Environmental social sciences


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.


Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Large, intense thunderstorms frequently cause flooding and fatalities. Now, research finds that these storms may see a threefold increase in frequency and produce significantly heavier downpours in the future, far exceeding previous estimates.

    • Zhe Feng
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The Paris Agreement has increased the incentive to verify reported anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions with independent Earth system observations. Reliable verification requires a step change in our understanding of carbon cycle variability.

    • Glen P. Peters
    • , Corinne Le Quéré
    • , Robbie M. Andrew
    • , Josep G. Canadell
    • , Pierre Friedlingstein
    • , Tatiana Ilyina
    • , Robert B. Jackson
    • , Fortunat Joos
    • , Jan Ivar Korsbakken
    • , Galen A. McKinley
    • , Stephen Sitch
    •  & Pieter Tans
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Recent scientific advances make it possible to assign extreme events to human-induced climate change and historical emissions. These developments allow losses and damage associated with such events to be assigned country-level responsibility.

    • Friederike E. L. Otto
    • , Ragnhild B. Skeie
    • , Jan S. Fuglestvedt
    • , Terje Berntsen
    •  & Myles R. Allen