How clouds respond to warming remains the greatest source of uncertainty in climate projections. Improved computational and observational tools can reduce this uncertainty. Here we discuss the need for research focusing on high-resolution atmosphere models and the representation of clouds and turbulence within them.
A diverse range of approaches, including contributions based on national interest and local benefits of climate action, is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Now, research considers how equitable approaches may play a role.
The sub-tropics are some of Earth's driest regions, and are expected to get even drier under climate change. Now research overturns our previous understanding of this drying, and suggests that it will affect the oceans much more than the land.
The global North dominates climate change research, but contributions from the South are needed to address this global issue. This Perspective examines the North–South divide and proposes actions, across a range of scales and actors, that may help bridge the divide.
This Review assesses the reasons for concern framework, a key component of IPCC assessments which communicates risk associated with climate change. The study identifies limitations as well as points to extensions which would offer additional metrics.
Climate change is causing increases in extreme rainfall across the United States. This study uses observations and high-resolution modelling to show that rainfall changes related to rising temperatures depend on the available atmospheric moisture.
Projected decreases in subtropical rainfall have previously been attributed to enhanced moisture transport or atmospheric circulation changes. New research shows that neither is the key mechanism, and instead greater land–sea temperature contrast in response to direct radiative forcing dominates.
Global high-resolution crop-specific estimates of greenhouse gas emissions intensity (in 2000) reveal that certain cropping practices contribute disproportionately to emissions, making them suitable targets for climate mitigation policies.
A coupled agriculture and health modelling framework shows that levying greenhouse gas taxes on food commodities could be a health-promoting climate policy in high-, mid-, and low-income economies.
Water will be central to how we, and the environment, adapt to climate change, says University of California professor Roger Bales, who studies climate adaptation and water security.
Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future.
What do respiratory allergies, coastal erosion and litter have in common? It all comes back to the personal, day-to-day, impacts of climate change on people and their communities, says the CEO of Greening Forward.
Information on specific impact of climate change on Nepal’s population has to be disseminated.
Green grass is slowly losing ground as the archetypal landscape of Southern California. The populous region, adapting to a changing climate, will rely less on melting snowpack from afar.
Americans have had one primary reason for building dams over the past century: capturing water for growth, whether on farms or in cities. Now a new dam proposed on California’s Bear River offers another reason: adapting to climate change.
Spending money to adapt will likely be a good investment in Alaska and other states facing sea-level rise and shifting precipitation patterns.
Many communities are preparing for more frequent flooding and extreme storms, drought, wildfires and heat waves. Reporters, meanwhile, are picking up on the trend, with hundreds of examples of resiliency reporting.
Jackson Family Wines of Sonoma, Calif., is among winemakers employing
both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions.
A survey of local officials in 20 coastal counties found that knowledge of the science behind climate change didn't make officials more willing to prepare their communities for impacts like sea-level rise.
The island nation has little water of its own but is determined to shed a reliance on water imports. One key is water recycling, alongside desalination and catchment.
How and where we decide to grow will have immeasurable economic and social consequences, so why would we intentionally grow in parts of the city that we know to be extremely vulnerable to flooding?
Heading into a sixth year of record drought, the state seeks to monitor nearly every drop.
Scientists have stumbled onto a trick that can spur the growth of slow-growing coral and just might help imperiled reefs survive climate change.
The military has to act when climate change threatens its bases.
After nine years and 2,810 posts, a blog seeking a sustainable path for humans on a finite planet comes to an end.
Andy Revkin shifts from blogging and teaching back to long-form in-depth reporting, at ProPublica.
Scattered across the world’s coasts, millions of fishers make up the community fisheries that help feed the world.
News you might have missed from the world of conservation.
What Indonesia's Raja Ampat archipelago can teach the world about coral bleaching.
Gertruida Cloete depends on her livestock for survival — and they depend on healthy grasslands.
The world's nations have come together to begin the urgent task of making last year’s Paris climate agreement a reality.
Indonesia is the world's top palm oil producer — yet too often, yields come at the expense of nature’s health.
Conservation International's CEO discusses why indigenous peoples are among our most powerful and necessary allies for protecting nature.
Community nurseries are helping mountain villagers protect their livelihoods in the face of a changing world.
To build a sustainable economy based on protecting Suriname’s valuable forests and rivers, time is running out.
Photographer Jessica Scranton documents the changes in the landscape — and people’s lives — in Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park.
CI scientists use sophisticated tools to determine the economic value of nature. But one low-tech method continues to be the most effective.
Here's why Costa Rica’s success fighting deforestation and poverty can be a useful model for Cambodia.
This range of financial tools might be the final frontier for protecting nature.
Norbil Becerra's career took an unexpected turn after visiting a forest reserve in Peru's Alto Mayo region.