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Climate action on small islands

This month, we focus on small island states and territories, highlighting research conducted on these islands and future steps to enhance climate research and action.

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  • Projections of the future climate of small island states and territories are currently limited by the coarse resolution of models. We call for rapid global and regional cooperation to develop projections compatible with small island scales, providing relevant local information and decision-making tools.

    • Jason P. Evans
    • Ali Belmadani
    • Alexandre Peltier
  • Small island states and territories have been leading climate action in many ways. In this issue, we highlight climate change research conducted on large ocean islands and how science can improve to help them adapt to changing environments.

  • Adaptation evidence and knowledge are diverse and unequally represented in global adaptation discourse. The Adaptation Futures 2023 conference sought to bring this diversity together to advance more inclusive and impactful adaptation science, and confronted both the benefits and the trade-offs that this effort entails.

    • G. Cundill
    • B. Harvey
    • E. Totin
  • To accept carbon pricing, citizens desire viable alternatives to fossil fuel-based options. As inflation and higher interest rates have exacerbated access barriers for capital-intensive green substitutes, the political success of carbon pricing will be measured by how well policy design enables consumers to switch.

    • F. Funke
    • L. Mattauch
    • J. E. Stiglitz

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