Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies

  title={Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies},
  author={Matthew H. Holden and Nathalie Butt and Alienor L. M. Chauvenet and Michaela Plein and Martin Stringer and I. Chades},
  journal={Nature Ecology \& Evolution},
For nearly a decade, environmental scientists have deplored the paradox of needing to fly to conferences1–3 and have increasingly called for sustainable conferencing4,5. Have conferences responded by reducing their environmental impact? 
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