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Urban areas see more heat waves

Damage to infrastructure could cause big economic loss

Climate scientists tackle ‘unfinished business’

Warming hiatus due to chance events and model forcing, study reveals

Satellite data reveal Texan air pollution

Levels of anthropogenic highly reactive volatile organic compounds in Houston may be five times higher than believed, oversampling technique shows

Is overfishing worse than we thought?

Oceans may be more productive at fronts between different water masses

Understanding urban agriculture

Area in cities and city outskirts the size of the EU is under cultivation

Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say (from the Guardian)

Higher social costs bolster case for emissions curbs

Scientists in the US estimate that economic damage caused by CO2 could be six times higher than the value used to guide current energy regulations

Are legumes better than fertiliser in developing countries?

In many nations, adding nitrogen to fields provides little yield boost at great environmental cost

Resurfacing highways cuts carbon emissions

Study shows how to balance costs and greenhouse gas output of road surfaces

Climate change could make flight harder

Less dense air could see more passengers and cargo bumped off flights

Graph theory reveals where to conserve

Analysis shows vital "stepping stones" in Australia's Swan Coastal Plain that connect up aquatic habitat

Scientists reveal which coral reefs can survive global warming

Study shows for the first time which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs can be expected to bounce back from mass bleaching events (from the Guardian)

Small volcanic eruptions are key to warming hiatus

Sulphur dioxide hurled in vast amounts from volcanoes is known to cool the atmosphere, but now scientists have identified how even small eruptions have a big effect on climate.

Sea-level rise accelerating faster than believed

New analysis indicates rates increased 25% more quickly since early 1990s

Will the gold boom lead to a rainforest bust?

Gold mining in South America’s tropical forests has boosted deforestation chiefly in four biodiverse regions

Has warming Arctic made the jet stream wavier?

Result could be more extreme weather events, study reveals

Nitrogen meeting offsets its own emissions

Researchers apply their nitrogen-neutrality indicator to the International Nitrogen Conference

Underworld holds vital clues to carbon cycle puzzle

New research confirms that what goes on out of sight in the earth beneath our feet determines whether carbon is stored or released into the atmosphere

Warmer oceans could absorb less carbon

Biological pump may become less efficient at transporting particulate organic carbon to the depths

Much of world's fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change, study says

New research is first to identify which reserves must not be burned to keep global temperature rise under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands (from the Guardian)