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This month we cover car ownership value, ecological fiscal transfers, meat consumption, riverine microplastic, effectiveness of emissions standards, recycling of perovskite PV modules and more.


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  • Static maps are key tools for assessing ecosystem services. This study shows that hotspots of three boreal-forest services—wood production, bilberry production and topsoil carbon storage—can vary widely over just ten years, suggesting the value of dynamic tools to manage dynamic landscapes.

    • Tord Snäll
    • María Triviño
    • Jon Moen
  • Despite concern among racially minoritized groups about environmental impacts within their communities, students of colour remain underrepresented in environmental science degree programmes in the United States and Europe. This study examines the experiences of students of colour to illuminate pathways to racial equity in the pursuit of sustainability.

    • Tania M. Schusler
    • Charlie B. Espedido
    • V. Bala Chaudhary
  • Co-production includes diverse aims, terminologies and practices. This study explores such diversity by mapping differences in how 32 initiatives from 6 continents co-produce diverse outcomes for the sustainable development of ecosystems at local to global scales.

    • Josephine M. Chambers
    • Carina Wyborn
    • Tomas Pickering
  • Our food system reflects and affects our values. Recognizing and understanding the power of those often unstated value systems is critical for avoiding a range of disasters.

  • Rain and drought have seized the world’s attention, showing the importance of water studies for society. But what if the field is not pursuing the most critical research?

  • Multiple policy tools are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Åsa Persson, from the Stockholm Environment Institute and a member of the Independent Group of Scientists working on the 2023 United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report, speaks to Nature Sustainability about the complexity of research comparing the impacts of policy instruments.

    • Aiora Zabala
  • Nature Sustainability welcomes research comparing the performance of environmental policy instruments to better inform the choice of policies and ultimately help to bridge the science–policy gap.

  • Natural capital accounting will confirm what we know — without change, we are headed for environmental disaster resulting from economic growth. We propose a natural capital bank, a new institution to help maintain natural capital adequacy and chart a course to a sustainable future via accounting.

    • Michael J. Vardon
    • Heather Keith
    • David B. Lindenmayer