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Nature Sustainability publishes significant original research from a broad range of natural, social and engineering fields about sustainability, its policy dimensions and possible solutions.

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Negative air ions (NAIs) have been widely harnessed for air purification and environmental therapeutics. Herein, the authors construct a triboelectric NAI generator that produces NAIs with high efficiency, stimulated by mechanical motions.

    • Hengyu Guo
    • , Jie Chen
    • , Longfei Wang
    • , Aurelia Chi Wang
    • , Yafeng Li
    • , Chunhua An
    • , Jr-Hau He
    • , Chenguo Hu
    • , Vincent K. S. Hsiao
    •  & Zhong Lin Wang
  • Perspective |

    Demand for cooling is expected to increase globally. To deliver sustainable cooling beyond energy-intensive technological solutions, a comprehensive analytical framework and research agenda are proposed.

    • Radhika Khosla
    • , Nicole D. Miranda
    • , Philipp A. Trotter
    • , Antonella Mazzone
    • , Renaldi Renaldi
    • , Caitlin McElroy
    • , Francois Cohen
    • , Anant Jani
    • , Rafael Perera-Salazar
    •  & Malcolm McCulloch
  • Analysis |

    Waste recycling is part of a circular economy, but for some materials its environmental benefits are unclear. Looking at the circularity of the global paper life cycle, under various levels of waste recycling, this study shows that any climate benefits hinge on reducing the carbon intensity of the energy used.

    • Stijn van Ewijk
    • , Julia A. Stegemann
    •  & Paul Ekins
  • Perspective |

    Aligned action to address the COVID-19 crisis contrasts with the heterogeneous response to tackle climate and sustainability challenges. The authors discuss the importance of strong personal norms and lessons for sustainability.

    • Thijs Bouman
    • , Linda Steg
    •  & Thomas Dietz
  • Analysis |

    To increase the policy relevance of ecosystem service benefits research, studies need to better predict the impact of specific decisions, according to an analysis of the literature.

    • Lisa Mandle
    • , Analisa Shields-Estrada
    • , Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer
    • , Matthew G. E. Mitchell
    • , Leah L. Bremer
    • , Jesse D. Gourevitch
    • , Peter Hawthorne
    • , Justin A. Johnson
    • , Brian E. Robinson
    • , Jeffrey R. Smith
    • , Laura J. Sonter
    • , Gregory M. Verutes
    • , Adrian L. Vogl
    • , Gretchen C. Daily
    •  & Taylor H. Ricketts
  • Article
    | Open Access

    A geospatial estimate of water scarcity in middle- to low-income countries finds that less than 37% of small-scale farms have irrigation. However, there exist considerable gaps in evidence for most commonly proposed, on-farm interventions.

    • Vincent Ricciardi
    • , Abdrahmane Wane
    • , Balsher Singh Sidhu
    • , Cecile Godde
    • , Divya Solomon
    • , Ellen McCullough
    • , Florian Diekmann
    • , Jaron Porciello
    • , Meha Jain
    • , Nicola Randall
    •  & Zia Mehrabi

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    The volume of work contributing substantial understanding and new evidence about sustainability challenges is growing. Making the most of it is imperative for interventions to be really effective.

  • News & Views |

    Models typically used to analyse climate–economy interactions have paradoxically ignored much of nature’s value. A new study explicitly addresses this issue and reveals feedback loops between nature and the climate system that make climate change more costly.

    • Matthew Agarwala
    •  & Diane Coyle
  • Comment |

    Pandemic responses can engender healthier and more sustainable societies only if we attend to urban equality.

    • Michele Acuto
    • , Shaun Larcom
    • , Roger Keil
    • , Mehrnaz Ghojeh
    • , Tom Lindsay
    • , Chiara Camponeschi
    •  & Susan Parnell
  • Editorial |

    Sustainable interventions to manage wildfires are needed but require understanding the causes of such events.

  • News & Views |

    Construction along coasts and offshore is accelerating. A new study estimates the extent of different developments and their wider influence and forecasts their expansion.

    • Stephen J. Hawkins
    • , Louise B. Firth
    •  & Ally J. Evans
  • Comment |

    Hand hygiene is critical for reducing transmission of communicable diseases, as we are so acutely aware during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNICEF has identified behaviour change and knowledge promotion as top strategies for increasing handwashing during this crisis, while acknowledging that millions of people lack the water necessary for handwashing.

    • David M. Hannah
    • , Iseult Lynch
    • , Feng Mao
    • , Joshua D. Miller
    • , Sera L. Young
    •  & Stefan Krause