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Global warming contributed to Syria's 2011 uprising, scientists claim

US study claims regime’s unsustainable agricultural policies meant drought led to collapse of farming in north-eastern region and triggered mass migration to cities and added to feelings of discontent (from the Guardian)

Trees photosynthesized more slowly during 2010 Amazon drought

Growth continued whilst mortality rate doubled within a couple of years

ERL launches systematic reviews section

Reviews editor Dan Rubenstein of Princeton details his vision for Environmental Research Reviews

Asian cities growing in population faster than size

Unexpected result in East-Southeast Asia could mean changes for urban planning

Climate models underestimate temperature variability

Describing atmospheric boundary layers better could bring improved projections

Natural gas vs coal: the verdict

Analysis ‘allows readers to make their own judgements’ on relative merits of fossil fuels for climate

Corals face 'slow starvation' from ingesting plastics pollution, experts find

Corals such as those found on the Great Barrier Reef consume ‘microplastics’ in the sea at the same rate as their normal food but cannot expel the fragments (from the Guardian)

Decade-long study makes direct link between rising greenhouse-gas levels and heating of the Earth

Decade-long study makes direct link between rising greenhouse-gas levels and heating of the Earth

Geoengineering schemes to combat climate change still risky, say reports

Panel suggests small-scale experiments for now

Climate scientists agree on need for global goal

Vision Prize poll reveals most climate experts would like carbon dioxide targets for 2030 or 2050

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including the Russian wheat belt, nitrogen footprints, local sea level rise, and more.

Rice serves up double measure of biofuel and fodder

Japanese scientists have found a potential answer to the biofuel dilemma that if you grow crops for energy, you have to sacrifice crops for food.

Link between Arctic sea ice loss and solar radiation proves complex

Clouds and changing nature of sea ice also affect absorption of Sun’s rays

Shipping records reveal Victorian hurricane tracks

Analysis finds late 19th century East Atlantic saw as many tropical cyclones as satellite era

Nuisance flooding of coastal cities is a growing reality

All US coastal cities could see 30 days of nuisance flooding a year by mid-century

Termites can help prevent desertification

But resulting vegetation patterns may confuse early warning systems for vegetation collapse

Which cities have vulnerable water supplies?

Urban centres supplied by surface water could suffer as populations grow and climate changes, study shows

Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change

Climate change has advanced so rapidly that work must start on unproven technologies now, admits US National Academy of Science (from the Guardian)

Rain-on-snow event in Svalbard saw reindeer starve

Warming Arctic could bring more rain that turns to ice and impacts people and wildlife

Strong storms set to grow stronger

But overall storminess won’t rise as climate changes, according to thermodynamics