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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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1.5°C Special Report: let’s accept the challenge

We have to meet the UNFCCC’s request for details by 2018 of the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, argue Christopher Reyer and Katja Frieler

How does gender affect vulnerability to climate change?

Researchers must put more emphasis on nuance, review finds, while Asia and Central and South America lack studies

High-energy focus: bringing disciplines together

There’s more to high-energy particles than clouds and cosmic rays, says Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, UK.

Towards typologies of urban climate and global environmental change

We need an understanding of which kind of cities can contribute what kind of measures to mitigate and adapt to global environmental change, says Felix Creutzig.

The Arctic matters: extreme weather responds to diminished Arctic Sea ice

The short answer to whether the disappearance of multi-year Arctic sea ice will make extreme weather events more frequent is yes....and no, according to Jennifer Francis.

Industrial concessions, fires and air pollution in Equatorial Asia

There's a compelling justification to prevent reclassification of logging concessions into oil palm or timber concessions after logging, say Dominick Spracklen et al.

Oil palm deserves government attention in Brazil

José R Moreira and José Goldemberg analyse biodiesel production from oil palm plantations as one possible way to mitigate climate change while providing cost effective results.

Use of models and observations in event attribution

Gabriele Hegerl gives her take on an important step towards improving the reliability of event attribution results.

Prioritizing urban sustainability solutions: coordinated approaches must incorporate scale-dependent built environment induced effects

Contemporary and future design of settlements demands cooperative participation between planners, architects, and relevant stakeholders, with the urban and global climate community, say Matei Georgescu et al.

Research follow-up: assessing groundwater beneath Africa

Alan MacDonald and colleagues published their map of African groundwater resources in Environmental Research Letters three years ago; since then there’s been much progress, including the commencement of the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) programme