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Are higher temperatures in store for the future than we thought?

Finding that temperatures before the last Ice Age were warmer than climate models project, indicates temperature projections for the future may be too low

New map reveals how roads devastate nature

Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas as map shows that roads lead to loss of biodiversity and damage to ecosystems

Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have harmed red snapper larvae

Young fish were in worse condition during and after the 2010 spill

Climate change, not conflict, was cause of Middle East dust storm

September 2015 dust storm that hospitalized scores of people was probably due to unprecedented aridity

Talking Point

Environmental research – the last 10 years and the next Jan 18, 2017

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Environmental Research Letters, researchers cast their eyes forward and back

Planet Blog

Comment and analysis from our editorial staff and professionals in the field.

WEC on renewables – a glass half empty!                                 

Renewables are powering ahead, but some global forecasts see wind and solar as being limited by balancing issues to below a 40% power contribution by 2060, while others look to them supplying 50% or more by 2040, at least in the EU. Others again look to near 100% from renewables overall globally by 2050! We are spoilt for choice with divergent scenarios.

Renewables and nuclear both have problems

Renewables are doing well, but that means local deployment problems will have to be addressed. Though they may be less than the deployment problems facing new nuclear options like SMRs.

The cost of nuclear waste

Nuclear waste will be with us for a long time. The costs of dealing with it will become an increasing burden with no site as yet agreed for its long term storage. Do we really want to produce yet more?

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All the key issues and latest research on Geoengineering

The science behind the negotiations via our COP15 Focus

The latest research and opinion on REDD

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