The atmosphere, the envelope of gases surrounding Earth, plays a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The health of our atmosphere is directly addressed by SDG 13 (Climate Action), which seeks to combat climate change and its impacts, largely driven by greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. It also ties to SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), as air quality directly influences human health, and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), which encourages improvements in urban air quality. The atmosphere also plays a crucial role in SDGs 14 and 15 (Life Below Water and Life on Land), as changes in atmospheric conditions can influence weather patterns and harm biodiversity. Hence, maintaining atmospheric health is indispensable for sustainable development.

Supporting Goal 11. China's import ban on plastic waste will increase demand for virgin resin, causing a rise in utilisation rates for plants.

ICIS Chemical Business, 12 January 2018

President Xi’s environmental drive prioritises air quality over GDP growth
Supporting Goal 11. China’s campaign to clean-up its environment. spurs record profits in chemicals value chains.
Elsevier, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 3, 1 February 2017
Background Controversy exists about the differences in air pollution exposure and inhalation dose between mode of transport. We aimed to review air pollution exposure and inhaled dose according to mode of transport and pollutant and their effect in terms of years of life expectancy (YLE).
Future climate change is usually projected by coupled earth system models under specific emission scenarios designed by integrated assessment models (IAMs), and this offline approach means there is no interaction between the coupled earth system models and the IAMs. This paper introduces a new method to design possible future emission scenarios and corresponding climate change, in which a simple economic and climate damage component is added to the coupled earth system model of Beijing Normal University (BNU-ESM).

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 19, December 2015

The elevated air temperature of a city, urban heat island (UHI), increases the heat and pollution-related mortality, reduces the habitats' comfort and elevates the mean and peak energy demand of buildings. To countermeasure this unwanted phenomenon, a series of strategies and policies have been proposed and adapted to the cities. Various types of models are developed to evaluate the effectiveness of such strategies in addition to predict the UHI. This paper explains the compatibility of each type of model suitable for various objectives and scales of UHI studies.


ICIS Special Report, September 2014

Record attempt has solar flair
An idea spawned a decade ago finally becomes a reality as Solar Impulse prepares for the first round-the-world flight by a plane producing zero emissions. Collaboration across several partners has been a key component to developing the materials and design of Solar Impulse. Innovations like this are vital to SDG 7.2 to increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The Lancet Global Health, Volume 1, December 2013

This Article supports SDG 3 by showing plausible outcomes associated with exposure to e-waste (end-of-life electrical and electronic waste), including change in thyroid function, changes in cellular expression and function, adverse neonatal outcomes, changes in temperament and behaviour, and decreased lung function.