Accurate data on emissions sources and sinks is vital for science-led decision making about the how the world is going to expend or preserve its carbon budget. This collection brings together a selection of multi-disciplinary research and commentary from across the natural and social sciences that explores the major inputs and outputs that comprise the world’s carbon account.
Vol -, Issue -, 5 Oct 2016
This joint Collection reflects on how policy can direct science by showcasing researchers' perspectives on how best to respond to the Paris Agreement aspiration to limit climate change to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels.
Vol -, Issue -, 8 Jul 2016
The energy sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. This joint Nature Energy and Nature Climate Change Collection showcases research that provides a fuller understanding of society's response to the challenges of transitioning to a low-carbon energy regime.
Vol -, Issue -, 18 May 2016
Nature Climate Change is five! To celebrate, we present a web collection exploring how the climate change research landscape has evolved since our first issue. In five specially commissioned News & Views, scientists examine the influence of a piece published in the early years of the journal. An Editorial and News Feature probe how the natural and social sciences have advanced in the last half-decade, and we select ten pieces of opinion and research from our archive to showcase the breadth of disciplines that continue to contribute to the journal.
Vol 6, Issue 4, 24 Mar 2016
Policymakers are meeting in Paris for the latest round of international climate talks. They are aiming to agree a deal that will push the world onto a significantly lower emissions path. In this joint web Focus, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change present a series of overview articles and opinion pieces that explore how the world's carbon budget is being spent, and what needs to be done to catalyse transformational change. For a collection of content across the Nature journals, please see here.
Vol -, Issue -, 8 Dec 2015
In June 2015, the Pope delivered a high-profile encyclical on climate change and the environment. The near-200 page document called for the Catholic church to enter a "dialogue with all people about our common home". This Focus provides a scholarly foundation for that dialogue, with world-leading ecologists, sociologists and economists highlighting the strengths and limitations of the Pope's call for action.
Vol 5, Issue 10, 24 Sep 2015
Today Africa faces a multitude of development and sustainability challenges. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these challenges through its direct effects on people and the environment, as well as by imposing the need for measures to keep greenhouse gas emissions low and adapt to climate impacts. However, there remains a dearth of information with which to understand the nature of these risks for Africa and how best to tackle them. In this Insight we highlight some of the key ways that climate change might impact African wildlife and farming systems, and the interacting pressures on water, energy and food resources. The effects of air pollution on African climate are also considered, as is the uptake of available climate information by decision makers.
Vol 5, Issue 9, 21 Aug 2015
The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a natural climate phenomenon that has worldwide impacts. It alternates between two phases — the warm phase (El Niño) and the cold phase (La Niña) — that result from changes in the sea surface temperature and associated atmospheric circulation. This influences the hydrological cycle and global weather through teleconnections. In this web focus, we present a variety of original research, opinion and review pieces that highlight our current understanding of how climate change is affecting ENSO.
Vol -, Issue -, 18 Aug 2015
An emerging body of literature is exploring the role of the media in reporting climate change science and the recent IPCC efforts to reach out policymakers and the public. In this focus, Nature Climate Change presents an Article examining media coverage of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – in broadcast, print and social media – and a series of opinion pieces looking at the effectiveness of the IPCC communication strategy and the ways experts study media power in the context of climate change.
Vol 5, Issue 4, 25 Mar 2015
The ocean is absorbing large amounts of anthropogenic heat and carbon. This is altering many ocean properties, which will influence the viability and health of marine biota. At the base of the foodchain are phytoplankton, the primary producers, which not only support the marine ecosystem but sequester carbon to the deep ocean. In this web focus we present a variety of original research and opinion pieces that highlight the pressures on marine phytoplankton under climate change and suggest directions for future research.
Vol 5, Issue 1, 18 Dec 2014
The countdown is on to reach a legally binding agreement between all nations on actions to mitigate climate change. In 2011, the United Nations Climate Change Conference agreed that such a deal will be in place by 2015, and implemented by 2020. In this joint web Focus, timed to coincide with the New York Climate Summit, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change present a series of overview articles and opinion pieces that take stock of emissions and climate change uncertainties and discuss potential ways forward.
Vol 4, Issue 10, 22 Sep 2014
Climate change fundamentally alters the way that farmers need to plan and manage their operations. This is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting growing demand for food, fuel and fibre. This is a grand challenge for farmers and has the potential to touch the lives of everyone that uses farmed produce; in short, all of us. In this focus, Nature Climate Change presents a variety of original research and opinion pieces that highlight important themes in our understanding of the effects of climate change on agriculture, agriculture's influence on the climate and our capacity to adapt to better face these challenges.
Vol 4, Issue 7, 25 Jun 2014
Growing population and increasing demand for higher living standards have led to the overuse of water resources. More recently, the management of watersheds has been threatened by the impacts of climate change on the water cycle. In the face of these challenges, water companies and agribusinesses need to seek solutions. In this focus, Nature Climate Change presents four opinion pieces that discuss the risks and opportunities posed to private companies by water scarcity, highlight the steps some companies have already taken and, overall, the actions still required.
Vol 4, Issue 5, 25 Apr 2014
From the industrial revolution onwards, greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities such as the burning of fossil fuel and changes in land use have caused the planet to warm. However, since 1998 – a year of record warmth – the rate of warming has been lower than in the late twentieth century. In this joint web focus, Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience present original research and opinion pieces that discuss the causes of the slowdown in surface warming and examine how the science has been communicated by researchers and the media.
Vol 4, Issue 3, 3 Mar 2014
The hydrological cycle influences the development of societies, as well as human lifestyles and well-being across the globe. How climate change might affect the timing and variability of precipitation, along with the resulting floods and droughts, could significantly impact agriculture, water resources and natural ecosystems. In this web focus we present a variety of articles, including original research, that highlight trends in precipitation and flooding under climate change.
Vol 3, Issue 9, 28 Aug 2013
Individuals' perceptions of, and beliefs about, climate change are affected by direct experience as well as the social, cultural and political context. Communication of a significant degree of scientific agreement on anthropogenic global warming can reduce biases in the formation of people's opinions, but the degree of consensus needs to be quantified. In this web focus, we present a collection of original research and opinion pieces that highlight the various dimensions of public and experts' interpretations of climate change.
Vol 3, Issue 4, 26 Mar 2013
Water is the basis for life as we know it, in a biological as well as a societal sense. Under the combined influences of human development and a warming climate, supply and demand of water for consumption and irrigation, mineral exploration and energy production will change. In this joint web focus, Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change present overview articles, original research and opinion pieces that analyse the availability and governance of fresh water in a changing world.
Vol 2, Issue 12, 3 Dec 2012
In celebration of the journal's first anniversary this month, we are giving free access for a limited period of one month to one article selected from each of the first 12 issues. The articles have been chosen to illustrate the breadth and depth of the journal's content, including primary research, interviews, commentaries and features. We take this opportunity to thank our readers and authors and we look forward to contributing further to the climate change debate over future years. Meanwhile, we hope that the climate change community finds this collection of articles both thought-provoking and interesting.
Vol 2, Issue 4, 28 Mar 2012
Climate-KIC is one of the first three Knowledge Innovation Communities designated on 1 January 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It uniquely bring together education, research, business and government to create the environment to foster innovation for addressing societal issues. This promotional review highlights the scope and potential of this ambitious experiment in creating an integrated public–private community to drive systemic innovation in the field of climate change adaptaton and mitigation.
Vol 1, Issue 6, 26 Aug 2011