Deciphering nature's climate shield: Plant diversity stabilises soil temperature

A new study shows a natural solution to mitigate the effects of climate change such as extreme weather events. Researchers found that a diverse plant community acts as a buffer against fluctuations in soil temperature. This buffer, in turn, can have a decisive influence on important ecosystem processes. more

Be careful with “net zero” in climate policy – our planet is sensitive!

Removing a tonne of CO2 from the air and thus undoing a tonne of emissions? Doesn't quite work, says a study. And provides four objections in view of Earth systems. more

Fossil CO<sub>2 </sub>emissions reach new record high

The new report by the Global Carbon Project shows: Fossil CO2 emissions will reach a record high in 2023.
If emissions remain this high, the carbon budget that remains before reaching the 1.5°C limit will probably be used up in seven years. Although emissions from land use are decreasing slightly, they are still too high to be compensated by renewable forests and reforestation. more

Top 10 Climate Science Insights Unveiled

Global experts have unveiled the annual 10 New Insights in Climate Science report. The report equips policymakers with the latest and most pivotal climate science research from the previous 18 months, synthesised to help inform negotiations at COP28 and policy implementation through 2024 and beyond. more

MPI-BGC again features several of the world's most cited scientists.

In the annual ranking of the world's most cited and thus most influential scientists, five authors from our institute are once again represented in 2023. more

“Sonja Bernadotte Award for Nature Education" 2023 goes to Flora Incognita

The plant identification app Flora Incognita receives this year's Sonja Bernadotte Award for its importance in nature education for all age groups and its high scientific standards and usefulness. more

Ecosystem stability is the focus of new research in the Jena Experiment

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is to fund a Research Unit in the Jena Experiment for a further four years with around five million euros. The new focus is on the stabilising effect of biodiversity against extreme climate events such as heat, frost or heavy rainfall. more

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