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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
  • An article in Water Research tracks monochlorobenzene biodegradation in anoxic canal sediments impacted by legacy pollution.

    • Laura Zinke
    Research Highlight
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating plastic pollution. A shift in waste management practices is thus urgently needed to close the plastic loop, requiring governments, researchers and industries working towards intelligent design and sustainable upcycling.

    • Xiangzhou Yuan
    • Xiaonan Wang
    • Yong Sik Ok
    Comment
  • An article in JGR Solid Earth identified that basalt-hosted megathrusts are not necessarily the nucleation source of large megathrust earthquakes.

    • Erin Scott
    Research Highlight
  • An article in Climatic Change outlines the economic benefits of proactive adaptation for US-based rail, road and coastal infrastructure.

    • Graham Simpkins
    Research Highlight
  • Earth sciences are fundamental to tackling climate change, natural hazards and the energy transition, yet universities worldwide are putting geoscience departments on the chopping block — right when they are needed most.

    Editorial
  • An article in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems established a soil gas monitoring approach to identify hydrogen-fertile regions in the Pyrenean foothills.

    • Erin Scott
    Research Highlight