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Protecting the planet

As conservation scientists and practitioners converge on Sydney for the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress, a Nature collection of news, comment, reviews and research explores priorities for protecting the planet.

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  • Outlook for Earth

    This Nature special issue explores the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – an international body of hundreds of scientists and policy experts that regularly assesses the state of knowledge about how climate is changing, what impacts that will have, and how nations can mitigate the problem.

    Nature (19 September 2013)

  • Environmental science in China

    Rapid economic growth in China has led to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollution. Nature presents a selection of research with significant contributions from scientists based in China together with comment and news articles that discuss environmental science in China.

    Nature (30 May 2013)

  • Rio+20

    Twenty years after global leaders pledged to protect Earth's climate and biodiversity at the Rio Earth Summit, they are back for another try at Rio 2.0. In this special report, Nature shows that while the leaders have made little headway, scientists' understanding of the environmental crisis continues to deepen.

    Nature (08 May 2012)

  • Biodiversity

    Nature is delighted to present this biodiversity supplement for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity. As nations come together to reduce the alarming loss of species taking place worldwide, we hope that these features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers will provide a useful snapshot of the problems faced and solutions proposed.

    Nature (18 November 2009)


  • Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features

    Graham J. Edgar, Rick D. Stuart-Smith, Trevor J. Willis, Stuart Kininmonth, Susan C. Baker, Stuart Banks, Neville S. Barrett, Mikel A. Becerro, Anthony T. F. Bernard, Just Berkhout, Colin D. Buxton, Stuart J. Campbell, Antonia T. Cooper, Marlene Davey, Sophie C. Edgar, Günter Försterra, David E. Galván, Alejo J. Irigoyen, David J. Kushner, Rodrigo Moura, P. Ed Parnell, Nick T. Shears, German Soler, Elisabeth M. A. Strain & Russell J. Thomson.

    Nature (05 February 2014)

  • Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity

    Bradley J. Cardinale, J. Emmett Duffy, Andrew Gonzalez, David U. Hooper, Charles Perrings, Patrick Venail, Anita Narwani, Georgina M. Mace, David Tilman, David A. Wardle, Ann P. Kinzig, Gretchen C. Daily, Michel Loreau, James B. Grace, Anne Larigauderie, Diane S. Srivastava & Shahid Naeem.

    Nature (06 June 2012)

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