Volume 7

  • No. 6 June 2024

    A smart film for plant growth

    Plants are vulnerable to heat and drought stress. Bin Zhu and colleagues present a film design that can manage sunlight to enable reduced temperature, minimized water loss and increased photosynthesis.

    See Li et al.

  • No. 5 May 2024

    Jobs in transition

    A more sustainable economic system will have substantial effects on employment as sectors will downsize and jobs will be lost while emerging industries will need new workforce. This Focus issue highlights the likely effects of a sustainability transition on jobs and the barriers that both research and policy should overcome to facilitate such a transition.

    See Focus page here

  • No. 4 April 2024

    Closing the loop of urea production

    Urea is an essential nitrogenous fertilizer in modern agriculture. Its production, however, is too carbon and energy intensive. Here Chuanxin He and colleagues green this process through pulsed co-electrolysis of CO2 and nitrate.

    See Qi Hu et al.

  • No. 3 March 2024

    Sustainable space

    We are rapidly expanding our reach into Earth’s orbital space and beyond. The adverse impacts of this development occur right here on Earth’s surface and in our atmosphere, in our near orbital space and all the way to our ability to see into the stars. As we show in this month’s Focus, it is now urgent to extend our notions of protecting a sustainable future on Earth to ensure a sustainable future in space.

    See Editorial

  • No. 2 February 2024

    Recovering and resourcing from manure wastewater

    Recovering ammonia from manure wastewater has multiple sustainability benefits. Qin and colleagues develop an electrochemical process that allows such removal efficiently and enables the production of decentralized fertilizers and chemicals.

    See Wang et al.

  • No. 1 January 2024

    Mitigation shortfalls in mining

    Sustainable mining relies on vigorous and comprehensive mitigation strategies; however, two studies in this issue show that these measures are falling short. Among artisanal and often illegal mining operations in the Amazon, Fritz et al. demonstrate that while mercury retorts reduce losses, the amount of mercury and CO2 emissions into the environment remains substantial. Globally, Aska et al. draw attention to the number of mine tailing facilities contained within or near the boundaries of protected areas, posing a potential hazard for regional biodiversity.

    See Fritz et al. and Aska et al.