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This month we look at the techno-economic viability of battery-powered trains, the microenvironment near copper catalysts for CO2 electroreduction, DEI at conferences, and more.

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  • Drivers and impacts of climate change

    This November, world leaders will meet in Glasgow, UK for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to discuss action on the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This Collection draws together content from across the Nature Portfolio that discusses solutions to challenges in mitigation, adaptation and finance — key pillars for COP26.

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    • Fuels synthesized using sunlight offer a sustainable solution for chemical energy storage, but inefficient utilization of the solar spectrum has limited their broader viability. This Review looks at how approaches that are complementary to one another can be employed to better exploit solar energy for sunlight-to-fuel conversion.

      • Qian Wang
      • Chanon Pornrungroj
      • Erwin Reisner
      Review Article
    • Without additional support policies, clean cooking could become unaffordable for about 470 million people by 2030 if a post-pandemic recovery is slow, and about 200 million people by 2030 under ambitious climate mitigation action. Acceleration of clean cooking transitions by tapping into pandemic recovery and climate funds to target the poorest people and regions globally is urgently needed.

      • Shonali Pachauri
      • Miguel Poblete-Cazenave
      • Matthew J. Gidden
      Policy Brief
    • Pacific Island Countries and Territories are seeking to improve their energy systems, which face challenges such as climate change. This Perspective discusses research priorities to support Pacific Island Countries and Territories in building energy resilience while drawing on their own unique strengths and existing community responses.

      • Long Seng To
      • Anna Bruce
      • Atul Raturi
      Perspective
    • Curbing carbon emissions will require electrification of transport, but until now most of the innovations have been deployed in the car industry. In a recent article researchers focus on the electrification of another crucial sector, freight trains, but not with the traditional approach of overhead lines — rather with batteries.

      • Federico Zenith
      News & Views
    • Printing of large-area organic solar cells using green solvents often results in reduced crystallinity and uniformity of the photovoltaic film and consequently a significant performance loss. Now, a solid additive strategy is developed to control the film morphology at the nanoscale and tackle these limitations.

      • Tayebeh Ameri
      News & Views
  • Decarbonizing the built environment sector is key to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, yet there are major barriers to the adoption of emerging energy technologies in buildings. Building demonstrators could help overcome such barriers by trialling technologies and engaging experts across research, construction and policy.

    • Joanna Clarke
    • Justin Searle
    Comment
  • The United States and other G7 countries are considering a framework for mandatory climate risk disclosure by companies. However, unless a globally acceptable hybrid corporate governance model can be forged to address the disparities among different countries’ governance systems, the proposed framework may not succeed.

    • Paul Griffin
    • Amy Myers Jaffe
    Comment
  • The scientific research environment struggles to be an inclusive and diverse place. Initiatives such as the Minority Carriers event at the Photovoltaics Specialists Conference not only support marginalized researchers but also delineate the changes that need to be made and actions that should be taken to make the research space inclusive.

    • Lyndsey McMillon-Brown
    Comment
  • Silicon has around ten times the specific capacity of graphite but its application as an anode in post-lithium-ion batteries presents huge challenges. After decades of development, silicon-based batteries are now on the verge of large-scale commercial success.

    • Yi Cui
    Tales of Invention
  • The financial sector relies on climate risk assessments that overlook uncertainties. COP26 provides a platform for regulators to agree on acceptable risk tolerances, as the science of asset climate risk matures.

    Editorial
  • As increasingly complex and optimized energy systems prepare to cope with a variety of risks including climate shocks and extreme weather events, a myopic focus on economic efficiency can significantly jeopardize critical energy services.

    • Andrew S. Jin
    • Benjamin D. Trump
    • Igor Linkov
    Comment
5th anniversary

5th anniversary

The January 2021 issue marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Nature Energy.
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