Environmental Research Letters

(The TQCC of Environmental Research Letters is 15. The table below lists those papers that are above that threshold based on CrossRef citation counts [max. 250 papers]. The publications cover those that have been published in the past four years, i.e., from 2020-05-01 to 2024-05-01.)
Urban nature in a time of crisis: recreational use of green space increases during the COVID-19 outbreak in Oslo, Norway477
A review of trends and drivers of greenhouse gas emissions by sector from 1990 to 2018448
A systematic review of the evidence on decoupling of GDP, resource use and GHG emissions, part II: synthesizing the insights370
Climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme autumn wildfire conditions across California330
Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options268
Mapping global urban boundaries from the global artificial impervious area (GAIA) data259
Increasing anthropogenic methane emissions arise equally from agricultural and fossil fuel sources238
The world’s growing municipal solid waste: trends and impacts214
Regional determinants of China’s consumption-based emissions in the economic transition207
Global water scarcity including surface water quality and expansions of clean water technologies205
The global distribution of seagrass meadows194
Does carbon pricing reduce emissions? A review of ex-post analyses174
Arctic amplification of climate change: a review of underlying mechanisms166
A systematic review of the energy and climate impacts of teleworking150
The 2019/2020 mega-fires exposed Australian ecosystems to an unprecedented extent of high-severity fire145
Challenges in the acceleration of sustainability transitions136
Acting rapidly to deploy readily available methane mitigation measures by sector can immediately slow global warming135
A 30 m global map of elevation with forests and buildings removed130
Greenhouse gas emissions from food systems: building the evidence base128
Review of life-cycle based methods for absolute environmental sustainability assessment and their applications125
Arctic tundra shrubification: a review of mechanisms and impacts on ecosystem carbon balance124
Severity of drought and heatwave crop losses tripled over the last five decades in Europe121
The CO2 reduction potential for the European industry via direct electrification of heat supply (power-to-heat)120
Global surface air temperatures in CMIP6: historical performance and future changes117
Combining climate, economic, and social policy builds public support for climate action in the US117
Movements shaping climate futures: A systematic mapping of protests against fossil fuel and low-carbon energy projects114
Links between green space and public health: a bibliometric review of global research trends and future prospects from 1901 to 2019109
Indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation: a global evidence map of academic literature104
Global food self-sufficiency in the 21st century under sustainable intensification of agriculture103
Plastic in global rivers: are floods making it worse?101
Comparative assessment of environmental variables and machine learning algorithms for maize yield prediction in the US Midwest100
Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe97
Greater than 99% consensus on human caused climate change in the peer-reviewed scientific literature97
A systematic review of the evidence on decoupling of GDP, resource use and GHG emissions, part I: bibliometric and conceptual mapping94
Global simulations of marine plastic transport show plastic trapping in coastal zones94
Remote sensing of forest degradation: a review93
Plastics in the US: toward a material flow characterization of production, markets and end of life90
Groundwater sustainability: a review of the interactions between science and policy88
Exploring the possibility space: taking stock of the diverse capabilities and gaps in integrated assessment models88
Cooling hot cities: a systematic and critical review of the numerical modelling literature88
Escalating global exposure to compound heat-humidity extremes with warming88
Recent increasing frequency of compound summer drought and heatwaves in Southeast Brazil87
Forest disturbance alerts for the Congo Basin using Sentinel-187
The methodologies, geographies, and technologies of energy justice: a systematic and comprehensive review87
Assessing the role of compound drought and heatwave events on unprecedented 2020 wildfires in the Pantanal86
Machine learning assisted hybrid models can improve streamflow simulation in diverse catchments across the conterminous US84
Projected changes in hot, dry and wet extreme events’ clusters in CMIP6 multi-model ensemble83
Common but differentiated leadership: strategies and challenges for carbon neutrality by 2050 across industrialized economies82
