Matt Bertone, North Carolina State University

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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 |

    This study spatially maps the economic value of some major ecosystem services provided by the Brazilian Amazon. It also estimates changes in these values under scenarios of degradation and low-impact logging.

    • Jon Strand
    • , Britaldo Soares-Filho
    • , Marcos Heil Costa
    • , Ubirajara Oliveira
    • , Sonia Carvalho Ribeiro
    • , Gabrielle Ferreira Pires
    • , Aline Oliveira
    • , Raoni Rajão
    • , Peter May
    • , Richard van der Hoff
    • , Juha Siikamäki
    • , Ronaldo Seroa da Motta
    •  & Michael Toman
  • Article |

    Sustainability depends on the resilience of natural, social and engineered systems. This theoretical study quantifies resilience to repeated disturbances, synthesizing understanding of how the sizes of shocks, or ‘kicks’, and recovery, or ‘flows’, contribute to maintaining systems in desirable states.

    • Katherine Meyer
    • , Alanna Hoyer-Leitzel
    • , Sarah Iams
    • , Ian Klasky
    • , Victoria Lee
    • , Stephen Ligtenberg
    • , Erika Bussmann
    •  & Mary Lou Zeeman
  • Perspective |

    Reservoirs are frequently posited as a method of increasing water supplies, especially in arid areas. However, they may be inducing and enabling demands for water through increased population and economic activity, and these demands can surpass even the supply that the reservoir can provide and counterintuitively make the areas more vulnerable to drought conditions.

    • Giuliano Di Baldassarre
    • , Niko Wanders
    • , Amir AghaKouchak
    • , Linda Kuil
    • , Sally Rangecroft
    • , Ted I. E. Veldkamp
    • , Margaret Garcia
    • , Pieter R. van Oel
    • , Korbinian Breinl
    •  & Anne F. Van Loon
  • Review Article |

    Resistance to antimicrobials and pesticides — collectively, biocides — undermines human health and food production. This Review assesses options for governing and promoting susceptibility to biocides to remain within the planet’s safe operating space.

    • Peter Søgaard Jørgensen
    • , Athena Aktipis
    • , Zachary Brown
    • , Yves Carrière
    • , Sharon Downes
    • , Robert R. Dunn
    • , Graham Epstein
    • , George B. Frisvold
    • , David Hawthorne
    • , Yrjö T. Gröhn
    • , Govind Tikaramsa Gujar
    • , Dušan Jasovský
    • , Eili Y. Klein
    • , Franziska Klein
    • , Guillaume Lhermie
    • , David Mota-Sanchez
    • , Celso Omoto
    • , Maja Schlüter
    • , H. Morgan Scott
    • , Didier Wernli
    •  & Scott P. Carroll

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Current understanding is that electricity savings in green commercial buildings are low or even negligible. New research, based on a sophisticated analysis of detailed energy data, proves that they do save energy, decrease environmental damage and reduce peak electricity demand.

    • Matthaios Santamouris
  • Comment |

    The conservation movement has lost its critical edge by befriending agribusiness. With deforestation on the rise and a continuous roll-back of environmental protection, it is time to rethink this strategy.

    • Britaldo Soares-Filho
    •  & Raoni Rajão
  • News & Views |

    Behind pressing scientific questions of sustainability, unexplored areas of theoretical and mathematical knowledge await discovery. A fresh take on the notion of resilience provides a glimpse of what to expect.

    • Axel G. Rossberg
  • Q&A |

    Marinez Scherer is an expert in integrated coastal management and executive secretary of the Brazilian Sea Forum. Alberto Lindner is an expert in marine ecology and conservation. Both are at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, and here discuss recent trends in marine and coastal science and policy in Brazil.

    • Aiora Zabala
  • Editorial |

    The country achieved impressive environmental and sustainability successes in the past. Now more than ever, scientists should focus on providing evidence to support policy that helps Brazil to continue doing so.