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This month, we feature articles on carbon emissions from peat- and wetlands and commentary articles on how the scientific community can support discussions on loss and damage funds.

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  • The drivers of uncertainties in hydrological sensitivity, the global-mean precipitation response to warming, are currently not well understood. Here the authors show that the spatial pattern of sea surface temperature warming explains much of this uncertainty and could allow to constrain projections.

    • Shipeng Zhang
    • Philip Stier
    • Minghuai Wang
    ArticleOpen Access
  • In contrast to the overall recovery of stratospheric ozone, ozone depletion in the tropical lower stratosphere has been ongoing over recent years. Here the authors show that currently unregulated halogenated ozone-depleting very short-lived substances play a key role in this ongoing depletion.

    • Julián Villamayor
    • Fernando Iglesias-Suarez
    • Alfonso Saiz-Lopez
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Economists often dominate public climate policy discussions, such as those on the proper social discount rate and optimal climate pathways. This Article shows that philosophers, experts in underlying ethical matters, generally agree with economists but put more weight on various normative considerations.

    • Frikk Nesje
    • Moritz A. Drupp
    • Ben Groom
  • Antarctic bottom water (AABW), a key component of ocean circulation, provides oxygen to the deep ocean. This work shows that AABW transport reduced over the past decades in the Australian Antarctic Basin, weakening the abyssal overturning circulation and decreasing deep ocean oxygen.

    • Kathryn L. Gunn
    • Stephen R. Rintoul
    • Melissa M. Bowen
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The authors show that estuarine and coastal vegetation are collectively a greenhouse gas (GHG) sink for the atmosphere, but methane and nitrous oxide emissions counteract the carbon dioxide uptake. Critical coastal GHG sink hotspots are identified in Southeast Asia, North America and Africa.

    • Judith A. Rosentreter
    • Goulven G. Laruelle
    • Pierre Regnier

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