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Elmqvist, T., Acuto, M., Anderson, P., Larsen, L., McPhearson, T. & Zhang, X. 2021. Urbanization in the Anthropocene: Inaugural npj Urban Sustainability. npj Urban Sustainability 1(1), 7.
This is the inaugural editorial of npj Urban Sustainability. This new journal seeks to inspire an evidence-based and globally oriented conversation on the importance of urban issues for our planet’s future. In that, npj Urban Sustainability will address some of the most challenging questions humanity has ever faced. It will investigate how urban regions around the world could radically transform to ensure global sustainability...
Jarzebski, M., Elmqvist, T., Gasparatos, A., Fukushi, K., Eckersten, S., Haase, D., Goodness, J., Khoshkar, S., Saito, O., Takeuchi, K., Theorell, T., Dong, N., Kasuga, F., Watanabe, R., Sioen, G., Yokohari, M., Pu, J.. 2021. Ageing and population shrinking: implications for sustainability in the urban century. npj Urban Sustainability. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00023-z
Population ageing and shrinking are demographic phenomena with far-reaching implications for sustainability in the current context of extensive and rapid urbanization. This Perspective rationalizes their interface by (a) identifying the challenges and opportunities that ageing and shrinking urban populations will have for implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and (b) discussing some emerging interventions to c...
Folke, C., Carpenter, S., Elmqvist, T., Gunderson, L. & Walker, B. 2021. Resilience: Now more than ever. Ambio 50(10, SI), 1774–1777
This article belongs to Ambio’s 50th Anniversary Collection. Theme: Anthropocene. Resilience is a fundamental property of a system and from a human perspective it can be either desirable or undesirable. Salinized landscapes or dictatorships can be very resilient and undesirable states. A resilient system contains, provides and nurtures the diverse social-ecological elements that are essential for reorganization, adaptation, a...
Lin, B.B., Ossola, A., Alberti, M., Andersson, E., Bai, X., Dobbs, C., et.al. 2021. Integrating solutions to adapt cities for climate change. The Lancet Planetary Health. Viewpoint, Vol. 5, Issue 5, E479-E486, July 01, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00135-2
Record climate extremes are reducing urban liveability, compounding inequality, and threatening infrastructure. Adaptation measures that integrate technological, nature-based, and social solutions can provide multiple co-benefits to address complex socioecological issues in cities while increasing resilience to potential impacts. However, there remain many challenges to developing and implementing integrated solutions. In thi...
Bengtsson, J., Angelstam, P., Elmqvist, T., Emanuelsson, U., Folke, C., Ihse, M., Moberg, F., Nyström, M.. 2021. Reserves, resilience and dynamic landscapes 20 years later. Ambio. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01477-8
Elmqvist, T., Andersson, E., McPhearson, T. et al. Urbanization in and for the Anthropocene. npj Urban Sustain 1, 6 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00018-w
Key insights on needs in urban regional governance - Global urbanization (the increasing concentration in urban settlements of the increasing world population), is a driver and accelerator of shifts in diversity, new cross-scale interactions, decoupling from ecological processes, increasing risk and exposure to shocks. Responding to the challenges of urbanization demands fresh commitments to a city–regional perspective in ways...
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McDonald, R.I., Mansur, A.V., Ascensão, F., Colbert, M., Crossman, K., Elmqvist, T., et.al. 2019. Research gaps in knowledge of the impact of urban growth in biodiversity. Nature Sustainability, DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0436-6
By 2030, an additional 1.2 billion people are forecast in urban areas globally. We review the scientific literature ( n = 922 studies) to assess direct and indirect impacts of urban growth on habitat and biodiversity. Direct impacts are cumulatively substantial, with 290,000 km 2 of natural habitat forecast to be converted to urban land uses between 2000 and 2030. Studies of direct impact are disproportionately from high-i...
Anderson, P., Charles-Dominique, T., Ernstson, H., Andersson, Goodness, J., Elmqvist, T. 2019. Post-apartheid ecologies in the City of Cape Town: An examination of plantfunctional traits in relation to urban gradients. Landscape and Urban Planning 193 (2020) 103662
In this study we explore species richness and traits across two urban gradients in the City of Cape Town. The first is the natural-urban boundary and the second is a socio-economic gradient informed by historical race-based apartheid planning. Plant species and cover were recorded in 156 plots sampled from conservation areas, private gardens, and public open green space. The socio-economic gradient transitioned from wealthier...
Libert Amico, A., Ituarte-Lima, C. & Elmqvist, T. 2019. Learning from social–ecological crisis for legal resilience building: multi-scale dynamics in the coffee rust epidemic. Sustain Sci (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-019-00703-x
A recent coffee leaf rust epidemic has generated a severe fall in Coffea arabica production throughout Mexico and Central America. This paper analyzes the social–ecological crisis presented by the Hemileia vastatrix outbreak, with a focus on how global, regional and national dynamics interact with local processes in the Chiapas Sierra Madre of south-eastern Mexico, a biodiversity hotspot with a tradition of smallholder, ...
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