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Nature Index 2018 Earth and Environmental Sciences

The US remains by far the largest producer of high quality Earth and environmental sciences research, but China’s output has grown rapidly since 2012 to take over second place from the United Kingdom. For every other top ten country producer of Earth and environmental sciences research, output has been declining. Climate change is the issue that looms largest. Just as we depended on scientists to identify the problem, we look to them for solutions. As this supplement makes clear, there are no grounds for complacency.

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    By modelling the course of climate change, scientists are building an arsenal to prepare for its impact.

    • Katherine Bourzac
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    Interdisciplinary encounters across the geosciences are yielding new insights into the workings of Earth and beyond.

    • Sarah DeWeerdt
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    Collaboration following the Fukushima disaster led to discoveries that could improve management of bluefin tuna.

    • Smriti Mallapaty
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    Urgent environmental problems central to national well-being jostle for the attention of China’s scientists as they strive to produce research with global prestige.

    • Hepeng Jia

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