How unprecedented was the February 2021 Texas cold snap?81
Peatland protection and restoration are key for climate change mitigation79
Future changes in precipitation extremes over Southeast Asia: insights from CMIP6 multi-model ensemble79
Coastal margins and backshores represent a major sink for marine debris: insights from a continental-scale analysis79
A review of estimating population exposure to sea-level rise and the relevance for migration77
Cocoa agroforestry systems versus monocultures: a multi-dimensional meta-analysis76
Identifying the spatiotemporal changes of annual harvesting areas for three staple crops in China by integrating multi-data sources76
Determinants of low-carbon transport mode adoption: systematic review of reviews74
Plausible 2005–2050 emissions scenarios project between 2 °C and 3 °C of warming by 210074
Towards mapping the diversity of canopy structure from space with GEDI73
Global, regional and national trends of atmospheric ammonia derived from a decadal (2008–2018) satellite record71
The impact of COVID-19 control measures on air quality in China69
Quantifying aviation’s contribution to global warming69
Flash drought development and cascading impacts associated with the 2010 Russian heatwave69
Observed rainfall changes in the past century (1901–2019) over the wettest place on Earth68
Europe under multi-year droughts: how severe was the 2014–2018 drought period?68
Ground-level ozone pollution in China: a synthesis of recent findings on influencing factors and impacts68
The occupation of cropland by global urban expansion from 1992 to 2016 and its implications66
Heat stress on agricultural workers exacerbates crop impacts of climate change65
Climate change mitigation through dietary change: a systematic review of empirical and modelling studies on the environmental footprints and health effects of ‘sustainable diets’64
Induced innovation in energy technologies and systems: a review of evidence and potential implications for CO2 mitigation63
Projected changes in seasonal precipitation extremes over the United States in CMIP6 simulations62
GEDI launches a new era of biomass inference from space62
How do intermittency and simultaneous processes obfuscate the Arctic influence on midlatitude winter extreme weather events?62
Solar reflective pavements—A policy panacea to heat mitigation?62
Cities as carbon sinks—classification of wooden buildings61
All options, not silver bullets, needed to limit global warming to 1.5 °C: a scenario appraisal61
Assessing the sequestration time scales of some ocean-based carbon dioxide reduction strategies60
A multidimensional feasibility evaluation of low-carbon scenarios60
A review of measuring ecosystem resilience to disturbance59
Meta-analytic evidence for a robust and positive association between individuals’ pro-environmental behaviors and their subjective wellbeing59
How norms, needs, and power in science obstruct transformations towards sustainability59
Mapping groundwater recharge in Africa from ground observations and implications for water security59
The effect of surge on riverine flood hazard and impact in deltas globally59
Dominance of summer monsoon flash droughts in India59
Machine learning for aquatic plastic litter detection, classification and quantification (APLASTIC-Q)58
IPCC baseline scenarios have over-projected CO2 emissions and economic growth58
Presence of nanoplastics in rural and remote surface waters58
Different mechanisms for the extremely hot central-eastern China in July–August 2022 from a Eurasian large-scale circulation perspective58
Nation-wide estimation of groundwater redox conditions and nitrate concentrations through machine learning57
The relationship between land surface temperature and artificial impervious surface fraction in 682 global cities: spatiotemporal variations and drivers57
Decent living gaps and energy needs around the world56
Climate impact and adaptation to heat and drought stress of regional and global wheat production56
Anthropogenic warming of Tibetan Plateau and constrained future projection56
Changes in precipitation and air temperature contribute comparably to permafrost degradation in a warmer climate56
Trends and drivers of African fossil fuel CO2 emissions 1990–201756
Identifying key ecosystem service providing areas to inform national-scale conservation planning56
No perfect storm for crop yield failure in Germany55
Distribution and bioaccumulation of heavy metals (Hg, Cd and Pb) in fish: influence of the aquatic environment and climate55
Post-monsoon air quality degradation across Northern India: assessing the impact of policy-related shifts in timing and amount of crop residue burnt55
Warmer climate projections in EC-Earth3-Veg: the role of changes in the greenhouse gas concentrations from CMIP5 to CMIP655
