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Riechers, M., Loos, J., Balazsi, A., Garcia-Llorente, M., Bieling, C., Burgos-Ayala, A., Chakroun, L., Mattijssen, T.J.M., Muhr, M.M., Perez-Ramirez, I., Raatikainen, K.J., Rana, S., Richardson, M., Rosengren, L. & West, S. 2021. Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations. Ecosystems and People 17(1), 205–214.
This perspective paper synthesises the special issue ‘Human-nature connectedness as a leverage point for sustainability transformation’. Based on the articles in this special issue, we aim to foster the operationalisation of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations to enable sustainability transformations. Specifically, we draw on four key advantages of the leverage points perspective: (i) the explicit ...
Preiser, R., Biggs, R., Hamann, M., Sitas, N., Selomane, O., Waddell, J., Clements, H. & Hichert, T. 2021. Co-exploring relational heuristics for sustainability transitions towards more resilient and just Anthropocene futures. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 38(5, SI), 625–634.
In this paper, four relational heuristic responses for exploring new modes of engagement, or patterns of activity, that could enliven humanity's efforts in fostering systemic thinking and action to inform sustainability transitions are offered. Their purpose is to realise more resilient and just Anthropocene futures. These relational heuristics are (1) re-patterning our theories of change-making, (2) cultivating a shared futur...
Pineda-Pinto, M., Herreros-Cantis, P., McPhearson, T., Frantzeskaki, N., Wang, J. & Zhou, W. 2021. Examining ecological justice within the social-ecological-technological system of New York City, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 215, 104228.
Examining justice in cities requires using analytical approaches that can unpack their complex nature and reveal the many interacting dimensions that affect justice patterns and processes. Although justice in cities has been examined extensively, it has primarily focused on social and environmental dimensions. However, justice is multi-dimensional, influenced and affected by multiple actors, dynamics, and processes. In this ...
Piemontese, L., Kamugisha, R.N., Tukahirwa, J.M.B., Tengberg, A., Pedde, S. & Jaramillo, F. 2021. Barriers to scaling sustainable land and water management in Uganda: a cross-scale archetype approach. Ecology and Society 26(3), 6.
In African small-scale agriculture, sustainable land and water management (SLWM) is key to improving food production while coping with climate change. However, the rate of SLWM adoption remains low, suggesting a gap between generalized SLWM advantages for rural development across the literature, and the existence of context-dependent barriers to its effective implementation. Uganda is an example of this paradox: the SLWM adopt...
Pereira, L.M., Morrow, D.R., Aquila, V., Beckage, B., Beckbesinger, S., Beukes, L., Buck, H.J., Carlson, C.J., Geden, O., Jones, A.P., Keller, D.P., Mach, K.J., Mashigo, M., Moreno-Cruz, J.B., Visioni, D., Nicholson, S. & Trisos, C.H. 2021. From fairplay to climate wars: making climate change scenarios more dynamic, creative, and integrative. Ecology and Society 26(4), 30.
Understanding possible climate futures that include carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation modification (SRM) requires thinking not just about staying within the remaining carbon budget, but also about politics and people. However, despite growing interest in CDR and SRM, scenarios focused on these potential responses to climate change tend to exclude feedbacks between social and climate systems (a criticism applicab...
Palomo, I., Locatelli, B., Otero, I., Colloff, M., Crouzat, E., Cuni-Sanchez, A., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Gonzalez-Garcia, A., Gret-Regamey, A., Jimenez-Aceituno, A., Martin-Lopez, B., Pascual, U., Zafra-Calvo, N., Bruley, E., Fischborn, M., Metz, R. & Lavorel, S. 2021. Assessing nature-based solutions for transformative change. One Earth 4(5), 730–741.
Global sustainability targets demand transformative changes. Nature-based solutions (NbS) are gaining traction in science and policy, but their potential for transformative change remains unexplored. We provide a framework to evaluate how NbS contribute to transformative change and apply it to 93 NbS from mountain social-ecological systems (SES). The framework serves to assess what elements may catalyze transformative change, ...
O’Connor, J.C., Dekker, S.C., Staal, A., Tuinenburg, O.A., Rebel, K.T. & Santos, M.J. 2021. Forests buffer against variations in precipitation. Global Change Biology 27(19), 4686–4696.
Atmospheric moisture recycling effectively increases the amount of usable water over land as the water can undergo multiple precipitation–evapotranspiration cycles. Differences in land cover and climate regulate the evapotranspiration flux. Forests can have deep roots that access groundwater facilitating transpiration throughout the dry season independent of precipitation. This stable transpiration buffers the forest against p...
Nyberg, O., Rico, A., Guinee, J.B. & Henriksson, P.J.G. 2021. Characterizing antibiotics in LCA-a review of current practices and proposed novel approaches for including resistance. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 26(9), 1906–1907.
We review available LCA studies that deal with toxicological aspects of antibiotics to evaluate how these impacts from antibiotics have been characterized. Then, we present two novel approaches for including ABR-related impacts in life cycle impact assessments (LCIAs). The first approach characterizes the potential for ABR enrichment in the environmental compartment as a mid-point indicator, based on minimum selective concentr...
Mustafa, A., Ebaid, A., Omrani, H. & McPhearson, T. 2021. A multi-objective Markov Chain Monte Carlo cellular automata model: Simulating multi-density urban expansion in NYC. Computers Environment and Urban Systems 87, 101602.
Cellular automata (CA) models have increasingly been used to simulate land use/cover changes (LUCC). Metaheuristic optimization algorithms such as particle swarm optimization (PSO) and genetic algorithm (GA) have been recently introduced into CA frameworks to generate more accurate simulations. Although Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) is simpler than PSO and GA, it is rarely used to calibrate CA models. In this article, we int...
Mazzero, H., Perrotton, A., Ka, A. & Goffner, D. 2021. Unpacking decades of multi-scale events and environment-based development in the Senegalese Sahel: Lessons and perspectives for the future. Land 10(7), 755.
A major challenge faced by human societies is to promote development that truly makes difference for people without jeopardizing their environment. This is particularly urgent in developing countries where, despite decades of development programs, local populations often live under poverty thresholds. With this study, we participate in the ongoing debate about the necessary global revision of development theory and practice in...
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