Scientific community and society

Definition

Scientific community and society encompasses research and material which directly concerns, or is relevant to, members of the community of scientists in particular or society at large.

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Latest Research and Reviews

  • Reviews |

    Organizations are social systems different from ecosystems and natural resources. Using social systems theory, and employing the concepts of emergence, resilience and scale, this Perspective presents management principles for pursuing sustainability across an array of organizational contexts.

    • Dror Etzion
  • Reviews |

    Issues around the use of natural resources are often framed in terms of the nexus concept. This Perspective discusses why the nexus concept matters in understanding the link between bio-physical and human dimensions, particularly with regard to the SDGs.

    • Raimund Bleischwitz
    • , Catalina Spataru
    • , Stacy D. VanDeveer
    • , Michael Obersteiner
    • , Ester van der Voet
    • , Corey Johnson
    • , Philip Andrews-Speed
    • , Tim Boersma
    • , Holger Hoff
    •  & Detlef P. van Vuuren
  • Research |

    Human diets strongly affect prospects for relative sustainability, affecting health, land, water, biodiversity and livelihoods. This study finds that select ‘future foods’, including insects, seaweed and cultured meat, provide major environmental benefits compared with current animal-source foods while safeguarding key micronutrients essential for human health.

    • A. Parodi
    • , A. Leip
    • , I. J. M. De Boer
    • , P. M. Slegers
    • , F. Ziegler
    • , E. H. M. Temme
    • , M. Herrero
    • , H. Tuomisto
    • , H. Valin
    • , C. E. Van Middelaar
    • , J. J. A. Van Loon
    •  & H. H. E. Van Zanten
  • Reviews |

    The wastewater treatment industry contributes approximately 1.6% of greenhouse gas emissions. This Review analyses alternative wastewater treatment pathways for simultaneous CO2 capture and utilization and shows the multiple benefits of microbial electrochemical and phototrophic processes.

    • Lu Lu
    • , Jeremy S. Guest
    • , Catherine A. Peters
    • , Xiuping Zhu
    • , Greg H. Rau
    •  & Zhiyong Jason Ren
  • Research |

    Solar desalination is an attractive alternative to energy-intensive conventional seawater desalination. In this study, the authors present a completely passive, multi-stage and low-cost distiller using layers of membranes to achieve a distillate flow rate of almost 3 l m–2 h–1.

    • Eliodoro Chiavazzo
    • , Matteo Morciano
    • , Francesca Viglino
    • , Matteo Fasano
    •  & Pietro Asinari

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Researchers, stakeholders and funding organizations have embraced co-production of knowledge to solve sustainability problems. Research focusing on the practice of co-production can help us understand what works in what contexts and how to avoid potentially undesirable outcomes.

    • Maria Carmen Lemos
    • , James C. Arnott
    • , Nicole M. Ardoin
    • , Kristin Baja
    • , Angela T. Bednarek
    • , Art Dewulf
    • , Clare Fieseler
    • , Kristen A. Goodrich
    • , Kripa Jagannathan
    • , Nicole Klenk
    • , Katharine J. Mach
    • , Alison M. Meadow
    • , Ryan Meyer
    • , Richard Moss
    • , Leah Nichols
    • , K. Dana Sjostrom
    • , Missy Stults
    • , Esther Turnhout
    • , Catherine Vaughan
    • , Gabrielle Wong-Parodi
    •  & Carina Wyborn