Decision making

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Latest Research and Reviews

  • Reviews |

    A new approach is outlined for capturing multiple facets of biodiversity in near real-time by combining the latest advances in automated Earth observation recording, high-throughput sequencing and ecological modelling.

    • Alex Bush
    • , Rahel Sollmann
    • , Andreas Wilting
    • , Kristine Bohmann
    • , Beth Cole
    • , Heiko Balzter
    • , Christopher Martius
    • , András Zlinszky
    • , Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer
    • , Christina A. Cobbold
    • , Terence P. Dawson
    • , Brent C. Emerson
    • , Simon Ferrier
    • , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
    • , Martin Herold
    • , Laurence Jones
    • , Fabian H. Leendertz
    • , Louise Matthews
    • , James D. A. Millington
    • , John R. Olson
    • , Otso Ovaskainen
    • , Dave Raffaelli
    • , Richard Reeve
    • , Mark-Oliver Rödel
    • , Torrey W. Rodgers
    • , Stewart Snape
    • , Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers
    • , Alfried P. Vogler
    • , Piran C. L. White
    • , Martin J. Wooster
    •  & Douglas W. Yu
  • Research |

    People willing to incur significant costs to help strangers, ‘extraordinary altruists’, are shown to have an increased subjective valuation of the welfare of distant others, rather than a misconception of the social distance of strangers.

    • Kruti M. Vekaria
    • , Kristin M. Brethel-Haurwitz
    • , Elise M. Cardinale
    • , Sarah A. Stoycos
    •  & Abigail A. Marsh
  • Research |

    Although 71% of marine protected areas are benefiting fish populations, their effects are highly variable, with staff capacity proving to be the most important explanatory variable.

    • David A. Gill
    • , Michael B. Mascia
    • , Gabby N. Ahmadia
    • , Louise Glew
    • , Sarah E. Lester
    • , Megan Barnes
    • , Ian Craigie
    • , Emily S. Darling
    • , Christopher M. Free
    • , Jonas Geldmann
    • , Susie Holst
    • , Olaf P. Jensen
    • , Alan T. White
    • , Xavier Basurto
    • , Lauren Coad
    • , Ruth D. Gates
    • , Greg Guannel
    • , Peter J. Mumby
    • , Hannah Thomas
    • , Sarah Whitmee
    • , Stephen Woodley
    •  & Helen E. Fox
    Nature 543, 665–669
  • Research |

    Energy future scenarios are used in policy decision-making but little is known about how they influence public preferences. This study shows that engaging with an interactive scenario-building tool strengthens existing preferences, but exemplar scenarios provide reference points that anchor choices.

    • Christina Demski
    • , Alexa Spence
    •  & Nick Pidgeon
    Nature Energy 2, 17027

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Increasing demand for solution-oriented environmental assessments brings significant opportunities and challenges at the science–policy–society interface. Solution-oriented assessments should enable inclusive deliberative learning processes about policy alternatives and their practical consequences.

    • Martin Kowarsch
    • , Jason Jabbour
    • , Christian Flachsland
    • , Marcel T. J. Kok
    • , Robert Watson
    • , Peter M. Haas
    • , Jan C. Minx
    • , Joseph Alcamo
    • , Jennifer Garard
    • , Pauline Riousset
    • , László Pintér
    • , Cameron Langford
    • , Yulia Yamineva
    • , Christoph von Stechow
    • , Jessica O'Reilly
    •  & Ottmar Edenhofer
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Brainstorming was developed over 60 years ago, along with its key concept that ‘no idea is a bad idea’. But could the opposite be true, is brainstorming stifling, rather than unleashing, our creativity? In environments in which ideas go unchallenged, there are techniques that can improve creativity by encouraging criticism.

    • David Burkus
  • News and Views |

    Public fears of nuclear power are widespread, especially in the aftermath of accidents, yet their benefits are rarely fully considered. A new study shows how the closure of two nuclear power plants in the 1980s increased air pollution and led to a measurable reduction in birth weights, a key indicator of future health outcomes.

    • Michael Shellenberger
    Nature Energy 2, 17058
  • News and Views |

    It is important to include the public in the processes by which decisions on societal trajectories are made. A study shows that interactive scenario-building tools can engage people in the holistic complexities of energy transitions, but these tools must be designed and used with care because elicited preferences can be influenced by contextual factors.

    • Tim Chatterton
    Nature Energy 2, 17030
  • News and Views |

    Policymakers play a critical role in the global response to climate change. Now, research reveals an effective visual strategy for communicating climate science to policymakers and climate negotiators.

    • Jiaying Zhao