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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.

Atmospheric rivers in changing climate

Beate Liepert examines progress in our understanding of atmospheric rivers

Bioenergy: how much can we expect for 2050?

Helmut Haberl and co-authors narrow down bioenergy estimates by looking at how much plant growth the Earth can support

History and future of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming

Fritz Reusswig reckons that once the issue of climate change attribution can be regarded as settled, new questions and controversies arise.

Superconductivity’s current help for the environment

Superconductors could cut carbon emissions by boosting power transmission, transforming wind energy, creating more efficient supercomputers for climate models, enabling renewable energy storage, aiding train travel, and more, says a review in Superconductor Science and Technology.

Is climate change affecting human health?

The detection and attribution of changing disease patterns to climate change is very challenging, says Kristie Ebi

Climate, crops and lacking data underlie regional disparities in the carbon dioxide fertilization effect

David M Rosenthal and Nicholas J Tomeo examine the gaps in knowledge highlighted by recent research into the carbon dioxide fertilization effect on crop yield

Life cycle assessment in support of sustainable transportation

Matthew J Eckelman examines decision support for transport planning

Mopping up carbon

David Appell examines new technologies that can suck carbon dioxide directly from the air

A grain of sand or a handful of dust?

Fabian Wagner examines the implications for global consumption of Girod et al's paper in ERL

Ice2sea: firming up the role of the ice sheets

As the Ice2sea project nears completion, David Vaughan gives an update on the latest thinking in sea-level rise.

Eating on an interconnected planet

Graham MacDonald looks at the food security issues raised by Fader et al's paper in ERL.

Greenland: an integrated approach

Researchers team up to investigate ice sheet's future

Advancing agricultural greenhouse-gas quantification

Lydia Olander, Eva Wollenberg, Francesco Tubiello and Martin Herold introduce the ERL Focus Issue

Are we heading for 6° temperature rise?

Climate scientist Kevin Anderson believes scientists at the interface of climate and policy may have used naive assumptions when modelling for a 2°C target