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Have people and wealth stopped congregating along coasts?

Global populations may be heading in "a good direction", study finds

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including weather extremes, seafood trade, transient climate response, and more.

Did solar superflares spark life on Earth?

Huge storms on the Sun could have disrupted our planet's magnetic shield

Do insect infestations make fire less severe?

Study of mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm in US Pacific Northwest finds inverse link with fire

Science pierces riddle of why clouds form

Clouds that form at sea are key to regulating atmospheric temperatures, and scientists now understand more of the chemistry involved

Ethane emissions back on the rise

Is fracking responsible for reverse in decline of this greenhouse gas?

African heatwaves could occur four times a year by 2075

Heatwave extent has increased over last few decades

Environmental research round-up

Highlights from Environmental Research Letters (ERL), including drought damage, land use in South America, permafrost, agriculture, and more

Where will fishing industry shocks hit hardest?

Central and West Africa are most vulnerable to disruptions in global fish supply, study finds

Vegetation changes could diminish US wildfires

If plants are left to adapt to climate change, wildfire severity could reduce

Rainstorms raise airborne dust problem

Analysis of air samples shows that the cleansing effect of heavy rainfall is diminished by organic particles spattering up into the atmosphere from the soil.

What's happening to global crop yield?

Some areas saw decreased yield variability over past 30 years of changing climate while others saw greater variability

US coldest temperatures rising faster than average lows

Changes could allow growth of new crop species but may bring more pests

Conservation aid in Africa linked to higher rates of forest loss

Deforestation also associated with rural population and governance

Severe wildfires worst for soil microbes

The greater the fire severity, the less the microbial biomass and respiration

Dead zones devour oceans’ oxygen

Marine life faces increased threats as researchers warn that warmer waters caused by climate change could seriously reduce the levels of oxygen in the world’s seas.

Fertiliser footprint has fallen in Europe

Phosphorus use down despite greater reliance on imports

Satellites determine agricultural intensity

Remote sensing could identify regions for sustainable intensification

Intense rain recharges tropical aquifers

Groundwater could prove resilient source of water as climate changes

Will warm springs compensate for summer drought?

In the US in 2012, earlier vegetation growth in spring balanced out weakened carbon sink due to summer drought