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    Banning fishing in warming coastal waters and limiting tourism and construction on land will help to protect marine mammals and seabirds.

    • Carolyn J. Hogg
    • , Mary-Anne Lea
    • , Marga Gual Soler
    • , Váleri N. Vasquez
    • , Ana Payo-Payo
    • , Marissa L. Parrott
    • , M. Mercedes Santos
    • , Justine Shaw
    •  & Cassandra M. Brooks
  • Comment |

    Counselling, coaches and collegiality — how institutions can share resources to promote best practice in science.

    • Niels Mejlgaard
    • , Lex M. Bouter
    • , George Gaskell
    • , Panagiotis Kavouras
    • , Nick Allum
    • , Anna-Kathrine Bendtsen
    • , Costas A. Charitidis
    • , Nik Claesen
    • , Kris Dierickx
    • , Anna Domaradzka
    • , Andrea Reyes Elizondo
    • , Nicole Foeger
    • , Maura Hiney
    • , Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner
    • , Krishma Labib
    • , Ana Marušić
    • , Mads P. Sørensen
    • , Tine Ravn
    • , Rea Ščepanović
    • , Joeri K. Tijdink
    •  & Giuseppe A. Veltri
  • Comment |

    Efforts to build representative studies are defeated when scientists discard data from certain groups. Instead, researchers should work to balance statistical needs with fairness.

    • Chief Ben-Eghan
    • , Rosie Sun
    • , Jose Sergio Hleap
    • , Alex Diaz-Papkovich
    • , Hans Markus Munter
    • , Audrey V. Grant
    • , Charles Dupras
    •  & Simon Gravel
  • Comment |

    Comprehensive fire surveillance will strengthen resilience and adaptation to climate change.

    • David Bowman
    • , Grant Williamson
    • , Marta Yebra
    • , Joshua Lizundia-Loiola
    • , Maria Lucrecia Pettinari
    • , Sami Shah
    • , Ross Bradstock
    •  & Emilio Chuvieco
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    As the United Nations warns of famine on a scale not seen in 50 years, researchers must help to build agile, inclusive data collection and analysis to inform agricultural policy.

    • Jaron Porciello
    • , Hale Ann Tufan
    • , Jemimah Njuki
    • , Paul Winters
    • , Edward Mabaya
    •  & Ronnie Coffman
  • Comment |

    The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 fall harder on women than on men. Governments need to gather data and target policy to keep all citizens equally safe, sheltered and secure.

    • Clare Wenham
    • , Julia Smith
    • , Sara E. Davies
    • , Huiyun Feng
    • , Karen A. Grépin
    • , Sophie Harman
    • , Asha Herten-Crabb
    •  & Rosemary Morgan
  • Comment |

    Pandemic politics highlight how predictions need to be transparent and humble to invite insight, not blame.

    • Andrea Saltelli
    • , Gabriele Bammer
    • , Isabelle Bruno
    • , Erica Charters
    • , Monica Di Fiore
    • , Emmanuel Didier
    • , Wendy Nelson Espeland
    • , John Kay
    • , Samuele Lo Piano
    • , Deborah Mayo
    • , Roger Pielke Jr
    • , Tommaso Portaluri
    • , Theodore M. Porter
    • , Arnald Puy
    • , Ismael Rafols
    • , Jerome R. Ravetz
    • , Erik Reinert
    • , Daniel Sarewitz
    • , Philip B. Stark
    • , Andrew Stirling
    • , Jeroen van der Sluijs
    •  & Paolo Vineis
  • Comment |

    A new framework for animal-behaviour research will help to avoid sampling bias — ten years on from the call to widen the pool of human participants in psychology studies beyond the WEIRD.

    • Michael M. Webster
    •  & Christian Rutz
  • Comment |

    Open up, share and network information so that marine stewardship can mitigate climate change, overfishing and pollution.

    • Annie Brett
    • , Jim Leape
    • , Mark Abbott
    • , Hide Sakaguchi
    • , Ling Cao
    • , Kevin Chand
    • , Yimnang Golbuu
    • , Tara J. Martin
    • , Juan Mayorga
    •  & Mari S. Myksvoll
  • Comment |

    Protect privacy, equality and fairness in digital contact tracing with these key questions.

    • Jessica Morley
    • , Josh Cowls
    • , Mariarosaria Taddeo
    •  & Luciano Floridi
  • Comment |

    The first long-term study of how lung cancer evolves is revealing that therapies targeting multiple proteins in tumour cells could help to outpace the disease.

    • Charles Swanton
  • Comment |

    Geological samples must be archived for all if we are to solve the riddles of Earth’s complex history.

    • Noah Planavsky
    • , Ashleigh Hood
    • , Lidya Tarhan
    • , Shuzhong Shen
    •  & Kirk Johnson
  • Comment |

    Exploitation and degradation of the mysterious layer between the sunlit ocean surface and the abyss jeopardize fish stocks and the climate.

    • Adrian Martin
    • , Philip Boyd
    • , Ken Buesseler
    • , Ivona Cetinic
    • , Hervé Claustre
    • , Sari Giering
    • , Stephanie Henson
    • , Xabier Irigoien
    • , Iris Kriest
    • , Laurent Memery
    • , Carol Robinson
    • , Grace Saba
    • , Richard Sanders
    • , David Siegel
    • , María Villa-Alfageme
    •  & Lionel Guidi
  • Comment |

    Many people now have two or more diseases at once. It is time to rethink funding, research, publishing, training and treatment for this growing problem.

