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Battery power boost to renewables

Researchers have moved one step closer to the dream of the renewables industry: batteries that can store large amounts of energy cheaply for extended periods

Study shows dramatic increases in China’s economic exposure to earthquakes

Three seismic belts see most notable rises

Climate mitigation set to help air pollution

Co-benefits of climate action could see air quality rise

Simple climate change contribution measure ‘remains elusive’

Finding fair way to assess historical emissions proves complicated

Climate change could raise risk of selenium deficiency

Reduced levels in soil may alter human dietary intake

Methane is rising and it’s not clear why

Reversing the trend could be crucial in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to "safe" levels

Norway saves skiing with climate-friendly snow

The production of artificial snow that heats buildings is Norway’s response to the rising temperatures that threaten the country’s favourite sport

Arctic stratospheric ozone could help predict El Niño

Connection could provide around 18 months' notice and boost accuracy of climate simulations

More than half of world’s food calories produced by small farms

Researchers generate map of mean amount of land per farming household

European trains go down renewable route

Electric trains in the Netherlands have relied entirely on renewable energy since 1 January, and now the UK and Belgium are following in their tracks

Northern Sea Route could be open six months a year by century end

Navigable Arctic waters may offer alternative to Suez or Panama canals

Warming-induced shrubification affects vegetation too

Models that include shrub changes produce better projections of plant cover

Climate negotiators respond best to many data points

Boxplot presentation of results found to affect negotiator predictions less

Location of El Niño linked to Indonesian fires

Strength of El Niño is less important, researchers say

Wind turbines head for homes again

Cutting-edge research helps revive European plans for many homes to have their own wind turbines as part of a clean energy revolution

Palm-oil certification helps reduce fire when risk is low

Concessions complying with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil don’t see fewer fires on peatlands or in dry years

US set to see significant changes in surface water resources

Pacific Northwest and northern California likely to experience earliest effects

Wildlife populations decline as climate warms

Scientists report on polar bears, wild reindeer, caribou, mountain lions and mule deer

Dramatic acceleration in loss of wild forest

Almost 1 million square kilometres of natural forest disappeared between the year 2000 and 2013, along with its ability to absorb carbon and reduce warming

Uncertainty for science under Trump

Scientists remain unsure about what to expect from the Trump administration