Long-term temperature and sea-level rise stabilization before and beyond 2100: Estimating the additional climate mitigation contribution from China’s recent 2060 carbon neutrality pledge55
More frequent summer heat waves in southwestern China linked to the recent declining of Arctic sea ice54
An assessment of data sources, data quality and changes in national forest monitoring capacities in the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005–202054
Attribution of the record-breaking heat event over Northeast Asia in summer 2018: the role of circulation54
Airports and environmental sustainability: a comprehensive review54
The social cost of carbon dioxide under climate-economy feedbacks and temperature variability54
Framing climate change for effective communication: a systematic map54
Dynamic genesis potential index for diagnosing present-day and future global tropical cyclone genesis54
Adapting agriculture to climate change via sustainable irrigation: biophysical potentials and feedbacks54
The environmental footprint of data centers in the United States53
Twenty years of European mountain permafrost dynamics—the PACE legacy53
Global marine heatwave events using the new CMIP6 multi-model ensemble: from shortcomings in present climate to future projections53
Pervasive changes in stream intermittency across the United States53
Exploring uncertainties in global crop yield projections in a large ensemble of crop models and CMIP5 and CMIP6 climate scenarios52
Saving resources and the climate? A systematic review of the circular economy and its mitigation potential52
Ecological resilience: what to measure and how52
Unprecedented drought in South India and recent water scarcity52
Carbon dioxide removal technologies are not born equal51
Potential role of permafrost thaw on increasing Siberian river discharge51
City-size bias in knowledge on the effects of urban nature on people and biodiversity50
Large scale tropical deforestation drives extreme warming50
Global warming and population change both heighten future risk of human displacement due to river floods50
Existing fossil fuel extraction would warm the world beyond 1.5 °C50
Machine learning improves predictions of agricultural nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from intensively managed cropping systems49
Focus on leakage and spillovers: informing land-use governance in a tele-coupled world49
Contributions of ecological programs to vegetation restoration in arid and semiarid China49
Prediction of coastal flooding risk under climate change impacts in South Korea using machine learning algorithms49
Risk and vulnerability of Mongolian grasslands under climate change49
From the Paris Agreement to corporate climate commitments: evaluation of seven methods for setting ‘science-based’ emission targets47
Summer heat extremes in northern continents linked to developing ENSO events47
The potential of seaweed cultivation to achieve carbon neutrality and mitigate deoxygenation and eutrophication47
Soil organic matter protects US maize yields and lowers crop insurance payouts under drought47
Project Coolbit: can your watch predict heat stress and thermal comfort sensation?47
Global anthropogenic emissions in urban areas: patterns, trends, and challenges47
Global importance of methane emissions from drainage ditches and canals46
Extreme dry and wet spells face changes in their duration and timing46
Coal transitions—part 1: a systematic map and review of case study learnings from regional, national, and local coal phase-out experiences46
Progress in climate change adaptation research46
What are the social outcomes of climate policies? A systematic map and review of the ex-post literature46
Global fossil carbon emissions rebound near pre-COVID-19 levels46
Observed strong subsurface marine heatwaves in the tropical western Pacific Ocean46
The response of maize, sorghum, and soybean yield to growing-phase climate revealed with machine learning46
Reduction in human activity can enhance the urban heat island: insights from the COVID-19 lockdown46
Bridging observations, theory and numerical simulation of the ocean using machine learning46
Inferring ground-level nitrogen dioxide concentrations at fine spatial resolution applied to the TROPOMI satellite instrument45
Personal assessment of urban heat exposure: a systematic review45
Defining El Niño indices in a warming climate45
Are cleaner cooking solutions clean enough? A systematic review and meta-analysis of particulate and carbon monoxide concentrations and exposures45
COVID-19 and pathways to low-carbon air transport until 205045
Caspian Sea is eutrophying: the alarming message of satellite data44
Quantifying the role of internal variability in the temperature we expect to observe in the coming decades44
Majority of German citizens, US citizens and climate scientists support policy advocacy by climate researchers and expect greater political engagement44
