Environmental impact


Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Despite projections of a severe extinction event, a window of opportunity is now open for a mix of policies to avoid biodiversity collapse in the Cerrado hotspot.

    • Bernardo B. N. Strassburg
    • , Thomas Brooks
    • , Rafael Feltran-Barbieri
    • , Alvaro Iribarrem
    • , Renato Crouzeilles
    • , Rafael Loyola
    • , Agnieszka E. Latawiec
    • , Francisco J. B. Oliveira Filho
    • , Carlos A. de M. Scaramuzza
    • , Fabio R. Scarano
    • , Britaldo Soares-Filho
    •  & Andrew Balmford
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Clearing up after natural disturbances may not always be beneficial for the environment. We argue that a radical change is needed in the way ecosystems are managed; one that acknowledges the important role of disturbance dynamics.

    • David Lindenmayer
    • , Simon Thorn
    •  & Sam Banks
  • News and Views |

    The climatic response to the eruption of the Samalas Volcano in 1257 has been elusive. Medieval archives tell of a spatially variable reaction, with Europe and Japan experiencing severe cold compared to relative warmth in North America.

    • Francis Ludlow
    Nature Geoscience 10, 78–79
  • Editorial |

    Economic development in a sustainable fashion is metals-intensive. If we cannot afford to ban mining, regulation must be more effective.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Earth's surface gained 115,000 km2 of water and 173,000 km2 of land over the past 30 years, including 20,135 km2 of water and 33,700 km2 of land in coastal areas. Here, we analyse the gains and losses through the Deltares Aqua Monitor — an open tool that detects land and water changes around the globe.

    • Gennadii Donchyts
    • , Fedor Baart
    • , Hessel Winsemius
    • , Noel Gorelick
    • , Jaap Kwadijk
    •  & Nick van de Giesen