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Scientists zero in on only solution to climate crisis

Panel of international climate scientists have said that the world has only until 2050 to become a zero-carbon society – but the rewards for doing so would be immense

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including the outlook for wildfires in a changing climate, return periods for windstorm losses in Europe, transformations to global agriculture, watersheds that yield more water after fire, and more

What’s the risk of hunger this century?

Analysis using Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) indicates undernourishment may be less if equality of food distribution rises

World food system has grown more vulnerable

Rising complexity means we are risking a severe food crisis

How to efficiently capture carbon dioxide out of thin air

New membrane is a thousand times more adept at absorbing the gas than trees

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including urbanization in arid regions, nitrogen footprints in Japan, Earth-system modelling, Amazon floods, and REDD+ reporting

Polar bears face starvation as unlikely to adapt to a land-based diet, says report

New research casts doubt on the theory that polar bears could survive habitat loss as sea ice declines by foraging for food on land (from the Guardian)

Agricultural halfway house could protect environment

Extensification aims to cut external inputs like fertilizer

Growing food locally cuts global nitrogen contamination

Study reveals it is better to grow food where it is needed than where conditions are most suitable

Climate change could boost area suitable for double cropping

Winter wheat and soybean combo could reach as far north as Canadian border

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including sea-level rise, coastal zone management in Belize, southeast Asian fires, nitrogen loss, and more

Air pollution may cause more UK deaths than previously thought, say scientists

Current figures of almost 30,000 UK deaths a year from air pollution do not factor in lethal nitrogen dioxide from diesel engines and wood, oil and coal burning, say experts (from the Guardian)

Casting an eye on Central Asia's supraglacial lakes

Could lakes on debris-covered glaciers on Tian Shan mountain range coalesce and become hazardous?

Conversion of land to grow biofuels boosted greenhouse emissions

Study reveals need in US for widening "Sodsaver" scheme and enforcing Renewable Fuels Standard

Amazon forest's carbon take-up slows

Amount absorbed has halved since 1990s peak

Antarctic ice shelves are melting dramatically, study finds

Melting of floating ice shelves around the continent is accelerating, potentially unlocking extra sea-level rise from larger ice sheets jammed behind them (from the Guardian)

Raising reservoir height could cut Fukushima contamination

Scientists trial technique for stopping radioactive caesium-137 washing downstream

ERL releases 2014 highlights

The open-access journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL), a sister product to environmentalresearchweb, has released its Highlights of 2014 – 25 of the publication's best papers from last year

Recycling electric-car batteries: what's greenest and cheapest?

Californian model for plug-in electric vehicles could help assess end-of-life recycling elsewhere

Global emissions stall in 2014 following slowdown in China's economy

Carbon-dioxide emissions stayed the same last year compared to 2013, data show, but falling oil prices may cause them to rise again (from the Guardian)