Low-impact land use pathways to deep decarbonization of electricity44
Collaborative impact of the NAO and atmospheric blocking on European heatwaves, with a focus on the hot summer of 201844
Flash drought in Australia and its relationship to evaporative demand44
Widespread mangrove damage resulting from the 2017 Atlantic mega hurricane season44
Climate change mitigation in cities: a systematic scoping of case studies44
Polyester microplastic fibers in soil increase nitrogen loss via leaching and decrease plant biomass production and N uptake44
Recent deforestation drove the spike in Amazonian fires44
Observed changes in flood hazard in Africa44
Innovative recycling or extended use? Comparing the global warming potential of different ownership and end-of-life scenarios for textiles44
The role of direct air capture and negative emissions technologies in the shared socioeconomic pathways towards +1.5 °C and +2 °C futures43
Seasonal representation of extreme precipitation indices over the United States in CMIP6 present-day simulations43
Vulnerability of vegetation activities to drought in Central Asia43
A tale of two futures: contrasting scenarios of future precipitation for West Africa from an ensemble of regional climate models43
River fragmentation and flow alteration metrics: a review of methods and directions for future research43
Agricultural intensification and land use change: assessing country-level induced intensification, land sparing and rebound effect43
Energy system developments and investments in the decisive decade for the Paris Agreement goals43
Hazardous air pollutant exposure as a contributing factor to COVID-19 mortality in the United States43
Urbanization alters rainfall extremes over the contiguous United States42
A map of roadmaps for zero and low energy and carbon buildings worldwide42
Energy infrastructure, NIMBYism, and public opinion: a systematic literature review of three decades of empirical survey literature42
Projected changes in wind speed and wind energy potential over West Africa in CMIP6 models42
Forests and emerging infectious diseases: unleashing the beast within42
Siberian taiga and tundra fire regimes from 2001–202042
Global land use extent and dispersion within natural land cover using Landsat data41
Early adaptation to heat waves and future reduction of air-conditioning energy use in Paris41
Deforestation spillovers from oil palm sustainability certification41
Aboveground carbon loss associated with the spread of ghost forests as sea levels rise41
Increasing concurrence of wildfire drivers tripled megafire critical danger days in Southern California between1982 and 201841
Spatial variation in household consumption-based carbon emission inventories for 1200 Japanese cities41
The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries41
Carbon cycling in mature and regrowth forests globally41
Migration towards Bangladesh coastlines projected to increase with sea-level rise through 210040
How climate change and fire exclusion drive wildfire regimes at actionable scales40
Egypt’s water budget deficit and suggested mitigation policies for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam filling scenarios40
Chesapeake legacies: the importance of legacy nitrogen to improving Chesapeake Bay water quality40
A striking growth of CO2 emissions from the global cement industry driven by new facilities in emerging countries40
Projections of Arctic sea ice conditions and shipping routes in the twenty-first century using CMIP6 forcing scenarios40
A review of edible insect industrialization: scales of production and implications for sustainability40
Legacy effects of loss of beavers in the continental United States40
Evidence-based mapping of the wildland-urban interface to better identify human communities threatened by wildfires40
Carbon intensity of corn ethanol in the United States: state of the science40
Riverbank macrolitter in the Dutch Rhine–Meuse delta40
Drylands face potential threat of robust drought in the CMIP6 SSPs scenarios40
Long-term precipitation in Southwestern Europe reveals no clear trend attributable to anthropogenic forcing40
Climate change shifts forward flowering and reduces crop waterlogging stress39
Use of radar data for characterizing extreme precipitation at fine scales and short durations39
Non-material contributions of wildlife to human well-being: a systematic review39
Human influence on frequency of temperature extremes39
Shallow soils are warmer under trees and tall shrubs across Arctic and Boreal ecosystems39
From lab-to-road: real-world fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles39
The relationship between nuclear energy consumption and economic growth: evidence from Switzerland39
Mechanisms of the decadal variability of monsoon rainfall in the southern Tibetan Plateau39
