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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

The hidden costs of soybean production

Environmental footprints for deforestation, land, carbon, water and nutrients reveal resource use in Mato Grosso, Brazil

What's the value of afforestation and bioenergy carbon capture and storage?

Adding forest requires incentive of just $6 per tonne of carbon dioxide while bioenergy CCS needs $165

Climate change could cause crop-yield slowdown

Scientists assess risk of "getting caught with our plants down"

How to stop corn price blips as climate changes

Renewable Fuel Standard boosts corn price volatility while free trade could reduce it, study finds.

Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health

Australian Academy of Science brings experts together to map out effects global warming on extreme weather events, infectious disease and food security (from the Guardian)

City-grown vegetables could feed urban dwellers

On average, just one-third of cultivatable urban land could meet residents' veg needs

Understanding changes in precipitation

Simple energy balance model offers surprisingly good results

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including biorefineries, African wildfires and surface darkening, farming in the Holocene, gas carbon footprint, and more.