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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

Atmospheric vortices could boost intense rainfall

Swirling winds may explain extra scaling of rainfall beyond its Clausius–Clapeyron relationship with temperature

Arctic ice loss brings extra snow in Siberia

Effects of Arctic warming "not always straightforward"

Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today's levels, say US government scientists (from the Guardian)

Climate-adaptation needs can vary from one kilometre to the next

Study of communities in Ethiopia reveals different risks

Crop yields show complex link with climate

Researchers find "nonlinear" yield response, especially for weather extremes

Fossil-fuel emissions 'overpowering' nuclear-weapon tests

Carbon-14 levels in atmosphere set to drop below pre-industrial levels

Keeping an eye on nitrous oxide hotspots off Chile

Are upwelling areas near the coast releasing more nitrous oxide than scientists thought?

Cities amplify heatwaves

Urban environments store heat, shows study in Beijing

More trees on your street means fewer health problems, says study

Having on average 10 more trees in a city block improved how someone rated their health by a level comparable to an increase in annual income of $10,000 (from the Guardian)

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including shrub expansion, energy efficiency, soil dust in Thailand, boreal forest fires, and more

Monsoon 'breaks' could cause wind power stress

Researchers investigate outlook and options for renewable energy in India

Our Common Future under Climate Change: a note of hope?

Fatih Birol of the IEA gave his take on INDCs but did his colleagues agree?

Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists

Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say scientists (from the Guardian)

Could lasers guide and control the path of lightning?

New method to steer electric discharges around an obstacle uses laser beams

Our Common Future conference: what’s the climate in Paris?

Politicians thank climate scientists but we still need to know more

River run-off moderates climate

Without run-off, modelled sea-surface temperature and Indian-monsoon rainfall rise, study finds

Should abandoned croplands stay that way?

Study of northern Kazakhstan proposes livestock grazing rather than recultivation

Radiosonde data confirm atmospheric warming

Tropical atmospheric warming was equally great over last 30 years as last 50 years, analysis shows