Cinder Pool Following Acidification, Yellowstone National Park USA

Subsurface Archaea in Yellowstone hot springs

  • Daniel R. Colman
  • Maximiliano J. Amenabar
  • Eric S. Boyd


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    We thank Solange Duhamel from the University of Arizona for her detailed and thorough contribution to peer review at Communications Earth & Environment

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  • Indigenous food systems ensure ecological and socio-economic sustainability but remain marginalized in science and policy. We argue that better documentation, deeper understanding, and political recognition of indigenous knowledge can help transform food systems.

    • Dhanya Vijayan
    • David Ludwig
    • Katharina Löhr
    Comment Open Access
  • Rapid warming of coastal waters in the Northwest Atlantic is affecting local fisheries and ecosystems. Our article revealed the role of the Gulf Stream in this warming, thereby helping to define environmental management in New England and inspiring students in Brazil.

    • Afonso Gonçalves Neto
    Comment Open Access
  • The floating ice shelves around Antarctica are key to buttressing land-based ice. Observations, simulations and analyses from around Antarctica now identify mechanisms that lead to basal melting of these vulnerable shelves.

    • Ariaan Purich
    Comment Open Access
  • A recent study dating Viking presence in America to a precise year was only possible thanks to long-term conservation of archaeological finds. It also arose from curiosity, interdisciplinarity and recognition of emerging techniques. These factors highlight the importance of archiving materials and asking the right questions in research on the entanglements of climate and history.

    • Ulf Büntgen
    • Jan Esper
    • Clive Oppenheimer
    Comment Open Access
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Influences on Antarctic Ice

The floating ice shelves around Antarctica are vulnerable to warming of the atmosphere as well as the ocean. Because they already float on the ocean, sea level is not directly affected if they are lost. Nevertheless, sea level can rise when they no longer hold back land-based ice on its journey to the ocean, and the ocean circulation is altered when large amounts of hitherto frozen freshwater melt. In this Collection we present articles that explore the mechanisms that determine where and when the Antarctic ice shelves may disintegrate.
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