Earth Day 2017

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April 22nd 2017 is Earth Day

Earth Day 2017's campaign is environmental and climate literacy. We are thrilled to join the global cause "to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet."*

To mark this day we have selected relevant articles which have all been made freely available online. We also highlight our books, book series and journals in these areas. Enjoy browsing!

Featured Articles

Top downloaded Articles in Climate and Environment

The top downloaded articles in Springer's key climate and environmental journals. We invite you to read these articles for free until June 15th (open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis).​​​​​​​

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A38896_Change-the-world_153px © ©BRAD_FotoliaChange the World, One Article at a Time

Taken from Springer's 2017 Change the World, One Article at a Time campaign. Our Editors-in-Chief have nominated one article (published in 2016) from their journal that could help humanity and protect & preserve our planet. Each Editor-in-Chief provides a comment on the significance of the article. Enjoy reading! Free access available until July 31th (open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis).

What the Editor-in-Chief says: Distinguishing between different types of forests and reforests in tropical regions is critical to conserving forests and forest biodiversity.

Increasing human impact on forests, including unintentional movement of pathogens, climate change, and large-scale intensive plantations, is associated with an unprecedented rate of new diseases. An evolutionary ecology perspective can help address these challenges and provide direction for sustainable forest management.

Amid all the buzz around pollinating insects, we seem to have neglected one important group: night pollinators. Must read.

In order to protect biological diversity, we need to recognize it and map it properly. This article indicates how to map acoustic diversity.

A system for the monitoring of particulate matter and gases in ambient air, to assess air quality and inform decision makers and the public.

Research has only recently begun to assess fracking impacts to surrounding environments. Hydraulic fracking impacts stream ecosystems by altering aquatic biodiversity and biomagnification of methyl mercury at the base of food webs.

Furthering science by building partnerships between scientific and diplomatic communities.

New methods have allowed, for the first time, the mapping of the bacterial diversity of soils at a national scale, thus paving the way for the engineering of soil microbes for soil C sequestration, water retention, less erosion, more fertility, pesticide degradation, etc. Such a discovery is comparable in importance to the discovery of the gut microbiome, which will lead to new applications.

This highly cited article is exceptional with regard to providing a strategy on rural drinking water supply.

Appropriate management of bauxite residue is becoming a global environmental concern following an increased use of aluminium and growing awareness of the need for environmental protection.

Soils and waters are affected by oil spills in the course of oil production and hydrocarbon leakages. Conventional technology is low-efficient and expensive. New approaches are proposed for the in situ purification of soils and groundwater.

The findings suggest that the bioavailable amount of nickel that is usually found in highly metal-contaminated soils in mining regions cannot trigger a measureable genetic response in plants.

This article is an excellent example of unconventional and innovative thinking. Potential influence of fluid/gas venting along continental margins on regional climate fluctuations.

For researchers and designers interested in special GPS receiver antennas for positioning at millimeter accuracy

Sea lions are perceived negatively by (Brazilian) fishermen as they prey upon the same resources and can damage nets. The authors recommend  addressing these negative attitudes through environmental education.

A call for urgency in strengthening governance and raising awareness of the opportunities and threats to groundwater resources globally.

The biodiesel industry has the potential to meet the fuel requirements in the future. Biodiesel industry waste rich in glycerol can be exploited for generating The Future Fuel (Hydrogen) and bioplastics.

The Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard are among the most charismatic endangered species.This study shows both the bright and dark sides of their future.

A new methodology to predict coastal maximum tsunami height that will improve tsunami early warning.

For readers interested in climate change. Neotropical bees show a nice example of plasticity that provides greater resilience to environmental disturbances.

Introduction to state-of-the-art achievements and perspectives of Italian research in the Arctic, the area affected by global warming faster than any other of the planet.

Fish are underused proxies for elucidating the degree, direction and scale of shifts in aquatic ecosystems.

As the world's population grows, can we produce enough food, and is there sufficient water?

Indigenous and sustainability sciences have much to offer one another regarding the identification of techniques and methods for sustaining resilient landscapes.

Published in 2016, downloaded almost 800 times, the work has filled a gap in the field and is very useful for scientists in addressing challenges on Biochars utilization.

The most clicked article in the 2016 Change the World campaign

Socially sustainable degrowth as a social–ecological transformation: repoliticizing sustainability (Sustainability Science) by Viviana Asara, Iago Otero, Federico Demaria, Esteve Corbera

Watch the video about the winning article!

Dr. Takeuchi © SpringerEditor-in-Chief Kazuhiko Takeuchi commented: A must read topical collection analyzing the prospects, pathways and challenges of a global transformation towards sustainability. Covers a wide range of research communities including human and political geography, (post-)development studies, environmental history, happiness studies, social movement studies, ecological economics, sustainability transitions and urban planning.

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