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World's energy systems vulnerable to climate impacts, report warns

Generators from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants will feel the brunt of the weather changes (from the Guardian)

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including PM2.5 emissions, the Indian summer monsoon, Arctic lakes, melt ponds and more

Wealthier people less likely to spot signs of climate change

Household survey in Nepal reveals perceptions linked to wealth levels and ability to read

Where is US aquifer water headed?

Study of virtual groundwater embodied in crops and meat finds nearly 10% heads overseas

Talking Point

A regional look at HANPP: human consumption is increasing, NPP is not Jun 16, 2015

Steven Running reckons the regional trend in analysis of human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) can quantify increasing vulnerability of the local populations to any shortfall in NPP as demand approaches supply, providing an early warning system

Planet Blog

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

Filling the GAP

A 10 year science-led 'Global Apollo Programme' has been proposed to respond to climate change, focusing on renewables, energy storage and transmission. But, although more funding for renewables would be helpful, and is long overdue, not everyone agrees with the focus on science - the problem is not so much lack of R&D, as lack of deployment support

Reactions to climate uncertainty

Concerns about climate change have helped propel renewables forward, but doubts about its extent and pace might undo that.

Germany stays on course

Germany is making good progress towards its target of generating at least 80% of its electricity from renewables by 2050, with 40 GW of wind and 38 GW of PV solar in place so far, and more on the way, including 7 GW of offshore wind. Despite the nuclear plant closures, gas and coal use are being squeezed out, and Germany continues to export power, although mainly from its coal plants - something most greens want to halt.

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All the key issues and latest research on Geoengineering

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The latest research and opinion on REDD

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