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Nature Climate Change Contents: August 2017 Volume 7 Number 8 pp 535-610

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KAUST Discovery: Research into sustainable agriculture

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Chatham House Climate Change conference 
9-10 October 2017

Major political changes have impacted global action on climate change. In this context, the ambitions of policy-makers to tackle this issue needs to be reassessed. In the lead-up to the 'global stocktake' in 2018, the challenges of emissions reductions persist and a step change is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement.
Focus on sustainable materials

To ensure the sustainable development of our planet, we need to consider the implications of the materials we use on the ecosystem and society. This Focus from Nature Materials discusses strategies to assess the life-cycle environmental impact of materials and to make the production of key commodities more sustainable.


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Choices to be made p535
Local and regional authorities are making climate-conscious choices, whilst climate change impacts will soon mean individuals need to make choices to survive.



Pragmatic disaster loss assessment p536
J. Handmer, M. A. Ladds and L. Magee



Cities spearhead climate action pp537 - 538
Mark Watts
Following President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities worldwide have pledged support to combat climate change. Along with a growing coalition of businesses and institutions, cities represent a beacon of hope for carbon reduction in politically tumultuous times.

Stop preaching to the converted pp538 - 540
Asheley R. Landrum and Robert B. Lull
Traditional moral arguments fail to persuade conservative climate sceptics. Pope Francis' gifting of his climate encyclical to President Trump prior to his leaving the Paris Agreement shows that even a religious leader's persuasive power is constrained by how his message resonates with conservative moral values.

Impacts of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf calving event pp540 - 542
Anna E. Hogg and G. Hilmar Gudmundsson
A giant iceberg has calved off the Larsen-C Ice Shelf, the largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, reducing its total area by ~10%. Whilst calving events are a natural phenomenon and thus not necessarily indicative of changing environmental conditions, such events can impact ice-shelf stability.



Businesses lead where US falters pp543 - 546
Erica Gies
The Paris Agreement requires commitments from countries to take action and reduce emissions, but the corporate world is also looking at its contribution to mitigation.

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Glaciology: Cloud loss melts Greenland | Mental health: Flood-induced displacement | Biogeochemistry: Primary production uncertainty | Media: Mitigation focus

News and Views


Sea-level-rise impacts: Questioning inevitable migration pp548 - 549
Dominic Kniveton
It is assumed that sea-level rise due to climate change will be so severe that those living near sea level will be forced to relocate. However, new research around a series of islands that have suffered subsidence due to a recent earthquake suggests that instead, island residents remain and use a range of strategies to adapt to regular flooding.
See also: Article by Ma. Laurice Jamero et al.

Climate dynamics: Land warming revives monsoon pp549 - 550
Mathew Koll Roxy
A weakening land–ocean temperature difference, owing to a rapidly warming Indian Ocean, has seen the Indian monsoon trending downward since the 1950s. New research gives hope for a revival in monsoon rainfall as land warming catches up with, and exceeds, ocean warming.
See also: Article by Qinjian Jin et al.

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Climate impacts of oil extraction increase significantly with oilfield age pp551 - 556
Mohammad S. Masnadi and Adam R. Brandt
The footprint of oil typically considers combustion emissions, neglecting extraction emissions. This study shows that production declines with depletion for 25 significant oil fields, whilst emissions increase through greater energy expenditure.

Balancing Europe’s wind-power output through spatial deployment informed by weather regimes pp557 - 562
Christian M. Grams, Remo Beerli, Stefan Pfenninger, Iain Staffell and Heini Wernli
Weather regimes drive variability in wind-power generation across Europe, affecting energy security. Strategically deployed wind turbines in regions of contrasting weather regime behaviour can be used to balance wind capacity and minimize output variability.

Importance of the pre-industrial baseline for likelihood of exceeding Paris goals pp563 - 567
Andrew P. Schurer, Michael E. Mann, Ed Hawkins, Simon F. B. Tett and Gabriele C. Hegerl
In order to meet internationally agreed temperature limits, it is important to have a defined baseline. This study shows for low-emission scenarios the likelihood and timing of exceedance are highly dependent on the baseline, as are allowable carbon emissions.

Continued increase of extreme El Niño frequency long after 1.5 °C warming stabilization pp568 - 572
Guojian Wang, Wenju Cai, Bolan Gan, Lixin Wu, Agus Santoso, Xiaopei Lin, Zhaohui Chen and Michael J. McPhaden
CMIP5 simulations reveal that the frequency of extreme El Niño events doubles under the 1.5 °C Paris target, and continues to increase long after global temperatures stabilize due to emission reductions. Extreme La Niña events, however, see little change at either 1.5° or 2 °C warming.

The limits of modifying migration speed to adjust to climate change pp573 - 576
Heiko Schmaljohann and Christiaan Both
Analysis synthesizing 49 tracking studies shows that flexibility in the major determinant of migration duration is insufficient to adjust to ongoing climate change, and is unlikely to explain many of the changes in arrival timing already observed.

Human disturbance and upward expansion of plants in a warming climate pp577 - 580
Matteo Dainese, Sami Aikio, Philip E. Hulme, Alessio Bertolli, Filippo Prosser and Lorenzo Marini
A large proportion of European alpine plants are able to spread upslope faster than current climate velocities. Nevertheless, invasive species tend to be particularly effective dispersers, making them an additional pressure on the vulnerable native flora.



Small-island communities in the Philippines prefer local measures to relocation in response to sea-level rise pp581 - 586
Ma. Laurice Jamero, Motoharu Onuki, Miguel Esteban, Xyza Kristina Billones-Sensano, Nicholson Tan, Angelie Nellas, Hiroshi Takagi, Nguyen Danh Thao and Ven Paolo Valenzuela
It is often assumed that increased flooding due to sea-level rise will lead to mass migration. However, this study shows that residents of island communities in the Philippines prefer to implement local adaptation measures in response to frequent severe flooding rather than relocate.
See also: News and Views by Dominic Kniveton

A revival of Indian summer monsoon rainfall since 2002 pp587 - 594
Qinjian Jin and Chien Wang
Since ∼1950, a significant reduction in Indian monsoon rainfall has been observed. Here, it is shown that land–ocean temperature contrasts have produced more favourable monsoon conditions since 2002, reviving summer monsoon rainfall over India.
See also: News and Views by Mathew Koll Roxy

Localized rapid warming of West Antarctic subsurface waters by remote winds pp595 - 603
Paul Spence, Ryan M. Holmes, Andrew McC. Hogg, Stephen M. Griffies, Kial D. Stewart and Matthew H. England
The subsurface waters west of the Antarctic Peninsula are warming rapidly. This study shows that changes in coastal winds in East Antarctica are remotely impacting this region and drive the upwelling of warm deep water.

Arctic sea-ice decline weakens the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation pp604 - 610
Florian Sévellec, Alexey V. Fedorov and Wei Liu
Sea-ice loss has exposed the Arctic Ocean to anomalous heat and freshwater. Climate model experiments suggest that these changes, particularly on multi-decadal timescales, may explain the observed slow-down in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

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