Dear All,
the Paris Agreement on Climate Change demands ”an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge‘’. Unequivocal evidence suggests that recent global climate change is caused by human activities and leads to global warming, sea level rise, ocean deoxygenation and acidification, water shortage, crop and biodiversity loss, as well as other local to global repercussions (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Signatories of the Paris agreement have therefore pledged to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels”, “recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”.

The “Make Our Planet Great Again” program is a French – German initiative to foster climate change research and to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Within the “Make Our Planet Great Again” program, researchers from all over the world work together to improve Earth system observations, to detect impacts and suggest strategies to mitigate and adapt to Climate change and to find new solutions for the necessary Energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources.

The Make Our Planet Great Again seminar series is an open event at which the Laureates will inform about the latest developments in their research area. It takes place on Mondays from 16:00 to 17:00 Paris/Berlin time.

Please join us by registering for this open seminar series at:

The first seminar will be held on the 6th September 2021 by Thomas Lauvaux (Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement, Saclay)

Title: Are cities on track to net-zero emissions? The next generation of greenhouse gas information systems

Abstract: Metropolitan areas represent a large fraction of the global fossil fuel emissions. Supported by international consortiums, local governments play an active role in reducing GHG emissions at the local level, but tracking progress of mitigation actions is more tedious and more prone to systematic errors than previously thought. Atmospheric monitoring of GHG in conjunction with air quality networks brings a new source of information, more readily available and more comparable across cities than traditional inventory approaches. We present here the most recent successes and challenges over Paris, illustrated by the impact of two successive confinements in 2020, but also Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Indianapolis to track changes in urban emissions at various timescales.

All the best,

Rainer Kiko, on behalf of the Make Our Planet Great Again team.

Upcoming seminars in 2021:

13.09.2021 – 16:00: Louis Derry (Host institution: Institute de Physique du Globe, Paris) – What’s in our water and why can it change with climate?

20.09.2021 – 16:00: Vincent Vadez (Host institution: Laboratoire Diversité – Adaptation – Développement, Montpellier) – Turn off the tap! Plant traits that help to prepare for future climates

27.09.2021 – 16:00: Anna Possner (Host institution: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main) – Southern Ocean clouds: why understand clouds where nobody lives?

04.10.2021 – 16:00: Barbara Ervens (Host institution: Institut de Chimie, Clermont Ferrand) – Biological processes in the atmosphere: Effects on aerosol particles and clouds

11.10.2021 – 16:00: R Subramanian (Host institution: Observatoires des Sciences de l’Univers- Enveloppes Fluides de la Ville à l’Exobiologie (OSU-EFLUVE) / Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques, Créteil) – You can’t manage what you don’t measure: Air quality in urban Sub-Saharan Africa

18.10.2021 – 16:00: Lorie Hamelin (Host institution: Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI), Toulouse) – Sustainable transition towards a low fossil carbon economy in France

25.10.2021 – 16:00: Chien Wang (Host institution: Laboratoire d’aérologie, Toulouse) – Can we machine-learn the raindrop formation processes? (Speaker: Azusa Takeishi)

08.11.2021 – 16:00: Marion Carrier (Host institution: Centre de recherche en génie des procédés des solides divises, de l’énergie et de l’environnement, Albi) – Biomass Fast Pyrolysis: Kinetics and Thermodynamics

15.11.2021 – 16:00: Philip Schulz (Host institution: Institut Photovoltaique d’Ile de France, Palaiseau) – Beating the Terawatt Challenge: New Materials and Interfaces in Photovoltaics

29.11.2021 – 16:00: Ludmila Cojocaru (Host institution: Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux) – Intermittency of Sunlight, sustainable photo-supercapacitors for energy conversion-storage in a single device

06.12.2021 – 16:00: James Clark (Host institution: Laboratoire des écosystèmes et des sociétés en montagne, Grenoble) – Global tree fecundity and its contribution to twenty-first century forests

13.12.2021 – 16:00: Frédéric Bouchard (Host institution: Laboratoire Géosciences Paris-Sud (GEOPS), Saclay) – Lake-rich permafrost landscapes in Siberia: Critical places at critical times

20.12.2021 – 16:00: Nuria Teixido (Host institution: Laboratoire d’Océanographie, Villefranche-sur-Mer) – How global environmental change affects marine biodiversity

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