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Human emissions influence the timing and intensity of rainfall, increasing the risk of both droughts and flooding. We feature recent work on shifts in precipitation under changing climate.

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  • South Asian agriculture depends on water from rains, meltwater and groundwater, but climate change impacts the timing of these water sources’ availability. Projections indicate that meltwater and groundwater will become more important and will need to offset reduced rainfall during drier years.

    • A. F. Lutz
    • W. W. Immerzeel
    • H. Biemans
    Article
  • Young people around the world have joined the school climate strikes and shared belief of the unfair climate threat or proper future actions. However, different adolescents still have divergent opinions on the image, effectiveness or motivation of the protest activities.

    • Katharine Lee
    • Saffron O’Neill
    • Julie Barnett
    Brief Communication
  • The authors show earlier future phytoplankton bloom initiation timing in most oceans, while shifts in bloom peak timing will vary widely by region. In the extratropics, these phenological changes will exceed background natural variability by the end of the twenty-first century.

    • Ryohei Yamaguchi
    • Keith B. Rodgers
    • Richard D. Slater
    Article
  • The authors demonstrate that a vegetation system’s ability to recover from disturbances—its resilience—can be estimated from its natural variability. Global patterns of resilience loss and gains since the early 1990s reveal shifts towards widespread resilience loss since the early 2000s.

    • Taylor Smith
    • Dominik Traxl
    • Niklas Boers
    Article Open Access
  • The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is predicted to slow with climate change. Sea surface temperature data and climate model analysis show that since 1900 natural variability has been dominant in AMOC changes; anthropogenic forcing is not yet reliably detectable by this method.

    • Mojib Latif
    • Jing Sun
    • M. Hadi Bordbar
    Article Open Access
  • The recent IPCC report highlights the importance of demand-side solutions in mitigation strategies. Understanding the motivation and capacity of these solutions is essential, and could help to promote collective and practical actions for this critical decade.

    Editorial
  • Numerous examples highlight leadership and real climate action in the Global South. With financial support from and partnership with countries in the Global North, this leadership can be a cornerstone for getting on track to meeting the Paris Agreement.

    • Chad Jonathan Frischmann
    • Mamta Mehra
    • Abdulmutalib Yussuff
    Comment

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