Schornsteine mit Rauch
01.02.2024

Carbon dioxide removal as a building block of German climate policy

In order to achieve the Paris climate targets, greenhouse gas emissions must be massively reduced. In addition, CO2 that has already been emitted must be removed from the atmosphere. Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ have set out definitions and principles for CO2 removal in a paper.

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21.12.2023

Lessons for the future

Paleoclimatologists investigate the climate of the past. Not only does that help us understand Earth’s history, it also tells us something about our planet’s future.

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Forscher Dr. Tristan Petit in der Experimentierhalle von BESSY II
19.12.2023

HZB makes progress towards greenhouse gas neutrality by 2035

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has committed to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2035. To find its main emission sources, it determined its greenhouse gas footprint and had it verified by an external organization. In our interview, Carina Hanke, climate and energy manager at HZB, tells about the project’s challenges and results.

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Boden
08.11.2023

Laughing Gas’ Role in Climate Change

Carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas – nitrous oxide also has a particularly strong effect. Its concentration in the atmosphere has been increasing for decades. This increase is due to the use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture, among other causes.

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Luftaufnahme der Solarmodule in Kamianka, Ukraine
03.11.2023

Green reconstruction of Ukraine

As a candidate for EU membership, Ukraine has to initiate a series of reforms and develop a reconstruction plan in the midst of the Russian war of aggression. A German-Ukrainian-Polish project aims to help make Ukraine’s climate and energy policies fit for EU accession.

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Bauer hält frisches Gemüse in einem Korb
16.10.2023

What does our food have to do with climate change?

Our food system puts considerable strain on the environment. Food production is one of the most significant causes of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, yet up to 40 percent of all foodstuffs ultimately land in the trash. A mindful diet can contribute to climate protection and promote our health.

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Ein Industriekomplex mit Rauch
04.10.2023

CO2 capture and geological storage: opportunities outweigh risks

In Germany, technologies for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground (CCS) have been investigated and tested in pilot projects. Christoph Hilgers and Frank Schilling from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) argue that the nation's legal framework must be changed in order to implement industrial-scale projects.

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C02-Injektionsanlage
20.09.2023

Public perception of CO2 capture and storage

Surveys show that public opinion about technologies for capturing and storing CO2 in Germany remains divided. Respondents are concerned that the focus on CCS can weaken climate policy, and they have doubts about the process’s safety. Appropriate measures can help to overcome these concerns, according to Danny Otto of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.

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Further news from Helmholtz

20.02.2024

Sodium-ion batteries: How doping works

Sodium-ion batteries still have a number of weaknesses that could be remedied by optimising the battery materials. One possibility is to dope the cathode material with foreign elements. A team from…
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