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Latest Research

  • Article |

    Satellite-based measures of the area irrigated by 79 schemes find a median of only 16% of the proposed area supplied. A quarter deliver over 80% of the proposed area and a fifth are inactive.

    • Thomas P. Higginbottom
    • , Roshan Adhikari
    • , Ralitza Dimova
    • , Sarah Redicker
    •  & Timothy Foster
  • Article |

    The demands of sustainable energy supply and clean water production continue to drive membrane development. Here the authors design graphene oxide membranes intercalated with polyaromatic cations that not only exhibit sustained nanofiltration performance under realistic conditions but also are scalable for industrial applications.

    • Zhongzhen Wang
    • , Chen Ma
    • , Chunyan Xu
    • , Scott A. Sinquefield
    • , Meisha L. Shofner
    •  & Sankar Nair
  • Article |

    Small hydropower plants are increasingly favoured. This study finds that these plants are decreasing river connectivity in Brazil more than larger dams, potentially harming migratory fish, and suggests future dam portfolios that result in less river fragmentation while delivering similar power.

    • Thiago B. A. Couto
    • , Mathis L. Messager
    •  & Julian D. Olden
  • Analysis |

    Wise management is critical to sustaining fisheries. This study finds that rebuilding plans, ratification of international agreements and harvest control rules yield strong benefits and that these are cumulative.

    • Michael C. Melnychuk
    • , Hiroyuki Kurota
    • , Pamela M. Mace
    • , Maite Pons
    • , Cóilín Minto
    • , Giacomo Chato Osio
    • , Olaf P. Jensen
    • , Carryn L. de Moor
    • , Ana M. Parma
    • , L. Richard Little
    • , Daniel Hively
    • , Charmane E. Ashbrook
    • , Nicole Baker
    • , Ricardo O. Amoroso
    • , Trevor A. Branch
    • , Christopher M. Anderson
    • , Cody S. Szuwalski
    • , Julia K. Baum
    • , Tim R. McClanahan
    • , Yimin Ye
    • , Alessandro Ligas
    • , Jilali Bensbai
    • , Grant G. Thompson
    • , John DeVore
    • , Arni Magnusson
    • , Bjarte Bogstad
    • , Edward Wort
    • , Jake Rice
    •  & Ray Hilborn
  • Analysis |

    A study of 177 forest user groups shows that these are more likely to self-organize to monitor rule compliance for forest management when the groups are larger, they design the rules and they are located either close to or far from markets.

    • Graham Epstein
    • , Georgina Gurney
    • , Sivee Chawla
    • , John M. Anderies
    • , Jacopo Baggio
    • , Hita Unnikrishnan
    • , Sergio Villamayor Tomas
    •  & Graeme S. Cumming

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    How can we promote sustainable behaviours and reduce unsustainable ones? A new study explores potential neural mechanisms underlying thoughts about farsighted future actions.

    • Angharad N. Williams
    •  & Roland G. Benoit
  • News & Views |

    Wind and solar power plants emit no air pollution while operating, but how effectively do they lower overall emissions from the electric grid? New research traces wind and solar impacts through the grid, even across regional boundaries.

    • Dev Millstein
  • News & Views |

    Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries based on manganese oxide electrode materials are more environmentally friendly than conventional ones but generally suffer from rapid performance fading. A recent study sheds light on possible remedies through engineering of the interface.

    • Hooman Yaghoobnejad Asl
    •  & Arumugam Manthiram
  • Editorial |

    Our expert panel on food value chains now shares recommendations on how to transform agri-food systems.

  • Comment |

    Coupling technological advances with sociocultural and policy changes can transform agri-food systems to address pressing climate, economic, environmental, health and social challenges. An international expert panel reports on options to induce contextualized combinations of innovations that can balance multiple goals.

    • Christopher B. Barrett
    • , Tim G. Benton
    • , Karen A. Cooper
    • , Jessica Fanzo
    • , Rikin Gandhi
    • , Mario Herrero
    • , Steven James
    • , Mark Kahn
    • , Daniel Mason-D’Croz
    • , Alexander Mathys
    • , Rebecca J. Nelson
    • , Jianbo Shen
    • , Philip Thornton
    • , Elizabeth Bageant
    • , Shenggen Fan
    • , Andrew G. Mude
    • , Lindiwe M. Sibanda
    •  & Stephen Wood