SDG 13: Climate Action

Climate action is essential for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is the focus of SDG 13. Climate change is already having a devastating impact on people and ecosystems around the world, and it is only going to get worse if the world does not take action. SDG 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

This hSN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019ub is a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action, published across Springer Nature. It features selected research from Springer Nature's journals, special issues, and cross-journal article collections, as well as selected books and book chapters. The curated research covers topics including climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and climate finance, and more.

COP28 - The Future Starts Now

Climate scientists, policy makers, and others come together each year at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) to work on evaluating, analyzing, and mitigating climate change. To support 2023’s gathering (COP28), Springer Nature’s editors have hand-selected and curated a list of key articles and blogs. The material assembled here reflects and supports the work being done at COP28.

Global Stocktake: Examing Climate Action Progress

Nature Climate Change presents a collection of insightful opinion papers addressing current gaps and proposing viable solution pathways as we navigate the crucial years leading up to 2030 and beyond. Gain valuable perspectives on where the world stands in the pursuit of sustainable climate goals and the strategies that could shape our collective future.

020MP_SDG134KN_Visual creation © Springer NatureAn Interview: The future of the IPCC

The guest editors of a special article collection in npj Climate Action, focused on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its future, Dr. Erlend A. T. Hermansen, Dr. Glen Peters, and Prof. Elin Lerum Boasson, from CICERO, a world-leading institute for interdisciplinary climate research, share insights into the special article collection, the role of science in policies, and their own research.

Read the interview - The future of the IPCC: Climate science and policies

Read more research curated for COP28

Economists are not engaged enough with the IPCC

from npj Climate Action

Breaking the climate spiral of silence: lessons from a COP26 climate conversations campaign

from Climatic Change

Leveraging emotional connections for climate change action: the power of solidarity and a common cause

from Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

Analysing engagement with Indigenous Peoples in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report

from npj Climate Action

Nature can cool cities, but proceed with caution

from Urban Transformations

Climate justice in higher education: a proposed paradigm shift towards a transformative role for colleges and universities

from Climatic Change

Decarbonization of the electricity generation sector and its effects on sustainability goals

from Sustainable Energy Research

Environmental knowledge is inversely associated with climate change anxiety

from Climatic Change

Flying against the clock – risk management and resilience in Arctic search and rescue and casualty evacuation flights

from Safety in Extreme Environments

Safe havens for energy democracy? Analysing the low-carbon transitions of Danish energy islands

from Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft

An evidence-based approach to accelerate flight reduction in academia

from npj Climate Action

Socio-ecological challenges and food security in the ‘salad bowl’ of Fiji, Sigatoka Valley

from Regional Environmental Change

System Science Generative Holism Enlightens Global Environmental Governance

from Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

The Effects of Democratic and Nondemocratic Institutions on CO2 Emissions

from Politische Vierteljahresschrift

Learning for sustainability: partnerships for the goals

from Sustainable Earth Reviews

npj Climate Action

44168A new, fully open access, interdisciplinary journal. Open for submissions. 

The journal is now calling for papers for an article collection: Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action

Inspired by the theme of the 2024 Annual Conference of The Eastern Sociological Society, “The Social Side of the Climate Crisis”, we invite submissions for a special collection on “Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action.” Learn more 

Guest Editors: Colin Jerolmack, Andrew Jorgenson, Myron Strong & Fernando Tormos-Aponte

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You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

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Springer Nature's SDG OA Book Collection

Why publish SDG research as an open access (OA) book? 

Because OA’s enhanced and equitable visibility means that research can reach the broader audience, and findings can be translated into actionable strategy. Explore OA books that support sustainable development and learn more about publishing your book OA - including funding options.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG13-related books published in Springer Nature’s Sustainable Development Goals Series. 
The Series features research on each of the SDGs, addressing the urgent global challenges facing humanity. The books published in the Series feature impactful contributions that support the efforts to make the SDGs a reality.

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. 

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