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  • News and Views |

    Understanding how subsidies affect fossil-fuel investment returns and production is crucial to commencing new reforms. New analysis on the impact of subsidies on US crude-oil producers finds that, at recent oil prices of around US$50 per barrel, tax preferences and other subsidies push nearly half of new oil investments into profitability.

    • Ronald Steenblik
    Nature Energy 2, 838–839
  • Comments and Opinion |

    In the scientific community, the big question is not whether action on climate change is required, but what form it should take — and the part that scientists should play. Three Nobel laureates and three early-career researchers gave their thoughts to Nature on the current state of climate action worldwide and the place of science in society.

    • Peter Agre
    • , Mario Molina
    •  & Steven Chu
    Nature 550, S62–S64
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Is running for office the next step for researchers in the fight against climate inaction?

    • Peter Fairley
    Nature 550, S59–S61
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Carbon capture and storage will be crucial for mitigating climate change and rebuilding the world's energy infrastructure.

    • Katherine Bourzac
    Nature 550, S66–S69