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Does urban agriculture use too much water?

Some crops need less water than a well-tended lawn, finds study in Vancouver

Arctic sea ice volume showed strong recovery in 2013

Cooler temperatures revived sea ice levels suggesting a rapid recovery was possible if global warming was curbed, scientists say (from the Guardian)

Satellite tells apart peat fires and smouldering

Method could improve modelling of fire emissions

Antarctic albedo shows 28-year rise

Results could contribute to understanding of complex region

Talking Point

Adaptation strategies to climate change in the Arctic: a global patchwork of reactive community-scale initiatives Jul 31, 2015

Tatiana V Loboda highlights the need for long-term strategic planning in adaptation policies spanning international boundaries and including all population groups

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

Plenty of renewables- and they can be balanced

There is more than enough renewable energy to meet global needs and the use of variable sources can be effectively balanced, according to new reports, with grid integration offering a way to limit shortfalls and curtailment risks.

UK Renewables can get to 80% or more

UK Renewables can get to 80% or more at low cost, says a new study from Imperial College. But we seem to be heading in the opposite direction, with renewables support being cut dramatically, and arguably, prematurely, while support for its rivals is being increased.

World Bank looks to renewable integration

The World Bank says that high renewable contributions can be integrated into power systems reliably at relatively low cost if attention is paid to developing and optimising the overall grid balancing system.

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