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  • Letter |

    Soil microbial activity is accelerated by warming and does not acclimate over periods of at least 50 years. Resulting soil carbon loss is nevertheless temporary because substrate depletion reduces microbial biomass and constrains the influence of microbes over the ecosystem.

    • Tom W. N. Walker
    • , Christina Kaiser
    • , Florian Strasser
    • , Craig W. Herbold
    • , Niki I. W. Leblans
    • , Dagmar Woebken
    • , Ivan A. Janssens
    • , Bjarni D. Sigurdsson
    •  & Andreas Richter
  • Article |

    The connections between global mean temperature and precipitation responses to CO2 doubling (equilibrium climate and hydrological sensitivity) are driven through low-cloud responses to surface warming, according to MIROC5 perturbation experiments.

    • Masahiro Watanabe
    • , Youichi Kamae
    • , Hideo Shiogama
    • , Anthony M. DeAngelis
    •  & Kentaroh Suzuki
  • Letter |

    Global ocean oxygen concentrations have been declining, with rates varying regionally. The retreat of the Labrador Current, allowing more low-oxygen subtropical waters to the coastal and shelf waters, drives the rapid decline observed in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

    • Mariona Claret
    • , Eric D. Galbraith
    • , Jaime B. Palter
    • , Daniele Bianchi
    • , Katja Fennel
    • , Denis Gilbert
    •  & John P. Dunne
  • Article |

    Analysis of peatland carbon accumulation over the last millennium and its association with global-scale climate space indicates an ongoing carbon sink into the future, but with decreasing strength as conditions warm.

    • Angela V. Gallego-Sala
    • , Dan J. Charman
    • , Simon Brewer
    • , Susan E. Page
    • , I. Colin Prentice
    • , Pierre Friedlingstein
    • , Steve Moreton
    • , Matthew J. Amesbury
    • , David W. Beilman
    • , Svante Björck
    • , Tatiana Blyakharchuk
    • , Christopher Bochicchio
    • , Robert K. Booth
    • , Joan Bunbury
    • , Philip Camill
    • , Donna Carless
    • , Rodney A. Chimner
    • , Michael Clifford
    • , Elizabeth Cressey
    • , Colin Courtney-Mustaphi
    • , François De Vleeschouwer
    • , Rixt de Jong
    • , Barbara Fialkiewicz-Koziel
    • , Sarah A. Finkelstein
    • , Michelle Garneau
    • , Esther Githumbi
    • , John Hribjlan
    • , James Holmquist
    • , Paul D. M. Hughes
    • , Chris Jones
    • , Miriam C. Jones
    • , Edgar Karofeld
    • , Eric S. Klein
    • , Ulla Kokfelt
    • , Atte Korhola
    • , Terri Lacourse
    • , Gael Le Roux
    • , Mariusz Lamentowicz
    • , David Large
    • , Martin Lavoie
    • , Julie Loisel
    • , Helen Mackay
    • , Glen M. MacDonald
    • , Markku Makila
    • , Gabriel Magnan
    • , Robert Marchant
    • , Katarzyna Marcisz
    • , Antonio Martínez Cortizas
    • , Charly Massa
    • , Paul Mathijssen
    • , Dmitri Mauquoy
    • , Timothy Mighall
    • , Fraser J. G. Mitchell
    • , Patrick Moss
    • , Jonathan Nichols
    • , Pirita O. Oksanen
    • , Lisa Orme
    • , Maara S. Packalen
    • , Stephen Robinson
    • , Thomas P. Roland
    • , Nicole K. Sanderson
    • , A. Britta K. Sannel
    • , Noemí Silva-Sánchez
    • , Natascha Steinberg
    • , Graeme T. Swindles
    • , T. Edward Turner
    • , Joanna Uglow
    • , Minna Väliranta
    • , Simon van Bellen
    • , Marjolein van der Linden
    • , Bas van Geel
    • , Guoping Wang
    • , Zicheng Yu
    • , Joana Zaragoza-Castells
    •  & Yan Zhao
  • Article |

    In economic games, players shift to riskier contributions when targets that prevent catastrophic losses cannot be met otherwise, suggesting people are willing to invest in riskier technology when more certain options will not be sufficient to mitigate climate change.

    • Talbot M. Andrews
    • , Andrew W. Delton
    •  & Reuben Kline
  • Review Article |

    Research suggests the tropics have widened in recent decades. This Review assesses the rates and drivers of observed and projected tropical expansion, surmising that it is too early to detect anthropogenic signals from natural variability.

    • Paul W. Staten
    • , Jian Lu
    • , Kevin M. Grise
    • , Sean M. Davis
    •  & Thomas Birner

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Earth’s future climate depends, in part, on rapid soil microbial processes that may add up to long-term impacts. Observations from a geothermal gradient reveal decadal increases in soil-carbon loss due to persistent increases in microbial activity.

    • Elise Pendall
  • News & Views |

    The 2014 IPCC Assessment expresses doubt that the global surface temperature increase will remain within the 2 °C target without deploying risky carbon-capturing or solar radiation-deflecting technologies. New behavioural research suggests that, if the IPCC is right, citizens and policymakers will support such risk-taking.

    • Greer Gosnell
  • Editorial |

    Bringing different voices to peer review will benefit research, but it is not a simple task.

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