Table of Contents: Responding to Climate Change


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Few areas can benefit as much from the force of Open Access as climate change research: the combination of public, scientific, and governmental interest with the mounting misinformation, unsubstantiated opinions, and unsourced data make public access to original, well-reported, and peer-reviewed climate change research of utmost importance.

This collection comprises climate research highlighting efforts from a range of disciplines (alternative energy production, geoengineering, behavioural psychology and science policy) focussed on mitigating and adapting to the effects of the changing climate.

PLOS ONE's wide scope and broad publication criteria make it a perfect venue to collate and curate relevant articles in these vastly differing areas of research into one place. Our hope is that by encouraging and facilitating further research, replication, and sharing of both positive and negative results, this Collection will become a catalyst for continued climate research and policy formation.

PLOS ONE welcomes submissions to the Responding to Climate Change Collection. Please read the Call for Papers here.


Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature

James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Frank Ackerman, David J. Beerling, Paul J. Hearty, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Shi-Ling Hsu, Camille Parmesan, Johan Rockstrom, Eelco J. Rohling, Jeffrey Sachs, Pete Smith, Konrad Steffen, Lise Van Susteren, Karina von Schuckmann, James C. Zachos

Research Articles

How Does a Divided Population Respond to Change?

Murad R. Qubbaj, Rachata Muneepeerakul, Rimjhim M. Aggarwal, John M. Anderies

Safeguarding Ecosystem Services: A Methodological Framework to Buffer the Joint Effect of Habitat Configuration and Climate Change

Tereza C. Giannini, Leandro R. Tambosi, André L. Acosta, Rodolfo Jaffé, Antonio M. Saraiva, Vera L. Imperatriz-Fonseca, Jean Paul Metzger

Protected Area Tourism in a Changing Climate: Will Visitation at US National Parks Warm Up or Overheat?

Nicholas A. Fisichelli, Gregor W. Schuurman, William B. Monahan, Pamela S. Ziesler

Shading and Watering as a Tool to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change in Sea Turtle Nests

Jacob E. Hill, Frank V. Paladino, James R. Spotila, Pilar Santidrián Tomillo

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change as a Gateway Belief: Experimental Evidence

Sander L. van der Linden, Anthony A. Leiserowitz, Geoffrey D. Feinberg, Edward W. Maibach

The Effect of Framing and Normative Messages in Building Support for Climate Policies

Mark J. Hurlstone, Stephan Lewandowsky, Ben R. Newell, Brittany Sewell

Improving the Use of Species Distribution Models in Conservation Planning and Management under Climate Change

Luciana L. Porfirio, Rebecca M. B. Harris, Edward C. Lefroy, Sonia Hugh, Susan F. Gould, Greg Lee, Nathaniel L. Bindoff, Brendan Mackey

Accounting for Biomass Carbon Stock Change Due to Wildfire in Temperate Forest Landscapes in Australia

Heather Keith, David B. Lindenmayer, Brendan G. Mackey, David Blair, Lauren Carter, Lachlan McBurney, Sachiko Okada, Tomoko Konishi-Nagano

Pushing the Pace of Tree Species Migration

Eli D. Lazarus, Brian J. McGill

Proximity to Coast Is Linked to Climate Change Belief

Taciano L. Milfont, Laurel Evans, Chris G. Sibley, Jan Ries, Andrew Cunningham

The Potential Wind Power Resource in Australia: A New Perspective

Willow Hallgren, Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu, Adam Schlosser

Climate Exposure of US National Parks in a New Era of Change

William B. Monahan, Nicholas A. Fisichelli

Public Support for Conserving Bird Species Runs Counter to Climate Change Impacts on Their Distributions

Thomas Hedemark Lundhede, Jette Bredahl Jacobsen, Nick Hanley, Jon Fjeldså, Carsten Rahbek, Niels Strange, Bo Jellesmark Thorsen

Avoided Heat-Related Mortality through Climate Adaptation Strategies in Three US Cities

Brian Stone Jr, Jason Vargo, Peng Liu, Dana Habeeb, Anthony DeLucia, Marcus Trail, Yongtao Hu, Armistead Russell

Identifying the Science and Technology Dimensions of Emerging Public Policy Issues through Horizon Scanning

Miles Parker, Andrew Acland, Harry J. Armstrong, Jim R. Bellingham, Jessica Bland, Helen C. Bodmer, Simon Burall, Sarah Castell, Jason Chilvers, David D. Cleevely, David Cope, Lucia Costanzo, James A. Dolan, Robert Doubleday, Wai Yi Feng, H. Charles J. Godfray, David A. Good, Jonathan Grant, Nick Green, Arnoud J. Groen, Tim T. Guilliams, Sunjai Gupta, Amanda C. Hall, Adam Heathfield, Ulrike Hotopp, Gary Kass, Tim Leeder, Fiona A. Lickorish, Leila M. Lueshi, Chris Magee, Tiago Mata, Tony McBride, Natasha McCarthy, Alan Mercer, Ross Neilson, Jackie Ouchikh, Edward J. Oughton, David Oxenham, Helen Pallett, James Palmer, Jeff Patmore, Judith Petts, Jan Pinkerton, Richard Ploszek, Alan Pratt, Sophie A. Rocks, Neil Stansfield, Elizabeth Surkovic, Christopher P. Tyler, Andrew R. Watkinson, Jonny Wentworth, Rebecca Willis, Patrick K. A. Wollner, Kim Worts, William J. Sutherland

Biodiverse Planting for Carbon and Biodiversity on Indigenous Land

Anna R. Renwick, Catherine J. Robinson, Tara G. Martin, Tracey May, Phil Polglase, Hugh P. Possingham, Josie Carwardine

Energy Potential and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Bioenergy Cropping Systems on Marginally Productive Cropland

Marty R. Schmer, Kenneth P. Vogel, Gary E. Varvel, Ronald F. Follett, Robert B. Mitchell, Virginia L. Jin

A Risk-Based Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering

Angus J. Ferraro, Andrew J. Charlton-Perez, Eleanor J. Highwood