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Latest Research

  • Article |

    Shipments of natural resources and goods connect distant regions but sometimes move more than their intended cargo. This study models the growth of the global shipping network and the implications for spreading invasive species in a changing climate, forecasting substantial increases in ship movements and a 3- to 20-fold increase in invasion risk in coming decades.

    • Anthony Sardain
    • , Erik Sardain
    •  & Brian Leung
  • Analysis |

    Pollinators are integral to ecosystem functions and human wellbeing, yet conservation approaches often ignore indigenous and biocultural perspectives and practices. This Analysis uses the IPBES framework to categorize biocultural practices and identify policies to support their roles in pollinator conservation.

    • Rosemary Hill
    • , Guiomar Nates-Parra
    • , José Javier G. Quezada-Euán
    • , Damayanti Buchori
    • , Gretchen LeBuhn
    • , Marcia M. Maués
    • , Petina L. Pert
    • , Peter K Kwapong
    • , Shafqat Saeed
    • , Sara J Breslow
    • , Manuela Carneiro da Cunha
    • , Lynn V. Dicks
    • , Leonardo Galetto
    • , Mary Gikungu
    • , Brad G. Howlett
    • , Vera L. Imperatriz-Fonseca
    • , Phil O’B. Lyver
    • , Berta Martín-López
    • , Elisa Oteros-Rozas
    • , Simon G. Potts
    •  & Marie Roué
  • Analysis |

    Honey can be used as a biomonitor to determine the source and fate of heavy metal pollutants in cities. This study analyses lead isotopes and trace element concentrations in honey from six geographical sectors in Vancouver, Canada. It finds that hives in the downtown sector of the city, near the Port of Vancouver, produced honey with elevated trace element concentrations and less radiogenic Pb isotopic compositions.

    • Kate E. Smith
    • , Dominique Weis
    • , Marghaleray Amini
    • , Alyssa E. Shiel
    • , Vivian W.-M. Lai
    •  & Kathy Gordon
  • Article |

    Despite Antarctica’s reputation for being pristine, the construction and footprint of research stations and activities favours its relatively small regions without ice. This study uses GIS mapping of satellite imagery to quantify the extent of these impacts and finds that they impact more than half of all large coastal ice-free areas.

    • Shaun T. Brooks
    • , Julia Jabour
    • , John van den Hoff
    •  & Dana M. Bergstrom
  • Analysis |

    Water-use efficiency in the production of food must not only take into account quantities and yields, but also the nutrients and dietary impacts. Animal and plant foods show little difference in this demand efficiency, and best serve as complimentary rather than substitutable foods.

    • Kerstin Damerau
    • , Katharina Waha
    •  & Mario Herrero

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Bee keeping is on the rise in cities. Beehive products can be used to trace the source and transport of metal contaminants by studying one of our favourite food stuffs — honey.

    • Mark Patrick Taylor
  • Q&A |

    Joyeeta Gupta, professor of development at the University of Amsterdam, and Paul Ekins, professor of resource policy at University College London, are co-chairs of United Nations Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook: Healthy Planet, Healthy People. They talk to Nature Sustainability about drafting the new report.

    • Ryan Scarrow
  • Editorial |

    Developing a culture of innovation is critical to a successful sustainable development strategy.

  • News & Views |

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can influence each other positively or negatively. Climate change, inequalities and irresponsible consumption and production currently stand in the way of meeting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    • Prajal Pradhan