50th Anniversary Collection of Thematic Articles

One of the main activities for our 50th volume is that we will highlight some of our most influential papers over the years in a collection of anniversary articles on ten themes: 

Ozone layer
Acidification
Environmental contaminants
Eutrophication
Agricultural land-use
Biodiversity conservation
Climate change impacts
Urbanization
Anthropocene
Solutions-oriented research

For each theme, an Ambio editor provides a background and historical context for the original articles in an Editorial; one (or more) of the authors behind the selected articles provides a personal reflection on the impact the article had from a professional and/or scientific viewpoint in a Behind the paper; and, finally, one or more peers reflects on the legacy of the articles today in a Perspective, i.e. how have these articles helped reframe policy targets or new standards, what is the current status of the research field, and what are the next challenges?

READ HERE THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: OZONE LAYER:

January 2021 - Vol 50-1

Editorial: 
When science and politics come together: From depletion to recovery of the stratospheric ozone hole
Author: Claudia Mohr

Behind the paper: 
The impact of the rise in atmospheric nitrous oxide on stratospheric ozone 
Author: Rolf Müller

Perspective: 
Reflection on two Ambio papers by P. J. Crutzen on ozone in the upper atmosphere
Authors: Ole John Nielsen & Merete Bilde

Perspective: 
Risks to the Stratospheric Ozone Shield In The Anthropocene
Author: Susan Solomon

READ HERE THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: ACIDIFICATION:

February 2021 - Vol 50-2

Editorial:
Acidification of inland waters
Author: Lars J. Tranvik

Behind the paper:
The discovery and early study of acidification of lakes in Sweden
Author: Brodde Almer

Behind the paper:
Tusen: A thousand lakes in the Norwegian landscape
Author: David F. Brakke

Perspective:
Ambio’s Legacy on monitoring, impact, and management of acid rain
Author: Gene Likens

Perspective:
The legacy from the 50 years of acid rain research, forming present and future research and monitoring of ecosystem impact
Author: Björn Olav Rosseland

READ HERE THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS:

March 2021 - Vol 50-3

Editorial:
What did we know and which questions did we ask with regard to environmental contaminants in the early 1970s?
Author: Arne Jernelöv

Behind the paper:
Afterthoughts from an environmental pollution discovery: Interview with Sören Jensen
Author: Sören Jensen

Behind the paper:
The unlikely fate of a term paper
Author: Frank Wania

Behind the paper:
Ecosystem approaches to mercury and human health: A way towards the future
Author: Donna Mergler

Perspective:
Reflections about Three Influential Ambio Articles Impacting Environmental Biogeochemistry Research and Knowledge
Author: John W. Farrington

Perspective: 
Revisiting Old Lessons from Classic Literature on Persistent Global Pollutants
Author: Jonathan Martin

READ HERE THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: EUTROPHICATION:

April 2021 - Vol 50-4

Editorial:
Eutrophication and the disrupted nitrogen cycle
Author: Michael Tedengren

Behind the paper:
Assessing human effects on the Baltic Sea ecosystem
Author: Ragnar Elmgren

Behind the paper:
Reflections on 200 years of Nitrogen, 20 years later
Author: James N. Galloway

Behind the paper:
Globalization of nitrogen deposition and ecosystem response: A 20-year perspective
Author: Sharon J. Hall

Behind the paper:
A tribute to tributaries: River studies elucidate links between human activity and nutrient export across a broad range of watersheds
Author: Nina Caraco

Perspective:
Eutrophication – early warning signals, ecosystem-level and societal responses, and ways forward
Author: Erik Bonsdorff

Perspective:
Disruption of the global nitrogen cycle: a grand challenge for the twenty-first century
Author: Jerry Melillo

READ HERE THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION:

May 2021, Volume 50, issue 5

Editorial:
How to conserve biological diversity: Perspectives from Ambio
Author: Jeffrey A. McNeely

Behind the paper:
Reserves, resilience and dynamic landscapes 20 years later
Authors: Jan Bengsston, Per Angelstam, Thomas Elmqvist, Urban Emanuelsson, Carl Folke, Margareta Ihse, Frederik Moberg & Magnus Nyström

Behind the paper:
Indigenous knowledge: From local to global
Authors: Madhav Gadgil, Fikret Berkes & Carl Folke

Perspective:
People and Biodiversity in the 21st Century
Authors: Jeffrey Sayer, Christopher Margules & Jeffrey A. McNeely

Perspective:
What is Biodiversity Conservation?
Author: Stuart L. Pimm