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This month we feature a Focus on jobs and sustainability, groundwater vulnerability in Africa, sustainable metabolic cancer diagnosis, green hydrogen production and more.


  • Developing a more sustainable economic system will have substantial effects on employment. Some sectors will downsize and jobs will be lost while emerging industries will need new workforce and new skills. This focus features research and opinions exploring what it will take to transform the job market for a successful sustainability transition.

  • We are rapidly expanding our reach into Earth’s orbital space and beyond. It is now urgent to extend our notions of protecting a sustainable planet to a sustainable vision beyond Earth’s boundaries. This focus features opinions and perspectives on the impact space development is having, is likely to, and how it can ensure a more sustainable future in space and on Earth.

  • Since it was launched in 2018, the editorial team at Nature Sustainability has seen the level and quality of submissions grow steadily. But high submissions also carry a price as the journal’s editorial capacity cannot grow at the same pace. As a result, editors have reconsidered some editorial practices.

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  • Cities are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but the potential of urban rivers to such emissions is not well understood. A study now quantifies the greenhouse gas concentrations, fluxes and emissions from urban rivers globally.

    • Wenhao Xu
    • Gongqin Wang
    • Xinghui Xia
  • This study presents a film design that can maximize radiative cooling, transmit photosynthetically efficient light and reflect remaining sunlight in favour of photosynthsis and plant growth.

    • Jinlei Li
    • Yi Jiang
    • Jia Zhu
  • Agroforestry practices represent important natural climate solutions, in addition to providing a variety of socioecological benefits. This study evaluates spatiotemporal agroforestry patterns in India by tracking the fate of large farmland trees over the past decade.

    • Martin Brandt
    • Dimitri Gominski
    • Rasmus Fensholt
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Industrial and agricultural activities, such as mining, smelting and farming practices, have led to widespread arsenic pollution in Chinese soils and may threaten the viability of future rice production. Ambitious mitigation measures beyond those already undertaken by the Chinese government are needed to reverse these increasing impacts.

    • Shuyou Zhang
    • Jiangjiang Zhang
    • Yijun Yao
    • Industrial firms will need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions dramatically for the world to reach its climate change mitigation goals. Now, analysis shows that the economic and employment impacts of these reductions can vary widely, depending on which firms are targeted.

      • Valerie J. Karplus
      News & Views
    • Environmental health is an under-studied aspect of the One Health approach, despite being equally important to human, animal and plant health. Now, a study, aiming to redress this imbalance, shows the potential ecotoxicological effects of treating cattle with insecticide to control mosquitoes that spread malaria.

      • Andrew Forbes
      News & Views
    • Achieving a circular system for electronics hinges on greener design and effective recycling methods. Now, research presents a more durable printed circuit board that can also be sustainably and effectively recycled.

      • Pengju Li
      • Bozhi Tian
      News & Views
    • Oil and gas installations, offshore windfarms and other artificial constructions may enhance marine ecosystems and have been proposed to help meet conservation targets. A study synthesizes existing literature to reveal global patterns in their ecological effectiveness.

      • Andrew R. Gates
      • Daniel O. B. Jones
      News & Views
  • Transitioning to a more sustainable economic system hinges on creating jobs in support of greener activities, with challenges for incumbent workers. A suite of articles highlights the need for more sustainable jobs and how to overcome the associated research gaps and political obstacles.

  • Although research has consistently shown that managing natural resources more sustainably is both feasible and beneficial for jobs and livelihoods, the perception that the green transition leads to job losses prevails. We recommend strategies for wider and better communicating evidence, to decision-makers across the board, about what is needed to reap job benefits from a green transition.

    • Ulrike Lehr
  • Scaling up adoption of green technologies in energy, mobility, construction, manufacturing and agriculture is imperative to set countries on a sustainable development path, but that hinges on having the right workforce, argues Jonatan Pinkse.

    • Jonatan Pinkse
    World View
  • Apprehensions about job losses in incumbent industries can hold up sustainability transformations unless policymakers bolster efforts towards job reskilling programmes, argues Marko Hekkert.

    • Marko Hekkert
    World View
  • As carbon capture and sequestration enter the mainstream, governments and developers grapple with the long-term liability for sequestered carbon. A multi-tiered framework with public–private sharing of risk can help promote the safe and timely deployment of this vital decarbonization technology.

    • Felix Mormann
  • Unless the green technological transition underway in Global North countries is globalized, it will fail to reach its developmental potential. To realize the ambitions of green industrial policies in the Global North, technology transfers to the Global South are a necessary supplement to climate finance initiatives.

    • Benjamin H. Bradlow
    • Alexandros Kentikelenis

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