Wilma J. Blaser

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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 |

    A large-scale economic analysis of the economics of water supplies in the greater Los Angeles area, based on the ‘full-cycle’ costs of water sources such as imported water, groundwater, and reused and storm-water capture. The study showcases an updated model and framework for urban water studies that can be applied to other cities.

    • Erik Porse
    • , Kathryn B. Mika
    • , Elizaveta Litvak
    • , Kimberly F. Manago
    • , Terri S. Hogue
    • , Mark Gold
    • , Diane E. Pataki
    •  & Stephanie Pincetl
  • Perspective |

    Theories of cultural evolution can help explain how norms that are externally enforced are internalized to become intrinsic motivations to behave sustainably. This knowledge is useful for developing interventions for behavioural change.

    • Taylor Davis
    • , Erin P. Hennes
    •  & Leigh Raymond
  • Article |

    Little is known about the contribution of peatlands to potable water resources at global and regional scales given that most peatlands are far away from major urbanized areas. This study analyses peatlands, human population and hydrometric datasets to identify hotspots where peatlands are crucial for water supply.

    • Jiren Xu
    • , Paul J. Morris
    • , Junguo Liu
    •  & Joseph Holden
  • Article |

    Agroforests can combine crop production with ecosystem service provisioning, but how they should be implemented to balance their costs and benefits remains unknown. This study finds that low-to-intermediate shade cocoa agroforests in West Africa benefit biodiversity and climate without compromising production.

    • W. J. Blaser
    • , J. Oppong
    • , S. P. Hart
    • , J. Landolt
    • , E. Yeboah
    •  & J. Six
  • Analysis |

    A social network analysis of over 20,000 reports of illegal child adoption in China reveals the most important cities, provinces and paths of child trafficking. Over 80% of the network can be reached by targeting four cities.

    • Zhen Wang
    • , Liyuan Wei
    • , Sha Peng
    • , Liangchun Deng
    •  & Beibei Niu

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Many cities rely on not just traditional delivery systems for potable water, but also standard economic models for valuing those systems. Both must be questioned to ensure future water security in drought-challenged urban regions.

    • David Feldman
  • News & Views |

    Most published geoengineering scenarios are climate modelling studies, which biases the public perception of what is possible and desirable. Scenarios should be used more broadly to engage scientists, policymakers and society in a debate about which future climate and world we want.

    • Reto Knutti
  • Editorial |

    Civil society, businesses, governments and academia should unite forces to transform the plastic economy.