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29 Nov 2018

Trio of new journals publish their first papers

The first content has been published in three new additions to IOP Publishing’s journal portfolio – Electronic Structure, JPhys Energy and Plasma Research Express. The three journals were launched to cater for the needs of specific research communities. The first issue of Electronic Structure contains articles from six countries using both experimental and computational techniques,...

23 Nov 2018

Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?

A program to reduce Earth’s heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret. Those are the key findings of new research published today in Environmental Research Letters, which looked at the capabilities and costs of various methods...

11 Oct 2018

‘Sentinels of the sea’ at risk from changing climate

Climate change’s effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years. That is the finding of a new study led by the University of Nantes, the LEMAR (the Marine Environmental Science Laboratory) in Plouzané and the Cerfacs (European center for research and advanced training...

18 Sep 2018

Meet the new guardians of the ocean – robot jellyfish

New robot jellyfish could be the key to monitoring and caring for fragile parts of the world’s oceans without damaging them. The robots were developed by a team of US scientists, from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the US Office of Naval Research. They were designed to be able to swim freely, steer from side...

06 Sep 2018

IOP adds Environmental Research Communications to its journal lineup

IOP Publishing is launching Environmental Research Communications (ERC) as the newest addition to its journal portfolio. ERC is an inclusive open access journal for the rapid publication of high-quality research in all areas of environmental science. Holly Young, ERC’s Publisher at IOP Publishing, said: “We are very excited about the launch of Environmental Research Communications....

04 Jul 2018

Rising sea levels could cost the world $14 trillion a year by 2100

Failure to meet the United Nations’ 2ºC warming limits will lead to sea level rise and dire global economic consequences, new research has warned. Published today in Environmental Research Letters, a study led by the UK National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) found flooding from rising sea levels could cost $14 trillion worldwide annually by 2100, if...

14 Jun 2018

IOP Publishing launches two Reviews journals

IOP Publishing has launched two new review journals, dedicated to biomedical engineering and energy research. To build on the success of Reports on Progress in Physics, and IOP Publishing’s established energy and biomedical engineering titles, the new journals focus on authoritative reviews and opinion pieces in the most significant areas of biomedical engineering and energy...

12 Jun 2018

Universal migration predicts human movements under climate change

Climate change is expected to displace millions of people through impacts like sea level rise, crop failures, and more frequent extreme weather. Yet scientists still cannot predict where these expected climate-induced migrants are likely to go in the coming decades. A new study, published today in Environmental Research Letters, seeks to address this need by...

22 May 2018

Electric vehicles could help save billions on energy storage

Using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile power storage could eliminate the need to build costly stationary grid storage for energy from renewable sources. That is the key finding of a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California, published this month in Environmental Research Letters. Using California as a case study,...

02 May 2018

Planning for extreme temperatures could help five billion people worldwide

Acting on extreme temperature forecasts could reduce the risks posed to around five billion people by heatwaves and coldwaves, new research has found. Extreme temperatures are a primary cause of death and disease worldwide, and heat extremes are projected to rise in many regions. The research from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and...

05 Apr 2018

Penguin colonies resemble liquids, physicists find

Penguins and physicists do not often cross paths, but a new physics study has found king penguin breeding colonies organise and move in a similar way to liquids. “In this study, we aimed to uncover the structural order in a king penguin colony during the early stage of the breeding cycle, when most of the...

03 Apr 2018

‘Dieselgate’ impacted climate as well as human health

Improved diesel technology, combined with generally better fuel economy, has led to the widespread belief that diesel vehicles are more environmentally friendly than their petrol counterparts. But a new study shows diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’ may have no environmental benefit over petrol cars. The research looked at the on-road driving impact of Volkswagen (VW)...