Nature celebrates 150 years of On The Origin of Species

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Nature‘s year-long celebration of Charles Darwin’s life and achievements continues in the current (19 November) issue, marking the anniversary of the publication of On The Origin Of Species 150 years ago, with a special issue on biodiversity, focusing on the dire challenges to Earth’s biodiversity — and finding some reason for hope. The Darwin-related content from this issue, plus further discussion on this week’s free Nature Podcast, can all be accessed within the journal’s Darwin 200 special, an extensive collection of news, research and analysis commemorating Darwin’s life, his science and his legacy.

In this week’s biodiversity special issue, as nations prepare progress reports on their pact to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, Pavan Sukhdev urges governments to secure the flows of nature’s ‘public goods’. Meanwhile, William R. Turner and colleagues argue that natural ecosystems be made a bulwark against climate change, Robert J. Smith and colleagues propose that local agencies need to set the conservation research agenda and Douglas Erwin calls upon paleontologists to create models of the root causes of biodiversity. These three Opinion articles are free to read online for one month from the issue date of 19 November. In addition, News Features examine Brazil’s forests and species barcodes, and there’s a profile of ecosystem services advocate Gretchen Daily.

Free to access online is this week’s Editorial, The entangled bank unravels, examining some of the most pressing issues concerning the loss of biodiversity.

Nature‘s free podcast this week features three of the authors of the Opinion articles in this week’s issue, discussing the influence of Darwin on their work and disciplines.

Nature‘s Darwin special, from which the journal’s three special issues during 2009, as well as a host of other related content, can be accessed.

NPG Darwin celebration: in celebration of Darwin 200, NPG journals have commissioned and collected content showcasing how Darwin’s seminal work and ideas have enriched and transformed diverse disciplines.


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