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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  • While important, coal power phase-out in models may be faster than is socio-politically feasible in highly coal-dependent countries. This research shows that reaching the temperature target with these constraints requires faster decline in emissions from the global North and in global oil and gas production.

    • Greg Muttitt
    • James Price
    • Dan Welsby
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  • Precipitation and temperature affect biomass and carbon storage in the tropics. This study shows that warming-driven contraction of humid regions and expansion of areas with dry periods could double carbon losses, with about one-third associated with decline of humid areas in South America.

    • Maria del Rosario Uribe
    • Michael T. Coe
    • Paulo M. Brando
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  • During the winter season, Arctic sea ice recovers from summer melt, but this winter sea-ice growth has weakened over recent decades. Here the authors show that atmospheric rivers reach the Arctic more frequently with warming, which in turn slows down the seasonal recovery of sea ice.

    • Pengfei Zhang
    • Gang Chen
    • Laifang Li
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  • An EU embargo on Russian fossil fuels would lead to a rapid decrease in fossil fuel combustion, GHG emissions reductions and potential economic losses. This analysis quantifies such effects, while also demonstrating how demand-side responses could offset the negative shock.

    • Li-Jing Liu
    • Hong-Dian Jiang
    • Yi-Ming Wei
    Analysis
  • Coal phase-out is an irreplaceable part of the overall mitigation effort and bottom-up momentum has emerged to accelerate the process. With a new approach considering political feasibility, this research shows the potential spillover risks that may undermine the sectoral actions.

    • Stephen L. Bi
    • Nico Bauer
    • Jessica Jewell
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  • With increasing river flooding risk caused by climate and socioeconomic changes, different adaptation strategies can help to improve the resilience to the threat. This Analysis compares four major options, then examines the potential benefits and costs across Europe under different scenarios.

    • Francesco Dottori
    • Lorenzo Mentaschi
    • Luc Feyen
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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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