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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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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.

Future crop production threatened by extreme heat

Uncertainties in the occurrence of heat stress under field conditions, plant responses to heat, and appropriate adaptation measures still need further investigation, say Stefan Siebert and Frank Ewert.

Eco-certification and greening the Brazilian soy and corn supply chains

The continued viability of eco-certification systems depends on strengthening institutions on the demand side, and ensuring farm-level costs on the supply side match price premiums reaching the farm level, say Leah K VanWey and Peter D Richards

Climate-change investment should focus on retiring coal

Vision Prize releases latest poll of expert opinion

Towards a new view of sustainable development: human well-being and environmental stress

The finding that emissions are decoupled from increased well-being is not only of scientific interest, it could also inform policy discussions, say Thomas Dietz and Andrew K Jorgenson

Complexity and determining dangerous levels of climate impacts

Chris Huntingford analyses the different responses of water scarcity for humans and water stress for ecosystems as climate changes.

Ten years of the Three Gorges Dam: a call for policy overhaul

Xiankun Yang and X X Lu discuss what we've learned from this controversial megadam over the past decade.

Moving beyond benefit–cost analysis of climate change

Jonathan Koomey examines a new approach to tackling climate change

Global vegetation model diversity and the risks of climate-driven ecosystem shifts

Ben Bond-Lamberty examines assessments of the outlook for global ecosystems