Storage requirements in a 100% renewable electricity system: extreme events and inter-annual variability39
Reviewing the scope and thematic focus of 100 000 publications on energy consumption, services and social aspects of climate change: a big data approach to demand-side mitigation 39
Cleaner air reveals growing influence of climate on dissolved organic carbon trends in northern headwaters39
Long-term crop rotation diversification enhances maize drought resistance through soil organic matter39
Integrated assessment model diagnostics: key indicators and model evolution39
Regional differentiation in climate change induced drought trends in the Netherlands38
Explaining successful and failed investments in U.S. carbon capture and storage using empirical and expert assessments38
Reductions in daily continental-scale atmospheric circulation biases between generations of global climate models: CMIP5 to CMIP638
Quantifying the foodshed: a systematic review of urban food flow and local food self-sufficiency research38
Quantifying the carbon footprint reduction potential of lifestyle choices in Japan38
The role of seafood in sustainable diets38
Estimates of ozone concentrations and attributable mortality in urban, peri-urban and rural areas worldwide in 201938
Shades of green: life cycle assessment of renewable energy projects financed through green bonds38
Changes in precipitation variability across time scales in multiple global climate model large ensembles38
Exploring the exceptional performance of a deep learning stream temperature model and the value of streamflow data38
A review of mental health and wellbeing under climate change in small island developing states (SIDS)38
Household final energy footprints in Nepal, Vietnam and Zambia: composition, inequality and links to well-being37
Active layer thickness as a function of soil water content37
What are the ingredients for food systems change towards sustainability?—Insights from the literature37
Systematic map of the literature on carbon lock-in induced by long-lived capital37
Social inequalities in flooding inside and outside of floodplains during Hurricane Harvey37
Global offshore wind energy resources using the new ERA-5 reanalysis37
Tree growth at the end of the 21st century - the extreme years 2018/19 as template for future growth conditions37
Changing Amazon deforestation patterns: urgent need to restore command and control policies and market interventions37
Examining the joint effects of heatwaves, air pollution, and green space on the risk of preterm birth in California37
Estimating PM2.5-related premature mortality and morbidity associated with future wildfire emissions in the western US37
Inferring CO2 fertilization effect based on global monitoring land-atmosphere exchange with a theoretical model37
Environmental impacts and resource use of urban agriculture: a systematic review and meta-analysis37
Evidence for the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to water issues in Africa36
Early retirement of power plants in climate mitigation scenarios36
Changing risk factors that contribute to premature mortality from ambient air pollution between 2000 and 201536
The sudden stratospheric warming in January 202136
Soil lifespans and how they can be extended by land use and management change36
A review of climate-change impact and adaptation studies for the water sector in Thailand36
Health and migration in the context of a changing climate: a systematic literature assessment36
Frequency and duration of low-wind-power events in Germany36
Population exposure to pre-emptive de-energization aimed at averting wildfires in Northern California36
Decarbonizing US passenger vehicle transport under electrification and automation uncertainty has a travel budget36
Projected changes in fire size from daily spread potential in Canada over the 21st century36
Drone data reveal heterogeneity in tundra greenness and phenology not captured by satellites36
Multiscale mapping of plant functional groups and plant traits in the High Arctic using field spectroscopy, UAV imagery and Sentinel-2A data36
Aboveground biomass corresponds strongly with drone-derived canopy height but weakly with greenness (NDVI) in a shrub tundra landscape36
Accelerated decline of summer Arctic sea ice during 1850–2017 and the amplified Arctic warming during the recent decades35
Near-real-time drought impact assessment: a text mining approach on the 2018/19 drought in Germany35
Particulate dominance of organic carbon mobilization from thaw slumps on the Peel Plateau, NT: Quantification and implications for stream systems and permafrost carbon release35
Future climate change significantly alters interannual wheat yield variability over half of harvested areas35
The cost of stratospheric aerosol injection through 210035