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Carbon budgets and the 1.5 °C target

Following the Paris Agreement, carbon budgets and the 1.5 °C target has been hotly debated. Nature Geoscience presents a Collection discussing the impacts of the debate on decision making processes, and the issues that the climate science community now needs to grapple with. 

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June 2018 Volume 11, Issue 6

News & Views
Review Articles
Amendments & Corrections
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Limits to protection    p377



Beyond carbon budgets    pp378 - 380
Glen P. Peters

Politically informed advice for climate action    pp380 - 383
Oliver Geden

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Stream metabolism heats up    pp384 - 385
James B. Heffernan

Yellowstone debate erupts again    pp385 - 387
Karin Sigloch

Fingerprints of the thermal equator    p387
Benjamin J. Hatchett

The rise and fall of the Great Barrier Reef    p388
James Tuttle Keane

Rainfall and climate feedbacks    p389
Jian Ma

Tree height matters    pp390 - 391
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Global energetics and local physics as drivers of past, present and future monsoons    pp392 - 400
Michela Biasutti, Aiko Voigt, William R. Boos, Pascale Braconnot, Julia C. Hargreaves et al.

The creation of an energetic framework for monsoon systems is needed to fully understand past and future variations in tropical rainfall, according to a literature review.




Oxidized conditions in iron meteorite parent bodies    pp401 - 404
P. Bonnand & A. N. Halliday

Some iron meteorite parent bodies may have formed beyond Mars under oxidizing conditions, according to analyses of chromium isotopes.


Tall Amazonian forests are less sensitive to precipitation variability    pp405 - 409
Francesco Giardina, Alexandra G. Konings, Daniel Kennedy, Seyed Hamed Alemohammad, Rafael S. Oliveira et al.

Tall trees are less sensitive to variation in precipitation than short trees, according to analyses of photosynthetic sensitivity to drought in tall and short Amazon forests. The results demonstrate higher resilience of tall trees to drought.


Global lake evaporation accelerated by changes in surface energy allocation in a warmer climate    pp410 - 414
Wei Wang, Xuhui Lee, Wei Xiao, Shoudong Liu, Natalie Schultz et al.

Lake evaporation could increase substantially despite modest changes in incoming solar radiation at the surface, as a result of changes in energy partitioning and shorter periods of ice cover, according to numerical simulations.


Continental-scale decrease in net primary productivity in streams due to climate warming    pp415 - 420
Chao Song, Walter K. Dodds, Janine Rüegg, Alba Argerich, Christina L. Baker et al.

An increase in stream temperature leads to a convergence of metabolic balance, overall decline in net ecosystem productivity, and higher CO2 emissions from streams, according to analyses of temperature sensitivity of stream metabolism across six biomes.


Global diffusive fluxes of methane in marine sediments    pp421 - 425
Matthias Egger, Natascha Riedinger, José M. Mogollón & Bo Barker Jørgensen

Much of the methane produced by the deep subseafloor biosphere is consumed by anaerobic methane oxidation with sulfate in continental shelf sediments, according to a global map and calculated budgets of methane fluxes and degradation.


Response of the Great Barrier Reef to sea-level and environmental changes over the past 30,000 years    pp426 - 432
Jody M. Webster, Juan Carlos Braga, Marc Humblet, Donald C. Potts, Yasufumi Iryu et al.

The Great Barrier Reef has migrated rapidly in response to sea-level changes since the last glacial period, suggesting resilience to environmental stress over this interval, according to a reconstruction of reef accretion.


An updated stress map of the continental United States reveals heterogeneous intraplate stress    pp433 - 437
Will Levandowski, Robert B. Herrmann, Rich Briggs, Oliver Boyd & Ryan Gold

Crustal stress in the interior of the United States is spatially variable and largely controlled by local forces, rather than those transmitted from tectonic plate boundaries, according to a map of the continental stress field.


Cambrian Sauk transgression in the Grand Canyon region redefined by detrital zircons    pp438 - 443
Karl Karlstrom, James Hagadorn, George Gehrels, William Matthews, Mark Schmitz et al.

Extensive flooding of the North American continent during the Cambrian occurred more recently and more rapidly than previously thought, according to analyses of detrital zircons sampled from the Grand Canyon region.


Episodic magmatism and serpentinized mantle exhumation at an ultraslow-spreading centre    pp444 - 448
Ingo Grevemeyer, Nicholas W. Hayman, Christine Peirce, Michaela Schwardt, Harm J. A. Van Avendonk et al.

Lithosphere at ultraslow-spreading mid-ocean ridges can form via a combination of serpentinized mantle exhumation and magmatism, according to analyses of seismic surveys from the Cayman Trough.


Anomalous mantle transition zone beneath the Yellowstone hotspot track    pp449 - 453
Ying Zhou

The mantle transition zone in the western United States is perturbed along a path that mirrors the line of the Yellowstone hotspot track at the surface, according to analysis of tomographic data.


Amendments & Corrections


Author Correction: Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C    pp454 - 455
Richard J. Millar, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Pierre Friedlingstein, Joeri Rogelj, Michael J. Grubb et al.

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