Features

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    Moving whole communities away from the coastline sounds like a remote possibility. But as sea levels rise, relocation might be an increasingly inevitable, though challenging, option.

    • Marcello Rossi
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    Long-term climate dynamics and impacts from sea level rise to heat stress make the case for much stronger mitigation efforts today

    • Sonja van Renssen
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    Piece by piece, scientists are gathering evidence of the growing threat of wet snow avalanches in a warmer world.

    • Olive Heffernan
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    A global effort is underway to restore more than 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by bringing together reforestation commitments under the Bonn Challenge. Molly Hawes investigates the benefits and complexities of returning land to forest.

    • Molly Hawes
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    Credit ratings agencies are now accounting for climate change risks in their ratings of credit worthiness. This could incentivize climate risk reduction efforts if it allows organizations access to cheaper credit. Karl Mathiesen investigates the extent to which this is happening in practice.

    • Karl Mathiesen
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    Sometimes policymakers have backed the wrong technologies, lacked ambition or simply not engaged with potential emissions reductions. Sonja van Renssen explores climate policies that have not delivered and why.

    • Sonja van Renssen
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    The Paris Agreement requires commitments from countries to take action and reduce emissions, but the corporate world is also looking at its contribution to mitigation.

    • Erica Gies
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    European far-right parties have been making headway and could pose a risk to climate-friendly policy.

    • Elisabeth Jeffries
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    Representing climate change through music and the visual arts anchors it in our culture.

    • Sonja van Renssen
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    Climate change could cost the world trillions of dollars every year. But at the moment, no one is required to pay for this damage, even if it is arguably their fault. That is where the world's courts come in.

    • Sonja van Renssen
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    Most city councils are still struggling to raise environmental standards for buildings.

    • Elisabeth Jeffries
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    The past five years have been an interesting time for the climate and for climate policy. But how has climate science evolved since Nature Climate Change first launched?

    • Olive Heffernan
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    Free trade agreements are becoming greener, and yet encouraging fossil fuel business.

    • Elisabeth Jeffries
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    Through modern media, Africa is now in people's living rooms and offices, so Africans need to report their experience of climate change.

    • Elisabeth Jeffries
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    Colombia's sustainable cattle ranching programme restores degraded land while boosting livestock production and making farmland more resilient to climate change.

    • Lisa Palmer
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    A more democratic world, and a world that responds effectively to the challenges of climate change, are common aims of the international community. But are they mutually compatible?

    • Anna Petherick
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    When the price of oil jumps, logic dictates that people should rush to invest in renewables. But it's not so simple.

    • Mason Inman
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    Predicting abrupt changes in ecological systems could help stave off some of the worst impacts of climate change. But how close are we to foreseeing tipping points?

    • Mason Inman
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    As regulatory efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions stall, many are seeking legal routes to achieve justice on climate change.

    • David Adam
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    Scientific observations made by everyday people are forming an increasingly valuable resource for scientists who research global change. But how reliable is citizen science?

    • Kerri Smith
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    Could radical innovation by green entrepreneurs deliver a techno-fix for the climate?

    • Shanta Barley
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    How will our choices shape the future? That's a question researchers are keen to answer, and with a new approach to how the climate community develops scenarios, they are coming that bit closer to answering it.

    • Mason Inman
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    How much of an influence are our peers when it comes to being green?

    • Chris Woodside
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    Climate scientists are under pressure to make their data — and their methods — more openly available, both to fellow scientists and the public. Now, open-access climate science is becoming easier than ever.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    In 2002, the world's governments agreed to significantly slow the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Time is almost up, and by most accounts they've failed. Now that climate change is emerging as one of biodiversity's greatest threats, scientists are proposing new ways to tackle the crisis. Hannah Hoag reports.

    • Hannah Hoag
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    Despite the threat of rising sea levels, the drive to develop Florida's coastline continues. Mark Schrope reports.

    • Mark Schrope
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    Nations threatened by sea level rise are starting to look at how they can work with nature to defend their coastlines. Mason Inman reports.

    • Mason Inman
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    Controlling the climate with technology was once the stuff of science fiction. But with tests already underway, there's an urgent need for global governance of geoengineering. Mason Inman reports.

    • Mason Inman
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    For climate science, the year 2009 brought significant discoveries and startling controversies. Kurt Kleiner reports.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    Hopes are fading that a strong treaty will emerge from next month's negotiations in Copenhagen. Researchers who study cooperation, though, aren't surprised. Mason Inman reports.

    • Mason Inman
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    Emissions from cattle and sheep are significant contributors to planetary warming. But how close are we to creating low-emitting livestock? Kevin Morrison reports.

    • Kevin Morrison
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    Protecting forests offers a quick and cost-effective way of reducing emissions, but agreeing a means to do so won't be easy. Mark Schrope reports.

    • Mark Schrope
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    Ice has become an unequalled resource for studying the Earth's climatic history. Anna Barnett rounds up several new features on our site that pay tribute to the field of paleoclimatology, from the initial discovery of climatic clues in ice through to current efforts to recover a core that stretches back over a million years.

    • Anna Barnett
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    Climate change is inherently a social problem — so why have sociologists been so slow to study it? Kerri Smith reports.

    • Kerri Smith
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    Enthusiasts say that biochar could go a long way towards mitigating climate change and bring with it a host of ancillary benefits. But others fear it could do more harm than good. Kurt Kleiner reports.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    Gauging how the planet will respond to rising emissions remains one of the biggest questions in climate science. Mason Inman looks at how close we are to answering it.

    • Mason Inman
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    As the planet warms, vast stores of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — could be released from frozen deposits on land and under the ocean. Amanda Leigh Mascarelli reports on the race to understand a ticking time bomb.

    • Amanda Mascarelli
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    The notion that we're running out of fossil fuel is gaining support in some unexpected quarters. But is peak energy good or bad news for the climate? Kurt Kleiner reports.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    Threatened with encroaching seas, dwindling water supplies and fiercer storms, Bangladesh is already suffering the ill effects of rising global greenhouse gas emissions. Mason Inman reports on how the region is coping with climate change.

    • Mason Inman
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    By 2050, there will be an estimated 9 billion humans on the planet. Kerri Smith asks whether curbing the world's burgeoning population could help in tackling climate change.

    • Kerri Smith
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    While the US and EU plan major investments in bioethanol and biodiesel, critics argue that biofuels carry too high a cost. Kurt Kleiner reports.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    With climate change placing increasing pressure on environmental resources, it is now being viewed as a threat to national security. Amanda Leigh Haag reports.

    • Amanda Leigh Haag