Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages v-ix, ISSN 2214-5745,

In this editorial overview, we provide mini-reviews of insects' utility to achieve the SDGs, taking examples from both temperate and tropical countries.
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Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 26, 2020, e00213, ISSN 2214-9937, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susmat.2020.e00213.

Buildings consume vast amounts of energy and pollute the environment in various ways but façades can play a significant role in reducing energy consumption and alleviating buildings' negative impacts on the environment. Through a case study of Shiraz, Iran, this article discusses how using smart materials in buildings' facades can help dramatically to attain SDGs 7, 9, 11 and 13.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 62-70, ISSN 2214-5745, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2020.05.013.

Some of the greatest challenges for today's architecture are multifunctionality, energy saving and sustainability — problems that insects have partially solved during their evolution. From biomimetics in architecture design and materials, to decomposition of waste management and intelligent algorithms to reduce congestion, insects are an unlimited source of inspiration for innovations to advance SDGs 11 and 12.
This paper discusses the challenges in safely re-opening indoor sport centres and the measures already suggested by others to partly tackle these challenges. It also elaborates three potential additional measures and based on these additional measures, it suggests the concept of a certificate of equivalence that could allow indoor sports centers with such a certificate to re-open safely and more rapidly. It also attempts to stimulate increased preparedness of indoor sports centers that should allow them to remain open safely during potential next waves of SARS-CoV-2 as well as future pandemics. This contributes to SDGs 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 38, April 2020, Pages 63-71

This journal article addresses goals 11 and 15 by looking at how urban expansion adversely affects habitats for pollinators and global biodiversity.
Elsevier,

Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 106, April 2020, Pages 68-76

This journal article addresses goals 11, 12, 13 and 15 by looking at how land-based mitigation options potentially affect biodiversity.
Elsevier,

One Earth, Review, Volume 2, Issue 2, p. 143-156, February 21 2020

This article addresses goals 10, 11, and 13 by showing how to build resilience to the impacts of climate change in informal settlements, focusing on those located in cities in low- and middle-income countries and how these settlements concentrate at-risk populations.
Cycleways away from traffic with lower concentrations of pollutants from motorised vehicles sometimes result in longer distances and hence require longer travel times, while alternative routes sharing the road with other traffic, sometimes with buses, might result in exposure to higher pollutant concentrations. To help commuter cyclists achieve their objectives of getting to work in the shortest possible time and maximising their health benefits, this paper proposes a bi-objective route choice model, with the minimisation of travel time and pollutant dose as the two objectives. This supports SDGs 3 and 11.
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Environment International, Volume 134, January 2020,105132.

Winner of the Elsevier Atlas Award in January 2020, this article explores the potential health impacts of implementing the Barcelona Superblock model, contributing to SDGs 3, 11 and 13.
Winner of the February 2020 Elsevier Atlas Award, this article proposes a circular economy framework for the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings to reduce environmental impacts, contributing to SDGs 11, 12 and 13.

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