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Most glaciers in Mount Everest area will disappear with climate change – study

About 5500 glaciers could disappear or drastically retreat by the end of the century, with severe impacts on farming and hydropower, say scientists (from the Guardian)

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including Deepwater Horizon oil droplets, soil acidification, beef's carbon footprint, and more

Border taxes could help enforce climate agreements

Emissions-based tax adjustments on imports to US could encourage China to comply with a global climate agreement, study suggests

Dryland plants drive variability of terrestrial carbon sink

Study finds wetter, cooler years boost vegetation growth in semi-arid ecosystems, increasing carbon sink

Glacier flow speeds up in Southern Antarctic Peninsula

2009 saw dramatic rise in ice melt, scientists say

Sea-level rise accelerated over the past two decades, research finds

IPCC climate modelling proves right as scientists find a glitch in satellite led to inaccurate records in 1990s suggesting rate of sea-level rise was slowing (from the Guardian)

Water inequality: unjust or merely regrettable?

Scientists analyse ethics of way virtual water trade affects human well-being

Ozone layer set to thicken

Century-end will see an increase in ozone thanks to carbon emissions

How much drought can a tree take?

Researchers assess tree-death tipping point for drought in south-west US

Thinning Antarctic ice shelf could contribute to sea-level rise, says study

Warming oceans are main driver of ice loss from Larsen C, which is more than twice the size of Wales and could unlock huge amount of ice if it collapses (from the Guardian)

Clap your eyes on the first 'images' of thunder

Acoustically imaged profile of triggered lightning captured using microphone array

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including changing aerosol compositions, marine stratocumulus, blanket bogs, Chinese water risks, and more

Man-made nitrogen could cause damage worth $441 billion

Scientists combine nitrogen loading and economic data for the US

Earlier flowering could offset heat stress in winter wheat

Climate change will boost heat extremes but also alter phenology

One in six of world's species faces extinction due to climate change – study

New analysis reveals likely impact of global warming on plants and animals if we fail to take action, and comes ahead of crunch climate talks in Paris (from the Guardian)

Cosmic rays illuminate the electric fields that cause lightning

"Throwaway data" from radio telescopes help physicists peer into clouds

Plane dirty: where you live affects how important aircraft take-off and landing are for your health

Aviation emissions cause 16,000 premature deaths each year, study finds

Loss of rainfall satellites will hamper flood management

Removal of elderly satellites could bring lengthy gaps in precipitation data

Climate change has boosted chances of warmth in central England

Record hot years like 2014 are now 13 times more likely because of climate change, study finds

Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds

Researchers say heatwaves that previously occurred once every three years are now happening every 200 days, thanks to global warming (from the Guardian)