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Decadal predictions: put your money where your mouth is

Climate researchers challenged to back up their ten-year forecasts of a temporary lull in rising temperatures with €2500 wager.

The environmental e-science revolution

Scientists gather in London to swap ideas on the future of climate modelling, how information technologies can help environmental research, and more.

Modelling comes under scrutiny

European Geosciences Union Assembly debates whether modelling is more than a fashionable indoor sport.

Improving environmental treaties

With the exception of the Montrol Protocol, international environmental agreements have been unsuccessful.

Palaeodata can constrain “wild modellers”

Leverhulme Climate Symposium 2008 brings two disparate scientific communities together.

Warming up the disease debate

Climate change is not yet a major driving force behind the increase in epidemic infectious disease.

AAAS "seas" the future

Threats to oceans highlighted at American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting.

Finding food risk hot spots

Researchers in the US have attempted to quantify where climate change will have the most detrimental effects on food availability.

European Union sets next round of emissions targets

But will individual country objectives have enough impact for the EU to meet its greenhouse gas commitments?

The hidden costs of biofuels

Although they can cut greenhouse gas emissions, biofuels may have other environmental impacts that are harmful.

AGU meeting looks for answers

Arctic sea ice, climate tipping points and geoengineering were just a few of the themes under scrutiny in San Francisco.

Negotiations kick off in Bali

Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference have two weeks to come up with a plan.

IPCC warns of abrupt and irreversible impacts

Synthesis report from fourth assessment will form basis for Bali negotiations.

Forest fires: a cause and a symptom

Forest fires like the ones seen in southern California last month are both caused by, and increase the problem of, climate change.

Are efficiency and technology the key to sustainable energy?

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu says that energy conservation and efficiency is the most important action needed to get the world on track to sustainable energy.

President at odds with public opinion in the US

In contrast to George Bush, nearly 70% of US citizens support an international treaty calling for cuts in carbon emission.

Will high-level climate change meetings find the answer?

The UN climate change summit in New York follows hot on the heels of the launch of the IPCC's full report on adaptation and mitigation.

Sanitation beats pollution clean-up

World Water Week will see the Asian Development Bank call for partners to help it improve sanitation across Asia, a move that will not only improve human health but also nip environmental pollution in the bud.

Modelling the bigger picture

Earth system models face a number of challenges, not least of which is predicting how humans will act in the future.

Climate change reporting hots up

There was extensive media coverage in industrialized nations of this year's IPCC reports, but there was little reporting in developing countries, where the worst effects of climate change are likely to be experienced.