Minnesota lakes

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Complex social-environmental interactions challenge management of biological invasions. Ashander and colleagues explore the complexity of the invasion of Minnesota lakes, pictured, by zebra mussels.


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  • Biodiverse upland Amazonian rainforest is being lost from continued conversion to cropland and pasture. This study combines satellite and household survey data from the Peruvian Amazon to find that access to floodplains reduces clearing of upland forests around riverine communities.

    • Oliver T. Coomes
    • Yoshito Takasaki
    • Christian Abizaid
  • Coastal cities face a compound threat from relative sea-level rise and land subsidence; however, local land subsidence rates are spatially variable and can be difficult to quantify. Remote interferometric radar observations allow high-resolution estimations of local land subsidence to better inform the future of major coastal cities.

    • Cheryl Tay
    • Eric O. Lindsey
    • Emma M. Hill
  • In the scramble to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, many nations are examining their agriculture and land-use sectors. In Ireland, while net-zero emissions by 2050 are feasible through a reduction in meat and dairy production and smart land management, carbon neutrality beyond 2050 may prove fleeting.

    • Colm Duffy
    • Remi Prudhomme
    • David Styles
  • Sand has become an increasingly scarce critical resource. As a result of changing climate, Greenland now receives large deposits of glacially derived sand along its coasts. Local communities broadly support domestic, environmentally mindful economic sand extraction.

    • Mette Bendixen
    • Rasmus Leander Nielsen
    • Kelton Minor
    • As the pressure on Amazonian forests builds, the search for more sustainable agricultural development pathways has intensified. Access to floodplain soils can reduce pressure on upland forests and prevent them being cleared for agriculture. Floodplain farming can be a solution to enable both sustainable agriculture and forest conservation.

      Research Briefing
    • Chemical control of insect pests is considered a necessary evil of modern intensive agricultural practices. New approaches exploiting chemical ecology and genetically modified plants as ‘green factories’ point the way to harvests that are less reliant on insecticides.

      • Johnathan A. Napier
      News & Views
    • Anaemia remains an intransigent global health problem that increases the risk of morbidity and mortality for women and children, and nowhere more so than in India. Now, a study links particulate air pollution exposure with anaemia in women of reproductive age.

      • Ajay Pillarisetti
      • Kalpana Balakrishnan
      News & Views
    • Greenland is rich in natural mineral resources and has been actively investigating the economic potential of expanded mineral extraction. However, public opinion calls for the assessment of the environmental and social impacts of mineral extraction.

      • Leneisja Jungsberg
      News & Views
    • There are no silver bullet chemistries for batteries — but zinc technology, with its safety, cost and environmental advantages, has received renewed interest as a choice for sustainability. Now, direct imaging sheds light on the charge carrier, clearing a major barrier to understanding and upgrading this energy system.

      • Fei Wang
      • Kang Xu
      • Chunsheng Wang
      News & Views