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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:

Media: Reporters get it right

Accurate reporting of sea-level rise is a welcome success story at the sometimes fraught interface of climate science and mass media.

Original paper: Rick, U. K. et al. Effective media reporting of sea level rise projections: 1989–2009. Environ. Res. Lett. (in the press).

Ecology: Pikas’ pain

Rising temperatures may be to blame for the disappearance of a mountain-dwelling mammal.

Original paper: Beever, E. A. et al. Contemporary climate change alters the pace and drivers of extinction. Glob. Change Biol. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02389.x (2010).

Energy: A carbon-free future?

Large-scale deployment of wind, water and solar power could decarbonize our energy system by 2050, academics say.

Original papers: Jacobson, M. Z. & Delucchi, M. A. Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials. Energy Policy. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.040 (2010).

Delucchi, M. A. & Jacobson, M. Z. Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies. Energy Policy. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.045 (2010).

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    Don Burnap said:

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