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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:

Policy: Global cooperation game

International cooperation on technological development might be a crucial part of the much-needed breakthrough in tackling climate change.

Original paper: Golombek, R. & Hoel, M. International cooperation on climate-friendly technologies. Environ. Res. Econ. doi:10.1007/s10640-010-9442-x (2010).

Ecology: Downhill drive

Climate change can cause vegetation to move up- or down-slope depending on water availability.

Original paper: Crimmins, S. M., Dobrowski, S. Z., Greenburg, J. A., Abatzoglou, J. T. & Mynsberge, A. R. Changes in climatic water balance drive downhill shifts in plant species’ optimum elevations. Science doi:10.1126/science.1199040 (2011).

Atmospheric science: Sun’s energy output

Accurately estimating the Sun’s energy output is vital for attributing climate change correctly. Improved measurements have now been obtained from a space-based instrument.

Original paper: Kopp, G. & Lean, J. L. A new, lower value of total solar irradiance: Evidence and climate significance. Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L01706 (2011).

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