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  • An article in Atmosphere identified species of bacteria transported by dust particles in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

    • Robert Ulrich
    Research Highlight
  • Major environmental disruptions throughout Earth’s history are often linked to extensive magmatic events, termed large igneous provinces. This Review explores the coupled evolution of mantle melting, magmatism and volatile release over the life cycle of large igneous provinces.

    • Benjamin A. Black
    • Leif Karlstrom
    • Tamsin A. Mather
    Review Article
  • An article in Water Research tracks monochlorobenzene biodegradation in anoxic canal sediments impacted by legacy pollution.

    • Laura Zinke
    Research Highlight
  • Since 2000, oceanographic conditions in the Barents Sea and the Eurasian Basin have transitioned from those reflecting the Arctic to a state more closely resembling that of the Atlantic. This Review examines the physical and ecological manifestations, drivers and implications of this so-called Atlantification.

    • Randi B. Ingvaldsen
    • Karen M. Assmann
    • Andrey V. Dolgov
    Review Article
  • An article in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology found that modern corals could be losing resilience to ocean acidification compared to fossil corals.

    • Robert Ulrich
    Research Highlight
  • Global drylands are threatened by a combination of anthropogenic climate change and human activities, putting some locations at high risk of desertification. This Review details changes observed in the drylands of China, and the mitigating impact of large-scale restoration and conservation programmes designed to reverse them.

    • Changjia Li
    • Bojie Fu
    • Wenxin Zhou
    Review Article
  • An article in Communications Earth & Environment finds that reduced fuel availability will only moderately dampen projected increases in forest fire area in western USA.

    • Clare Davis
    Research Highlight
  • Mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows have historically been lost or degraded, threatening their ability to store carbon and provide ecosystem services. This Review details the global potential of blue carbon ecosystem protection and restoration in climate change mitigation, through carbon sequestration and co-benefit production.

    • Peter I. Macreadie
    • Micheli D. P. Costa
    • Carlos M. Duarte
    Review Article
  • Geochemical data are vital for understanding Earth’s past, present and future. However, currently only a fraction of geochemical data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, limiting their use in the broadest range of scientific studies. There is an urgent need for international coordination of geochemical data and methods to unlock their full research potential.

    • Katy J. Chamberlain
    • Kerstin A. Lehnert
    • Gerhard Wörner
    Comment
  • Much of the western United States relies on seasonal snowpacks for water supply. This Review examines the projected changes and impacts of a declining western United States snowpack, and discusses the adaptation opportunities available to mitigate against such snow losses.

    • Erica R. Siirila-Woodburn
    • Alan M. Rhoades
    • Laurna Kaatz
    Review Article
  • An article in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology describes how high-productivity intervals during Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 were related to the influence of freshwater runoff.

    • Erin Scott
    Research Highlight
  • The links between modern collisional mountain belts and those preserved in the geological record are debated. This Review compares the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen with four ancient mountain belts and uses their similarities and differences to investigate the factors that control mountain building.

    • Owen M. Weller
    • Catherine M. Mottram
    • Alex Copley
    Review Article
  • Gerbrand Koren discusses how measurements of Δ17O in CO2 can improve estimates of photosynthesis and its response to environmental conditions.

    • Gerbrand Koren
    Tools of the Trade
  • Anthropogenic climate change and environmental deterioration are driving global degradation of coral reefs. This Review examines how the natural adaptive capacity of coral holobionts can be harnessed and expanded to counter the ongoing loss of coral reefs.

    • Christian R. Voolstra
    • David J. Suggett
    • Manuel Aranda
    Review Article
  • An article in Geophysical Research Letters develops a mathematical model to investigate the influence of saltwater intrusion on permafrost thaw.

    • Graham Simpkins
    Research Highlight
  • The Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna delta is home to more than 170 million people, but is vulnerable to sea level rise, subsidence and direct human disturbance. This Review examines geomorphic change in the delta and its broader impacts.

    • Amelie Paszkowski
    • Steven Goodbred Jr.
    • Jim W. Hall
    Review Article