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  • The authors quantify the thermal tolerance of 305 populations from 61 taxa by meta-analysis. They reveal strong population-level differentiation in marine and intertidal taxa, but not terrestrial or freshwater taxa, and highlight the need to consider such variation in climate vulnerability predictions.

    • Matthew Sasaki
    • Jordanna M. Barley
    • Brian S. Cheng
    Analysis
  • Accurately assessing emissions reductions for various greenhouse gases to stay within temperature targets is important. Here, an adaptive approach, based solely on observations and not on model projections, allows quantification of emissions reductions required to achieve any temperature target.

    • Jens Terhaar
    • Thomas L. Frölicher
    • Fortunat Joos
    Article
  • The authors analyse the impacts of drought on tree growth for various species of various ages to assess the influences of forest demographic shift on future drought responses. The increasing proportion of young trees showing greater growth reduction to drought raises concern on future carbon storage.

    • Tsun Fung Au
    • Justin T. Maxwell
    • Jonathan Lenoir
    Article
  • Climate change is expected to intensify the hydrological cycle, but how this translates into changes in river floods is not clear. Here, the authors show that changes in river flood discharge differ between flood types, with increases in rainfall-induced floods and decreases in snow-related floods.

    • Shulei Zhang
    • Liming Zhou
    • Yongjiu Dai
    Article
  • The adoption of some climate policies can facilitate the subsequent adoption of other policies, which is referred to as policy sequencing. Across sectors and countries, policy sequences often play an important role in the adoption and stringency of carbon pricing.

    • Manuel Linsenmeier
    • Adil Mohommad
    • Gregor Schwerhoff
    Brief Communication
  • Polarization and the resulting political deadlock have become key barriers to more ambitious climate action. Using Twitter data between Conferences of the Parties, this research identifies a trend of increasing polarization driven by growing right-wing activity alongside accusations of political hypocrisy.

    • Max Falkenberg
    • Alessandro Galeazzi
    • Andrea Baronchelli
    Article Open Access
    • Tegan Armarego-Marriott
    Research Highlight
  • Behaviour change is essential for effective solutions to climate threats. Thus, policy-relevant behavioural science studies are needed for a shift towards human-centred climate actions.

    Editorial
  • For effective climate policy, we need both classic and behavioural policies. Green nudges facilitate the effectiveness of a carbon tax by increasing the salience of the tax, harnessing pro-climate concerns, extending the reach of a tax by targeting behaviours directly and, importantly, increasing public acceptance of carbon taxes.

    • Christina Gravert
    • Ganga Shreedhar
    Comment

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