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Luers, A., Garard, J., Clair, A.L.S., Gaffney, O., Hassenboehler, T., Langlois, L., Mougeot, M. and Luccioni, S., 2020. Leveraging Digital Disruptions for a Climate-Safe and Equitable World: The Dˆ2S Agenda:[Commentary]. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 39(2), pp.18-31.
A new report, Digital Disruptions for Sustainability Agenda (the DA2S Agenda), developed by Future Earth's Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative is discussed in this paper. The DA2S Agenda was developed over the course of a year, engaging over 250 experts from around the world through workshops, online consultations, and desktop research. This article provides an overview of the analysis and findings outlined in the DA2...
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Enqvist, J., Ziervogel, G., Metelerkamp, L., van Breda, J., Dondi, N., Lusithi, T., Mdunyelwa, A., Mgwigwi, Z., Mhlalisi, M., Myeza, S. and Nomela, G., 2020. Informality and water justice: community perspectives on water issues in Cape Town’s low-income neighbourhoods. International Journal of Water Resources Development, pp.1-22.
Cape Town’s water injustices are entrenched by the mismatch between government interventions and the lived realities in many informal settlements and other low-income areas. This transdisciplinary study draws on over 300 stories from such communities, showing overwhelming frustration with the municipality’s inability to address leaking pipes, faulty bills and poor sanitation. Cape Town’s interventions typically rely on technic...
Avery, R.S., Greenwood, S.L., Schenk, F., Morén, B.M., Armstrong Mckay, D.I., Brunnberg, L. and Wohlfarth, B., A 725‐year integrated offshore terrestrial varve chronology for southeastern Sweden suggests rapid ice retreat~ 15 ka BP. Boreas.
The Swedish Varve Chronology is an unparalleled tool for linking the deglacial history of Sweden with associated palaeo‐environmental change at an annual time scale, and it forms part of Sweden's cultural heritage. A full deglacial chronology connected to the present day does not yet exist; a notable gap is in southeasternmost Sweden, where few varved records are successfully connected to reconstruct ice‐margin retreat. Deglac...
Martín-López, B., Balvanera, P., Manson, R., Mwampamba, T.H. and Norström, A., 2020. Contributions of place-based social-ecological research to address global sustainability challenges. Global Sustainability, 3.
Humanity depends on nature for life support, but human activities are changing ecosystems around the world in profound ways (Díaz et al., 2019). In parallel, this enterprise has expanded into the Anthropocene and resulted in a highly interconnected world with cross-scale interactions linking human communities and ecosystems. In essence, this means that local events can escalate into global challenges and local places are conti...
Nasser, F., Maguire-Rajpaul, V.A., Dumenu, W.K. and Wong, G.Y., 2020. Climate-smart cocoa in Ghana: How ecological modernisation discourse risks side-lining cocoa smallholders. Front. Sustain. Food Syst., 28 May 2020, https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.00073
Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) aims to transform and reorient farming systems to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, boost adaptive capacity, and improve productivity while supporting incomes and, ostensibly, food security. In Ghana—the world's second biggest cocoa producer—the cocoa sector is challenged by increasing global cocoa demand, climate change impacts, as well as mounting consumer pressure over cocoa's deforestation....
Otto, S.A., Niiranen, S., Blenckner, T., Tomczak, M.T., Müller-Karulis, B., Rubene, G. and Möllmann, C., 2020. Life Cycle Dynamics of a Key Marine Species Under Multiple Stressors. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, p.296.
Identifying key indicator species, their life cycle dynamics and the multiple driving forces they are affected by is an important step in ecosystem-based management. Similarly important is understanding how environmental changes and trophic interactions shape future trajectories of key species with potential implications for ecosystem state and service provision. We here present a statistical modeling framework to assess and q...
Hamilton, M., Hileman, J. and Bodin, Ö., 2020. Evaluating heterogeneous brokerage: New conceptual and methodological approaches and their application to multi-level environmental governance networks. Social Networks, 61, pp.1-10.
We present two new approaches for assessing the relative contributions of different types of actors to heterogeneous brokerage in networks. These approaches distinguish between the tendency of certain types of actors to (1) mediate between dissimilar actors (heterogeneous brokerage “activity”), and (2) be the sole mediators between dissimilar actors (“exclusivity”). We present methods for implementing these approaches, using b...
Estrada-Carmona, N., Attwood, S., Cole, S.M., Remans, R. and DeClerck, F., 2020. A gendered ecosystem services approach to identify novel and locally-relevant strategies for jointly improving food security, nutrition, and conservation in the Barotse Floodplain. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 18(4), pp.351-375.
Multiple lines of evidence call for the use of locally-relevant strategies to guide and support sustainable agricultural intensification while improving development and conservation outcomes. The goal of this study was to identify the ecosystem services from natural and agricultural systems to achieve this aim in the Barotse Floodplain of Zambia. Our methodology utilized a gender-sensitive ecosystem services approach, whereby...
Ide, T., Fröhlich, C. and Donges, J.F., 2020. The Economic, Political, and Social Implications of Environmental Crises. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(3), pp.E364-E367.
Otto, I.M., Wiedermann, M., Cremades, R., Donges, J.F., Auer, C. and Lucht, W., 2020. Human agency in the anthropocene. Ecological Economics, 167, p.106463.
The human species has been recognized as a new force that has pushed the Earth's system into a new geological epoch referred to as the Anthropocene. This human influence was not conscious, however, but an unintended effect of the consumption of fossil-fuels over the last 150 years. Do we, humans, have the agency to deliberately influence the fate of our species and the planet we inhabit? The rational choice paradigm that domi...
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