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Nature Climate Change is a monthly journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research on the causes, impacts and wider implications of global climate change. The journal publishes climate research across the physical, biological and social sciences and strives to integrate and communicate interdisciplinary research. The journal aims to play a leading role in: providing accessibility to a broad audience to research published both within and outside the journal; raising the visibility of climate change research in related research communities as well as the mainstream media; and offering a forum for discussion of the challenges faced by researchers and policy makers (and other interested parties) in understanding the complex mechanisms and impacts associated with the Earth’s changing climate.
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Antarctic iceberg impacts on future Southern Hemisphere climate

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0546-1

Climate change will increase meltwater and iceberg discharge from Antarctica, with implications for future climate and sea levels. Iceberg melt will partly offset greenhouse warming in the Southern Ocean and dampen the positive feedback loop between ice-sheet melting and subsurface warming.

Wasting less electricity before use

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0558-x

New research finds that global inefficiencies in power transmission and distribution infrastructure result in nearly a gigatonne of CO2-equivalent annually. Countries can use this overlooked mitigation opportunity in their transition to a clean power sector.

Midlatitudes unaffected by sea ice loss

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0560-3

Climate scientists cannot agree on what caused a recent spate of severe winters over North America and Eurasia. Now, a simple yet powerful physics-based approach makes it clear that record-low Arctic sea ice coverage was not the root cause.

The climate mitigation opportunity behind global power transmission and distribution

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0544-3

Additional electricity generation is required to compensate for losses from inefficient transmission and distribution infrastructure. In this study, emissions from compensatory generation and the potential for reductions are estimated for 142 countries.

Minimal influence of reduced Arctic sea ice on coincident cold winters in mid-latitudes

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0551-4

Two independent methods, applied to observations and climate models, suggest that changes in atmospheric circulation drive cold winters in mid-latitudes and coincident mild Arctic winters. Reduced Arctic sea ice causes Arctic warming but has minimal influence on the severity of mid-latitude winters.

Author Correction: Global loss of climate connectivity in tropical forests

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0570-1

Author Correction: Global loss of climate connectivity in tropical forests

Nitrogen and phosphorus constrain the CO<sub>2</sub> fertilization of global plant biomass

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 12 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0545-2

Elevated CO2 increases plant biomass, providing a negative feedback on global warming. Nutrient availability was found to drive the magnitude of this effect for the majority of vegetation globally, and analyses indicated that CO2 will continue to fertilize plant growth in the next century.

Persistent acceleration in global sea-level rise since the 1960s

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 05 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0531-8

Satellite altimetry shows global mean sea-level rise acceleration; however, sparse tide-gauge data limit understanding of the longer-term trend. A hybrid method of reconstruction for 1900–2015 shows acceleration since the 1960s, linked to increases and shifts in Southern Hemisphere westerly winds.

Publisher Correction: Reduced probability of ice-free summers for 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C warming

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 05 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0569-7

Publisher Correction: Reduced probability of ice-free summers for 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C warming

Author Correction: Sea-level driven land conversion and the formation of ghost forests

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 02 August 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0568-8

Author Correction: Sea-level driven land conversion and the formation of ghost forests

The impacts of a capacity-building workshop in a randomized adaptation project

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0536-3

Lack of information is a barrier to climate change adaptation, and filling the information gap is a key component of adaptation projects. However, using a randomized controlled trial, this study finds no impact of a capacity-building workshop on community water management practices in Costa Rica.

Grassland gas

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0548-z

Grassland gas

In models we trust

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0550-5

In models we trust

The limits of capacity building

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0541-6

Randomized control trials are a potentially useful research design for identifying the causal effects of capacity-building interventions in the context of environmental development. But new research suggests that short-term capacity-building projects do not increase the rate at which local water districts in Costa Rica adopt climate adaptation strategies.

Counting tree contributions

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0549-y

Counting tree contributions

The political economy of solar power

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0532-7

The political economy of solar power

Benefits of trees

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0556-z

Forests play an important role in carbon storage and climate regulation, as well as supporting biodiversity. Restoration of lost and degraded areas is firmly back on the agenda with a recent UN announcement.

On our bookshelf

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 26 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0547-0

On our bookshelf

Why setting a climate deadline is dangerous

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0543-4

The publication of the IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5 oC paved the way for the rise of the political rhetoric of setting a fixed deadline for decisive actions on climate change. However, the dangers of such deadline rhetoric suggest the need for the IPCC to take responsibility for its report and openly challenge the credibility of such a deadline.

Is adaptation success a flawed concept?

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:00am

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0539-0

The Paris Agreement established a global goal on adaptation and invites parties to review the effectiveness of adaptation actions. However, the measurement of adaptation success remains elusive. Focusing on the capabilities of households and governments to pursue a range of adaptation futures provides a more robust foundation.

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