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Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Synthesis of six case studies from around the world shows that couplings between human and natural systems vary across space, time, and organizational units and have legacy effects on present conditions and future possibilities. Expand
Ecological and socioeconomic effects of China's policies for ecosystem services
Effective implementation of these programs can also provide important experiences and lessons for other ecosystem service payment programs in China and many other parts of the world. Expand
China's environment in a globalizing world
In a Feature this week, Jianguo Liu and Jared Diamond look at the effects of China's sweeping environmental change and socio-economic challenges, synthesizing detailed literature that is scattered even for Chinese readers and largely inaccessible to western readers. Expand
Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Untangling complexities, such as reciprocal effects and emergent properties, can lead to novel scientific discoveries and is essential to developing effective policies for ecological and socioeconomic sustainability. Expand
Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-ADVANCE
Hien T. Ngo (IPBES), Maximilien Guèze (IPBES); John Agard (Trinidad and Tobago), Almut Arneth (Germany), Patricia Balvanera (Mexico), Kate Brauman (United States of America), Stuart Butchart (UnitedExpand
Framing Sustainability in a Telecoupled World
Interactions between distant places are increasingly widespread and influential, often leading to unexpected outcomes with profound implications for sustainability. Numerous sustainability studiesExpand
Systems integration for global sustainability
Systems integration for global sustainability is poised for more rapid development, and transformative changes aimed at connecting disciplinary silos are needed to sustain an increasingly telecoupled world. Expand
Effects of household dynamics on resource consumption and biodiversity
Growth in household numbers globally, and particularly in countries with biodiversity hotspots, was more rapid than aggregate population growth between 1985 and 2000 and even when population size declined, the number of households increased substantially. Expand
Improvements in ecosystem services from investments in natural capital
Overall, ecosystem services improved from 2000 to 2010, apart from habitat provision, and China’s national conservation policies contributed significantly to the increases in those ecosystem services. Expand
Land use change around protected areas: management to balance human needs and ecological function.
Opportunities for regional land management that maintain both ecological function in protected areas and human land use options are identified, including preserving crucial habitats and migration corridors, and reducing dependence of local human populations on protected area resources. Expand