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Contributor(s): Jordan Lang
Over the last decade, the world’s solar photovoltaic (PV) industry grew robustly – bucking the trend of other industries during the downturn of 2008 - with a sustained annual growth rate of 52%. Over the same period, Chinese production of the dominant PV product, crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV...
By Alisa Zomer Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than...
Contributor(s): Jonathan Mellor
One frequently cited effect of climate change is the increased risk of flooding which could cause serious loss of life and property in many parts of the world.  Recent work by Hirabayashi et al (2013) uses the output from 11different climate models to estimate the increased global risk of floods...
Contributor(s): Adam Rosenblatt
Anthropogenic climate change is predicted to dramatically alter biodiversity and species distributions around the globe, particularly if many species are unable to disperse to new habitats or evolve and adapt to new climatic conditions in their current habitat. But a fundamental question that has...
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Contributor(s): Yige Zhang
Earth history provides valuable information about the relationship between climate, global temperatures, and CO2 levels. In the most recent special issue of Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society A entitled “Warm climates of the past – a lesson for the future”, a series of articles on warm...
Contributor(s): Maria Andrea Pinones
When will the summer Arctic be nearly sea ice free? In a recent article, Overland and Wang address this question and attempt to predict 21st century summer Arctic sea ice loss by applying three distinct approaches to the problem. The first is related to sea ice volume loss, which is a better...

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