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Our pick of the recent literature

Each week on Nature Climate Change, we select three papers published within the last month that we find noteworthy for their novelty and wide interest. Our latest picks are:

Built environment: Cities to suffer

The world’s most populated port cities will be three times more likely to suffer from an extreme weather event by 2070, a study suggests.

Original paper: Hanson, S. et al. A global ranking of port cities with high exposure to climate extremes. Climatic Change doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9977-4 (2010

Agriculture: Insights on adaptation

A historical look at grain growth in North America shows that past generations of farmers have coped with significant climate changes.

Original paper: Olmstead, A. L. & Rhode, P. W. Adapting North American wheat production to climatic challenges, 1839-2009. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA doi:10.1073/pnas.1008279108 (2010).

Ecology: Climate relief

Plant leaf growth is boosted by carbon dioxide, but can, in turn, slow global warming, shows research.

Original paper: Bounoua, L. et al. Quantifying the negative feedback of vegetation to greenhouse warming: A modeling approach. Geophys. Res. Lett. 37, L23701 (2010

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