    • Christopher J. M. Whitty
    •  & Fiona M. Watt
  • Comment |

    For three years, part of DARPA has funded two teams for each project: one for research and one for reproducibility. The investment is paying off.

    • Marc P. Raphael
    • , Paul E. Sheehan
    •  & Gary J. Vora
  • Comment |

    New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris.

    • Niklas Höhne
    • , Michel den Elzen
    • , Joeri Rogelj
    • , Bert Metz
    • , Taryn Fransen
    • , Takeshi Kuramochi
    • , Anne Olhoff
    • , Joseph Alcamo
    • , Harald Winkler
    • , Sha Fu
    • , Michiel Schaeffer
    • , Roberto Schaeffer
    • , Glen P. Peters
    • , Simon Maxwell
    •  & Navroz K. Dubash
  • Comment |

    Journals, funders and scholars must work together to create an infrastructure to study peer review.

    • Flaminio Squazzoni
    • , Petra Ahrweiler
    • , Tiago Barros
    • , Federico Bianchi
    • , Aliaksandr Birukou
    • , Harry J. J. Blom
    • , Giangiacomo Bravo
    • , Stephen Cowley
    • , Virginia Dignum
    • , Pierpaolo Dondio
    • , Francisco Grimaldo
    • , Lynsey Haire
    • , Jason Hoyt
    • , Phil Hurst
    • , Rachael Lammey
    • , Catriona MacCallum
    • , Ana Marušić
    • , Bahar Mehmani
    • , Hollydawn Murray
    • , Duncan Nicholas
    • , Giorgio Pedrazzi
    • , Iratxe Puebla
    • , Peter Rodgers
    • , Tony Ross-Hellauer
    • , Marco Seeber
    • , Kalpana Shankar
    • , Joris Van Rossum
    •  & Michael Willis
  • Comment |

    The conservation community must be able to track countries’ progress in protecting wetlands, reefs, forests and more, argue James Watson and colleagues.

    • James E. M. Watson
    • , David A. Keith
    • , Bernardo B. N. Strassburg
    • , Oscar Venter
    • , Brooke Williams
    •  & Emily Nicholson
  • Comment |

    A levy on fossil fuels can support and restore ecosystems that help to stem climate change.

    • Edward B. Barbier
    • , Ricardo Lozano
    • , Carlos Manuel Rodríguez
    •  & Sebastian Troëng
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    Efforts to protect people’s privacy in a massive international cancer project offer lessons for data sharing.

    • Mark Phillips
    • , Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor
    • , Jan O. Korbel
    • , Adrian Thorogood
    • , Yann Joly
    • , Don Chalmers
    • , David Townend
    •  & Bartha M. Knoppers
  • Comment |

    To understand how people use digital media, researchers need to move beyond screen time and capture everything we do and see on our screens.

    • Byron Reeves
    • , Thomas Robinson
    •  & Nilam Ram
  • Comment |

    A tool that focuses on papers — not researcher behaviour — can help readers, editors and institutions assess which publications to trust.

    • Andrew Grey
    • , Mark J. Bolland
    • , Alison Avenell
    • , Andrew A. Klein
    •  & C. K. Gunsalus
  • Comment |

    There is no room for squeamishness in the face of the world’s growing water shortage — three steps could vastly improve the image of reused water for drinking.

    • Cecilia Tortajada
    •  & Pierre van Rensburg
  • Comment |

    A pioneer in sustainable innovation explains why she has spent the past decade fighting the first lawsuit to force a government to act on global heating.

    • Marjan Minnesma
  • Comment |

    Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach.

    • Agnes Grudniewicz
    • , David Moher
    • , Kelly D. Cobey
    • , Gregory L. Bryson
    • , Samantha Cukier
    • , Kristiann Allen
    • , Clare Ardern
    • , Lesley Balcom
    • , Tiago Barros
    • , Monica Berger
    • , Jairo Buitrago Ciro
    • , Lucia Cugusi
    • , Michael R. Donaldson
    • , Matthias Egger
    • , Ian D. Graham
    • , Matt Hodgkinson
    • , Karim M. Khan
    • , Mahlubi Mabizela
    • , Andrea Manca
    • , Katrin Milzow
    • , Johann Mouton
    • , Marvelous Muchenje
    • , Tom Olijhoek
    • , Alexander Ommaya
    • , Bhushan Patwardhan
    • , Deborah Poff
    • , Laurie Proulx
    • , Marc Rodger
    • , Anna Severin
    • , Michaela Strinzel
    • , Mauro Sylos-Labini
    • , Robyn Tamblyn
    • , Marthie van Niekerk
    • , Jelte M. Wicherts
    •  & Manoj M. Lalu
  • Comment |

    Corporations selling DNA-profiling technology are aiding human-rights abuses. Governments, legislators, researchers, reviewers and publishers must act.

    • Yves Moreau
  • Comment |

    The growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate changes must compel political and economic action on emissions.

    • Timothy M. Lenton
    • , Johan Rockström
    • , Owen Gaffney
    • , Stefan Rahmstorf
    • , Katherine Richardson
    • , Will Steffen
    •  & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber