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  • 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
  • The North American Pacific Northwest experienced an unprecedented heatwave in summer 2021. This study shows that atmospheric circulation features and regional soil dryness both amplified the event’s severity; future warming increases the chance of an equivalent or stronger event.

    • Samuel Bartusek
    • Kai Kornhuber
    • Mingfang Ting
    Article
  • The degree to which aerosols influence surface temperatures is not well understood. Here, the authors argue that reducing the uncertainties in the climate response to aerosol forcing is one of the key challenges to reduce overall uncertainties of warming projections.

    • Duncan Watson-Parris
    • Christopher J. Smith
    Brief Communication
  • Future changes and regional differences in snowpacks are unclear. Here the American Cordillera mountain range, spanning the Americas, is estimated to lose snow faster in the southern midlatitudes—global warming should be limited to below 2.5 °C to prevent low-to-no-snow conditions across the range.

    • Alan M. Rhoades
    • Benjamin J. Hatchett
    • Andrew D. Jones
    Article Open Access
  • Many countries have submitted updated and new emissions reduction pledges in COP26, but further ratcheting of pledges is needed to reach the 1.5 °C goal. Ratcheting near-term ambition through 2030 could bring the largest climate benefits and avoid potential long-term temperature overshoot.

    • Gokul Iyer
    • Yang Ou
    • Haewon McJeon
    Article
  • 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
  • As regulatory attention on scope 3 emissions mounts, the ‘double-counting’ concern cited by companies can be addressed by allocating shared responsibility across the supply chain. Measurement and data collection present more substantial challenges in reaching an effective allocation.

    • Sanjith Gopalakrishnan
    Comment
  • Many natural disaster insurance markets were designed under historical distributions of climate risk that differ from those prevailing today. These differences create challenges for natural disaster insurance markets to mitigate the effects of climate change and also increase demand for innovative policy solutions.

    • Katherine R. H. Wagner
    Comment

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