grazing field on the Andes

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Addressing water scarcity in areas such as the Bolivian–Peruvian Altiplano, pictured, requires water assessments through a social-ecological view of the wider catchment hydrology.


  • 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.

  • Batteries are crucial to move towards a more sustainable energy supply. This Focus highlights recent advances on battery technology research that has embedded sustainability principles in different components and at different life cycle stages.

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  • Over-exploited fish stocks drive evolutionary changes towards smaller maturation size and lower growth rates of individual fish. Coupling economic decision-making with eco-evolutionary fish population dynamics, the impact of alternative planning horizons on evolution and profit–conservation trade-offs are evaluated.

    • Hanna Schenk
    • Fabian Zimmermann
    • Martin Quaas
  • Despite the increasing importance of local and regional research for conservation efforts worldwide, research published in languages other than English is routinely ignored by global assessments. This study examines how such research is used and cited at national levels even though it is overlooked internationally

    • Tatsuya Amano
    • Violeta Berdejo-Espinola
    • Veronica Zamora-Gutierrez
  • Vector-borne diseases are highly responsive to environmental changes, but such responses are difficult to isolate. Using human footprint index and machine learning, this study shows how the occurrence of six diverse vector-borne diseases responds to the intricate effects of human pressure.

    • Eloise B. Skinner
    • Caroline K. Glidden
    • Erin A. Mordecai
    Article Open Access
  • Milling of mafic minerals has been proposed as a method to capture carbon dioxide. Hard rocks that are commonly crushed to produce construction aggregate, however, are more efficient at carbon dioxide capture and have the potential to trap substantial CO2 as a by-product of aggregate production.

    • Mark Stillings
    • Zoe K. Shipton
    • Rebecca J. Lunn
    • A method for recycling cathodes without fully breaking down the valuable material, and then upgrading it, produces batteries that can provide stable operation at high voltages, enabling enhanced energy-storage possibilities.

      • Gavin D. J. Harper
      News & Views
    • Carbon capture technologies are of utmost importance for the mitigation of climate change. Now, a study shows that all polymineralic rocks, regardless of their composition, can trap significant amounts of CO2 through mechanochemical processing.

      • Ioannis Rigopoulos
      News & Views
    • Our current use of plastics is the epitome of an unsustainable lifestyle with their reliance on fossil resources and their widespread application through single use products that, after use, end up in the natural environment. A study now analyses what it would take for plastics to become a sustainable material.

      • Michael Zwicky Hauschild
      • Anders Bjørn
      News & Views
    • The Russia–Ukraine armed conflict has caused far-reaching damage to freshwater resources and water infrastructure, with immediate and long-term consequences for the environment and human health. This analysis of the type, distribution and potential consequences of the water-related impacts of the conflict provides a basis for future rebuilding and restoration.

      Research Briefing
    • The Russian military invasion of Ukraine has vastly affected freshwater systems and critical water facilities in the country. A study now evaluates the magnitude of the damage and the related environmental and livelihood implications.

      • Stefanos Xenarios
      News & Views
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a prominent methodology for evaluating potential environmental impacts of products throughout their entire lifespan. However, LCA studies often lack transparency and comparability, limiting their significance. Here, recommendations for best practices for LCA are provided, exemplified by its application to batteries.

    • Jens F. Peters
  • Nature Sustainability is five. We reflect on what we have achieved so far and our ambitions going forward.

  • Sustainably addressing the water needs of populations in countries lacking adequate infrastructure is challenging. We discuss the potential of decentralized water and wastewater treatment using electrified processes across Latin American countries and reflect on what would help their implementation in the region.

    • Alexsandro J. dos Santos
    • Haruna L. Barazorda-Ccahuana
    • Sergi Garcia-Segura
  • The healthy watersheds concept links ecosystem condition with human benefits and helps decision-makers evaluate trade-offs. Implementation requires letting go of technocratic approaches, accounting for ecosystem services, embracing watersheds’ complexity and supporting participatory processes and subsidiarity.

    • Derek Vollmer
    • Robin Abell
    • Nicholas Souter
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage, a fundamental process to a sustainable future, relies on a suite of technologies among which electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide is essential. Here, we discuss the issues faced when reporting performance of this technology and recommend how to move forward at both materials and device levels.

    • Brian Seger
    • Marc Robert
    • Feng Jiao
  • Herman Daly, one of the founders of ecological economics, has died at the age of 84. His work questioning the pursuit of economic growth, and articulating the alternative of a steady-state economy, has been foundational to sustainability science.

    • Daniel W. O’Neill