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Read our September issue!

In this issue we cover the multiple gains of urban transport policies, odour camouflage to tackle rodent pests, blue carbon ecosystems, violence against women environmental defenders and more.


  • Nature Sustainability has turned five. In order to celebrate our anniversary we have put together four exciting Collections covering three topical research areas -water, emerging technologies and nature-based solutions- as well as a cross-cutting theme, inequality.

  • Anna Berti Suman is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). She is the principal researcher of the Sensing for Justice (SensJus) project, which explores the applications of civic environmental monitoring for environmental justice.

  • 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.

Nature Sustainability is a Transformative Journal; authors can publish using the traditional publishing route OR via immediate gold Open Access.

Our Open Access option complies with funder and institutional requirements.


  • The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the need to transform governance for the world to develop sustainably. Using a mixed method approach, this study presents 13 principles for transformative ocean governance that can help turn ocean-use practices into more sustainable ones.

    • Amanda T. Lombard
    • Jai Clifford-Holmes
    • Elisa Morgera
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Heavy-duty vehicles are responsible for a substantial portion of road emissions from fossil-fuelled vehicles and cause harmful air pollution. Transitioning to electric heavy-duty vehicles would provide substantial health benefits, especially in Black and Hispanic/Latino urban neighbourhoods.

    • Sara F. Camilleri
    • Anastasia Montgomery
    • Daniel E. Horton
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Coral reefs and related fish populations are under threat of extinction unless additional conservation measures are put in place. Focusing on 12 countries with diverse income and tropical reef proximity, this study analyses the willingness of the public to pay for global coral and reef fish conservation.

    • Peter John Robinson
    • Pieter van Beukering
    • Luke Brander
    • Heatwaves are more frequent and lead to considerable suffering, especially among the poorest and most disadvantaged people. This Perspective discusses the concept of systemic cooling poverty with the aim of informing policy and practice to support vulnerable groups.

      • Antonella Mazzone
      • Enrica De Cian
      • Radhika Khosla
    • Siloed exploitation, management and planning of the oceans have resulted in escalating damage to ocean biodiversity and conflicts among users. A study now provides a set of principles to ensure participation and inclusion of all rights-holders and stakeholders towards transformative ocean governance to enable sustainability.

      • David O. Obura
      News & Views
    • Contemporary plastics upcycling methods rely on the use of hydrogen and solvents, which make the process not environmentally friendly. Now a solvent- and hydrogen-free strategy can convert high-density polyethylene into separable hydrocarbons with high efficiency.

      • Chuan Xia
      • Buxing Han
      News & Views
    • Rangelands provide critical ecosystem and societal services and are central to livestock husbandry across the United States. How these considerations are balanced, and possibly expanded on, will shape the future of rangeland ecosystems and communities moving into the future.

      • David D. Briske
      • Steven R. Archer
      • Kimberly R. Stackhouse-Lawson
    • Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the manufacturing of plastics. However, its adverse effects on human health are driving the development of safer and more sustainable alternatives. Now, a synthetic route enables such an alternative, starting from renewable lignin biomass.

      • Bert M. Weckhuysen
      News & Views
  • Media attention to the disastrous consequences of this summer’s wildfires has been at a record high. Now the world should wake up to the urgent need to restore burnt sites.

  • Principles underpinning the 2030 Agenda — indivisibility, integration and universality — can safeguard against inaction or unsustainable practices but have not yet come into effect. We propose measures to strengthen alignment with them as the world gears up to accelerate implementation at the 2023 SDG Summit.

    • Nina Weitz
    • Henrik Carlsen
    • Åsa Persson
  • This season’s wildfires have wreaked havoc for local communities, summer tourists and densely populated cities more than 1,000 km away. International cooperation is urgently needed to ensure humans’ sustainable future with increasing wildfires.

  • Freshwaters require targeted policy considerations to achieve biodiversity conservation goals and to support ecosystem services that communities around the globe depend upon. Effective conservation requires creative solutions that build and expand upon conventional protected areas, contextualized for these diverse ecosystems.

    • Rebecca L. Flitcroft
    • Robin Abell
    • Brooke E. Penaluna
  • As the research community remembers John Bannister Goodenough for his contributions to the development of batteries, we reflect on his legacy, what it means to sustainability and where we go next in the quest for a more sustainable future.


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