PNAS has launched a section of the journal dedicated to sustainability science, an emerging field of research dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability: meeting the needs of present and future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet's life support systems.

PNAS seeks original research contributions for this new section on both the fundamental character of interactions among humans, their technologies, and the environment, and on the use of such knowledge to advance sustainability goals relevant to water, food, energy, health, habitation, mobility, and ecosystem services.

PNAS Editorial Board members for the sustainability section include: Arun Agrawal, Gregory P. Asner, Anthony J. Bebbington, William C. Clark, Ruth S. DeFries, Carl Folke, Susan Hanson, Bonnie J. McCay, Emilio F. Moran, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, B.L. Turner II, and Arild Underdal.


Robert W. Kates
What kind of a science is
sustainability science?
PNAS 2011 108:19449



William C. Clark
Sustainability Science:
A room of its own
PNAS 2007 104:1737


Sustainability Science on the Web

Activities relevant to the emerging field of sustainability science are blossoming around the world. Here are two gateways that may be particularly interesting to readers of PNAS:
The National Academies Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) was established in the division of Policy and Global Affairs.  The Program's goal is to encourage the use of science and technology to achieve long term sustainable development increasing incomes, improving public health, and sustaining critical natural systems. To learn more about sustainability activities, both in the STS program and throughout the other boards and committees of the National Academies, please visit our Web site at sustainability.nationalacademies.org.

The Science and Development Network aims to help individuals and organizations in the developing world make informed decisions on science- and technology-related issues that impact on social and economic development. The network seeks to achieve this by enhancing the provision of reliable and authoritative information on such issues, in particular by operating a free-access Web site containing news, views, and analysis about science and technology in the developing world. The network's extensive Web site is available at SciDev.net.