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The real John Nye lecture: 65 years of glaciology

91-year-old physicist John Nye speaks at British Branch meeting of the International Glaciological Society

Crop heat stress in the context of Earth System modelling

Samuel Levis examines recent work on how best to evaluate crop heat stress during flowering

Has a warm North Atlantic contributed to recent European cold winters?

Noel Keenlyside and Nour-Eddine Omrani discuss the causes of northern hemisphere winter cooling.

Anthropogenic global warming threatens world cultural heritage

Marzeion and Levermann's inventory of the most vulnerable UNESCO world heritage sites under anthropogenic sea-level rise is a first step towards protection, says Anny Cazenave.

Clarifying anti-reflexivity: conservative opposition to impact science and scientific evidence

McCright et al. extend current research on conservatives' distrust of science by distinguishing between public trust in production versus impact scientists, says Riley Dunlap.

Can remote sensing aid bird survival?

Remote sensing can provide valuable information about bird habitat, says Scott Goetz of the Woods Hole Research Center, US.

Future crop production threatened by extreme heat

Uncertainties in the occurrence of heat stress under field conditions, plant responses to heat, and appropriate adaptation measures still need further investigation, say Stefan Siebert and Frank Ewert.

Eco-certification and greening the Brazilian soy and corn supply chains

The continued viability of eco-certification systems depends on strengthening institutions on the demand side, and ensuring farm-level costs on the supply side match price premiums reaching the farm level, say Leah K VanWey and Peter D Richards

Climate-change investment should focus on retiring coal

Vision Prize releases latest poll of expert opinion

Towards a new view of sustainable development: human well-being and environmental stress

The finding that emissions are decoupled from increased well-being is not only of scientific interest, it could also inform policy discussions, say Thomas Dietz and Andrew K Jorgenson

Complexity and determining dangerous levels of climate impacts

Chris Huntingford analyses the different responses of water scarcity for humans and water stress for ecosystems as climate changes.

Ten years of the Three Gorges Dam: a call for policy overhaul

Xiankun Yang and X X Lu discuss what we've learned from this controversial megadam over the past decade.

Moving beyond benefit–cost analysis of climate change

Jonathan Koomey examines a new approach to tackling climate change

Global vegetation model diversity and the risks of climate-driven ecosystem shifts

Ben Bond-Lamberty examines assessments of the outlook for global ecosystems

Expert elicitation methods for studying technological change under uncertainty

How will public research spending affect the future costs of nuclear power? Varun Rai examines a study that asked the experts.

Biochar: a burning need for research?

Saran Sohi of the UK Biochar Research Centre explains what we need to learn before large-scale commercialization of biochar to store carbon and boost crop yields

The (elephant) seal of quality data

Over the last 10 years, tags attached to elephant seals in Antarctica have beamed back information on the state of the oceans. Kate Ravilious casts an eye over what we’ve learned as a result.

Why is evaporation drying up?

Although you might assume that evaporation will increase as temperatures rise, in reality measurements reveal that evaporation has been dropping off worldwide since the 1950s. So what exactly is going on?

The where and when of wetter and drier: disappearing Arctic sea ice plays a role

James Screen's paper in ERL contributes additional evidence that Arctic sea-ice loss is partly responsible for shifting weather patterns, says Jennifer Francis

Debate heating up over changes in climate variability

There are two camps of thought on whether temperature variability is increasing, say Lisa Alexander and Sarah Perkins, but the impact from increases in heatwaves will be a major problem.