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Report on Jordan's water crisis published

Bewässerungssysteme in Jordanien Foto: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research by an international team of researchers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) finds, unless the nation implements comprehensive reform, from fixing leaky pipes to desalinating seawater. Jordan’s water crisis is emblematic of challenges looming around the world as a result of climate change and rapid population growth.

Yoon, J. et al. (2021): A coupled human-natural system analysis of freshwater security under climate and population change; PNAS Vol. 118

Press release: Jordan’s worsening water crisis a warning for the world

Blog post by Gorelick, Klassert and Yoon: Avoiding Crisis in Jordan’s Tenuous Water Future

Video: Stanford study reveals a deepening water crisis in Jordan, youtube

Negative emissions − controversial instruments of climate policy

Word cloud negative emissionen; picture by S. Walter-Pantzer

In order to achieve the Paris climate goals, mankind must massively reduce its emission of greenhouse gases. In addition, the need for so-called "negative emissions technologies" is being discussed. A team of authors from UFZ has investigated the legal and economic role these technologies play in international climate policy.

UFZ Study on legal and economic aspects of negative emissions technologies

Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships: Conference documentation is now accessible online


How do we want to live in the future? How will we want to reside, move and conduct business? These questions were debated during the URP2020 Conference with the title "Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships". It took place on 26/27 November 2020, with over 450 participants from close to 50 different countries. Please find the documentation and a current call for two special issues here:

URP2020: Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships

UFZ economist Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens in portrait

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Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens explains his research on natural capital and the difficulties in this field − to what extent can the achievements of nature be expressed in monetary units and where are the limits?

Energy Landuse − UFZ video online

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With the switch to a CO2-free energy supply in Germany, new conflicts arise between the economy, the environment and society. Scientists from the UFZ monitor this conversation process and pass valuable recommendations. A new video gives an overview.