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TV journalists help scientists confirm oil-spill model

Broadcast crew launch surface drifters at Old Harry geological site in Gulf of St Lawrence

‘Moderate’ geoengineering could help temperature in all areas

Moderate levels of solar radiation management would bring down temperatures across the globe but leave some areas with rainfall further from pre-industrial values

Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds

Excess heat being stored hundreds of metres down in Atlantic and Southern oceans – not Pacific as previously thought (from the Guardian)

Scientists create global roadmap for roads

Planning tool reveals areas where environmental damage from road construction outweighs potential benefits to food growth

Why our carbon-dioxide emissions are like credit-card debt

Commitment accounting technique shows lifetime power-plant emissions growing by 4% per year

Making better solar cells with polychiral carbon nanotubes

New device absorbs across a wider portion of the solar spectrum

The farmer’s dilemma: cut down virgin forest or convert existing pasture

Researchers analyse the factors that decide where commodity crops expand

Extreme weather becoming more common, study says

Rise in blocking-patterns – hot or wet weather remaining stuck over regions for weeks – causing frequent heatwaves or floods (from the Guardian)

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including drought in the Iberian Peninsula, Antarctic permafrost, the western North Pacific summer monsoon, Mongolian herders and more.

2030 could be ‘cross-over year’ for climate change responsibility

Developing countries won’t alter climate more than developed nations until 2030, if short-lived greenhouse gases and other factors are taken into account

REDD+: planned direct interventions tend to focus on degradation

Monitoring and understanding drivers better are key, study finds

Arctic permafrost wets while other surfaces dry

Study reveals need to calculate methane emissions from frequent measurements of surface inundation

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds

Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity (from the Guardian)

Extra cropland brings drinking-water contamination risk

Study calculates cost of dealing with nitrate-polluted groundwater in private wells

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including who’s most likely to install solar panels, Arctic ozone anomalies, greenhouse-gas emissions from Kenyan farms, and more.

Deepwater Horizon damage found deeper and wider

Deep-sea coral at two newly discovered colonies in Gulf of Mexico affected by oil spill

Self-assembly and plasmonics could join forces to boost solar energy

New method allows 200 fluorescent molecules to be arranged around a gold nanoparticle

Water vapour rise is due to man

Study confirms increase in water vapour in upper troposphere is a result of anthropogenic greenhouse gas

Can anti-anxiety drugs boost fish survival?

Oxazepam at level typical in polluted waters helps Eurasian perch feed in lab

Failure to deal with ethics will make climate engineering 'unviable'

Environmental philosopher warns major ethical, political, legal and social issues around geoengineering must be addressed