Latest Talking Point articlesTalking Point articles RSS feed
Feb 2, 2016
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.
Jan 4, 2016
There's a compelling justification to prevent reclassification of logging concessions into oil palm or timber concessions after logging, say Dominick Spracklen et al.
Dec 14, 2015
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.
Nov 30, 2015
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
Nov 6, 2015
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.
Oct 6, 2015
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
Oct 2, 2015
Falk et al's recent finding highlights the potential of grazers to alter ecosystem processes in Arctic peatlands and so to act as a major player in the global carbon budget, according to Sari Stark and Henni Ylänne
US agricultural policy, land use change, and biofuels: are we driving our way to the next dust bowl?
Sep 25, 2015
Recently documented cropland expansion suggests the need to reform national policies in the wake of an emerging era of US agriculture characterized by rapid land cover/land use change, says Christopher Wright.
Sep 17, 2015
Whilst aircraft emissions are often considered as dominant near runways, there are a number of other sources and processes related to aviation that still need to be accounted for, say Roy M Harrison, Mauro Masiol and Sotiris Vardoulakis
Sep 10, 2015
Thomas Kolb examines the link between the standardized precipitation–evapotranspiration index (SPEI) and annual tree ring growth in semi-arid forests.
The time lag between a carbon dioxide emission and maximum warming increases with the size of the emission
Sep 3, 2015 1 comment
Kirsten Zickfeld and Tyler Herrington discuss the implications of their finding that the time lag between a carbon dioxide emission pulse and the maximum warming increases for larger pulses.
Aug 27, 2015
Johanne Pelletier and Scott Goetz assess efforts to improve Peru's national forest monitoring system, as required by REDD+
Aug 21, 2015
If efficiency standards are, in fact, responsible for accelerated price effects, a number of interesting implications arise, says Geoff Morrison
Aug 14, 2015
Michael J Rycroft examines possible mechanisms behind Owens et al's finding that there's more lightning over the UK when the magnetic field in interplanetary space points towards the Sun rather than away from it.
Adaptation strategies to climate change in the Arctic: a global patchwork of reactive community-scale initiatives
Jul 31, 2015
Tatiana V Loboda highlights the need for long-term strategic planning in adaptation policies spanning international boundaries and including all population groups
Robust relationship between yields and nitrogen inputs indicates three ways to reduce nitrogen pollution
Jul 24, 2015
Understanding the decline in nitrogen-use efficiency with increasing nitrogen inputs helps us understand the dilemma between increased agricultural production and nitrogen pollution, according to Benjamin Leon Bodirsky and Christoph Müller
Jun 16, 2015
Steven Running reckons the regional trend in analysis of human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) can quantify increasing vulnerability of the local populations to any shortfall in NPP as demand approaches supply, providing an early warning system
Jun 3, 2015
H Damon Matthews reckons we should account for the greenhouse-gas emissions committed to by exploring new fossil-fuel reserves, as well as those associated with building fossil-fuel energy plants
May 19, 2015
Ian Simmonds and Pallavi D Govekar examine new evidence on the connection between rapid Arctic sea-ice retreat and cold midlatitude winters
Apr 13, 2015
The melting of ice sheets and glaciers contributes to sea-level rise, yet these frozen structures are often hard to study because they are so remote. Richard Hodgkins of Loughborough University, UK, details how sediment may be able to help