Trees and fields in Rwanda

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Featuring, among others, work on the risks of cascading tipping points and a mapping of tree-level aboveground carbon stocks in Rwanda.

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    • Michiel R. van den Broeke
    • Stef Lhermitte
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  • National climate institutions could greatly impact the process of policy design and implementation. This analysis identifies four models of climate governance for major emitters, estimates their policy ambitions and performance, then shows how they are related to macro features.

    • Johnathan Guy
    • Esther Shears
    • Jonas Meckling
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  • How the spatial structures of large storms will change is not well resolved in most climate models. Here the authors use high-resolution models to show that winter storms become sharper under warming because precipitation in the storm centre increases more strongly than the storm area.

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    • L. Ruby Leung
    • Mark Wigmosta
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  • The Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai eruption in January 2022 injected large amounts of water vapour into the atmosphere. Here, the authors show that this can cause additional warming over the next years, which increases the likelihood of exceeding 1.5 °C warming over a short time period.

    • Stuart Jenkins
    • Chris Smith
    • Roy Grainger
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  • Rapid growth of AI could lead to more inventions and innovations in climate actions, yet evidence of this connection is lacking. The use of large-scale patent data and automated techniques helps elucidate trends in climate-related artificial intelligence inventions for different technology areas.

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  • Reducing methane emissions from fossil fuels, agriculture and waste is key to achieving climate goals. Technological advances and scientifically grounded feasibility assessments of mitigation initiatives may illuminate the path to success.

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