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“Mini-IPCC” report focuses on North America

US Climate Change Science Program releases report on abrupt climate change.

Sour future for the oceans?

Call for carbon-dioxide levels to be brought down to 350 ppm to prevent ocean acidification and huge economic losses.

Predicting the climate future

Forum for the Future suggests five likely scenarios for the world in 2050.

Moving times for wildlife

Climate change is already causing disruptions in species ranges but tropical species have fewer options than those at mid-latitudes.

Climate adaptation takes the stage

Physical and social scientists must work together to make and employ the predictions needed to inform policymaking for climate adaptation and mitigation.

Monitoring the melting of the Arctic

Liz Kalaugher joins a research ship in the Canadian Arctic to find out how microwave imaging can reveal where and how fast the ice is melting.

Climate talks continue in Ghana

Deforestation and sectoral approach prove key areas for discussion.

Renewable energy: price and policy are key

Sustainable energy resources are plentiful but exploiting them at large scales is more of a challenge, heard delegates at the WREN conference.

Going sour: protecting the oceans

Including ocean acidification worries in carbon regulation would probably lower emissions targets, say researchers.

Renewable energy investment takes off

In 2007 $148 bn was invested in clean energy and energy efficiency, says the latest report for the UN Environment Programme.

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Water for animal products: a blind spot in water policy

Water-use efficiency in the food system as a whole remains a blind spot, according to Arjen Y Hoekstra, with national water policies focusing on "sustainable production" rather than "sustainable consumption"

Coastal subsidence and relative sea-level rise

Manmade subsidence may be the dominant contributor to relative sea-level rise in coastal environments where subsurface fluids are heavily exploited, according to S E Ingebritsen and D L Galloway

A new paradigm in oil-spill modelling for decision making?

Oil-spill models of intermediate complexity show great merit as a screening tool for decision making, according to Michel Boufadel and Xiaolong Geng

A temporary hiatus in warming of extreme temperatures is not unusual, nor inconsistent with model simulations of human-induced climate change

Michael Wehner examines trends in extreme temperatures during the warming hiatus

The real John Nye lecture: 65 years of glaciology

91-year-old physicist John Nye speaks at British Branch meeting of the International Glaciological Society

Crop heat stress in the context of Earth System modelling

Samuel Levis examines recent work on how best to evaluate crop heat stress during flowering

Has a warm North Atlantic contributed to recent European cold winters?

Noel Keenlyside and Nour-Eddine Omrani discuss the causes of northern hemisphere winter cooling.

Anthropogenic global warming threatens world cultural heritage

Marzeion and Levermann's inventory of the most vulnerable UNESCO world heritage sites under anthropogenic sea-level rise is a first step towards protection, says Anny Cazenave.

Clarifying anti-reflexivity: conservative opposition to impact science and scientific evidence

McCright et al. extend current research on conservatives' distrust of science by distinguishing between public trust in production versus impact scientists, says Riley Dunlap.

Can remote sensing aid bird survival?

Remote sensing can provide valuable information about bird habitat, says Scott Goetz of the Woods Hole Research Center, US.