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  • Reviews |

    Demand for cooling is expected to increase globally. To deliver sustainable cooling beyond energy-intensive technological solutions, a comprehensive analytical framework and research agenda are proposed.

    • Radhika Khosla
    • , Nicole D. Miranda
    • , Philipp A. Trotter
    • , Antonella Mazzone
    • , Renaldi Renaldi
    • , Caitlin McElroy
    • , Francois Cohen
    • , Anant Jani
    • , Rafael Perera-Salazar
    •  & Malcolm McCulloch
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Climate action from local actors is vital in achieving nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement. Here the authors show that existing commitments from U.S. states, cities and business could reduce emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2030, with expanded subnational action reducing emissions by 37% and federal action by up to 49%.

    • Nathan E. Hultman
    • , Leon Clarke
    • , Carla Frisch
    • , Kevin Kennedy
    • , Haewon McJeon
    • , Tom Cyrs
    • , Pete Hansel
    • , Paul Bodnar
    • , Michelle Manion
    • , Morgan R. Edwards
    • , Ryna Cui
    • , Christina Bowman
    • , Jessie Lund
    • , Michael I. Westphal
    • , Andrew Clapper
    • , Joel Jaeger
    • , Arijit Sen
    • , Jiehong Lou
    • , Devashree Saha
    • , Wendy Jaglom
    • , Koben Calhoun
    • , Kristin Igusky
    • , James deWeese
    • , Kareem Hammoud
    • , J. C. Altimirano
    • , Margaret Dennis
    • , Chris Henderson
    • , Gill Zwicker
    •  & John O’Neill
  • Reviews
    | Open Access

    Human energy consumption and productivity have steeply risen around 1950 CE, leading to a departure from the Earth’s Holocene state into the Anthropocene, suggests a quantitative analysis of humanity’s influence on the Earth system.

    • Jaia Syvitski
    • , Colin N. Waters
    • , John Day
    • , John D. Milliman
    • , Colin Summerhayes
    • , Will Steffen
    • , Jan Zalasiewicz
    • , Alejandro Cearreta
    • , Agnieszka Gałuszka
    • , Irka Hajdas
    • , Martin J. Head
    • , Reinhold Leinfelder
    • , J. R. McNeill
    • , Clément Poirier
    • , Neil L. Rose
    • , William Shotyk
    • , Michael Wagreich
    •  & Mark Williams
  • Reviews |

    Mental accounting refers to the mental budgets people use to organize and track resource use. In this Perspective, the authors demonstrate how principles of mental accounting can be applied to energy behaviour and decision-making, and outline future research directions.

    • Ulf J. J. Hahnel
    • , Gilles Chatelain
    • , Beatrice Conte
    • , Valentino Piana
    •  & Tobias Brosch

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