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Volume 2 Issue 10, October 2019

Food and energy co-production

Scaling up use of renewable energy technologies can be limited by alternative land uses. Agrawal and colleagues propose the idea of ‘aglectric’ farming, pictured, and show with modelling how agricultural land can be shared sustainably for food and energy co-production.

See Miskin et al.

Image: Rakesh Agrawal. Cover Design: David Shand.


  • Continuing debates on resilience reflect ongoing tensions and are vital to the advancement of understanding. Nature Sustainability welcomes them and aspires to promote constructive and forward-looking dialogue.



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Comment & Opinion

  • Precision farming enabled by big data and gene-editing technologies are accelerating progress toward increasing nitrogen-use efficiency. However, farmer engagement, public–private partnerships and sound public policies are critical to harness the potential of such technologies to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

    • Madhu Khanna
    • Benjamin M. Gramig
    • Praveen Kumar
  • Dominant research modes are not enough to guide the societal transformations necessary to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Researchers, practitioners, decision makers, funders and civil society should work together to achieve universally accessible and mutually beneficial sustainability science.

    • Peter Messerli
    • Eun Mee Kim
    • Eeva Furman
  • The terms sustainability, resilience and others group under the heading of ‘stability’. Their ubiquity speaks to a vital need to characterize changes in complex social and environmental systems. In a bewildering array of terms, practical measurements are essential to permit comparisons and so untangle underlying relationships.

    • Stuart L. Pimm
    • Ian Donohue
    • Michel Loreau
  • Resilience scholarship continues to inspire opaque discourse and competing frameworks often inconsistent with the complexity inherent in social–ecological systems. We contend that competing conceptualizations of resilience are reconcilable, and that the core theory is useful for navigating sustainability challenges.

    • Craig R. Allen
    • David G. Angeler
    • Ahjond Garmestani
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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • Lack of good-quality monitoring and evaluation data is a key barrier to large-scale uptake of agriculture interventions. Data from low-cost microsatellites have a strong potential to bridge this gap and promote sustainable intensification targets.

    • Jadunandan Dash
    News & Views
  • Fisheries conservation requires restricting access to countries’ exclusive economic zones (EEZs), which is costly to monitor and enforce. A new analysis shows that unauthorized foreign fishing is indeed substantially lower just inside the EEZ boundary compared with just outside.

    • Scott Barrett
    News & Views
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  • Researchers and decision-makers lack a shared understanding of resilience. Here, the authors define social-ecological resilience as including three characteristics of social-ecological systems — resistance, recovery and robustness — and show how this framework can help resilience management.

    • R. Quentin Grafton
    • Luc Doyen
    • Paul R. Wyrwoll
  • This Perspective suggests how a systems perspective on artificial drainage can promote sustainable intensification, limiting nutrient losses and greenhouse-gas emissions and increasing nitrogen-use efficiency.

    • Michael J. Castellano
    • Sotirios V. Archontoulis
    • Johan Six
  • Data from conventional sources cannot fully measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here the authors present a roadmap describing how citizen-science data can integrate traditional data and make a significant contribution in support of the SDGs agenda.

    • Steffen Fritz
    • Linda See
    • Sarah West
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