Articles

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Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 45, 1 February 2017

Research studied the efficacy of the environmental policy by investigating the location choice of new polluting firms in response to the uneven provincial chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction mandates predetermined by the policy.We find strong evidence suggesting the trend of water pollution transfer from the coastal provinces to the western provinces of China. The Pollution Reduction Performance Assessment enhanced the effect of the pollution reduction mandates. Foreign polluting firms were consistently driven by the mandates, whilst the location pattern of Chinese domestic polluting firms was shifted by the enhanced mandates.
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The Lancet, January 2017

The inaccessibility of essential medicines is a barrier to the achievement of goal 3 (good health and wellbeing) and its targets. This Lancet Commission investigates the multiple dimensions at the heart of the universal campaign for access for all ultimately making recommendations to ensure that essential medicines policies support universal health coverage and sustainable development in the 21st century.
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Biological Conservation, Feb 2017

This is the first global quantitative assessment of how humanity is negatively affecting Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS) by analysing human footprint and forest loss . The lessons being learnt from this research on NWHS is clearly related to how we need to protect our natural ecosystems, directly advancing knowledge for SDG 15, which is about the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. This article has also won the February 2017 Atlas award.
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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 68, Part 1, February 2017, Pages 333-359

This article addresses goals 9, 12 and 15 by examining the possibility of maximising forestry and timber construction to help in civil and structural engineering. It covers a range of topics, from the science of the cell wall to the engineering and global policies involved.
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The Lancet, February 2017

This Article extends the theory of so-called “neighbourhood effects” to explain the health of people living in slums; authors note that although densely populated neighbourhoods can promote the spread of disease, they can also amplify the benefits of interventions because beneficial effects are shared across many people. This neighbourhood effect is likely to offer increasing returns to investments to create a healthy environment and should be capitalised on to achieve SDG 3. The paper identifies how slums should be included in censuses to identify local priorities for action.
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Lancet Global Health 2017; 5: e186–e197

China’s successful health efforts have resulted in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce under-5 mortality rates by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. This article examines the trends in the under-5 mortality rates, and the specific causes of mortality within regions of China. Policy addressing the SDG 3.2 goal of reducing child mortality, should focus on addressing the disparities between regions, as well as the prevention of the greatest causes of child mortality.
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The Lancet, February 2017

This article addresses the health needs of slum residents, who are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems, non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, infectious diseases, and injuries due to violence. Children are especially vulnerable, as malnutrition can lead to stunted growth and impaired cognitive development. Slum health is under-represented in the scientific literature, despite an estimated doubling of slum populations by 2030, from today’s figure of 1 billion. Addressing the health-care needs of people living in slums will be vital to achieving SDG 3 and is related to SDG 1.
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The Lancet, February 2017

In 2014, the authors of this Comment published a call to action in The Lancet to eliminate violence against women, a goal that has since been included in global policy under the SDG 5 of increasing women’s empowerment and gender equality. Here, the same authors ask what progress has since been made, highlighting the WHO’s Global Plan of Action to strengthen health systems’ response to interpersonal violence. Increased political engagement will be necessary to sustain encouraging trends of decreasing violence and to achieve the SDG 5 target during an era when women’s rights remain at risk.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 3, February 2017, Pages iii-iv

This journal article addresses goals 13, 15, and 9 by exploring innovative methods in carbon dioxide conversion.
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Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 29, February 2017, Pages 23-40

Effective communication to citizens is of prime importance during public health crises involving water. This paper takes a sequential mixed method approach to the problem of communicating drinking water risks prevention of exposure to health risks in cities, related to SDG 6: clean water and sanitation.

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