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Jakob Gomolka

Climate Diplomacy and Security Analyst at Adelphi

Jakob Gomolka is a Climate Diplomacy and Security Analyst with Berlin-based sustainability think tank Adelphi.

As a researcher, Jakob is primarily interested in the catastrophic risks associated with climate change. Beyond immediate climate security threats like the collapse of agricultural yields and resource scarcity, Jakob focuses on second-order and long-term effects of climate change, such as the governance of geoengineering and how a warming world will affect geopolitical competition.

Jakob has professional experience in Brussels, Washington, and Beijing. He has previously worked for the European External Action Service and German international development agency GIZ, focussing on climate and environmental cooperation. A political scientist and political theorist by training, he holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge as well as a Master’s degree from Fudan University.

Content by Jakob Gomolka


Unstable systems: Why geoengineering will solve neither climate change nor climate geopolitics

As more attention is paid to geoengineering technologies that claim to mitigate the existential risks posed by climate change, Jakob Gomolka, from our New European Voices on Existential Risk (NEVER) network, argues that policymakers needs to understand the geopolitical implications of these technologies, let alone their climatic side-effects, and calls for more alignment in the international governance of geoengineering technologies.

6 June 2024 | Jakob Gomolka

Ok, Doomer! The NEVER Podcast – Climate change: A hot topic

Listen to the third episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore climate change; the existential risk that the general public is most familiar with. Featuring an exploration of how the climate crisis affects politics on the local, national and international levels, climate change as a “polycrisis”, and how the world in the past has managed to unite around policies that combat climate change such as closing the hole in the ozone layer.