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This month we cover landslide risk, effects of intercropping, managing algal blooms in water systems, effects of tree planting and more.

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  • Analysis of data from a two-wave survey of households in Nepal before and after the 2015 earthquakes shows that higher human capital helped them recover faster than did social capital and that the two forms of capital are partially substitutable.

    • Wenman Liu
    • Elisabeth Gerber
    • Arun Agrawal
    Analysis
  • Aqueous Zn batteries offer safety, but the Zn anodes are vulnerable to dendrite failure and side reaction. Here the authors show a low-cost electrolyte that involves hydrate salt and organic solvent but proves inflammable. The Zn battery cell delivers excellent performance even at a low temperature of −30 °C.

    • Daliang Han
    • Changjun Cui
    • Quan-Hong Yang
    Article
  • Despite concerns about plastics in the environment, not enough attention is paid to the impacts of the various stages of the plastics value chain globally. This study finds that most environmental and socioeconomic impacts from plastics are due to their growing production in coal-based economies.

    • Livia Cabernard
    • Stephan Pfister
    • Stefanie Hellweg
    Analysis Open Access
    • Both lithium- and sodium-ion batteries could play an important role in combating climate change, but they often suffer structural instabilities in the cathodes, which degrade performance. Now a study on two cathode materials that function in either battery type sheds light on how their structure should be designed to suppress these instabilities.

      • Eric McCalla
      • Shipeng Jia
      News & Views
    • Zinc batteries are more sustainable than the currently dominating lithium technologies, but their major technical problems have yet to be fully resolved. Now a new electrolyte formulation addresses most issues and delivers rechargeable zinc batteries with both performance breakthrough and cost advantage.

      • Florencio Santos
      • Antonio J. Fernández Romero
      News & Views
    • Social capital, embedded in people’s relationships, is important for practically all domains of life. Individuals need others to safeguard and enhance their living conditions. A study now shows that social capital helps in the recovery from a natural disaster.

      • Beate Völker
      News & Views
    • Oceanic uranium represents a vast fuel resource that could ensure the long-term sustainability of nuclear power. A new study seeks to harness that potential by developing a bioinspired adsorbent membrane capable of capturing uranium from seawater.

      • Alexander I. Wiechert
      • Sotira Yiacoumi
      • Costas Tsouris
      News & Views
    • Sustainable farming of fish requires their feed to be responsibly sourced. New research illustrates how we could convert industrial carbon emissions into a valuable feed resource.

      • Richard S. Cottrell
      News & Views
  • In the coming months, Nature Sustainability will be publishing a series of World Views from diverse scholars to stimulate further thinking and dialogue within the community.

    Editorial
  • Water research has fallen into a ‘techno optimism’ that tries to solve all problems despite not asking fundamental questions, according to Stephanie Pincetl of the University of California, Los Angeles. She talks to Nature Sustainability about the challenges facing the field and science writ large.

    • Ryan Scarrow
    Q&A
  • Dr Shailja Vaidya Gupta is Senior Adviser at the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. She tells Nature Sustainability about the challenges of climate negotiations from her country’s perspective, views are her own.

    • Aiora Zabala
    Q&A
  • As the climate crisis continues its deadly course, how much longer will it take for world leaders to act?

    Editorial