Prof. Morgan Pratchett, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia.

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Latest Research

  • Analysis |

    Oysters clean nutrient-polluted waters, but their populations have crashed. This study synthesizes research on oyster impacts and finds that they help remove excess nitrogen and promote nutrient recycling without contributing greatly to greenhouse gas emissions.

    • Nicholas E. Ray
    •  & Robinson W. Fulweiler
  • Perspective |

    Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals requires recognizing trade-offs and synergies among targets. Focusing on conservation and human health, this Perspective suggests how to productively distinguish win–wins from other outcomes.

    • Skylar R. Hopkins
    • , Susanne H. Sokolow
    • , Julia C. Buck
    • , Giulio A. De Leo
    • , Isabel J. Jones
    • , Laura H. Kwong
    • , Christopher LeBoa
    • , Andrea J. Lund
    • , Andrew J. MacDonald
    • , Nicole Nova
    • , Sarah H. Olson
    • , Alison J. Peel
    • , Chelsea L. Wood
    •  & Kevin D. Lafferty
  • Analysis |

    Continued carbon-intensive development is unsustainable. This study assesses how cloudiness and weather variability, enhanced by climate change, will affect photovoltaic output, finding that conditions are likely to worsen by mid-century over the Arabian Peninsula while improving over southern Europe.

    • Sarah Feron
    • , Raúl R. Cordero
    • , Alessandro Damiani
    •  & Robert B. Jackson
  • Article |

    Here the authors design an electrolysis reactor to generate H2O2 which could be further catalytically activated by Cu single atoms to yield hydroxyl radicals. Combining the two reactions enables a system that could treat organic wastewater, providing a path toward sustainable advanced oxidation processes.

    • Jinwei Xu
    • , Xueli Zheng
    • , Zhiping Feng
    • , Zhiyi Lu
    • , Zewen Zhang
    • , William Huang
    • , Yanbin Li
    • , Djordje Vuckovic
    • , Yuanqing Li
    • , Sheng Dai
    • , Guangxu Chen
    • , Kecheng Wang
    • , Hansen Wang
    • , James K. Chen
    • , William Mitch
    •  & Yi Cui

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    For decades research has found evidence that community forest management provides both income for local communities and conservation of forests. A recent article suggests some of the design principles that can make it work.

    • David Barton Bray
  • News & Views |

    Planetary health solutions that protect the environment and promote development have been hard to find. Eco-certification of palm oil that restricts fires also reduces local poverty in Indonesia, but only in communities integrated into the market.

    • Subhrendu K. Pattanayak
    •  & Erin Sills
  • 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.