teaser "Press Portal": Sergi Kabrera. Unsplash