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Using newly-released and globally available high-resolution remote sensing data on forest loss, the authors update the assessment of the cross-country determinants of deforestation in developing countries. Agricultural trade, relatively neglected to date, is found to be one of the main factors causing deforestation. Insights into the relationship between the levels of forestation and trade are vital for understanding how to address SDG 15.2 to promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests.
In March 2017, the inaugural Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) was launched, a result of collaboration between leading institutional investors, human rights specialists and NGOs to produce an assessment framework for private sector performance on human rights. The Benchmark analysed 98 of the Global 500 largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance. This article provides insight into the results of the first analysis and explain why the CHRB matters.
Looking for the best in innovation
ICIS launches the search for the very best in innovation in the chemical industry. Now in their 14th year, the ICIS Innovation Awards seek to recognize and reward companies and individuals that show high levels of innovation in products and processes, as well as providing benefits to the environment and advancing progress towards sustainability. This award raises awareness of the benefits of innovation to the environment and supports SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
This study has investigated how smallholder farmers contribute to our global food supply. They looked at where farms are located, what type of commodities are produced (plants, livestock’s or fish) from farms of different sizes and their nutrition implications. They found that small farms produce 75–100% of all cereal in North America and South America, Australia, and New Zealand , livestock, and fruit in these regions, whereas small farms (<20 ha) found in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, southeast Asia, and China produce 75% of food commodities globally. This is in line with the attainment of SDG 2.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 4, April 2017, Pages 72-76, ISSN 2452-2236

Hybrid perovskites are key to any discussion of materials for solar energy conversion. These organic-inorganic semiconductors (e. g. methyl ammonium lead iodide), which adopt the perovskite crystal structure, have perturbed the landscape of photovoltaic research. Highly efficient solar cells based on hybrid perovskite absorber layers can be fabricated by solution processed active layers. These materials are abundant and the simple processing could make high-throughput and low cost manufacturing at large scale possible. Exploring the materials that are viable in solar energy conversion contributes to advancing SDG 7.
Cancer is a major cause of death in children worldwide, and incidence is increasing. This population-based study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in collaboration with the International Association of Cancer Registries aimed to provide internationally comparable local data on the incidence of childhood cancer. This study observed geographical, racial and ethnic, age, sex, and temporal variations in childhood cancer which require further monitoring and research. These data can be used to inform aetiological research, to inform public health policy and to advance SDG 3 target 4.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 4, April 2017, Pages 1-7, ISSN 2452-2236,

The need for better conversion technologies is a driving force behind many recent developments in materials. Second generation solar cells are based on thin films of materials, as compound semiconductor absorber layers. The thin film technology has a high potential, but research is needed to raise the device efficiency to such levels that cost of delivered power can be reduced. The paper by Siebenttritt recent developments which made thin film solar cells based on the chalcopyrite-type compounds Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 [(CIGS) or (CIS)], promising materials which could significantly contribute as thin-film materials to the future share of photovoltaics in the supply of electrical power.
The article summarises research conducted in different climate zones related to green roof design that is correlated with roles of substrate in promoting plant growth. From the review, it will serve as a guideline for selection of substrate suitable for green roofs in different climates worldwide. From the recommendation made, the success of plant growth in addressing food security needs a concerted effort worldwide through development of standard guidelines related to green roof design for close comparison across the world region. The review supports SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals and SDG 13: Climate action.
CLA President R Santhanakrishnan, winner of the award Thuli Madonsela, Nigel Roberts (LexisNexis) and past President Alex Ward
The 20th Commonwealth Law Conference took place in Melbourne in March 2017 with LexisNexis as the lead sponsor, and hosted by Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) in association with the Law Institute of Victoria. The CLC brings together delegates from over 50 countries to meet and learn, as well as to recognise lawyers who champion the rule of law. Such exchanges between lawyers support SDG 16. 3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels.
Maize growing under plastic

Critics claim that maize can cause unwanted environmental impacts. But supporters of the crop are able to show how by use of cover crops it can be grown responsibly, reducing or eliminating, for example, nutrient leaching and soil erosion. In south-west England, a Wessex Water project is using cover crops to protect and improve drinking water quality by working with growers whose farms surround boreholes and reservoirs that supply water for human consumption. Steps like this can contribute to SDG 6 to ensure sustainable management of water and SDG 12 to ensure sustainable production.

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