Environmental social sciences

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Environmental social science is the application of social science – broadly the study of the relationship between individuals in their context within society – and its application to our understanding of environmental issues.

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  • News and Views |

    Satellite measurements indicate that Greenland's meltwater rivers are exporting one billion tons of sediment annually, a process that is controlled by the sliding rate of glaciers. This rate is nearly 10% of the fluvial sediment discharge to the ocean.

    • Matthew A. Charette
  • 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
  • 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
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The increasing acidity of our seas is a threat to marine life that for many species may be impossible to overcome.

    • Sarah DeWeerdt
    Nature 550, S54–S58