SDG13: Climate Action

The impacts of human-caused climate change and global heating are all around us in every aspect of our planetary habitat and its natural systems. The targets of SDG 13: Climate Action aim to strengthen countries’ capacity to cope, in the form of resilience planning, boosting investment in mitigation and adaptation, and in aiming towards equitable outcomes for lower-income countries that may be most severely affected. Adaptation requires an understanding of the diverse impacts of climate change and demands responsiveness from all parts of society. Here we highlight publications from across our imprints and formats which aim to address some of these challenges.

Topics in Spotlight

Climate change is one of the most challenging issues of our age, and intersects with many other areas. We have gathered research insights on four diverse topics and invite you to read selected articles and book chapters. 

Nobel Prize 2018 © SpringerCongratulations to the winners of Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann "for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming" and Giorgio Parisi "for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales."*

You are invited to read, share a selection of their research that's published across Springer Nature’s journals and books. 

Editors-in-Chief on SDG 13

Read interviews with Editors-in-Chief of some of the latest open access journals and find out how they are addressing issues directly related to SDG13 through their work, as well as their experience in making societal impact beyond academia.


SDG 13 journal covers © Springer NatureInterview with
Jale Tosun

Portrait Dr Jale Tosun © Springer Nature
Climate Action
SDG 13 journal covers © Springer NatureInterview with
Changying Zhao

Chang-Ying Zhao portrait © Springer Nature
Carbon Neutrality 
SDG 13 journal covers © Springer NatureInterview with
Charis M. Galanakis

Discover EiC portrait teaser SDG13 © Springer Nature
Discover Food

All journals are open for submissions. 

SDG 13 researchers and societal impact

SDG 13 icon © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG 13 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. 

Reference Works & Key Journals

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Stories told by Authors

Liane G. Benning

Professor in Interface Geochemistry both at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam and at the Free University in Berlin

Stefan Rahmstorf

Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and co-chair of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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