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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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Has regional forest loss been underestimated?

The uncertainties observed in estimates of forest carbon stocks demonstrate the urgent need for improved Earth observation tools to support climate change policy development, say Isabella Bovolo and Daniel Donoghue

Sea-level rise and storm surges, relationship status: complicated!

Adequate adaptation has to take into account sea-level rise and extreme sea levels, as well as the uncertainties inherent to both, says Thomas Wahl

Informing a sustainable food future

Scientists and practitioners must continue to develop methods that assess sustainability more holistically, including temporal and spatial dynamics as well as economic and social dimensions, say Nicole E Tichenor and Allison M Leach

Makers of wildlife hunting laws should consult local people

Ensuring conservation requires avoiding unintended consequences of regulations, says Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes

Warning signs for stabilizing global CO2 emissions

For 2017, Rob Jackson et al project emissions growth of 2.0% from 2016 levels, reaching a record 36.8 ± 2 Gt CO2. "Time is running out on our ability to keep global average temperature increases below 2 °C and, even more immediately, anything close to 1.5 °C," the researchers say

Air pollution harms bird health too

Review finds surprising lack of studies

Productive engagement with agriculture essential to monarch butterfly conservation

Participation of social scientists in understanding how farmers view their lands and stewardship practices will likely be key to successful engagement of agriculture in monarch conservation', says Douglas Landis

Planet human versus planet Earth—time for some win-win evidence

Perhaps the authors' most tricky assertion, and our biggest challenge, is that "residents of ecologically fragile areas need to survive and that their right to survival supersedes all other rights", says Carolyn Stephens

Carbon futures: a valiant attempt to bring scientific order from modeling chaos

Recent work illustrates how far away we are from confident prediction of future emission-concentration relationships, says David Schimel

Can geofinancial engineering get us out of hot water?

Using real-time environmental data from satellites could move financial markets and improve climate outcomes, says a team of financial professionals and scientists