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In our May issue we introduce the article format "Down To Business". Read also a review on non sewage sanitation, and articles about emerging pollutants like PFAS and 6PPD quinone 

  • Long Chen
  • Jingrun Hu
  • Wen Liu


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    In this collection/call for paper, we present articles that explore all parts of sanitation research, including public health aspects, sustainable management, technology development and implementation, and environmental, social and technical challenges. We welcome submissions of articles that can help further our understanding and/or offer solutions to best address the global sanitation crisis.

    Open for submissions
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    In this collection/call for papers, we explore the hydraulic problems faced in both fundamental and applied research, with direct relevance for the optimal planning, design and operation of water resource systems. Our collection features articles that cover, for example, hydraulic structures, erosion protection, flood protection, hydroelectric-power generation, and more.

    Open for submissions
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    Nature Water Talks are online events organized by the Nature Water journal editors. The aim is to provide an informal and professional venue for our community to discuss a range of topics related to water resources and their relationship to society. We hope to engage a wide community across the globe by inviting experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in water-related issues.

Nature Water is a Transformative Journal; authors can publish using the traditional publishing route OR via immediate gold Open Access.

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  • The ideal sharp cutoff of solutes by a porous membrane is not achievable yet. Prolonging the interactions between solutes and pores in isoporous membranes pushes the precise separation abilities further.

  • Porous membranes struggle to achieve tight size exclusion. Membranes with uniform pore sizes and flow regimes that maximize interactions offer a path to unprecedented selectivity.

    • Anthony P. Straub
    News & Views
  • Membrane separations are foundational to water treatment processes, and the traditional solute transport theory is limited in predicting the sharp separation of solutes by a membrane. By the proper design of the porous membranes and filtration processes, a sharp rejection curve may be achieved using isoporous membranes with an infinite number of interactions between solutes and membranes.

    • Feng Gao
    • Wen Chen
    • Seth B. Darling
  • A digital method of studying the dynamic behaviours of marine and lake snows in the water column will help to speed up investigations of their behaviour and of the ecological impact of microplastics and microfibres in water bodies.

    • Tamara S. Galloway
    • Adam Porter
    News & Views
  • Mountain communities are at risk of various climate change-related disasters, including glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). Effective GLOF risk identification and management require a holistic consideration of the diverse controls and drivers of GLOFs. This Comment outlines primary challenges related to rapidly changing mountains and complex system response.

    • Adam Emmer
  • The interactions between microplastics and freshwater snow can influence the way in which both particle types settle in freshwater environments. Advanced and automated tracking techniques show that agglomerates of the two particles settle faster than the individual components alone, underscoring the potential repercussions on biogeochemical cycles.

    • Francesco Parrella
    • Stefano Brizzolara
    • Denise M. Mitrano
    ArticleOpen Access
  • A review of two decades of water science and water governance scholarship shows that how, when, where and why water is available and to whom is changing as global hydrological systems are being re-shaped across spatial and temporal scales.

    • Michele-Lee Moore
    • Lan Wang-Erlandsson
    • Shuchi Vora
    Review Article
  • Science funding could contribute more towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Science–practitioner partnerships illustrate how a patient and outcome-based approach could improve water security for millions of vulnerable people.

    • Rob Hope
    • Katrina Jane Charles
    • Anna Nileshwar