Archive

  • Collection: Carbon Accounting

    Accurate data on emissions sources and sinks is vital for science-led decision making about the how the world is going to expend or preserve its carbon budget. This collection brings together a selection of multi-disciplinary research and commentary from across the natural and social sciences that explores the major inputs and outputs that comprise the world’s carbon account.

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    5 Oct 2016
  • Collection: Targeting 1.5 °C

    This joint Collection reflects on how policy can direct science by showcasing researchers' perspectives on how best to respond to the Paris Agreement aspiration to limit climate change to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels.

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    8 Jul 2016
  • Focus: Budgeting for climate change

    Policymakers are meeting in Paris for the latest round of international climate talks. They are aiming to agree a deal that will push the world onto a significantly lower emissions path. In this joint web Focus, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change present a series of overview articles and opinion pieces that explore how the world’s carbon budget is being spent, and what needs to be done to catalyse transformational change. For a collection of content across the Nature journals, please see here

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    8 Dec 2015
  • Focus: Society and the Pope's encyclical

    In June 2015, the Pope delivered a high-profile encyclical on climate change and the environment. The near-200 page document called for the Catholic church to enter a “dialogue with all people about our common home”. This Focus provides a scholarly foundation for that dialogue, with world-leading ecologists, sociologists and economists highlighting the strengths and limitations of the Pope’s call for action.

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    24 Sep 2015
  • Insight: Climate change and the African continent

    Today Africa faces a multitude of development and sustainability challenges. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these challenges through its direct effects on people and the environment, as well as by imposing the need for measures to keep greenhouse gas emissions low and adapt to climate impacts. However, there remains a dearth of information with which to understand the nature of these risks for Africa and how best to tackle them. In this Insight we highlight some of the key ways that climate change might impact African wildlife and farming systems, and the interacting pressures on water, energy and food resources. The effects of air pollution on African climate are also considered, as is the uptake of available climate information by decision makers.

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    21 Aug 2015
  • Focus: ENSO under change

    The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a natural climate phenomenon that has worldwide impacts. It alternates between two phases — the warm phase (El Niño) and the cold phase (La Niña) — that result from changes in the sea surface temperature and associated atmospheric circulation. This influences the hydrological cycle and global weather through teleconnections. In this web focus, we present a variety of original research, opinion and review pieces that highlight our current understanding of how climate change is affecting ENSO.

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    18 Aug 2015
  • Focus: IPCC and media coverage of climate reports

    An emerging body of literature is exploring the role of the media in reporting climate change science and the recent IPCC efforts to reach out policymakers and the public. In this focus, Nature Climate Change presents an Article examining media coverage of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – in broadcast, print and social media – and a series of opinion pieces looking at the effectiveness of the IPCC communication strategy and the ways experts study media power in the context of climate change.

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    25 Mar 2015
  • Focus: Pressures on phytoplankton

    The ocean is absorbing large amounts of anthropogenic heat and carbon. This is altering many ocean properties, which will influence the viability and health of marine biota. At the base of the foodchain are phytoplankton, the primary producers, which not only support the marine ecosystem but sequester carbon to the deep ocean. In this web focus we present a variety of original research and opinion pieces that highlight the pressures on marine phytoplankton under climate change and suggest directions for future research.

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    18 Dec 2014
  • Focus: Climate Change Countdown

    The countdown is on to reach a legally binding agreement between all nations on actions to mitigate climate change. In 2011, the United Nations Climate Change Conference agreed that such a deal will be in place by 2015, and implemented by 2020. In this joint web Focus, timed to coincide with the New York Climate Summit, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change present a series of overview articles and opinion pieces that take stock of emissions and climate change uncertainties and discuss potential ways forward.

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    22 Sep 2014