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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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Vulnerability to climate change: what’s happening at the community level?

Review finds need to ‘focus on the nitty-gritty’

What do livestock mean for wildlife?

Grazers like cattle, sheep and goats help or hinder wildlife depending on factors like the wild animal’s size and need for vegetation cover

How can farming in the Pampas and Campos grasslands stay sustainable?

Research review recommends changing grazing regimes

Sustainable computing needs careful thought

Information and communication technology will reduce energy consumption only if we deploy it intelligently

Environmental research – the last 10 years and the next

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Environmental Research Letters, researchers cast their eyes forward and back

Shrinking sea ice, increasing snowfall and thinning lake ice: a complex Arctic linkage explained

Lake ice thinning has important consequences for Arctic lake hydrology, biology and permafrost degradation, says Ben Brock

The importance of assessing and communicating scientific consensus

The recent study quantifying the expert consensus on whether there's a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying programme is important because a growing body of research has shown that the public's perception of expert consensus on key societal issues acts as an important 'gateway' to science acceptance, argue Edward Maibach and Sander van der Linden

The spatial distribution of extreme climate events, another climate inequity for the world's most vulnerable people

Recent research begins to bridge the gap in links between new climate extreme event analyses and local populations' socio-economic characteristics by providing evidence of inequitable spatial impacts from climate extremes on the world's poorest people, says Donna Green

The climate after Trump

Environmental scientists’ views on the US presidential election result range from gloom to cautiously defiant optimism, with many calling for better communication and understanding

Pathways to sustainable intensification through crop water management

Graham K MacDonald, Paolo D'Odorico and David A Seekell reflect on how the global crop water management simulations of Jägermeyr et al could interact with farm size at more local scales, downstream water users at the river basin scale, food trade and demand-side food system strategies at the global scale.