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Better data for assessing local climate policies

Cities and local governments have teamed up to combat climate change from the bottom up, yet little is known about the impact those measures have had on reducing emissions, according to Jan Minx

Latin American oil palm follows an unfamiliar route to avoid deforestation

The first large-scale assessment of oil palm expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean offers valuable insights on the key drivers of oil palm expansion at a fairly early stage, according to Navin Ramankutty and Jordan Graesser

Commercial cogeneration benefits depend on market rules, rates, and policies

Marilyn A Brown examines the policy implications of new findings on combined heat and power

Mapping farm size globally: benchmarking the smallholders debate

Farm size is a key component in the hot debates about the future of farms, food production, food security and smallholders, according to Patrick Meyfroidt

Might stratospheric variability lead to improved predictability of ENSO events?

The oceanic, tropospheric and stratospheric are all tightly coupled, and research focusing on their connections can lead to novel conclusions, says Chaim I Garfinkel

Getting to Paris via Kosovo's energy choices

The question of moving energy towards a sustainable future while making it affordable is incredibly challenging to answer, says Alicia English, and even more so for Kosovo

How reliable are life-cycle assessments in the building sector?

LCAs of construction phase need more development before they’re fully useful in policy decisions

Can knowledge mining improve crop models?

Study of literature on crop yield variability could help project food security as climate changes

More diverse benefits from timber versus dedicated bioenergy plantations for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal

Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations by way of large-scale enhancement of terrestrial carbon sinks is one climate engineering strategy that requires comprehensive scrutiny given its complexity, say Thomas O'Halloran and Ryan Bright

Digital tools reveal details humans can’t find

Team applies computational methods well-established in the humanities to environmental research

Vulnerability to climate change: what’s happening at the community level?

Review finds need to ‘focus on the nitty-gritty’

What do livestock mean for wildlife?

Grazers like cattle, sheep and goats help or hinder wildlife depending on factors like the wild animal’s size and need for vegetation cover

How can farming in the Pampas and Campos grasslands stay sustainable?

Research review recommends changing grazing regimes

Sustainable computing needs careful thought

Information and communication technology will reduce energy consumption only if we deploy it intelligently

Environmental research – the last 10 years and the next

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Environmental Research Letters, researchers cast their eyes forward and back

Shrinking sea ice, increasing snowfall and thinning lake ice: a complex Arctic linkage explained

Lake ice thinning has important consequences for Arctic lake hydrology, biology and permafrost degradation, says Ben Brock

The importance of assessing and communicating scientific consensus

The recent study quantifying the expert consensus on whether there's a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying programme is important because a growing body of research has shown that the public's perception of expert consensus on key societal issues acts as an important 'gateway' to science acceptance, argue Edward Maibach and Sander van der Linden

The spatial distribution of extreme climate events, another climate inequity for the world's most vulnerable people

Recent research begins to bridge the gap in links between new climate extreme event analyses and local populations' socio-economic characteristics by providing evidence of inequitable spatial impacts from climate extremes on the world's poorest people, says Donna Green

The climate after Trump

Environmental scientists’ views on the US presidential election result range from gloom to cautiously defiant optimism, with many calling for better communication and understanding

Pathways to sustainable intensification through crop water management

Graham K MacDonald, Paolo D'Odorico and David A Seekell reflect on how the global crop water management simulations of Jägermeyr et al could interact with farm size at more local scales, downstream water users at the river basin scale, food trade and demand-side food system strategies at the global scale.