Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0539-0 The Paris Agreement established a global goal on adaptation and invites parties to review the effectiveness of adaptation actions. However, the measurement of adaptation success remains elusive. Focusing on the capabilities of households and governments to pursue a range of adaptation futures provides a more robust foundation.
Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0527-4 Projections of temperature often focus on maximum warming levels, with variability less often considered. Investigating decadal variability in models shows those with higher equilibrium climate sensitivity also have a higher chance of super warming, and hiatus periods.
Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0543-4 The publication of the IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5 oC paved the way for the rise of the political rhetoric of setting a fixed deadline for decisive actions on climate change. However, the dangers of such deadline rhetoric suggest the need for the IPCC to take responsibility for its report and openly challenge the credibility of such a deadline.
Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0525-6 Exposure to dangerous heat following a major tropical cyclone is possible along coastlines globally. In a warmer world, the population at risk from this combination of extreme weather could rise markedly.
Nature Climate Change, Published online: 22 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0537-2 Heatwaves increase in frequency and intensity with global warming. Research now shows that the sequence of a tropical cyclone followed by a heatwave may also occur more often, threatening power grids when air conditioning is needed most.